Questions about Yellow Belly Sliders

Emarae

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A few months ago I got two yellow belly slider turtles from someone. They are 12 years old and lived their whole lives in a dirty ten gallon tank, no uvb or heating, and they only ate pellets.
They are adults but are stunted. Since I’ve had them, I’ve been feeding them everyday and they’ve grown a good bit. I was wondering even though they’re adults, has it been okay to feed them everyday?
I’m also wondering if the diet I’ve had them on is okay. I’ve been switching between floating stick pellets and these round floating pellets mixed with a little dried mealworm every other day. Also everyday I have been giving them either romaine, leafy green, or parsley. I try to feed about how much it looks like would fit into one of their heads, once in the morning and once at night. Also once or twice a week I’ve given them little bits of apple or strawberry, and also sometimes mini krill or srimp.
Something else I’ve wondered about is their shells. The shell of the smaller one, Sheldon, seems pretty normal to me. I’ve taken them to a vet and he didn’t see any problems in the Sheldons shell. The bigger one, Crush, has lumps on his. The vet didn’t give me any advice on what to do about it though. I assumed it was from improper care for so many years but I’m not positive. I’ve seen things about wheat germ food to help shedding, would that be something I need to look into?
Because I sleep in, I usually turn on their heat and uvb around 10am and off at about 9pm. Is that good and should their uvb be turned off before their heat? And if so, how long before? Also, how long before I turn the uvb off should they be fed?
Lastly, I’ve had them in a 55 gallon tank, while not ideal it’s definitely better than the ten gallon they used to be in. They have easy acess to their basking spot and have lots of extra room on it to move closer or further from the lamps. Does anyone have any alternatives to an aquarium that will be much bigger but not an outrageous price?
I still have a lot to learn about them so any advice on these questions is greatly appreciatedD99A2F01-6892-4232-912C-FD183AE3FFA3.jpegFB4D9437-AF43-4B8C-9F26-6CC2848EF96A.jpeg28AD8158-18F7-4438-AA15-E7362816FED0.jpeg
 

PhoenixKoi

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I would recomend if you havent already take him to a reptile or exotic animal specialist. It might be more expensive but that almost looks like lacerations through the shell. If they are hard to the touch it might just be an abnormal shell growth from bad lighting and housing. Could we see a picture of crushes belly, I know they shouldnt go on their backs but just for a second for a pic. I will warn you it also might be a tumor so be warned if the vet says they might need surgery. Make sure they are eating enough and I would also recomend feeding sinking pellets as it gives them enrichment to swim around to find the ones that fell.
 

Emarae

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I would recomend if you havent already take him to a reptile or exotic animal specialist. It might be more expensive but that almost looks like lacerations through the shell. If they are hard to the touch it might just be an abnormal shell growth from bad lighting and housing. Could we see a picture of crushes belly, I know they shouldnt go on their backs but just for a second for a pic. I will warn you it also might be a tumor so be warned if the vet says they might need surgery. Make sure they are eating enough and I would also recomend feeding sinking pellets as it gives them enrichment to swim around to find the ones that fell.
Thank you so much for the advice. After about a week of having them, Sheldon had blood in his feces and stopped eating. I took them to an exotic vet and found that he had gotten parasites. I gave them both medicine for a week and they have been back to normal. The vet agreed crushes shell was abnormal, but said it should be okay. His entire shell is hard but I wasn’t given any information on the bumps. I will attach a picture of his belly. I’m not very educated on turtles so I’m not sure if it looks okay. Thank you so much for your help.
 

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PhoenixKoi

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Thats wonderful to hear! Im glad you were able to find out what was wrong with him. Just make sure you keep an eye out for him in case he gets infected again since his immune system might still be recovering from what he had before and might not be ready for somthing new.
 


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