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Since leaving my job to work for myself I have become something of a pet hoarder. I now have a selection of different animals including a cat, a kitten, fish, turtles and a dog. I must be mad really but my husband loves pets and I don't mind spending money on them and taking care of them, which I suppose gives us the right mix to make it work!
I feed my turtles a variety of different foods; fresh food, frozen food in cubed form, live food (shrimps that I buy from my local pet store) and dry food. The dry food that I currently feed my turtles is this King British Turtle & Terrapin food.
I have two musk turtles, both boys, and they live in a fairly large fish tank that is half filled with water. I also give my turtles calcium bones, usually one every two weeks, that float in the water and get nibbled frequently by them. Recently I have been in the process of moving which meant that for a period of 1-2 weeks my turtles were mainly fed by friends of ours. Because I wanted to make things easy I gave them pots of food on a daily basis, already measured out, so that they would not have the worry of overfeeding any of our pets until we got them moved.
This food is marketed as being a 'complete food' and I tend to use this a couple of times a week, sometimes more, sometimes less depending on my time constraints. The pot that this food comes in advises that this food has 'all essential vitamins, minerals trace elements & amino acids' that are required for a complete turtle or terrapin diet. This food also has 285mg of Vitamin C added per kilogram and has natural seaweed extract added to keep my turtles healthy and happy.
This food comes in a pot that is round in shape, there is a lid that is simple to take on and off although on occasion I have found that it takes quite a bit of time to work around the pot, pressing down on it, to ensure that the lid is put back on properly. Once I have picked the pot up only to have the lid come off in my hand and turtle food pour out into the tank. My turtles possibly thought all their Christmases has come at once but I have to spend over 10 minutes fishing out all of the excess food which had to be disposed of as it was wet. Besides that this pot holds 200g of food, which as the food is so light means it is a very large pot that just about fits in my hand, although it hangs over my palm somewhat. The food within the pot is a mixture of freeze dried natural ingredients including Shrimp, Krill and Gammarus. In addition to this 50% of the food is pellets which contain a mixture of fish, cereal, vegetable, algae, yeasts, minerals, oils, fat and various derivatives of some of these products. I like the idea of a mixture of pellets and freeze dried fish as it means that my turtles are getting a varied diet.
When it comes to feeding them I drop in a sprinkle of food twice each day, but really this depends on the size of animals, size of tank and frequency of feeding. I find that by feeding my turtles twice I can ensure that my smaller boy gets a look in at meal times and isn't missing out on food like he was when I first got the two turtles. One of my boys is growing slower than the other but I have combated the food sharing problems by feeding twice a day instead of once and putting the food in different parts of the tank. I place some food on the surface of the water, where most of it floats, and then I place some on the different islands in the tank. This means that if the larger turtle is swimming through the water scaring the smaller turtle that he can go to one of the islands pull himself out and have a source of food that he doesn't have to share. This works very well for my turtles and they seem to have a routine now, sometimes I even find the smaller one climbs on to one of the islands when I open the lid as if he is getting himself ready. Now this is great really as it means that my turtles have become used to being fed and they are no longer petrified and throwing themselves around the tank every time I opened the lid, as they were when I first took them on.
When I take the lid off this tub it really is simple to see what parts are the pellets and what are the freeze dried fish. This doesn't bother me in the slightest, as I feed my turtles live shrimps sometimes, and I find it simple to feed them this food. There is minimal mess, apart from when the lid came off in my hand one time, but perhaps that was user error more than a fault with the packaging. There is no nasty smell to this, at least not to me anyway, but it does smell a little whiffy, perhaps a musty kind of smell which might just be because it has been in the tub for a while and it is placed on top of a tank that reaches about 27-28C.
I allow my turtles to eat for around 7 or 8 minutes before I fish (pun intended) any remaining food that has become soggy and floated to the bottom. I do this partly so my turtles don't overeat and partly so the tank does not become messy and dirty with excess food and toilet waste.
I must say that my turtles appear to be in fine health. They have adjusted to their tank very well, despite only being in it a few months. They have grown rapidly since I have been feeding them the food, and other foods, and they have no problems with their shell becoming deformed or overly pyramid shaped. I have nothing but good things to say about this food. A little goes a long way with a 200g tub costing about £9 and mine has lasted me several months on and off.
Since turtles are my specialist subject, when I happened up on the glowing reports of this product, I'm afraid I felt compelled to write a slightly less glowing one!
In order to grow perfectly healthily (internally and externally), turtles need a highly balanced diet. this can easily be provided by the use of a good quality pelleted food. Unfortunately, King British Complete Terrapin and Turtle food DOES NOT provide this. It contains largely river shrimp and gammarus (small shrimp) as well as other fish and fish derivatives. These things are very high in protein, and for the vast majority of turtles available in the pet trade (and ALL the common/cheap/readily available ones) a high protein diet is not suitable.
Too much protein can cause accelerated growth which can lead to shell deformities and internal problems. I doubt there is a turtle alive that wouldn't gulp down this food with relish (so unless you knew better, you'd think it was a great food to feed), as the high protein stuff is what they will pick and choose over anything else. They are scavenging animals, they won't turn their noses up at an easy meal of pure protein. Conversely, the pellets included in this food are actually quite good, but will be ignored more often than not.
High protein foods should not be given more than once a week, as a treat, and should replace the pellet feed for that day. So I am awarding 2 stars out of 5, as this food is NOT a complete and balanced diet as stated, and is not suitable for feeding daily as instructions state. You'll notice the packaging does not state the nutritional information in terms of percentage protein, fat, vitamin and mineral composition etc. This is enough to put me off, as I like to ensure my turtles are in optimum health. This isn't a horrendous death-causing product by any means, and turtles are pretty hardy beasts, but this food does need careful use. And it's always worth noting that turtles will show little (if any) signs of illness until whatever is wrong is pretty advanced.
I thought I would write about my sons terrapin food. It all started when he was
7 years old, he was Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles mad and being he was going
into hospital for a minor operation we promised we would get him a terrapin for
when he got home. We bought two to keep each other company, but they fought so we split them up! They where about the size of a 10p piece.
THAT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO!!
I used to feed them a different one from this one which seemed to be more powdery than this. It was quite a shock when I lifted the lid of this brand to
see actual shrimps and others nasties in it. I wasn't to keen to put my fingers in incase they bite although I could quite easily see that they where
dried out, but not a pleasant experiance ! Now it's water on a ducks back as
I've been feeding it to them for so long. Unfortunately one died so we where
left with just the one.
I tried feeding the terrapin with tiny bits of beef as I had read every book
I could find and they said this was great for them! not for my finger though!
The monster decided to have a bite of that as well and was hanging from
my hand, never again thank goodness I discovered this food!!
On opening the lid you get a right fishy smell and when looking into the pot
you will discover tiny river shrimps, ocean shrimps, krill and vegetable pellets. You are to feed the terrapin sparingly twice a day and are warned
not to overfeed! Maybe I put just a bit more in than I should have as mine
( or I should say my son's!) has grown from a 10p size to the size of a small
The food in this pot is of very good standard as I can now feed him by hand
by picking out the shrimps and holding them for him to take out of my hand.
The vegetable pellets also help when feeding by hand. I usually buy my tubs
( they come in a blue plastic pot 20g ) from Wilkinsons as they do this for 99p where if you go to a Pet Store they can charge as much as £2.50 or more in some!!
The plastic pot is great as if you forget and leave it out in the rain it is always still dry inside, not like the first one I used which was in a cardboard
tube and turning into a sort of mush after a downpour!
My terrapin ( his name is Terry by the way, not very original !) seems to be very happy on this complete food which is high in Calcium and is great for his shell!
I'm not sure how long they can live for, but at this rate he might out live ME!!
When you have a pet Turtle, what exactly do you feed them? Well, there are actually only a small amount of products available on the market and I have found the best 'complete' food to be this one, King British Turtle and Terrapin Complete Food.
Since buying our pet Turtle Bruce in 2006 we have tried a number of foods for him including Bloodworm (good for a treat, but not really a staple food), Freeze Dried Daphnia (again, more of a suppliment) and Zoo Med Aquatic Turtle Food, which just contains pellets of food. However when we came across this King British product in our local Seapets store, we bought a tub to try.
The packaging of the food makes it clear that it is for Turtles and Terrapins with large yellow font which is instantly eye-catching. To press the point further, there is a decent sized picture of a map turtle on the tub. There is a cartoon style illustration of what the food inside looks like so there are no real surprises when you open the container. The writing on the tub claims that the food is a 'natural blend including food pellets, ocean shrimp, freeze dried river shrimp and krill'. According to the information on the back the breakdown of ingredients are as follows:
Food Pellets - 62%
Ocean Shrimp - 25%
Freeze-Dried River Shrimp - 10%
Krill - 3%
After you take the lid off the tub, there is a foil type peel back 'lid' to help maintain the food's freshness. I'm not sure if this work's as obviously I am not the target market for this food, but I haven't had any complaints from Bruce! The food itself is a good mix of grey coloured pellets, mini shrimp and small krill, which luckily doesn't have too much of an offensive smell! This product has quite a long best before date, so there should be no problem with it going off, especially as it is a dry mix.
We feed this food to Bruce once a day (we did used to feed him twice a day, but unfortunately he's got a bit of a weight problem at the moment, so is on a diet so that he can fit properly back in his shell!). The pellets and shrimp/krill all float on the top of the water and soon get gobbled up. However if it isn't eaten straightaway, the grey pellets do absorb some water and become bigger and softer - this doesn't go down too well with our Bruce and these tend to be left when this happens!
I have no complaints about this food at all as it contains all of the vitamins and minerals that our turtle needs. Due to this he doesn't really need any extra food in his diet, although we sometimes treat him to some pork or gammon. I trust King British as a brand and don't find it too expensive. It comes in a variety of sizes, but I tend to buy the 80g tub which retails at approximately £3.50 and lasts for ages, as you only need to give a pinch a day.
King british turtle and terrapin food is a complete food for your pet turtle or terrapin, it contains all the things they would eat naturally in the wild like shrimp, krill and vegitation.
This is a pellet food so it floats on the top of your water for quite a while after you puit it in allowing your turtle or terrapin to eat it off the top of the water as most turtles and terrapins prefer not to eat off the bottom of the tank.
You do not have to add any calcium suppliment for your turtle or terrapin if using this food as it is already very high in calcium to help with shell growth and to keep the shell healthy.
This food is available in tub of 20g, 80g of 200g
A 200g tub costs me £9.99 from my local pet shop.
This food is ideal for baby turtles and terrapins and i still use it with timmy and mrs tim my marsh turtles but it it no good for ali my snapping turtle as he is so huge he would eat a whole tub in 2 days.
Complete diet for turtles / terrapins / specially formulated pellets