Turtles/Red Ear slider?
I just got a red ear slider. I just got it at a pet store here in the Philippines. I asked the workers what I need to do to care for them. Its just a baby and I got it a 10 gallon tank and some turtle food and filled about a third of his tank with rocks. As I am reading up on them though they seem like a lot more work than what they told me. Could you give me some advice? What veggies and fruits are good to feed them? How much and how often should I feed them? Do you HAVE to have a filter? Should I get them a heat lamp? (The workers just said I should take it outside for a half an hour each day) Any other advice for me? Thankyou!
Probably everything they told you was wrong. First of all, red-eared sliders get quite large--up to 12" for females and about 8-9" for males. Second, turtles need room. An adult RES needs a 100-150 gallon tank. A hatchling needs at least a 20 gallon tank--10 gallons is too small--but since they grow fairly quickly, it would be better to get a larger tank and let the turtle grow into it.
For the basic setup, you nned the tank, of course. Then you need a filter--and you MUST have a filter, a good one. Small tank size and poor water quality are the main reasons for skin and shell infections. The filter should be sized for at least TWICE the tank capacity; so if you have a 50 gallon tank, the filter should be sized for a 100+ gallon tank. Whatever is on the bottom of the tank should be fairly large--too big for an adult turtle to swallow. River stones are fine.
You not only need a basking lamp, you need a UVB bulb as well. This is a specialt reptile bulb. Turtles need UVB to metabolize calcium, so unless they're outside for several hours daily, they need the bulb. There should be a basking temperature (measured on the surface of the basking area under the bulb, not air temperature) of 88-90 degrees, and the water should be 76-78 degrees.
Diet should be a mix of a good quality pellet, whole animal protein, greens/veggies, and occasional fruit. I'll link some websites below for you to look over, and you can find good diet suggestions there. Feed no more than once a day, and small amounts. A rough estimate is to feed daily an amount about the size of the turtle's head. They are greedy and can get obese, so don't overfeed. Once the turtle is a year old, they should be fasted 1-2 days a week.
Here's some websites with more in-depth information: