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My Murray River Turtle Has Shell Rot

This is the biggest visible spot of shell rot on Alfie's shell. I was absolutely horrified to see it - apparently it had been there for a couple of weeks before anyone told me about it.
This is the biggest visible spot of shell rot on Alfie’s shell. I was absolutely horrified to see it – apparently it had been there for a couple of weeks before anyone told me about it.

 

Here you can see Alfie's shell just after I have cleaned it with Betadine on a Q-tip. I've managed to remove the big lump of fungus that was there, but it has already gone into his shell.
Here you can see Alfie’s shell just after I have cleaned it with Betadine on a Q-tip. I’ve managed to remove the big lump of fungus that was there, but it has already gone into his shell.

 

This is Alfie's 'dry dock'. To try and keep it warm for him despite being in the dark the blue cushion underneath is a wheat-filled heat pack.
This is Alfie’s ‘dry dock’. To try and keep it warm for him despite being in the dark, the blue cushion underneath is a wheat-filled heat pack.
I set up a small isolation tank for Alfie, but didn't actually have a proper light. It's also a bit small for him - I just kept it small so I could change the water every day and add 'Turtle Fix'.
I set up a small isolation tank for Alfie, but didn’t actually have a proper light. It’s also a bit small for him – I just kept it small so I could change the water every day and add ‘Turtle Fix’. You can see him here sitting on top of the water heater that I borrowed from my fish tank. The temperature in there is about 24*C.

 

I splurged and bought Alfie this fancy 'Terrarium Canopy', which holds red and blue and UV lamps. I'm hoping this will help his shell firm up.
I splurged and bought Alfie this fancy ‘Terrarium Canopy’, which holds red and blue and UV lamps. I’m hoping this will help his shell firm up.

 

Here's Alfie's tank set up with the new lamp cover (it's actually too big, so I let the blue light part hang over the side). The toothbrush you can see there is what I have been using to wash Alfie off before I return him to the water. He sits in dry dock for a couple of hours with 4% Chorhexidine solution, then I give him a bath in the sink.
Here’s Alfie’s tank set up with the new lamp cover (it’s actually too big, so I let the blue light part hang over the side). The toothbrush you can see there is what I have been using to wash Alfie off before I return him to the water. He sits in dry dock for a couple of hours with 4% Chorhexidine solution, then I give him a bath in the sink.

 

Here's Alfie's shell 3 days into my intensive treatment of him. You can see that lots of scutes have shed (you have no idea how excited I was about that), and he is a paler colour. Unfortunately the fungus spot is still there, but I think it is growing smaller.
Here’s Alfie’s shell 3 days into my intensive treatment of him. You can see that lots of scutes have shed (you have no idea how excited I was about that), and he is a paler colour. Unfortunately the fungus spot is still there, but I think it is growing smaller. He managed to chase down a neon tetra feeder fish and eat it this morning, so I have hope he will get better.
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    exactly right

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