I made a timeline on the problems i’ve discovered with Dumbork.
|Area of Concern||Possible Causes||Solution||Result|
|Slimy Carapace (June 12-16)||May be due to water, suspected fungus or algae||I’ve consulted it in a forum; the solution is to brush his shell by a soft toothbrush.||The carapace is now not slimy; you can define the patterns on his shell|
|Blurred spots on Plastron (Since a hatchling)||Rough surface, irritated plastron due to rough, abrasive material||Change the substrate on his tank||Well, you can’t get back to the clear pattern on the plastron. Some RES owners commented that this is just a sigh on growing. Still, I’m using marbles as substrate ever since.|
|Brown Black Spots on Carapace (June 5 – present)||Suspected scute retention, fungi, algae, Shell rot, MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease)||Monitor the changes and give him as much light as possible.||I can’t confirm the reason of the presence of these spots. It was difficult to confirm water retention in scutes. I will keep researching on this topic.|
|Suspected impaction (June 17, 2012)||I found small pebbles on the bottom of tank (serves as “weight” for the corner canister)||Quarantined him for 1 week. Changed his water daily. Monitored his feces.||No cause for concern. Poops normally, stools are regular, activity normal.|
|Different Stools/excessive pooping (June 22-23, 2012)||Suspected constipation. The food is not processed; you can see carrots, veggies, and papaya bits. He pooped 4 times on June 23 (am) with the same content. Before, his poops are just long brown things.||Switch to pellets firs, prevent giving him other veggies.||He pooped normally (long brown stools). No signs or worms/irregularity.|
|No UVB light (Since a hatchling)||Unavailable supplies||This is a main problem for me, because heat and UVB is important for a growing RES. Without these, the RES can have complications from RI (respiratory infections), MBD, and shell rot.||I will try to get him these fixtures as soon as I can. In the meantime, the sun is our friend.|