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"I purchased 2 red eared sliders 9 months ago for my son and we became very fond of them. We bought them a 20 gallon tank, equipped with filtration system, proper lighting, basking room, air rock....the works. From the beginning, I noticed that one turtle (Squirt is what we called him) was having a hard time seeing when we fed him. The other (Crush) was able to feed just fine and flourished. Squirt, however, I had to feed by hand because he had a hard time grabbing his worms or nutrition pellets when he couldn't quite see them. But 3 days ago, I noticed that his eyes looked a little bulgy, but he otherwise seemed fine. Then the next two days, he seemed weak, and when I fed him he was struggling to grip his food. I also noticed that his skin seemed to look a little swollen. I started to get worried, and was going to take him to the vet on Monday. However, tonight when I got home, I noticed that his body was completely swollen and his eyes looked like they were going to pop, and he was floating. I couldn't tell if he was alive or not until I took him out to observe and his neck was totally limp. He was dead! I am so confused and mortified. What could have happened? We need some closure for our little spunky friend Squirt. Please help!"

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