When can I start feed my red-eared slider feeder fish? What kind of fish can he devour?

He's around 4 years old and his shell is about 3 inches in length. My concern is that the fish might be too big for him and that he'll choke. Here are some foolish pictures of him: http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn177... http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn177...

Thanks in advance :)
He should hold been eating fish a longg longgg time ago.
They NEED calcium and protein they get it from the fish meat and the fish bones. Drop 20 or so feeder guppies, goldfish or minnows contained by the tank and watch them disappear in a few days! The more they drink the healthier the turtle. When I got these two 36 yrs ago all we have in back then be goldfish to feed so after 36 yrs and still going strong. They can eat goldfish!
This way when they swim for their dinner they bring back exercise also!
TOSS in a bird cuttle bone in the water for calcium that will promote better shell growth, it will dissolve actual slow and if they eat it that’s fine!!
They can have garden worms, lunchtime worms, snails, crickets, flies, crayfish small frogs, slugs, tadpoles dragon flies and anything that moves, but only as a treat.
They need leafy greens Romaine, Butter lettuce. (Iceberg and cabbage are bad for them, any other leafy greens will do) for vitamin A that they want at least 3 to 4 times a week.
They love grapes and strawberries and squash.

.**Swollen cloudy eyes which means lacking surrounded by Vitamin A. Which we all need for good eyes. Google ‘vegetables near Vitamin A.
Did you know that they need to bask under a reptile light UVA/UVB for up to 8 hrs a light of day for the vitamin D that they need to grow. So that means getting a turtle dock also.
Leave the heater on 75 to 78 degree always.
These turtles in captivity do not hibernate their eating may slow down some but they will not hibernate.

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Question: What Should I Feed My Red Eared Slider?

Answer: Red eared sliders stipulation a diet that is a mixture of animal and plant material. However, young red eared sliders devour more animal protein so babies are started off on a diet that is more on the carnivorous side. It is still a good concept to offer vegetation to young turtles although they may not really start drinking it until they get older (offering it early on at most minuscule makes it less likely they will shy absent from trying it as they age). For adult red eared sliders, vegetation should make up a meaningful part of the diet.

Packaged Turtle Diets and Red Eared Sliders
Commercial pellets are fairly nutritious and are incontestably convenient, and are beneficial since they contain a good mix of vitamins and minerals. However, as the saying go, "variety is the spice of life." Offering a wide assortment of foods is better than solely feeding a commercial turtle pellet as a variety of fresh food offers a wider stock of nutrients in different forms (which may even be absorbed better when fed within the natural state). As well, feeding different items is more stimulating to the turtle. Live prey items are especially enriching, as they give turtles an opportunity to exercise by hunting as they would in the squally. Generally, I would recommend limiting pellets to about 25% of the diet, making up the rest with items from the roll below.

Items to Feed Red Eared Sliders

Feeder Items: live feeder fish (guppies, goldfish, minnows), earthworms, crickets, waxworms, earthworms, silkworms, aquatic snails, blood worms, daphnia, shrimp, krill, mealworms. For very small turtles, prey may have to be cut into smaller pieces. Larger turtles can be offered larger items resembling tadpoles.
Leafy greens: collard, mustard and dandelion greens, kale, bok choy. Head (iceberg) lettuce should never be feed as it contains very little nutrition, but dark green fern lettuces (e.g romaine) can be feed sparingly
Aquatic plants: in an aquarium or pond you can add adjectives plants on which turtles usually love to snack. Submerged plants like anacharis are often eat, as are water hyacinth, water lettuce, duckweed, azolla (fairy moss), and frog-bit.
Other vegetables: carrots (tops are fine too), squash and green beans.
Supplements
A pious reptile multivitamin with calcium and vitamin D3 shoule be mixed with the food a couple of times a week. Also, an excellent way to supply additional calcium is by putting a cuttlebone in the turtle tank. These are recurrently avaiable in the bird section, and they can be affixed to the tank or in recent times floated in the water.

Red Eared Slider Feeding Tips

Catching wild prey items is fine, as long as you are certain they are pesticide free. Same for vegetation.
Vegetables can be shredded to make them easier to eat, particularly for smaller turtles.
Some experts recommend feeding fresh fruits such as bananas, berries, apples, and melon. However, this isn't really a natural staple in the red eared sliders diet and it may rationale diarrhea. If used, fruit should be only in very small quantity.
Don't feed frozen fish, or at least not very recurrently, as freezing some types of fish increases levels of an enzyme in the fish that destroys vitamin B1.
Cooked chicken and cooked lean beef don't offer suspended nutrition and these will foul the water very quickly. Use individual as very occasional treats and feed only whether you use a feeding tank outside of the largest tank.
Never feed raw chicken or meat due to the risk of bacterial contamination.
Answers:    He can DEF. eat fish very soon. and he wont choke b/c normally they dont eat them whole. The one that i have shredded the fish with his claws and then ate them. And feeder fish are the only item i fed my turtle so im not sure what other kind of fish to recommend.
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