Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Orange County, CA
Well, after much deliberation, I have decided to keep the turtle. He's currently about 2" long. I have him in a 10g filled 3/4ths full of water, with a turtle dock for resting and sunning. I have a clamp-on lamp, and a 150w sun-light basking bulb specifically for reptiles (NOT the infrared kind). I also bought a 50w in-tank heater (Visi Therm Stealth, with plastic protective shell). The tank's being filtered by a Penguin Mini bio-wheel filter.
I know that I won't be able to keep him indoors in a 10g for too long, so during the warmer months, he will go in our koi pond (our fish are all 7-8" long, and won't be bothered by him), and provide some needed population control come Spring. During colder times in the future, he will either get a larger tank (55g or so), or a small wading pool in the garage.
Our housing community has a large pond which houses several very large koi, millions of mosquito fish, and lots of other slider turtles, so, If he gets too big for my pond, I may, with the HOA's permission, add him to the community pond population.
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550g pond= koi, comets/shubunkin, water lillies.
165g RES turtle pond in progress.
100g planted tank= 240 watts c.f., 1 DIY 1-gal co2 jug, platies, angels, lace gouramies, congos, black neons, otos.
30g= cories, platies, platy fry, ghost shrimp.
18g= platy fry
10g= baby RES tank- Turtlebuddy
30g= temp. adult RES tank- Myrtlemamma
20gL= temp. juv. RES tank- Tweak and Mertle