Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Kent, Washington (State not DC)
Turtle For An Outdoor Pond?
I'm gonna dig a pond in my backyard and so that I'm pretty sure I'll have a couple smallmouth bass, a yellow perch or two, and a some blue gill. I'm gonna feed the fish Shrimp and minnows, Would that be enough food for the turtles? If not what would be? I'm also gonna plant a ton of hornwort and anacharis in the pond so it'll be well aerated and I'll put a fountain in if I need to to keep the water aerated enough. It'll be circular and about 10 feet in diameter and 4 feet deep (I think thats about 2350 Gallons.) and was thinking it'd be cool to have a male and female turtle in it year-round (I think it'd be cool to see the turtle eggs hatch and stuff but the babies would be on their own because I don't want to bring them in over the winter)
I live in washington so they'd have to hibernate in the pond so I know I have to have several inches of substrate on the bottom but How much substrate? and What type of substrate?
Also What type of turtles would be best? I did a little research and liked western painted turtles, Would the Western Painted Turtle be a good choice?
My parents don't like the idea of a fence around the pond so i was wondering Would the turtles be ok if they can walk around the yard as long as I put rocks by the fence so they couldn't get under it?
And Would my dogs cause any harm to the adults? The one I'm worried about is my shih tzu but do you think he could do anything harmful to it? It's sad that he's the one I worry about cuz I have a german shepard mix but he's scared of everything (once he was eating a burger I dropped on the ground outside and he got scared away from it by a chickadee (chickadees are little song birds who grow to about 3" tall and he's a 60 pound dog)
Last edited by Andrew.; 02-17-2014 at 08:35 PM.
Reason: thought of another question