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I myself love planted tanks and all the fish that go with them, but I'm also a huge fan of turtles. Believe it or not I currently keep 17 turtles and one tortoise. Curious to see if anyone else has these awesome animals as pets.

-3 stinkpot musk
-1 common snapper
-2 razor back musk
-1 Three striped mud
-1 pink bellied side-neck
-1 Chinese golden thread
-1 Eastern painted
-2 Diamond back terrapin (1 is concentric)
-1 Mississippi map
-3 Red eared slider (1 is somewhat pastel)
-1 yellow bellied slider
And my tortoise is a sulcata hatchling.

Let me know what you guys have!

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Where the heck do you find the space for all those?

I used to have two red eared sliders, (the kind they sell at flea markets in Florida), I think, but had to give them away when I moved into an apartment. My dream is to get more when I buy a house and make a pond.

Post some pics of your beauties so we can admire them!
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Spacing is a little tight but I'm making it work. It also helps that the majority of them are still small. Only the red ears and yellow belly are above 5" ( maybe the snapper too). All the rest are small juveniles or babies. I'll update with pics later tonight possibly, If not today then tomorrow when I have some free time. I'll surely post pics of them! Here's one to tide you over, my two hatchling razor back musk turtles, quarter size literally! (They are a bit bigger now)
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I'll post my collection tomorrow for everyone to see. Anyone else a chelonian collector?
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I've also been considering turtles for my planted community tank... Which turtles are best for this type of tank? .. I have a 55 gallon that I haven't got fish for so just curious which is better and what type of fish would survive the fury of a turtle haha

This must be what addiction feels like <3
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I've also been considering turtles for my planted community tank... Which turtles are best for this type of tank? .. I have a 55 gallon that I haven't got fish for so just curious which is better and what type of fish would survive the fury of a turtle haha
If I were to pick a species of turtle to keep in a tank that size that's planted, I'd go with one of the smaller species, such as the variety of musk and mud turtles. Three striped mud turtles only grow around 4-5 inches max. Same goes for stinkpot musk turtles and a personal favorite of mine, red cheeked mud turtles. They color up very nicely with bright red heads as adults.

Another cool thing about mud and musk turtles is they more or less "walk" on the bottom of the tank and climb around wood and obstacles which is quite entertaining, as opposed to basking turtles which swim ferociously around the tank and like to rip plants up. Musk and mud turtles are usually more relaxed! Not to mention mud and musk turtles aren't too aggressive towards fish so anything that swims around relatively fast should be fine. My only worry might be Cory cats at night time when their sleeping. Id love to see pics of your 55!
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I really wish I could keep a musk turtle but alas, I'm not able to find some in NJ as they do not sell them.
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I really wish I could keep a musk turtle but alas, I'm not able to find some in NJ as they do not sell them.
Go to theturtlesource.com yeah you may pay a lot more because of overnight shipping, but you will receive a high quality turtle. If money is an issue, you could always search local ponds and slow moving rivers for them. Stinkpot musk turtles are native to Delaware (where I'm from) and New Jersey I can only imagine would have them as well!
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I'll post my collection tomorrow for everyone to see. Anyone else a chelonian collector?
And here we have it! (minus the Red ears and yellow belly, ill get pics of them another time)

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Eastern Painted Turtle:

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Chinese Golden Thread Turtle:

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Diamond back , I knew a place when I lived in nj there were tons of diamondbacks but could never keep there a protected species but then again so are box turtles that's Dirty Jersey for u
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I have to agree with you. My concentric diamondback (Cobalt) is my favorite
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Diamond back , I knew a place when I lived in nj there were tons of diamondbacks but could never keep there a protected species but then again so are box turtles that's Dirty Jersey for u
I have a beach house in jersey and always see them when I'm out fishing and crabbing in the bay. With documentation from the state of NJ you might be able to be allowed to keep them if they provide you with a permit. Not 100% sure tho so don't quote me lol
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