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#41 Milner

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:10 AM

Hi, so I have built this pond, and it is very shallow, no more than 5 or 6 inches at the very deepest spot. I would love to be able to put some small fish and plants in it, but everywhere I have gone has told me that this is way too shallow. However the original poster of this seems to have made it work. What do I need to do to the water, or the pond before I can but fish in it? And wouldn't it be beneficial to keeping the balance of the pond better to have fish and plants, it is most important the water is good for my ornate box turtle. If any one has any input, I would love to hear it, Thanks!

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 04:07 AM

I have seen this pond and know the owner. It is just a soaking pond, not a pond meant to keep fish. She added some small feeder fish at one time for the turtles to see if the turtles would have any interest and the fish just thrived and lived in the shallow water. It's purpose is not for fish but to be shallow/deep enough for boxies just to drink and soak. Anything deeper could result in boxie deaths if they should flip in deeper water as they could drown if not found in time.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:48 AM

Ok, thank you so much for your response. I have a filter made the same way that she described hers, the pump surrounded by lava rocks in a deeper hole, then a filter on top, then a flat rock, will this be enough to keep the water safe for my turtle? Do I need to test the water regularly, and if so what am I looking for. It is a great set-up perfect size and depth for box turtles. I really appreciate her instructions, and inspiration.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 12:47 PM

She has average adult size box turtles in her enclosure with that pond and she has not had any issues. I believe all she does is to change the filter when needed and keep debris (i.e., leaves, etc.) out of it as much as possible. I am sure you can add water as necessary if it becomes too shallow. It is a marvelous pond for box turtles and easily done/set up.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 06:49 PM

Great, Thank you so much for responding, and as soon as I finish the surround landscape, I will post some pictures. It is an awesome set-up, was easy and affordable and Rex seems to really enjoy it :D

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 06:51 PM

Ok so i built one of these neat ponds, my only problem is I couldnt put the garden edging in the ground. Im afraid my turtle cannot climb out to the grass. What would be something to use or to make a ramp out of?



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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:25 AM

If you have the slope as gradual so the turtle doesn;t have to "climb" out of it (i.e., like someone would have to hoist themselves out of a swimming pool), with some small rocks or pebbles big enough not to be ingested, that should work fine.



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:23 PM

Ok sounds good. What about getting back in? Im afraid the pebbles would slide on the ground.



And do I need to purify the water?



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Posted 01 December 2015 - 02:14 AM

Hello Katie,
 
Good Information. Thanks for sharing the information on how to construct the pond very easily. I recently brought Pond Kits and fountain supplies. I am in a plan to construct good pond.
 
Once I am done with this, I shall share the photos.

Edited by ponds, 01 December 2015 - 02:17 AM.


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Posted 01 December 2015 - 10:24 PM

Welcoem to this site!

 

Just be aware that the dates of some of these posts are from 2009--still great info but not everyone may be on this site still.

 

This pond is beautiful.  The kind of turtle will determine the depth of the water for the pond.  Some species like deep water, others medium, and others who are not good swimmers need very shallow water not higher than 1/2 their height of the shell to keep from drowning!

 

Also, do be careful of predators, including possoms, raccoons, skunks, mice, rats, dogs, and other humans who may take them.  The turtles must absolutely be protected by sturdy wire and completely enclosed.  We have raccoons on our porch.  They only come out late at night, and I never knew they were in our yard.  I ALWAYS bring my box turtle in at night to protect her.   Other people make a turtle fortress outdoors and put the turtles in the complete but smaller enclosure at night and then return them to the larger area during the day.

 

About stocking your pond with fish, please do not use goldfish since they can cause a vitamin B deficiency in turtles.  Guppies and other feeder fish are fine.

 

Best wishes with your project.  There are many great plans for ponds on this website.  Please let us know how it goes.






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