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Posted by jimsworld on April 29, 2003 at 17:31:46:
In Reply to: Kiddie Pool Ideas + Indoor Pond ques? posted by Maggie on April 27, 2003 at 17:28:58:
:I also use an outdoor kiddie pool mostly in the spring and summer...I recommend people to get a cover for it to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs in the water and to prevent too much dust+ leaves from falling in...they run about $9.00 at K-mart but BE SURE to purchase the deepest pool possible to prevent escapes...and you can install a pond filter and float water hyacinths...
:If people are going to keep sliders in aquariums (mine resides in one too) then it is only fair to provide outdoor exercise and explore time. I think we should really move to saying 1 adult slider at least 50 gallons in a wide tank (not narrow+tall fish tank).
:INDOOR POND...I posted at the Turtle Homes Yahoo messageboard about the possibility of an indoor pond (preformed pond shells are not an option for my active male slider)...so I was thinking about a huge 200 gallon plastic container (the kind used to water horses etc) as an indoor pond...folks at Turtle Homes mentioned the dangers of that kind of weight placed on the 2nd floor of an apartment...do you think it is too dangerous?
Ok.. Lets address the weight issue first...Water weighs 8.605lbs per gallon or 60.445lbs per cubic ft. Knowing this and adding the tub weight, plus decoration, filter, etc. You are looking at a setup with an average weight of 1800lbs. Now, most homes (Also a homebuilder for 14 years) use 2" x 8" floor joists on the second levels. Joists that size have a structure load of 175lbs per ft. Ok..Add it up. If your pond is say 6' round. Your floor could support no more than 1050lbs safely, and that is pushing it..Yes, It would be very dangerous to you. You should go to a smaller size pond or even try keeping one outside..Just keep and eye on them while they play..Hope this helps...