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Posted by nathana on April 10, 2003 at 06:50:49:

In Reply to: Re: Last questions....for now :) posted by Jesse S. on April 09, 2003 at 17:43:16:

I wouldn't think there would be a problem with spotteds and blandings, but keep an eye on them. Blandings get significantly larger than spotteds, so if there was a problem, it would be one sided and end poorly for the spotteds. If you decide to mix species, make sure you are able to separate them at the first sign of trouble and care for both (I find it easier to segregate them).

Here is a link for a simple, easy to construct, and relatively inexpensive filter: skippy's pond filter.

Note that you will need a pump for this, one suited to push the gallons of your pond taking into account your head loss (many times the head loss per height is roughly estimated on pump box). I am planning on using this and adding a second grate above the media and filling the top with water hyacinth for veggie filtration.

Build your pond as large as you can. You'll enjoy it and it will be easier to have balanced and care for. Mine will be 8'x16' of pond, with matching land area, for 1.1 spotteds and 0.0.2 woods.

Make it as deep as you wish, but be sure that the sides slope gently enough to walk up (for the turtle) all the way from the bottom in at least one large easily accessible way. Depth is important if you want to hibernate them outdoors in the pond. A sand substrate is fine, just keep your filter intake far from it (my design has a long trench for sand at the deepest point, and the sloped sides will force sand to roll back down with water currents if it should get dragged out of the trench by the turtles).


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