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Posted by turtlecrazed on April 17, 2003 at 15:41:30:
In Reply to: multi-species indoor pond set-up posted by cmturt on April 16, 2003 at 11:56:36:
:I am in the process of creating an indoor pond setup(100 gallons)with the intent of housing several different North American species. This indoor pond will be made with land area and shallow areas, as I would like to add mud and musk variety, as well as another basking turtle. I currently have a southern painted in a 55 gallon aquarium. How do three-stripe muds do with common musks and painteds? I have heard many things, from attacking musk turtles to everything fine and dandy. The mud will have quite a large land area to occupy, and i will have various basking spots and shallow spots so that the turtles don't all fight over the same area. Does anyone have experience with such a set-up? and how is this best maintained?
I personally would house muds and musks together. If you have more than one male, you're up poop creek. Well, the turtles are. Muds and musks are two of the most territorial north american species there are around. Unless you have a gigantic pond where each can have their own territories, you're just asking for trouble.
As far as the painted with them, might be okay, might not. I'd err on the side of caution unless you want a tail or foot nipped.
Last concern is - muds and musks are bottom walkers who generally have a preference for shallower water. Painteds are deep water turtles who like deep water and lots of it. If your pond is all one depth, you're going to have trouble accomodating the needs of both.