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post #1 of 6 Old 01-06-2013, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Introducing turtle to tank question

Been contemplating this for a while now.. Can you house a freshwater turtle like a yellow belly or a slider with other freshwater fish? I have a 15 gallon hexagon style fish tank. Was wondering if this is possible to have? Any advice and suggestions is greatly appreciated
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Been contemplating this for a while now.. Can you house a freshwater turtle like a yellow belly or a slider with other freshwater fish? I have a 15 gallon hexagon style fish tank. Was wondering if this is possible to have? Any advice and suggestions is greatly appreciated
Turtles, like any reptile, require special care. You would need at least 75 gals for a turtle, with an emerged area for the turtle to walk and bask on (heat lamp) in addition to a large swimming area. You cannot just plop them into any tank.


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post #3 of 6 Old 01-06-2013, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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I realize that, just thought I'd ask since I do not know much about this topic
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AK is quite correct. While technically you can combine fish and a turtle, you have to remember that the turtle has very specific and mandatory needs, like the "land" area where it can bask in heat and completely dry the shell [the cause of so many deaths of those small turtles is due to this, not being able to dry the shell] and this takes a large tank. As the turtle grows, some would naturally eat smaller fish, others turn vegetarian.

And they can live a long time. I had one in the mid-1980's, and when I moved to Vancouver in 1988 could not bring it so I gave it to the son of a co-worker who was interested. Today they still have it, some 25 years later, and it will likely be around a lot longer as it is being looked after.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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I've kept what I call "summer turtles", various local painted turtles for the kids to enjoy followed by an early fall release.

They are voracious hunters and eat anything that moves... so it depends on how much you like your fish stock before you even get into basking and other considerations.

Edit, and what Byron said, they live a long time.

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Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-06-2013, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the info..I will keep my fish tank as is don't want to mess up the great chemistry i have. If i do get a turtle, mostly like will be in a separate tank of greater size
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