03-20-2007, 09:39 PM
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I have an eastern painted turtle that, when it was about two inches long slaughtered 4 medium sized cories, and when he was about 3 1/2 inches, dug up and ate two banjo catfish each longer than he was (very nearly had turtle soup then and there - but my fault for putting him there, not his for being, well, a turtle). Fortunately, I have access to his point of collection, and, just as soon as the water there warms up enough (probably early June) back he goes.
Maybe Mbunas are aggressive enough to drive off a hungry turtle, but they're also expensive enough that I would not be tempted to try. Also, bear in mind that you'll need 10 gallons of water per inch of turtle at full size (so if you're talking Diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin, then 50 gallons for male, 75 for female), and that turtles don't die of old age, so you're putting yourself into a situation where your pet will outlive you unless you do something to kill it.
Let me say it again - unless you are going to be in a stable enough situation that you can keep it for 50 or 60 years or more, do not get a turtle.