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post #1 of 13 Old 09-24-2006, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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After a 50% water change, I drained my 85 gallon down to 50% or so and added a turtle dock and some artificial floating rocks, as well as some natural rocks and rearranged the rocks and driftwood I already had...

...for Tommy Turtle, my eldest grandchild's pet!

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-24-2006, 09:24 PM
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Awesome, do you have a shot of the overall tank?

My GF used to have a red eared slider too, you's looks like a baby...they get big, about 1 foot in diameter. We must have had it in a tank that was too small because cleaning it was a chore twice a week and it was quite disgusting. Hopefully your 85 is big enough! How big is the turtle now? Looks tiny compared to the fish!

Good luck, looks nice!

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55gal: 5x Angelfish, 1x Common Pleco, 8x SIlver Tip Tetras, 16x Neon Tetras, 8x Albino Corys
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-25-2006, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, I could get a shot of the whole tank but, I'd have to move some furniture first. I've been wearing my knee and ankle braces for the last few days and I just didn't have the energy to move the furniture today. Maybe later this week...

I know what you mean about the cleaning. Thankfully I got smart about filtration last spring. I simply toss the hose out the front door, connect to one garden hose with a "Y" on the spigot. I then open both valves on the "Y" and the valve on the bottom of my home made Bio-Filter, and drain the tank into the front yard for some really good fertilizer. After draining, I simply close the one valve on the "Y," turn on the spigot, and refill. Takes about an hour, but, I don't have to bail.

Pond Salt is my friend. It prevents the fish from getting sick. I keep it pretty brackish.

I'll be doing a "Do-It-Yourself" on the filtration/dump/fill system I've devised the next time I tear the Bio-Filter apart, so look for it in the DIY section.

Tommy is about 6"X8" the goldies are getting really big. They started off as targets for the Fire Mouth Cichlids when they hatched their first fry.
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-10-2007, 10:52 AM
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Lovely tank. Very interesting mix of goldfish and turtles! He's cute!
the goldfish do look huge! You've obviously looked after them all well. :)
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post #5 of 13 Old 01-12-2007, 10:58 PM
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Sweet set-up!!
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post #6 of 13 Old 01-16-2007, 11:41 AM
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Really really nice!!!! looks a baby compared to mine! Did you had the red eared with fish since it was born? I know that turtles hurt fish...
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post #7 of 13 Old 01-20-2007, 11:14 AM
Your tank looks so nice!!
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-20-2007, 12:11 PM
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:P il post pics of my vivarium when i get the stuff i ordered

20 Gal Long
Justice-Hatchling W. Painted Turtle
Tweek-Chinese Algae Eater
African Driftwood
Fluval 305 Canister Filter


10 Gal-guppy breeding tank
2 Pregnant Guppies
Anacharis, Corkscrew
Some random power filter
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post #9 of 13 Old 01-20-2007, 12:36 PM
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:P il post pics of my vivarium when i get the stuff i ordered
That would be great radlations, Look forward to seeing them.
post #10 of 13 Old 03-19-2007, 08:08 PM
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Nice turtle, but if i was you id make a above basking area for your turtle that way you can fill your tank up and not just have the waver level at 50%

This is what i did with my old turtle tank 170Liter (45Gallon)

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45 Gallon one regular Oscar
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