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Somebody's Hungry!

Discussion in 'Water turtles' started by Markw84, May 17, 2017.

  1. Markw84

    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Busy working on getting my new tortoise enclosure finished, but when I turn around, this is what I see at the other end of the yard!

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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Hmmm, did someone get busy before feeding? They sure think so
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    Hahaha! I love when they swim against the glass! :D
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    The moment when the whole tank is empty except for directly in front of the glass..... :)
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    You'll have to give a virtual tour of your yard one of these days. You have so many great enclosures.
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    That is simply amazing.
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    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    :eek: WOW!!!!! The thing I most notice is how CLEAR the water is!!!!:)
    Those fish are gorgeous- are they koi?
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    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks! Yes, those are Koi that you see there. I also have bluegill, minnows, mosquito fish, and high-finned sharks in there.

    Water clarity is extremely important to me. Without it, the glass windows are rendered an eyesore! You can't imagine the research and experimentation over the years to accomplish great water clarity with 60+ turtles and so many fish.

    Just went out after seeing your comment to take a few more pictures to show off the water...

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    And right up against the glass, you are looking through 18 feet of water all the way to the back in the middle of this shot. The stacked rock hiding place is 6 feet away to give you perspective...

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    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Really, REALLY amazing!!!!!!!! :) :) :)
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    Foo...!
    I be totally jelly about now! Question: is that a snakehead I see in the center of the first image? Or maybe a Crenicichla species?
    Incredible--public aquarium worthy--job.
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    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thank you.

    No. I only keep US native turtles. All are kept outdoors in this pond year- round. Most of those crowding the window in the first picture are Suwannee cooters, maps and maybe a red ear. Maybe a painted in the picture but the painteds don't rush the window as fast!
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    I thought a "snakehead" was a fish??????
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    You got me all excited!!! Are you talking about the grayish fish front and center in the first image? I think that is a carp of some sort. A more natural colored koi maybe?

    If he had a snake head in there it would be a picture of a snake head and nothing else! :p
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    It is. And a nasty one.
    I agree with Tom.
    They've taken over south Florida.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Mark, I just need to know your favorite beer or wine preference.

    Because when I finally get up there we are going to be talking tortoises for hours and hours and hours, we'll need a case of something!

    I wanna SCUBA dive in that pond!
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    That is the pond that ALL ponds should be judged by.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    They are like a SUPER fish!!!
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    ....And I hear...Delicious.
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    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    No snakehead fish, or snakeneck turtle here! That is a koi that was an incredible black and white "tuxedo" looking fish. Over the past two years has turned a uniform gray! So, fish-wise, just koi, minnows, mosquito fish, bluegill, and a few Chinese algae eaters call High-finned Sharks.

    and... @Tom I've got a pretty good stock of wine. No need to bring any. I owe you anyway!

    The grandkids always say they want to swim in there too. But those turtles do bite. Not out of anger, but they associate people with food! And they're certainly not afraid of people.
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    You could sell tickets to come look at your place. It's incredible!
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