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G'day all, new member here from Victoria, Australia.
Over the years I've had a few ponds and built ponds for other people as well, I currently have two ponds, a semi in ground/ aboveground turtle pond and an aboveground 5000lt Aussie native pond that is still kind of under construction.
Both are converted plastic rainwater tanks.
Looking forward to reading and sharing on the forum.
Cheers
Ben.
 
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Neat looking turtle pond. Welcome to the forum.
 

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Very nice! Welcome to our group!
 

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welcome and hope to see more pics .I was wondering what the plastic sides were for ,I just thought it was some new pond building stuff until I saw the turtles:)
 
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Thanks all for the warm welcomes.
There are two Murray river turtles in that pond and yes the open plastic side are to keep them in.
 
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Welcome! And nice turtle pond. Is that a decoration or was there a bird perched on the rocks?
 
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Thank you.
There is a rusty metal kookaburra and a pelican that go with the windmill you can see fallen over in the background. I do get lots of great birds at the pond though, lots of honey eaters, finches and wrens as well as my pigeons. The dogs even get in there from time to time and my wife's horse will take a drink in between pulling g out the plants in the filter.
 
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Sun peaked its head out for a moment here so I grabbed a quick pic of the new pond.
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The water is going through a bit of a green stage but that's normal while the filter sorts its self out.
At the moment there is 2 water Lillie's, 6 water lettuce, azola, duckweed and some reeds/ rushes on the island. 12 goldfish, about 20 small yabbies and some minnows.
I'll do a break down latter of the build so far.
 
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Thanks, yes I'm very lucky with the options I have for rocks and wood etc.
As for wildlife, unfortunately my dogs keep most of the larger wildlife away, but we do get lots of birds, frogs and lizards which are really cool.
One of the dogs even likes a dip too and I'm thinking of digging another pond in front of the turtle pond for the dogs and my goose(soon to be geese).
 
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The geese will dirty the water a lot! So if you like clear water, you’ll have to block it off where they can’t get it. I had geese, they could dirty water faster than any other critter I’ve ever had.
 
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This pond will be just for the dogs and geese to play in and I'll build a bog type filter for it. I'm not sure about it all yet, I've got to finish the cod / catfish pond first.
 
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Some of our birds enjoying the pond
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I chucked some extra shade over the new pond today to help deal with the green water.
I find that generally it takes about 4 weeks here for a filter to cycle.
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