RES Turtle with Koi / Goldfish in Pond Compatible


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My fish about a year old and seem to range from about 3-6 inches in length and my pond is about 2000 gallons. I found someone that is looking to get rid of their pet RES (red eared slider) turtle and wondered if it would be safe in my pond with my fish. My pond is surrounded by large (10-12") rocks so I figured it wouldn't be able to escape but wanted to know if it would be likely to pick on the fish. My fish are super fast but I figure that a turtle won't really try to chase them vs. just wait until they are dormant for the night and then try to get them.

Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks
 
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I put a Red Eared slider in with my Goldfish and it ate 2 in just an hour.
Also had no problem scaling rocks to escape.
 
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Whoa, I strongly recommend against it. The RES will herd them relentlessly. Agree, the RES will climb out after chowing down on your fish. I recommend your friend call a local nature center and see if they will take the turtle.
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Red sliders like to nip at the fins of your fish and will cause damage over time. second Stephen's recommendation.
 

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Agree, that while it (RES) probably won’t clean out the pond, it can be an issue. What I would be most concerned with (as a turtle owner)......is that despite having rocks around your pond......turtles are excellent escape artists. They climb, they dig, and I’m convinced that they can also levitate!
 
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