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What type of fish can I put in my peninsula cooter outdoor turtle pond? I live in Southern Louisiana and shes about 4in long. the tank will be 125 gallons

Hi  Sarah,

The general advice is to make sure the fish are as big as or bigger than the turtle, but it can depend a lot on the individual turtle.  Some don't bother fish much, and some are very aggressive even if the fish are fairly large.  On the other hand, if you want fish your turtle can hunt and eat, mosquito fish can be a good choice.  They're hardy and breed pretty well.  Just make sure there are plenty of hiding areas for them so some have a chance to survive.  


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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.


I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.

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