After a few years of having a trouble free and clear water pond, I've finally found that my Smartpond 2,000 GPU filter is leaking again because it has distorted again (x3) The cheaply designed uv bulb housing has failed again and the filter pads are again failing....They never were available...
There's also another seldom mentioned issue: (because it's gross)
Dogs LOVE to eat tortoise poop and tortoises LOVE to eat dog poop.
So even without any actual contact, them just sharing a yard can introduce foreign microbes and parasites.
It's a lot to consider.
I live in Sunrise. (South Broward)
This is my current, very successful and very inexpensive enclosure.
I also have a short YOUTUBE video:
REDFOOT HABITAT FLORIDA STYLE.
I hope you can get some helpful ideas from it.
My wife pointed out that ALL of the neighborhood ducks seem to have vanished.
Both Muscovy and the Egyptian "geese".
There was a pretty healthy population here.
I'm not complaining. They are nasty, disease riddled and they love crapping on my porch and in my fish ponds.
I'm in Sunrise.
South Broward county.
Just about 20-30 miles north of you.
Our climate is about ideal for a Redfoot.
Look at my post/video REDFOOT HABITAT FLORIDA STYLE.
It's also on YOUTUBE.
You'll see my tried and true very inexpensive and relatively secure outdoor enclosure that I keep most...