Tortoise 'pond' ideas!

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I use a water heater drip pan for one enclosure. It is about 3 feet across and no more than 4 inches deep. It's easy to flip and rinse and refill.
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Large plant saucer in another, one has a glass pie pan and I usually have a paint tray like this also:
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Here is my pond .Just a hole in the ground with concrete and wire .
 

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It's the lid off of a 60 gallon one of these:

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It honestly depends on what you are going for, and the species of course. If you just want a soaking area, a large lid like posted above, or concrete pool would work nicely.

I've always enjoyed landscaping, and I think my redfoots benefit from the excess moisture, obstacles, and visual barriers created from gardening.

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This is probably more than what you are looking for, but I felt motivated.
 

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All good ideas! :)

I don't know that I'm motivated enough to build a stream...especially in our desert like setting...lol.
 

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It honestly depends on what you are going for, and the species of course. If you just want a soaking area, a large lid like posted above, or concrete pool would work nicely.

I've always enjoyed landscaping, and I think my redfoots benefit from the excess moisture, obstacles, and visual barriers created from gardening.

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This is probably more than what you are looking for, but I felt motivated.

It is beautiful. I love my mini stream and have plans for a larger one.
 

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I think I have used all the ideas above at one time or another. Also used a perform pool kind and filled it in a bit where it was too deep. Buried a few super large plant water saucers too. Buried a child's pool too.
 

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All good ideas! :)

I don't know that I'm motivated enough to build a stream...especially in our desert like setting...lol.

You could make a dry creek? lol. Even when its dry, it looks nice to me.
 

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I think I have used all the ideas above at one time or another. Also used a perform pool kind and filled it in a bit where it was too deep. Buried a few super large plant water saucers too. Buried a child's pool too.

I like the idea of a child's pool. It would look natural with little effort, and if its entirely buried, it should be protected from UV.
 

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@theguy67 - I have high hopes of building something like you have as soon as we find a house to buy. Until then we are in a temporary space so the torts deal with temporary pools. Some of which they like better than others for sure.
 

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@theguy67 - I have high hopes of building something like you have as soon as we find a house to buy. Until then we are in a temporary space so the torts deal with temporary pools. Some of which they like better than others for sure.

Temporary pools are just as good in the tortoises' eyes. I think all tortoises can benefit from a pool to soak in. In the winter, the redfoots get metal pans while in their winter housing.

When you do start your permanent habitat, be sure to make a thread! Its fun to watch it grow over the years.
 

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Temporary pools are just as good in the tortoises' eyes. I think all tortoises can benefit from a pool to soak in.

When you do start your permanent habitat, be sure to make a thread! Its fun to watch it grow over the years.

You bet. My smallest redfoot is about 18oz now and we joke that she is a baby piranha. She lives in her water dishes and mostly just comes out to eat or to bite people. I think she would really love the 'creek' and being able to hide in the tall grass and pop out to ambush anything that floats by.
 

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You bet. My smallest redfoot is about 18oz now and we joke that she is a baby piranha. She lives in her water dishes and mostly just comes out to eat or to bite people. I think she would really love the 'creek' and being able to hide in the tall grass and pop out to ambush anything that floats by.

Ha, I bet that's hilarious to watch. When I feed, sometimes I place bits of fruit within the creek and rocks to give them something to search for.
 

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Cement. Wire and fiberglass resin here. They (two of them) are cleaned out with a broom and then refilled with a piping system that is also part of my sprinkler/rain system for the pen.

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You can also take a dig out a small dip, pond, stream (whatever size you need), line it with a small section of fish pool liner and there ya go.
 

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I like the idea of a child's pool. It would look natural with little effort, and if its entirely buried, it should be protected from UV.

I have one I use for my snapper and it's been there for over 15 years.
 
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Good idea!

We wouldn't have access to a drain though...
 
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