Creating a Turtle Oasis for a Red Eared Slider!

Creating a Turtle Oasis for a Red Eared Slider!


Welcome to the updated turtle pond Also before we get started, speaking of turtles, Franklin pins are still available, I think about half of them of have sold so far I don’t know if I’m gonna order more so Check them out with the link in the description. I don’t know why I’m in here with Franklin I could have just as easily done this on the other side of this piece of metal (SS: YES U DID IT) But I think quite a few changes to his tub here that I think are pretty cool kind of interesting So I’d give you a little tour of them So if you didn’t know Franklin used to be in a baby pool That’s what he grew up in for the first 10 years or so of his life I did some free roaming with him in the room, which I regret it and stopped doing a number of months ago And then I got him 170 gallon tub It’s it’s pretty big but it was also pretty ugly and plain so Here are some of the things that I’ve added to it that we’ll go over and I’ll talk about where I got it and everything If you’re interested in doing something similar firstly stones They’re their stones second a brand new basking spot Because the zoo Med style basking spots are not strong enough to hold his fat body third some new lighting right above me right here and a nice LED strip and Fourth I painted the front and put all this bamboo. It looks cheesier than I expected but that’s okay. Um I’ll just embrace the cheese that that but uh, what else? Oh and a brand new filter I’ve got him upgraded to the cascade filter Which is created for about a hundred gallons compared to the 40 gallon he had before so hopefully Franklin’s been enjoying it He really does not seem to miss free roaming I let him walk on the room like twice a week, but I’m just like cleaning or whatever Now the first thing I’ll talk about is this basking spot Oh and the timer just went off. This basking spot is made from egg crate and is covered in fake turf I just cut it to shape how I needed it Zip tied it all together and used some suction cups and support with more plastic to keep it floating So this makes up about a quarter of the surface space in the enclosure He can swim beneath it from one side to the other and there’s a pretty nicely sized ramp that you can get on no problem It took him about a month to get used to it. Not a month a week to get used to it And then he’s been basking just fine ever since There’s a lot more space we can walk around on it and he can choose his temperature whether he wants to be Super hot. I wish I could be super hot (ss:heard hard 😉 ) right now right under the lamp or he can move away from it So the process of changing the water is kind of a pain I changed it about 10 minutes ago And it was the first time I changed it in a little while basically, I have to Feed a filter through the window Which dumps all the water out just like down to the concrete And I took all the rocks out to do it which is kind of a pain but the rocks look nice So I think it’s worth it And then once it’s all drained, I put a hose through the window back in and float it back up I don’t think I recorded that part, but you can just imagine a hose through a window Filling the tub and that’s how I did it. Then. I just add a bunch of reptisafe I didn’t fill it all the way I don’t ever do because I do not want to exceed the weight limit of a second-story home Now to filter all this water. I’m using the cascade filter It’s made for 100 gallons, which there’s probably like 120 gallons a lot in here or something and it works just fine I could always get another if I had to but I don’t think I need to it keeps it quite clean for a pretty good Number of weeks. I have all the products I’m using linked in a brand new kit called the Franklin kit or the turtle kit or something That you can check out if you want to see that and next up, I have this night- nice arguably debatably subjectively nice It was just like plain silver before and it was pretty ugly So I was like, what could I put on it Lots you gave suggestions? I Didn’t use any of your suggestion, but I did film the creation of this so initiate montage So basically I painted the entire thing black with acrylic paint once I did that I got Bamboo and cut it in half and taped it and put fake plants through it. That’s pretty much it It’s pretty simple and it looks kind of weird but it looks better than it did before so I don’t mind it I think it’s kind of cool just not exactly what I imagined. I though it’ll look a little more Fancy and now it just looks more like a DIY project which is what it is So others embrace it and then also that light right above me. It’s just it was like 12 bucks also from Home Depot It’s just like an LED strip it doesn’t let off any heat which is nice because I don’t need the room to be any hotter than it already is and it just adds some nice ambient lighting To the tank because it’s quite dark without it. And then the stones also from Home Depot Probably don’t want to give those on Amazon because they are heavy I got mm I think a hundred twenty pounds of stones in here and it was like four bags. It was like 40 bucks So yeah, that looked pretty nice. This was this was not very cheap So Franklin pretty much continuously moving around in here and I mean he has the space to he will definitely bask for a number of hours but at night and like right before he Goes to sleep. He’ll do a nice number of laps and he splashes He he makes very big splashes [idk] -Woo that was pretty lame splash actually Is this awkward bonding time or what? Okay, I am impressed by the dock If I sat on it, I don’t think it would hold but I can definitely hold Franklin’s weight I was scared it would collapse you can see it sunk down here because it sunk while I was cleaning it I just need to pull that suction cup back up and it’ll be flat again. Franklin is caressing my leg Well, I kind of wanted this to be a bit of an update video to show you what’s going on with Franklin’s enclosure I have a new activity to do on my weekends? I don’t I don’t? Personally plan on doing this again, but mmm tune in next week to see what it’s like to have Salmonella I guess surprisingly hasn’t bit me yet. Would it b-Should I feed him with me in here? This is just weird Well, there we go as Franklin disappears under the cave That’s the update video Let me if you want to see more Franklin or what other animals you want to see Remember Franklin pins now available or they have been available for a while, but still available if you want to grab one So people that say that sliders are cheap and easy I mean, you don’t have to like get a bunch of extra lighting and put bamboo around it but still this costed me more money than I was hoping overall with the Basking and the tub itself for the proper size and everything so it’s fun but demanding so I’ll enjoy my swim and That’ll be it for this update video on The little turtle tub.Ah! Speaking of turtles. The next bioactive enclosure is almost completely done being made. Yeah the video will take a while to edit but um, I think I’m stuttering from the cold. It’ll take a lot to edit I still don’t have the plants in there, but once the plants are in and once I finished shooting and editing That’ll be up might be the next video Probably not don’t count on it If you’re watching this like a year or after it was uploaded than it is up Hopefully unless something went wrong like I died in this cold water, but that’s Franklin. Where did he go But somewheres over there’s Franklin, I’m Alex and thanks for watching Uh it’s cold, why am I doing this Ice bath never hurt

100 thoughts on “Creating a Turtle Oasis for a Red Eared Slider!

  1. I am a RES Owner also. I have a 8yr old female named Bella. You REALLY got my attention popping up out of Franklin tank! I noticed on another video, you were holding Franklin up by just the end of his shell with one hand, and he tucked his little front feet in his shell. He obviously trusts you allot. That is awesome!!
    Can you do a video on metabolic bone disease and how to prevent it?

    Keep up the great work!
    Georgia
    Fresno, California

  2. I’m interested in buying a red eared slider, the problem is the only stores I can find in my area treats their animals so poorly that they all seem sick, and slow. I don’t want to buy one in the mail. Are breeders common? What advice do you have?

  3. I'd cover it with water resistant patterned adhesive wall paper, simpler, and the bamboo is kind of weird. Not totally, id say cut it with the tub's height

  4. Ooh a neat video about a turtle enclosure

    *Alex pops out of the water like a swamp zombie*

    ….aaaaaaand subscribed

  5. Love the astroturf bridge! Is it hard to clean? I'm making one out of acrylic, and considered lining it with astroturf, but I also might glue pebbles to it with aquarium-safe silicone. My bridge is going to be steeper than yours, unfortunately, and I don't know if they'll just slide down the fake grass without something to grab onto…

  6. Were you swimming in the turtle pond? Where do I buy a tub like that? Don't do this again. All the salmonella you possible can get.

  7. At one time or another I have swallowed at least 1 mouth full of water (dirty and clean) from all my tanks… Axolotl, fish, and the salmonella plagued red eared slider!!!

  8. "500 likes and I'll swim with him"

    I'm a fairly new sub so I've binged all of your videos, and I definitely didn't miss that remark. Glad to see you followed through! That intro killed me omg

  9. @goherping
    I know it's late, but you should make a shallow water shelf for him. Basically, it's in the water just deep enough to cover his shell then place a hide on half of it. I did that with my turtle and it's single-handedly his favorite place to sleep or hang out if he gets nervous.

  10. Know that for fish it’s important to test the stones, I’m not sure if it’s the same for turtles though.

  11. My red eared slidder started getting a brown spot on the top of her shell… what is causing it???

  12. Do you feed him stuff like lettuce and like crickets/Minos? I'm not sure if that's good for them but my brother had some before transferring them to our pond but we would catch crickets and the turtles seemed to love eating them

  13. It's so nice the human gets in the pool, too. Although, I am concerned about the detergents seeping out of his human clothes. Can you catch salmonella through the urethra? I thumbs upped, subscribed and copying this, sans me ever taking a dip in the turtle pool.

  14. I'm having a marathon rn .. you're too funny 😭 this is one of the HUNDREDS of reasons to love you and your channel I'm DYING laughing at that freaking window hose shot 😭😭😂😂

  15. Nice, you did exactly what I would have done. I'm getting those thicker bamboo poles though and stringing them together myself with twine. Great job

  16. My sister has a large number of red and yellow eared sliders that she loves a lot. Due to health and financial problems she is having trouble taking care of them. We live in North Carolina and have been trying to find rescues or good homes that will take them but we haven't had any luck yet. They range in size from silver dollar to soccer ball. They have been handled a lot and don't bite. Please let me know if you can give some or all of these turtles a good home.

  17. dude this is too cool I'm inspired I've wanted to get a turtle for my whole life and I think Im gonna do it and make him/her an awesome tank like this.

  18. Just learning about turtles now cuz I saved one today (Someone threw it out a window) but my first thought would be make a 2 tiered dock so he can get some shade out of the water or upper level for light and warmth… Maybe he wouldn't want to be basking in the dark tho Nevermind! 😟😁

  19. that is adorable how your turtle seems so comfortable with you in the tub. I LOVE IT. and for all the people saying you'll catch salmonella. well i can say they are all stupid. your more likely to get eaten by a shark than catch salmonella especially since you have been handling your turtle for a long while now, you build certain immunities when handling certain things for long periods of time.

  20. I was dying when he said fine in next week when I have salmonella I guess 😭😭😭😭😭😂😂😂😂😂🤭🤭

  21. I rescued a baby red eared slider that was being housed in pretty poor conditions and, I admit I bit off more than I realised, but I'm up for the challenge. She is verrryyyyyy small so, I'm kinda worried about building a perfect enclosure for her w the dangers of filters and whatnot. Any suggestions are appreciated. Shes maximum 2 inches across her shell. Love your videos! I have a little collection myself but, turtles I'm completely new at.

  22. Bro I love your heart, you put a lot of time and effort into this and it shows what a great character you really have! If you put this much into this project and others like it, you have a bright future ahead of you and I give you mad props my friend. Also I love the tank it’s freaking bad ass and is very similar to mine but larger and soon enough I will upgrade to something that size. Fortunately I have a large basement with a concrete floor that I have put tile down on, so I can fill the tank up all the way and do an above tank basking area. I plan to set up my entire basement just for turtles. Now what I’m wondering is where in the world do we find women that like turtles as much as us ha ha ha ha ha ha? Just kidding I’m fortunate enough to only attract females that love animals and they see that I put this much time into it so it’s like a chick magnet Ha! Anyways you have a great day and keep up the good work. Viva la turtle resistance

  23. Way to small your. Afucking idiot stop abusing ur turtle ik yourjusta beginner but pleez stop give him 500 gallon u abuser

  24. Just gonna say that tub would look awesome painted with some art lol. Looks good even without it though. Embrace the cheeese

  25. It’s soo beautiful love so creative, I can tell you care so much for all your beautiful little friends you are great keep on keeping on little mate!

  26. Does anyone know if that is a good size for two red eared slider females? I don’t have much experience and my two female turtles are medium size right now so i need advice on a new enclosure thank you

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