Question Don’t Know What To Do With Turtle

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my turtle recently attacked my goldfish(idk why bc the goldfish is fairly large) and i’ve kept the hurt fish quarantined and is healing nicely and my turtle in a separate place. i’m debaing if I should put the turtle back in the pond or get another tank. i’ve just moved and tight on money so if I need to get a new pond(i’m using a water trough and it works well) so if y’all have any suggestions on cheap tanks/ ponds that would be great!
 

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these hard plastic kiddie pools go for around $10 at walmart, quite a few ppl use them for turtles.

 
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she is a pretty big turtle and I wouldn’t have the space for that. so should I add her back to the pond or no?
 

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She’ll likely try and eat the fish again.

What do you feed the turtle?
 

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Why not? Animals don't ways have the luxury of having small, mouthsized portions ready to eat. The turtle will almost certainly go after the goldfish again. Just a warning as I don't want your TLC go all to waste.
 

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I think if OP was to feed the turtle more often it would be less inclined to try and eat the fish. He may also just be doing it for the enrichment of hunting a prey item. Maybe you could add some feeder minnows or something to your pond so your turtle has the option to snack on something live that you won’t miss all that much. Not saying it would work, but maybe he would be less likely to try at the goldies.
 

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Is the turtle a male? If so, the attack might very well have been an amorous rather than a predatory one. Male turtles in captivity often try to mate with stones, large fish, the hands of their keepers, etc.
 

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