Fish Eating Turtle

Discussion in 'Reptiles' started by matija, May 17, 2018.

  1. m

    matija Valued Member Member

    i have pond 7 meters by 5 meters by 1,5 meters deep and i put in there prussian carp, black bullhead catfish and mosquito fish . my proplem is that mosquito fish and black bullheads are breeding so much they have stunt problem. my question if i put put red eared slider in pond(of course i will fence the pond so sliders cant escape) will they eat bullhead catfish and mosquito fish(of course that wont be their only diet because i wil feed them worms and insects and vegetables not oly them but whole pond)
    ps :here black bullhead is invasive species so nothing eats it i hope that red eared slider would eat them.
     
  2. Demeter

    Demeter Well Known Member Member

    I'd honestly shoot for a couple snapping turtles. Red eared sliders may eat the mosquito fish but I do not think the bullheads will get eaten, too many spines for a little turtle. How large is the average bullhead? It wouldn't be a terrible idea to catch a good number of them and cull them, and by cull I mean eat them. They are delicious when breaded and deep fried.
     
  3. OP
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    matija Valued Member Member

    i dont need them to eat full grown i will eat them .i need them to eat 3 -6 inches bullheads
     




  4. Demeter

    Demeter Well Known Member Member

    I’ve never known a red eared slider to eat larger healthy fish. Most the time they will go after dead/ill fish, plant matter, crayfish, tadpoles and frogs, all of which are easier to catch than a healthy bullhead. I wouldn't count on them controlling the population.

    Cant think of any other critters/fish that will eat them either. Perhaps a bowfin, pike or other predatory fish might. Then again the spines are good at deterring predetory fish.
     
  5. OP
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    matija Valued Member Member

    If they can cacth two pound channel catfish then they can catch small slow juvenale bullhead i think
     
  6. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    Why did you put in an invasive species?
     
  7. Velma

    Velma Well Known Member Member

    I agree. Owning invasive species is illegal for a reason, it’s really not good for the environment. Especially owning them and having them knowingly reproduce. I’m not trying to bag on you because I know you’re only 15, but invasive species out compete NATIVE species for food and disrupt natural ecosystems. I would honestly cull every last one of them, they’re a detriment to the state you live in. I know they’re in a pond and they’re not going anywhere, but that’s how they got to be invasive species in the first place.
     
  8. OP
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    matija Valued Member Member

    I put them in pond form which they cant escape so i dont see problem
     
  9. ValerieAdams

    ValerieAdams Well Known Member Member

    Well really the problem is that it's illegal lol. You can get in trouble for it
     
  10. OP
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    matija Valued Member Member

    Even so i decided not to do this long time ago
     
  11. Velma

    Velma Well Known Member Member

    It’s illegal for a reason. And people having them as pond fish is the exact reason why they’ve become invasive to begin with. Bad storms can transport fry, juveniles, and even adults to different water ways (streams, lakes, rivers, large ponds, etc) where they will eventually thrive and compete with native species for food and living space. I understand you don’t see it as a big deal, but that’s why places like Florida are absolutely overrun with invasive species and it’s a huge problem for them. We as aquarium hobbyists are responsible for making sure we don’t further contribute to these sorts of issues.
     
  12. OP
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    matija Valued Member Member

    Ok thats one reason why i scrapped idea
     
  13. ValerieAdams

    ValerieAdams Well Known Member Member

    I thought you already had the bullheads in the pond. Did you get rid of them all without the turtles?
     
  14. Velma

    Velma Well Known Member Member

    Again, I’m not trying to pick on you. I just want you to be aware of why these kinds of laws are in place haha.
     
  15. OP
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    matija Valued Member Member

    No it was an idea of pond.i want pond which i will use as decoration and as food income(fish) for my home.
     




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