We have a turtle that someone gave to us for a pet. We call her Carlita.
Carlita came to us in a 10 gallon glass aquarium. She seemed very cramped in that after a while so we moved her into a blue kiddie pool. The kiddie pool was big enough, sure… but it was a pain to clean since we didn’t have any kind of filtration.
Pet Turtle Pond With DIY Filter
Now Carlita lives in a 200 gallon galvanized stock tank with a home made bucket filter. Follow along to see how the bucket filter was made.
This was the original pond for Carlita the Turtle.
Below you can see the two buckets. One is a standard 5 gallon and the other is a 4 gallon bucket. The soda crate has had a circle cut out of it for the grate in the filter.
The grate was attached to the bottom of the 5 gallon bucket with zip ties. The ties go through little holes that were drilled in the bottom of the bucket around the larger opening.
The top bucket was filled with lava rocks
(I should have rinsed them first… notice the red water in the last photo)
The buckets are not attached in any way except for gravity and friction. The weight of the rocks keeps the top bucket nicely in place.
The pump pulls water in from tank and pushes it up through the rocks for filtration. The filtered water rises and falls over the top rim of the bucket.
A second soda crate was used as a float for the turtle.
This crate has a piece of closed cell foam under to keep it afloat.
Thanks for looking. Happy building!
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