A new place for the mata mata: Build thread

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I got a chelus fimbriatus nearly 2 years ago, and at 9" I feel he needs a larger enclosure than a tank, and since I live in a tropical country, an outdoor setup would be great for the turtle as well, so i planned to setup a small 6'*3'*1.5' terrace pond using a pond liner.

So I went out collected some rocks, got some driftwood.

I will be working on this only on weekends, the build will be slow, but the plan is to finish it in a month's time.

The rocks
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The pond being filled up for leak test
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So yesterday was a weekend and here's some progress.

Lugging 4 x 40kg bags of soil to the second floor didnt help with the progress of the build though.

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My youngest looking where the mata mata is at the moment
 

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Dang...reading just the first paragraph in this thread is enough to make me so jealous on so many levels that I can barely finish my coffee.

How am I supposed to enjoy the sight of the snow currently pelting down outside (about 2 inches so far this morning) without coffee???

We need to see that turtle! :)
 

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Its been two weeks of inaction

Mostly because of laziness on my part.

This weekend I did take a rough estimate of the plumbing material needed, purchased it and is ready for the build for the coming weekend.

Until then a small video of the plants and the fish thriving in the pond.

 

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The filter is going to be very simply bio filter, a drum filled with porous media, and a nice alocasia to help with nitrate removal.

Duckweed that is added to the pond, is a very prolific nutrient consumer, and as such will boost the filtration.

Got a drum that, I shall be using as a filter tank.

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The drum I shall be fitting with 3/4" bulkheads for outlet, the inlet will just placed on top.

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Vegetable bags used in refridgerator will be used as media bags
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Popsoil, baked clay which is highly porous shall be used as media.
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Will update the rest soon
 

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Well the last weekend I managed to finish the plumbing.
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Its an ugly job.
This is how the pond looks like now
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Have added a few more plants on the mud bank
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