San Diego Winter Nights Too Cold?

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johnandsharon
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Hi Everyone!

My wife and I just built a new 425-gallon outdoor pond, and we have added 2 female Red-Eared Sliders and 1 male Western Painted turtles to it. Here is a picture of what it looks like: http://www.johnandsharon.com/images/hom ... n_pond.jpg

The upper pond holds Koi, while the lower pond holds the turtles and feeder fish. The water is pumped from the bottom to the top, and then falls back down in a waterfall.

I did a lot of research and made sure that the turtles have all they need by adding a cork bark basking island, some hiding places, a filter, etc.

During the day, they all bask in the sun, and swim around having a good ol\' time. http://www.johnandsharon.com/images/pets/myrtle.jpg

However, during our winter nights, the water temperature has dropped to about 54° to 50° :(

Everything I have read says that turtles should have higher temperatures than that, and I am concerned about keeping them comfortable and providing them the best environment possible for their immune systems.

I can\'t seem to find a good pond heater that is designed for outdoor ponds. The portion of the pond that holds the turtles has a capacity of 115 gallons, and I am considering just buying a couple 60-gallon aquarium heaters (one for each corner) to see if that will help.

Does anyone have any recommendations for outdoor pond heaters? Should I not be worried about the water temperature so much since we live in San Diego? Any advice would be appreciated!

Thanks,
-- John and Sharon :)
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I am not an expert at all on red eared sliders, but I have a friend who has them in his pond in his backyard in NY. He finds the ones he can at the end of the summer to bring indoors, but the rest stay in the pond, and he says they are fine through the winter, and that he finds most of them in the spring. I hope this helps, or that someone corrects me if I am wrong!!!
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i reccomend investing in a 55 gallon tank for the wintr, and bring them inside with a heater and a light. i think that would be the best for the turts. there is lots of info on the site how to set up a tank.
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Hi everyone! Thanks for the replies. We ended up getting a 1000W submersible outdoor pond heater from Clepco. I am slowly increasing the water temperature, and they seem VERY happy (and so are we!) Here is the model we got: http://www.clepco.com/aquaculture/quick ... ubmersible

-- John
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