Hi all. It's been a while since I've been around the forum, but I am wondering if anyone here has used turtles in their aquaponics system? We recently found a baby painted turtle in the early spring (walking across our street, none-the-less) and have been raising him in a 20 gal. fishtank. I am planning to get some friends for him, but I am wondering if a turtle could be used in an aquaponics system to fuel the nutrients for the plants. Turtles are somewhat messy buggers, so in our small tank, we've needed a good turtle filter. But in aquaponics? Turtle poop might be just as good as fish poop, I figured. Wondering if anyone has tried this ever, and whether they had success, problems, etc.? When I set up my aquaponics system with my 55 gallon tank, I don't want to mess up the balance if the turtles prove to be too much for the system. But from what I've learned of turtles, only about 19% of the baby ones survive in the wild. (must make good lunches for some other critters). I thought perhaps raising baby ones into good 3-4 inchers and then releasing them when they're older might help their survival rate a little. What do you think? Could aquatic turtles work in aquaponics?
I will be working on it. I'm starting my aquaponics in the begining of 2013. Right now i'm waiting for my 26X12 greenhouse. I already have 3 full grow turtles in an outside pond with feeder fish.