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A friend recently had asked if we wanted to adopt a pair of red-eared slider turtles. Being an animal person, especially Turtles, of course I said yes. Their current habitat was a 20 Gallon tank, and I wanted to get them a bit more room to roam. I like working outside during the weekends, since most of my weekdays are spent behind a laptop. Tidah had decided to name the turtles Zero and Kobe, Kobe being the male; to this day I have no idea where she got the name ‘ZERO’ from for the female.

Zero

I started by getting some cheap cherry colored lumber from Home Depot, that was on sale of course, I am not anticipating this pond having a life that is too length, but good enough for now until I can build my dream backyard. The pond’s is approximately 4’x4′, a tad bigger, and the first cuts are below.

Zero

After putting together the initial frame, I laid down a small blanket of gravel and sand which serves as a type of barrier between the wood at the bottom of the pond and the liner, I don’t want any puntures. A few braces were added around the inside as well because I didn’t want any of the metal to really be visible from the outside. In the photo below you can only see the horizontal braces, however, vertical ones were added also.

Zero

After some Thompson’s Water Seal was applied, I was lucky enough to get a used liner from my father-in-law, and cut it down to size appropriately. I also added some water and decided to give the turtles a chance to stretch their legs in their new water home.

Zero

Zero

I put a couple of redwood planks around the rim, and continued cutting away the excess liner. At this point I am also getting ready for the pump/filter, but it is not pictured here unfortunately.

Zero

My daughter gets a kick out of it, and is constantly looking for the turtles and wanting to feed them. Below a few Hyacinth were added, that were also given to us from my Father-in-law.

Zero

Not the biggest project, but at least something that keeps me away from the computer keys and life of design/development. I have some sketches in my head that I really need to draw out of what I would do with the backyard ultimately. I love architecting and landscaping, as I once was aspiring to do architecture; I should really get back into it. This weekend I had also ordered seeds for Coast Redwood Trees and Chinese Elms, as I want to try my hand again at bonsai sculpting. I decided to try from germination, but also may purchase a couple of junipers and Japanese Black Pines to practice on as well. I had also recently recieved 2 cuttings from a tree that I was wanting to try.

Update!

A few extra photos my wife had taken:

Pond

Pond