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    Hey there little fella.

    I opened my pool a week ago, and within 48 hours I was clean, clear and balanced. Thanks to TFP of course.

    I put on my new solar cover Tuesday night to try to get my 62 degree water up to somewhat of a swimmable temperature and left it there until Saturday morning. I got up early Saturday morning, to pull the solar cover off and to give it a good vacuuming, and look what I found in the pool....





    He's a tiny fella... we are guessing no more than two weeks old.



    And here is Sheldon enjoying his new home



    Now, here's the question - how did he get into our pool? There isn't a water supply near us and we have a few theories on how he got here. What would be your best guess? I'm sure he had an adventure regardless how he made it to us.
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    Re: Hey there little fella.

    I believe by looking at his tail, he's a snapping turtle. They travel terrain to get to water sources.
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    Re: Hey there little fella.

    Nope, he's not a snapping turtle, but rather a red ear slider. Given his size and age, our family has a theory on how he ended up in our pool, but was wanting to ask the TFP community on how they think this little one might have made the trip.
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    Re: Hey there little fella.

    Yeah, I spoke too soon. Went out and looked at images of snappers and they do look much different.
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    Re: Hey there little fella.

    A bird dropped him.?

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    Re: Hey there little fella.

    Ha! That's my theory.
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    Re: Hey there little fella.

    My guess would be either a bird...or he was hiding in some pool equipment that you brought out for the opening.

    Sheldon, eh? BBT reference?
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    Re: Hey there little fella.

    My bet's on the bird.
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    Re: Hey there little fella.

    I don't know if you have owned a turtle before, but they live a LOOONG time, can grow large, and... (how can I put this....) produce a LOT of waste.

    BTW, I like its name... Sheldon!

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    Re: Hey there little fella.

    Quote Originally Posted by gboulton
    Sheldon, eh? BBT reference?
    Yep, the kids like BBT and named him that.

    Quote Originally Posted by kenmar
    I don't know if you have owned a turtle before, but they live a LOOONG time, can grow large, and... (how can I put this....) produce a LOT of waste.

    BTW, I like its name... Sheldon!

    -Ken-
    Ken, oh yes. We had a turtle many years ago, so I know what I'm getting into. Maybe my next house will have to have two ponds... one natural and one cement.
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    Re: Hey there little fella.

    Quote Originally Posted by saunterer
    Yep, the kids like BBT and named him that.
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Hey there little fella.

    ^^^ Ha!
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