Keelback enclosure

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  1. baker

    baker Well-Known Member

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    Recently I got in and upgraded my keelbacks enclosure to make it more natural looking while also giving it plenty of swimming area. I was however a bit lazy with this build so I only have completed photos. Basic process though was I used expanda foam across the back to make a fake rock wall. Then I put three layers of grout to harden and make it look like rock. Did a bit of dry brushing with acrylic paint to make it look more real, and then finally three coats of water based pond sealer to finish it off.

    As my aim was to flood the entire bottom section I also got a planting tray for seedlings and then repeated the above process along the two sides that would be visible. Then I put it on some legs to keep it raised out of the water. Once everything was dry and cured I then put aquarium pebbles across the bottom, flooded the tank and decorated the rest.

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    Overall I am rather happy how this has turned out, and the keelback seems to enjoy being able to swim properly again, along with all the hidey holes I have put into the tank.

    Cheers, Cameron
     
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    Flaviemys purvisi Very Well-Known Member

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    Awesome setup. What fish do you feed your Keely?
     
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    Got me jealous, keelbacks are awesome.
     
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    I give this guy a varied diet and have feed a range of fish to him over the years. Most common used to be just feeder fish I'd catch using a bait pot in my parents dam or the local creeks (gudegons, guppies, swordtails etc), very occasionally goldfish and even a small whiting once. More recently fish wise his had just frozen whitebait. Along with fish he also feeds on rodents, and will happily take hopper rats without a problem (that's actually what's in his food lump currently).

    Hahaha, that seems to be a trend you have with all of my animals latetly Imported_tuatara.

    Cheers, Cameron
     
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    Must be a decent size to eat hopper rats
     
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    His a decent size, and is pushing close to 60 cm. Could of course still get a bit larger, but his about the average length for keelbacks.

    Cheers, Cameron
     
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    Great setup. The only fish I can find in the creek are mosquito fish. But the lizards love them, and I have no issues harvesting pests.
     
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    @baker. Hate to say it, but Whitebait is one of the fish high in thiaminase like Goldfish. American Garter snakes are fish-feeders and there is good info available on Garter snake websites about thiaminase-free fish. Keep up those rodents and use the Whitebait sparingly would be my advice.
     
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    very nice setup ive always wanted a keelback
     
  10. baker

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    Don't worry, I am aware of this. That is why I provide a wide range of different food items and species to make up for any defects or problems such as thiaminase. Interestingly around Brisbane there appears to be a shortage of bait fish small enough to feed this guy, so his diet has taken a turn having a much larger proportion of rodents now than it did.

    Thanks, Nero Egernia and bluedragon. Keelbacks are certainly an interesting species to keep, just sucks it's always so difficult to try and track down people with them.

    Cheers, Cameron
     
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    I take about 5000 of those a week out of West creek here and turn them into turtle poop.
     
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    What method do you use to catch the Gambusia?
     
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    Sounds like a good setup, but I can't see any pics.
     
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    What method do you use to catch the Gambusia?
     
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    I am not sure how others catch them, but I just use a simple dip/bait net and scoop them up in the shallows that they infest.

    I also feed them to my lizards. The angle headed dragons love them.
     
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    What bait do you use?
     
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    Hey mate I use these Jarvis walker collapsible box traps.
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    And the best bait to use is vegemite on white bread.
     
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    Really? Didn't think the foreigners would eat that. The foreigners being the fish.
     
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    They sure do but you have to keep your traps only half suberged like in the picture as it will draw every turtle within 1000 square metres.
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    Obviously sub-adult turtles like this Murray are too large to enter the trap but baby turtles can and if it's completely submerged, they will drown.
     
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    So these traps are legal then. They don't qualify under the 'Opera House' traps that kill platypuses?
     

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