What is the Best Canister Filter For Turtle Tank? - AquaticPals

For best operation, place turtle filter on a flat surface near the aquatic turtle habitat
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The good news is that, with a solid canister filter, your work is greatly minimized. I would suggest you strive to change at least 50% of your turtle’s water once a week. Yes, you may be able to get away with doing it less often, but I wouldn’t recommend it. In fact, doing this twice a week is even better, and may be necessary if your tank is undersized or you are housing lots of turtles. Remember to try and vacuum up any debris and solid waste you can find; this is best done with a good aquarium siphon, like the Python series that can both remove and replace tank water.
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A bare-bottomed aquarium, which enables the filter to more easily pick up solid waste, is preferable for most turtles (Soft-shelled Turtles, however, are best kept with a fine sand substrate under which they can hide). : Best Turtle Filter Aquatic Turtl ~ Sequa
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Soft-shelled Turtles, young Common Snappers, Reeves Turtles and many others fare best when kept at a water depth that allows the head to break the surface without the need for swimming. Filters designed primarily for use with fish generally do not function in partially-filled aquariums. Fortunately, most hanging, canister, and submersible turtle filters will work in shallow water…as low as 2 inches in some cases.This model is made for aquariums up to 400 gallons and is capable of filtrating 563 gallons per hour. It is built to last long time, and considering its size is very quit. Fluval Fx6 also offers Smart Pump technology to ensure maximum filtration efficiency. Overall, Fluval Fx6 is the best solution for large turtle tanks. It’s a monster filter! Hard to argue with that fact.Choose a substrate that is easy to clean and safe for your turtle. You can use sand or gravel, but sand is hard to keep clean and gravel may be eaten. Smooth, pebble-size stones and fluorite -- a porous clay gravel -- are popular choices for turtle substrate because they're safe for turtles and allow root growth for aquatic plants. If you decide to try fluorite, let the water settle for a few days, allowing the filter to remove the dust and debris; under-gravel filters work best if you decide to use fluorite gravel. Add driftwood, large stones and aquatic plants to the setup to make it more natural.The "Filter Media Thread" serves as a reference for filtration best practices derived from Turtle Talk community experience. Recommendations here are specific to aquatic turtle keeping and from your filter manufacturer's documentation. It is ultimately the decision of the individual turtle keeper to choose what to do with any information presented on this forum. There is an ongoing effort to continuously edit and improve this thread, so please send me a message if you spot an error or would like the addition of a particular filter.Fluorite. Personally, I think is the best choice for a planted turtle tank. Fluorite is a porous clay gravel that's designed for use in planted aquariums. It's an excellent root medium for plants, it looks very natural and attractive, and I've never seen a turtle eat it. However, when you first fill the tank, it will make the water look like mud. I just let the dust settle, and then then let the filter run for a few days with nothing in it except or (which is basically the same stuff, only less expensive). It usually takes a day or two and several floss changes before the water is clear.Any knowledgeable turtle keeper will tell you that the best filters for aquatic turtles are canister filters. Why? Because they are made to hold lots of filter media – media that creates a matrix for large colonies of that will take hold, usually 4-6 weeks after a new tank is set up with inhabitants. It’s these bacteria, not any cartridge you can buy, that breaks down ammonia. To this day, nothing removes ammonia as effectively or reliably as these “beneficial” bacteria. However, the less media your filter holds and the weaker the flow rate, the less oxygenated 3D surface is available for bacteria to grown on. That’s why most internal filters or hang-on-back filters are just too wimpy for the high rates of ammonia removal that turtles require.