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Red Eared Sliders are a really neat turtle to have in your home. They are beautiful, they are entertaining, and you get to interact with them. However, just like any other aquatic animal that you may have in your home, a Red Eared Slider is going to require a few pieces of equipment to stay healthy and alive. One of the most important things that you will need in your turtle tank for these little guys is a filter. So, what is the best filter for a Red Eared Slider tank? We have narrowed it down to 4 options.
For best operation, place turtle filter on a flat surface near the aquatic turtle habitat
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hose filters which are solely designed for the turtles have to really work hard to keep the aquarium neat and tidy, which is why the use of best canister filter for turtles is always recommended. The Best Filter for Aquatic Turtles | eHow
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Hard core turtle enthusiasts will no doubt run into situations that are not addressed above. For example, adult Common and Alligator Snappers will require huge tanks or ponds equipped with pool filters, while planted aquariums housing groups of Bog Turtles or other small species might best be served by .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.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.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.