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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-09-2015, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Murkey turtle tank

So I just got a new set up for my painted turtle a little while ago it's a 40 gallon tank with a nice canister filter and a sprayer. It is all ready nice and I figured it would keep the water clear but that is not the case. The water is starting to get murkey and I just did a 5 gallon water change a few days ago. does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do to make the water not murkey?

On another note are there any live plants I can put in with the turtle or will he tear them up?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-10-2015, 01:29 AM
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How new is the set up? Sounds like the tank hasnt cycled yet (look up cycling a aquarium, it takes time for good bacteria to build up to be able to utilize/filter the waste the turtles produce). If the media is already seeded then maybe the turtle bioload is too high for it or maybe a waterchange without being mixed enough with dechlorinator killed off some beneficial bacteria in the filter. Not sure on the plants with turtles.
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It probably isn't cycled but I didint know that had anything to do with it thank and this is just one of my 4 tabks I have I just never thought of that and it's one turtle a little bigger then a soda can I don't think it's to much for the filter

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Turtles are pretty dirty animals, they make far more waste than any fish in my experience. It's good that you bought a canister filter right away, that is something that I put off for far too long.

As WaterLife said, the filter will take some time to properly colonize with good bacteria that will help clean the water. You can help speed this up by adding Tetra SafeStart. Until then, change the water often, and lots of it (I would suggest 1/3 of the tank every week until it stabilizes). Add a dechlorination liquid to the new water or else the chlorine in the tap water that keeps your drinking water safe will kill the good bacteria that you are trying to grow in your tank.

As well, a coarse gravel on the bottom of your tank might help. I had very fine sand for a long time, but my turtle swimming would stir it up and make the water very cloudy. Coarse gravel will catch more waste materials, but then you have to be sure to vacuum it out (but gently) when you change the water.

Last thing: try to be very careful about not feeding your turtle too much. Excess food is the easiest way to pollute the water. I have almost always had a few fish in the tank with the turtle: they help keep him entertained, and also eat up some of the fine crumbs that your turtle might miss. You can get something like white cloud minnows easily from most pet stores, and because they are very inexpensive it won't matter as much if the turtle catches one once in a while.

Hope that helps!
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