i have tried keeping the light off for a couple weeks before to see a difference, and nothing. it is just a standard 48" Tropic Sun light, and i have it on a timer to only be on 8 hours a day. as for the filtration, i have a really nice fluval 404 on it. it is supposed to be good up to 100 gallons. i was thinking of trying a UV sterilizer, but, they are pricy and havent been able to invest in one just yet.also, turtles are a bit dirty, but, i am sure that it is something i am doing wrong since my friend that had the turtle before, never had problems like this.
maybe i should get a test kit and test the water myself?
i am just getting frustrated since for 6 months i have had a small 2.5 gallon tank on my desk at work, and i have not done even one water change, and the water is still perfect. i simply add a little RO water every week when it gets a bit low, and that is it. i may just invest in a different filtration system and see what that works out too.
any other suggestions? also, thanks for trying to help. it seems so far that no matter who i talk to, everyone has the same suggestions, so, that is why i was told to come here. you are the first person to suggest the UV sterilizer, so, that already shows that you ust be more knowledgeable than most of the people i talk to. i only know about them cause of the fish store i go to.