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Building a small planted tank for my Sliders.

Hoping to get some advice here. I'd like to start my own planted tank to raise Anarchis, moss balls, and some other plants that are safe for them to eat. I figure over time it would be cheaper to grow them myself rather than constantly buying them from the petstore.

What would be required to grow these? Sofar I have a:

- 20 Gallon Long tank
- 18" Glo-Life bulb
- 501 Canister filter (needs media) Good for 35 Gallon Tank

It would probably have gravel at the bottom with some rosey minnows that will also end up as snacks for the sliders.

Is there anything else I need or any advice??
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501 is definitely not going to be enough filtration for a 20g.. but I mean it's just a grow out tank.. soo many it will make do..
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501 is definitely not going to be enough filtration for a 20g.. but I mean it's just a grow out tank.. soo many it will make do..
Well I've got a Fluval 4+ that's been sitting around. I guess I could use that for mechanical filtration and the 501 for biological.
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Turtles are very messy, you will need powerful filtration. They will eat your plants and outgrow your tank very quickly...
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You should look around for the small variety of sliders. They stay around 3" in diameter and they don't create much of a mess at all.

If you're planning to get the large variety, I'd avoid live plants all together, it is going to be a pain replanting and fixing everything all the time if your goal is to keep the tank nice looking with plants.
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I'm a little confused by your post.. are you wanting to have a 20 gallon tank to grow plants in for your turtles to eat? Or are your turtles going in the same aquarium?

If you're planning on putting the turtles in the plant tank, IMHO that's a bad idea.
First, 20g is too small for a turtle. General rule is 10 gallons per inch of turtle.
Would need a better filter also, i'd recommend getting a filter rated for at least double the size of the aquarium. Turtles are super messy, as i'm sure you know.
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You should look around for the small variety of sliders. They stay around 3" in diameter and they don't create much of a mess at all.
There is no "slider" that stays around 3".

Male map turtles stay small, about 5"

Mud and musk turtles stay small around 4"(except for the giant musks, Staurotypus sp.)

Mud and musks don't eat much vegetation either.
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