It's a good brand, turtles are just dirty. You have to find something that is more powerful then zoo med or fluvial. I have the U2, and it was real bad. When you touch it the gunk would fall out of it. Try the Cascade 500. I just got it. I;ll write a review on it next week. I just wrote a review on the 511 here it is.
Fluval is good though.
I have 1 female red eared slider, 4 inches long. 20 gallon tank, and nothing else inside but a basking area.
I still have the filter working the turtle tank. However I am changing it out to try the Penn Plax cascade since it has rave reviews. But lets get into this filter. The suction is poor. Very poor. And I don't think people know this because when you circulate the water, you will find all the dead skin lift up and float. Now if want to buy a wave maker or pump you can, thats on you. But if you place your hand where it sucks the water into the filter, it's seriously not noticeable. You can't feel the suction, it's weak. So the droppings, food, and skin all stay down at the tank. Now, that leads to my next point.
Because the suction is so weak, when you turn off the filter to change out water or parts, it's very difficult to get it going again.(Sometimes) Heres the thing, when you want to get the filter going again after a water change or whatever, the filter struggles at first to suck the water because it has in in the motor and it its so weak to suck it back in again. And then the motor gets hot. And that burns it out; I was told this by zoo med. So little by little you are breaking the motor. There is no fix for this that's how it was made. All I can say is after you put fresh clean water make sure to fill the filter with water as mush as possible. It helps with getting it going, just a little though. Now I gave up on the filter because my water wasn't clear. It was getting cloudy maybe 10 hours later after a water change. So here is the catch. If you want to keep the water crystal clear with gunk at the bottom, you have to feed the turtle outside the tank. That's the catch. At that point you just lose the idea of the "WATER FILTER". The set up is good. it's very quiet, even when struggling to get the flow of water going it makes a noise but it's not really loud. But I feel like I am cutting my time short with it every time I change the water and I have to hear it struggle. See when the filter has air, and it struggles like it does after the water change, your burning out like I said in the beginning. I will write a review for the Cascade later. Here are some pictures, and just so you know I changed out the water before I took them. Good luck.
answered 7 months ago
San Pedro, CA
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