I dont have any experience with chemical "waste removers" as I cant imagine whatever it is that breaks down waste is so great for my turtle herself, but I can explain the water conditioner to you a bit.
Water conditioners, which are designed to remove chlorine and balance tap water, should be applied to the water in a bucket, PRIOR to adding it to your turtle tank. Water straight from the tap is not ideal and could harm your turtles in large doses. Once the water has been conditioned and added to the tank, it will mix up with the water that is already in there. A filter would not be able to cleanse the entire bucket full of water before it touched your turtle, see? However, a filter is a great thing to have! it extends the time between vacuums and reduces ammonia and other toxins created by turtle waste.
I had a very bad experience with the canister filter that I purchased, but had success previously with a decorative cliff that had a submersible filter inside it (and it made a nice little water fall) and before that a cheap little submersible.
I hope that helps a little.
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