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Thread: Sponge filters

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    Hey guys,

    As you know, turtles are messy. I have my tank over-filtered at twice the capacity and have no issues with water quality. However, my turtles have the habit of pooping, mostly, in one specific spot in the tank and the poop accumulates there. I remove it often, but was wondering if there is something I can do to reduce the waste in that spot (yes, I do my water changes religiously).

    I have a few options in mind and wanted to know if you think either (or all) will work, or if you have an idea that might work. My options are, in mo particular order:

    1: put a sponge filter (one of the air pump operated ones) near that corner.
    2: Put an internal filter (the clear plastic kind that you fill with your own media and is pump operated) near the trouble area
    3: put an internal submersible filter (like a fluval or something like that) near the area
    4: put a power head near that area to "kick up" all the pool towards the filters intakes

    As I said, my filtering capacity is at twice the tank size (and no, I'm not over stocked) and the water is clear. I would like to avoid an undergravel filter as I don't want gravel in my tank.

    Any thoughts?

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    the powerhead stirring up the settled poo is going to be your best option. A sponge filter will collect it around the base if water flow allows. You basically need to get it stirred to a filter intake.

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    I agree with Sandz, a powerhead would be your best bet especially with a huge bioload like a turtle produces.

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    I don't know what type of filter you have, but could get a extension tube to bring the intake right to that spot ?

    Do you always siphon the poop out with each waterchange ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    I don't know what type of filter you have, but could get a extension tube to bring the intake right to that spot ?

    Do you always siphon the poop out with each waterchange ?
    Yes, I siphon all solid waste with every water chance and remove poop in between, whenever the filter doesn't catch it.

    I'm thinking that corner might just be a dead spot.

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    Thanks for the replies you guys.
    I ended up getting one of those pumps that have a little fan inside, I think they are used in salt water tanks to create currents and such (not a power head). Problem is solved.

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    I actually like when all the waste settles into one spot. makes it so much easier to keep clean. blowing it at your filters to suck in will just put more filter maintenance on your workload.
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