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    I have two red eared sliders in a 55 with about twenty gallons of water total. What I want to know is if there are any fish or companions I cn add? Any at all? Snails, clams, fish, frogs whatever.

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    What is the temp?

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    I keep it set at 74. I turn it up one or two degrees if I expect my place to get really cold

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    How big are the turtles?
    What filtration?
    What is the water change schedule?
    What is the nitrate concentration?
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    Well R E Sliders get to about a foot long, and they are fish eaters, maybe a big fish they would leave alone, Musk turtles eat crustaceans and bugs and they only get half the size so if you want fish get a musk turtle, if not get a big fish!
    Also I feed live crickets and the ranchu goldfish are now eating crickets with the turtles, they are about the same size, so all is well. I had to take the Ranchus out of the main tank because the clown loaches were attacking them (and the loaches were about 1/4 the size of the ranchus!), so no ranchu goldfish with clown loaches anyway
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    @ Fishguy -
    Turtles are six inches
    the filtration is two internal filters and one hob that puts out the water onto a rock wall so it flows down into the water.
    I change the water about once every week and a half. I do it one Wednesdays and than the next week on Friday.
    Nitrate, as of right now is around 10 ppm. My quick tests strips show a range of 0 - 20 ppm and it isn't the right color for 20 so it must be closer to 10.


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    So are you saying you kept clown loaches with them? I love my clown loaches and would love to put them in.

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    I think that tank is about full if they are six inches, the water is that low, and the nitrate is that high (I would be surprised if it was really that low, get some liquid tests, the strips are worthless).

    If you upgrade to a larger tank or a lot mor water that would help. I would suggest getting in the habit of weekly water changes (at least).
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    clown loaches do not go with goldfish, that is all I know about them. all I know is razorbacks go with fish is they are about the same size, and they are destressed.

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    @fishguy
    Well, the water isn't really low, there is nine inches in the tank measuring from the highest point in the substrate. As far Nitrate, my test strips have always done me well, I have to disagree that they are worthless. I used liquid tests for years and still do them once a month, but the strips are cheap and fast, and always conicide with the liquid tests. Also, for my water changes, I appreciate your suggestion but I began the schedule I have because of work and the amount of disturbance it causes to my turtles. Long story short, the little guys get spooked very easily and they hate when i come to do water changes, so i chose this schedule to stress them out the least. Considering my water is cycled ~28 times every hour, i think my water parameters are just fine. My trace amounts of Nitrate, I'm sorry, don't strike me as damaging or odd, as those are very low levels.

    All i want to know here is if there are any compatible fish or if anyone has had any great luck. I'm not going to necessarily add them, i just want the knowledge.

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    I would suggest plecos (to keep the tank clean), Clown or Yoyo Loaches (as they are fast swimmers), or Comets. Do NOT get bite sized fish, as they will be eaten. Good luck.

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