I hope this is the right place to ask questions...
I have one slider and she is approx 6-7 inches. She is three yrs old. She shares her 55 gallon tank with 7 large goldfish. They are doing fine together and seem to get along.
My problem is my fluval filter. 306 model. It went out and the company's customer service is just horrible, but that's another story.
Because of the water flow I bought a new canister today. I won't have it for a week. I bought a sun sun 704B.
In fact this is a list of what I purchased today..
- SunSun HW-704B
- 24 Ounce Premium Laboratory Grade Super Activated Carbon
- Eheim 6664 Prefilter (it fits sun sun tubing)
- Matrix, 2 L / 67.6 oz.
- 200 bio balls by Siam
- A large roll of pink floss
- Two circulation pumps. 800 GPH each
- Six moss balls
- one Amazon sword plant
- a small bunch of waterweed
I probably went a little overboard, but after the terrible experience with the Fluval and company policies, I wanted to make sure I have everything. The 704b does not come with any filter media and it has four trays.
It was hard to find out in searching online exactly what I need and I'm still not sure.
I think from the bottom up this is the order... Is this right or wrong?
- pink floss
- charcoal with more floss underneath it
- the balls
- Matrix on top
is that correct or do i need something else?
I bought the circulation pumps to put on one end of the tank toward the bottom to move "debris" toward the intake.. And the prefilter hopefully to keep me from having to clean my tank so often.. I want to catch thing before they even get to my 704b.
One thing that led me to purchase the sun sun 704B is that if it goes out after the warranty expires, I can buy a new motor head for 40 bucks on Amazon. I think that's just pretty awesome!
Anyway, I await some response. I have had her for approx a year and a half. She was a birthday present for my grandson on his tenth birthday and she was about 1" at that time. And until I got her she lived in a little 10 gallon tank with no UVA or UVB lights. After I got her I started researching and discovered the needs of the a red sliders..
Since I have had her, she has approx 45-50 gallons of water to swim in and she loves it. She has a uva/uvb/infra-red combo light that she loves to bask under. She "had" a turtle topper but wouldn't use it, so I got her some other model that she has outgrown but still uses. I want to make her a natural one out of driftwood that is about 10" wide.
This is my second try at plants at well. I bought duckweed once and it clogged my filters up, so I am trying something else for her and the fish for their salads.
Anyway it late at night here (or early morning) and I've been amazoning and just needed a little advice my pending setup...
My main concern are my four filtration trays and putting the right stuff in the correct order for optimum results in keeping her tank and water crystal clear. And also, do I need anything else for my turtle to keep a clear tank? Do I need different bio material.
If I left something out please speak up. I have had bad experiences with filters due to my inexperience. I started out with two over the side filter because I did not know any better and now I've actually purchased my second canister.
Cheers and thanks in advance, Jenn