Cloudy Turtle Tank

My turtle's water is very cloudy (to the point of not being able to see him though the water) and stinks very badly! I am changing the water every single say and have a very good (and expensive) filter. What is causing the cloudiness and what do I do to stop it?

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By Bryan from Vancouver, BC

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August 20, 20100 found this helpful

Are there rocks, pebbles, etc on the floor of the tank? Turtle tanks do tend to get much smellier than regular fish tanks. We used to keep alligator snapping turtles that the kids would find, until they got too big for me to clean the tanks out safely, then we would return them to the creek behind our house.
Check out the site below:
www.drsfostersmith.com/.../category_home.cfm?acatid=160&c=6016
This is what I consulted while we had the turtles, and it was a lot of help.

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September 27, 20101 found this helpful

I have two Red Eared slider turtles, and I had to learn the hard way too, but now my tank stays clear. Here's what works for me: I bought a very large tank (55 gallon) and I use two filters; I use "Prime" (purchased from Pet Smart for about $6) to remove the chlorine and keep water clear. It is safe for fresh and salt water, and it only takes about 1/2 a cap full every time I change the water (about once every other week); Don't overfeed, this creates unnecessary waste; to keep the white buildup off the inside glass, I use a 50/50 mixture of water/white vinegar in a spray bottle every few days.

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The vinegar smell goes away as soon as it dries; You will have to remove the rocks about once every couple of weeks as well and clean them with bleach and water. Make sure you rinse the bleach off really well before returning to tank. If you can commit to spending about an hour every two weeks to thoroughly clean the tank, you will be amazed at the difference. Good luck!

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November 19, 20101 found this helpful

I have had my Red Ear Slider for about 9 years. I have 125 gallon tank for him. I also worked at a pet store for a few years. Cloudiness is usually caused by a build up of ammonia in the water. You might have spent a lot of money on a filter but it could be a crap filter if it doesn't have the right media in it.

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For turtles you need a carbon zeolite mix (it is black and white).

Keeping rocks in your tank can help but makes sure you don't buy aquarium gravel that your turtle can swallow. Also there is a product called Zoo Med ReptiSafe Conditioner it is blue; I would use this as a water conditioner.
Let me know if you have any other questions about your turtle or filter

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December 16, 20150 found this helpful

I have two small red ear sliders ,,I had same problem with cloudy tank ,until I started feeding them in seperate container leaving them in that water for awhile than they go to the bathroom in that container and the ammonia from them going to bathroom doesn't cloud their tank

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Anonymous
December 16, 20150 found this helpful

I have two small red ear sliders ,,I had same problem with cloudy tank ,until I started feeding them in seperate container leaving them in that water for awhile than they go to the bathroom in that container and the ammonia from them going to bathroom doesn't cloud their tank

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Anonymous
July 20, 20180 found this helpful

Will long term use of zeolite harm my turtle? Ive been using it and it works great but Im worried it may harm him?

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April 4, 20170 found this helpful

I know this was a VERY long time ago but, did you ever find out what the problem was... please get back to me ASAP

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July 20, 20180 found this helpful

In most times it hurts the Turtles water to change it out completely you want to leave half of the dirty water in the tank because there is good bacteria in the dirty water that you need for the new water you put in there. There Is Never Enough good bacteria and clean fresh water for our Turtles

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July 20, 20180 found this helpful

Half of a water change so you don't empty out all the good bacteria... And add a little splash of this

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