Smell

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echo444
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I\'m having a hard time keeping my turtle\'s tank from smelling. Right after I clean it, it\'s fine, but the next day it smells again.

I have a 75gal aquarium with a Fluval 4+ filter. The water is a little under 2/3 full. I only have one turtle (RES about 6 1/2 in.) I\'ve been using Turtle Clean, but it doesn\'t seem to do anything. I have no gravel on the bottom. The tank is partially in front of a window, and partially in front of the wall.

Please give me any suggestions you have. My mom is sick of smelling the turtle tank. I clean it the best I can, and often, but like I said, it only takes about a day for the smell to come back.
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How much does the package say that the gallons it can go up to. For a 75 gallon tank you will probably need around a 100 gallon tnak filter. And carbon cartridges help reduce the smell greatly. My best bet would to get a fluval canister filter. Thats what i would get for one of those. Putting a cover on the tank is also helpful like a glass cover or even making your own plexi glass cover. ;)
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I don\'t remember how many gallons the filter is for. I know it was a lot. I have a glass cover for the top (there is a separation in the middle so there are two glass top pieces that can be opened separatedly), but I leave it open so she can get air. I guess it could help contain the smell. I\'ll see about getting some carbon cartridges. Thanks for your help.
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What does it smell like?
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Be careful if you put on a cover. With underwater heaters and heat lamps you should NOT use a glass or plexi cover. Those types of covers will prevent the heat from escaping and might make the water get too hot. You don\'t want to cook your turts!
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undergravel filters work suprisingly well. they keep water clean and they keep the tank from getting smelly to the point where you want to camp outside! lol
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Get a fluval 404 or a magnum 350 (i like fluvals others dont) undergravels will do nothing but give the turtle another chew toy.
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Make sure the filter has activated charcoal in it, the activated charcoal absorbs the smells, kinda like baking soda in your fridge.:D
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