confused about filters

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cindifer6421
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Hi, I don\'t want to sound like an idiot but I\'m confused about the filters. I have two red ear slider turtles and I don\'t know if I\'m doing the tank right. I have a basking lamp and a tree thing they can sit on. But I do not have a filter. What is the filter for? Does it mean if i have one that i don\'t have to clean out the tank. I try to clean it out every week by just dumping the water and filling it with fresh water. is that more work than necessary? someone please help. oh, i also noticed it looks like the shell of my turtles is peeling in some spots. what\'s the deal with that. thanks for any help:)
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Filters keep the water clean, though you might be needed to change it once a week anyway.
If you use carbon you can prevent excessive ammonia and stuff like that to possibly hurt your turtle.
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