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How to Build a Filter for a Turtle Tank?

Posted on July 19, 2018 in Aquatic Terrariums

When it comes to building a turtle tank, there is one thing that you really need to have. The right filter.

However, the one thing that you need to know is that when you are buying a turtle filter, you are going to pay a high price for it. These filters are expensive. This is why so many people are looking for a way to make their own turtle tank filter. This is so that you can save some money. It is important that you are inserting the right filter, and this is why many people are considering making their own.

Here are a couple of ways on how you can build your own filter for a turtle tank.

How to Build a Filter for a Turtle Tank?

Why does a turtle tank need a filter?

The first thing that you might want to know is why do you really need to have a filter in your turtle tank. There aren’t lots of water in the tank like with an aquarium. This is also one of the biggest mistakes people are making when they have a turtle tank. They don’t install one for themselves.

However, anything that is living in a tank, should have some sort of filter. This is so that you can know for sure that the tank is clean and that they have fresh water and clean air. Without a filter, the plants, and the water will not be clean. Letting you have a sick turtle.

Can you use just any fish tank filter?

Now, you know that you need to have a filter. But, what type of filter do you need? Can you just go to the first and best store and buy a normal aquarium filter? The answer is no. You can’t just go and purchase the first and best filter for your turtle tank. You need to have a specific filter that is designed for turtles. Making sure that you can use the filter in just a small amount of water.

This is why so many people are looking to make their own filter for their turtle tanks.

Building your own filter: the harder filter to make

There are two different ways that you can build your own filter. The first one is the difficult method where you need a couple of things and a few steps to make your own turtle tank filter. You will find much information about this process on the internet. The basic things that you will need to make this type of filter is:

  • Igloo Thermos with Cap, about 11” tall, with a hole drilled on the bottom side for the adapter
  • Submersible Pump for the size of your tank
  • Activated normal carbon pellets
  • Plastic ring to fit inside of canister to hold medium in place
  • Regular filter sponge
  • Sealant
  • Gravel & Clay that you can purchase at any pet store
  • Ceramic tubes
  • Inflow tube, punctured many times

With using all these things, you will be able to create a great filter that will work for your turtle tank.

Building your own filter: the easy method

Then, there is the easy way to make your own filter. The great thing about this method is that you don’t need to have a lot of things, and everything that you will need is cheap and easy to find. This is a great project for those that are trying to save as much money as possible with the setup of their turtle tanks. Again, the method can be found online, at a variety of different sites.  The ingredients that you will need are:

  • Plastic water bottle, 2 liters, square if you are able
  • A small amount of airline tubing
  • Soldering iron from the hardware store
  • Aquarium safe silicone that doesn’t need to be expensive
  • A sharp X-Acto knife

Turtle tank filters. Something that you need to have in your tank, but you can’t just purchase any filter. You need to buy a filter that is designed for a turtle tank. But, these tanks are expensive. If you are going to look at how you can make your own filter, you will see that there are two methods. The easy method that isn’t expensive, and the hard method that is quite expensive. The choice which one to use will depend on you and your DIY skills.

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