How to keep a turtle aquarium clean.
July 17, 2007 2:55 PM Subscribe
Is there a way to keep our office's turtle tank cleaner?
posted by bchaplin to Pets & Animals (9 answers total)
Help, mefites! We have an 'office turtle' which often languishes in an algae-encrusted tank. The aquarium does have a filter, but when the algae build-up is bad it will get clogged and overflow. The only way to really keep the tank clean is to periodically remove the turtle, dismantle and clean the filter parts, scrub out the aquarium, wash all the stones inside, and refill with fresh water, which is no easy task. Is there something we could get, (such as a catfish), which would coexist with the turtle and reduce the level of algae in the tank?
The turtle is a red-eared slider. There is no chance of getting rid of it. And, if it matters, it is nasty-tempered and will likely try to nip to death anything we put in the tank. All we really care about, though, is the turtle's survival, as it is our boss' pet. (And we like our jobs, so quitting isn't an option!)