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i have a 55 gallon tank with 2 turtles (4" each) 1 flordia gar (10" long) 2 plecos (10" & 4" long). i have ...
i have a 55 gallon tank with 2 turtles (4" each) 1 flordia gar (10" long) 2 plecos (10" & 4" long). i have a eheim canister filter 2213. it came with the tank but dont seem like it does much. there is alot of debri floating around. the water is clear most of the time but when all the debri gets sturred up thw water then gets a little cloudy. have any tips? i want to buy a larger more powerful filter but someone said it could affect the water in a bad way if the filter filters to much water per hour??? i have no idea. someone with know how please respond. thnx
What species of turtles are you keeping? Unfortunately I think you're overstocked as it is. I'm not sure how big Florida gar get but a 10" fish is already quite substantial and the plecos (if they're common plecos anyway) can reach 18" or more. If the turtles are red eared sliders, they'll definitely need a larger tank. I would look into upgrading your tank to something like a 90g at the bare minimum.
As for filtration, well, you've got some messy animals in there. Eheim makes a good filter but they're really low flow and not exactly suited to heavy mechanical filtration. I would consider slapping a second filter with a higher flow rate on the bigger tank after you upgrade. Fluval and Marineland canisters have higher flow rates than comparable Eheims.