Rated 5 out of 5 by Dayiam Use in Turtle Aquarium How to 'Pump it Up' for better filtration and the size you need to cut the acrylic - 12 years experience
I have owned turtle aquariums for over 12 years. I LOVE the vivarium and currently run it in a 75g W and 2, 40g W aquariums. Here are a few pointers that some of the users on here need to realize: for each 1" of turtle shell, you need to have 10g minimum of filtration, and where this is a beautiful filter to use in your aquarium it is simply not big enough on it's own to filter more than 1 turtle in a 20 gallon, no matter how much you try to keep it clean, it just won't cut it, and it is of no fault of the company, that is exactly what it is meant to do! HOWEVER, if you love the look of this as much as I do, here is my recommendation and a hack to use this gorgeous filter AND keep a clean tank!
First: Set up your vivarium filter. (In wide tanks, you will need acrylic inserts which you can buy for very cheap online, ($4 each! cut to your customize size. (In a 40w and 75W you need cut acrylic that is 3/8" x, 6 1/4" x 3 1/4")
Second: Put a canister filter to the appropriate size required for your turtles, again 1" shell = 10g to 20g filtration, for my 40W (also called a breeder tank), I use a 120g canister filter, and have perfect water. 75W I use a 200g. If you choose NOT to drill holes with bulkheads (I use that in 1 tank WITH my Vivarium filter), than you can hack it by drilling a hole down through the lid on the top of the vivarium, insert the INTAKE hose through this hole and then attach a ring on both sides, so it can not slip out, push the intake hose all the way to the bottom of the back section of the vivarium. DO NOT leave it open so the hose can sit in there, as turtles like to climb they will likely fall in and drown! A regular drill bit will drill through it just fine.
Third: Take the OUTPUT hose from your canister filter and attach it to the top opposite side of the tank with the spray bar facing the glass, this will create a cascade waterfall on the opposite side of the tank which will push water towards your vivarium filter and the intake hose.
Essentially what you just did was increase the filter capabilities of your vivarium while keeping the beautiful set up.
DO NOT SET THE OUTPUT HOSE UP TO PUSH WATER DOWN THE WATERFALL, if you do this, though it is logical, you will create a waterfall that WILL and can drown your turtles as well as keeping them from climbing up your waterfall, further, it will actually keep your tank from being cleaned by creating only a circular filtration happening inside the back of your vivarium filter.
So, don't give up on your Vivarium because you are using it for something bigger than it is good for, just pump it up with a canister filter, keep the beauty, the fun for your turtles, and the clean water! I will always use these gorgeous filters, and I hope this helps you to keep yours!
(attached is a photo of my 75W, it needs cleaned, but I wanted to show you how to hack it, this specific tank has the hole drilled through the tank and in to the lower part of the Vivariums back tower. (Please do not attempt to do that specific hack at home). The 40g breeders are currently being cleaned so I could not take a photo of that for you, those have the hose going through the top of the lid.)
March 6, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Lourdes i would recommend it for small tanks not for 40 gallon tank
yes, the product has it's prettyness, filter is not for big tanks, maybe for 20 gallon. i brought a 40 gallon breeder tank for my 2 turles, waiting 4 days and water was very murky did not clear at all. i'll keep it for it's rock looking feature and the turtles love to climb and bask, but not good with filteration, had to add the Fluval 106, water cleared overnight.
May 27, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by TutleOwner Not a FILTER !!!
this should not be sold as a filter .. after setting it set up we soon found out it cant be used a filter. it should be sold only as a land and water environment decoration . There is no way for the water to mechanically filtered as it passes through the cartridges because it has not parts to make it .. the only thing that filters the water is the rocks that are around the the main part where the pump is . If you have turtles or anything that a filter is a need this is not the thing you buy in less you wish to also spend more money on a filter. so think of it this way $100 for this and then about $50 on rocks , then another $20-$60 on filter plus whatever else you need.. . i gave it 2 stars because it works for Land and water fall but that is all.
May 12, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by TurtleOwner9911 Very beautiful but not very functional.
After seeing this filter, I fell in love with it. I thought it was very beautiful and really cool. After getting home and installing it into our 40 gallon tank, we soon figured out, it may be beautiful but it is not functional. Once it was in the tank, about 60% of the tanks was just the filter. The other part was only about 6 inches of water in a space that was 12"x 10". Needless to say, we took it back the following day and got a different filter.
March 24, 2014