Hello Clueless: Responding to your post's I speak only from personal
experience, and some information I found here, and at other websites.
: : I'm planning to setup a 20 gallon tank for 2 4 in red ear slider.
: Two red ears will grow to 6-12 in. at maturity depending on gender.
Initially if you could spring for a larger tank, so much the better. We
currently have a 30 gal. with 2 males, both~7 in. and they could use some
: : Does anyone have any suggestion on which water filter I should get?
: We also have a Fluval. A 403, and Ive been very satisified with it.
: : I know Fluval 303 power filter is ideal, but will it be too big for
: : a tank this size? Also, how hard is it to assemble? How about
: : maintenance?
: I don't think its too big. Again, if you can spring for (at least when
it comes to turtle filtering), bigger is always better. It has taken me a
little time to get used to the maintence part. It took a couple of try's
before I had it assembled properly within the tank. Also the maintence part
can be initially tricky- such as "dont ever open the filter when its filled
with water in the house-It's really full of dirty turtle water!" So you do
have to manage to get it to a safe opening area-say outside. And after the
initial purchase of the foam, and the ceramic filter media which last
virtually forever, all you need to replace is the carbon, which can be
purchased from various mail order places much cheaper than you would find
at the pet store.
: : What about basking area?? If I put a big rock in it, wouldn't it
: : leave them no space to swim??
: Good point-it depends on the size of the rock. If you have a reliable pet
store, or herp pet store, you might ask if they could glue some acrylic
plastic slats on the inside of the tank using aquarium sealent, and after
it has dried see if you cold find some (or have a rock/plant nursery) cut
sone slabs of rock and place them across the tank on the acrylic
slats(there should be two) one set~2in below the top one, that suspends the
rocks above the major part of the tank, allowing the turtles to swim freely
down below, plus it makes a wonderful basking area for them.
: : Thanks for any suggestion you can provide me with.
: Fluval has a web site that just happens to have the instructions on
assembly and replacement parts, no prices though. I've misplaced it or I
would supply it here. Just do a search for fluval filters, you should find
it. Good luck JR