Originally Posted by Autumnsky
How long is the light running?
The tannish color of the water could be from excess food and from the DW.
What color are the foods you are feeding?
Turtles are really messy and need lots of water changes to keep up with the water.
It sounds like the water parameters were okay, was that after a water change?
Has the filter pad been changed recently or washed with plain tap water?
How did you cycle the filter if you did cycle it?
I took the water parameters before
I did the water change. Because I wanted to see if it would explain the brown water, Alas everything looked as expected the Nitrates weren't even particularly high for it being 7 days since the last water change.
I do a water change every 5-7 days. I cleaned the filter the previous week.
So after I posted this, I did my water change, (vacuumed, exchanged about 30% of the water). Which obviously improved the water color. I purposely didn't feed in the tank for a couple days (I tried to feed him outside in another container, dont know if he actually ate, would do it all the time if I could but hes shy and just hides and only seems comfortable eating in his tank). The tank was brown again within 2 days of the water change.
Changing the water again today. I have a good cycle going because my ammonia/nitrites are always at 0ppm, but I might just do a 100% water change and give the tank and all the decorations a good scrubbing. I've been considering adding another filter or replacing this one. its rated for 100G, this is a 75G tank (half fullish) so the 100g filter is only filtering 40 gallons at most. (I keep getting told on other forums "better filtration". However, 1. the turtle is a juvenile only 2 inches long. 2. I have 2x the filtration for the amount of water. it doesn't seem to me filtration should be the issue (I guess I could be wrong).
Its so annoying because I have another turtle in another tank and it isn't having these issues (its a smaller tank, but similar lighting. I mean, I didn't have these issues in this tank either until recently.