When I first got my Painted Turtle I would manually clean out his tank ever 2-4 days when I would see his water getting murky. I would scrub his rocks and everything down clean with a scrubber and a weak dishsoap (not a lot of soap). Now, I have got a bubbler which circulates the water fairly well, while also adding oxygen to the water and I also have a small filter meant for the tank and amount of water I have in the tank right now. So I set up the tank, plugged in the bubbler and the filter and left it to see how it would do. I began to notice that after 2-4 days, the murky water that I normally would see that would alert me to clean his tank shows up while I have a filter and a bubbler going at the same time. Also, I don't feed my turtle inside the tank he sleeps and swims in for both sanitary and convenience reasons and he also will actually relieve himself after he has done eatting in the bowl, so he doesn't relieve himself much, if not at all in the main tank.
So what I am asking is:
- Why does that water still continue to get murky, even after I have a filter and a bubbler?
- What can I do to stop the tank from getting dirty all together or for a fairly long time (1-2weeks)?
Thank you to all that reply, your help is very much appreciated.