Zoo Med Turtle Clean 501 External Canister Filter Turtle Clean 501 Turtle Filter
Well built product. Assembly instructions are terrible but assembly is mostly straight forward. The ability to look at parts and infer how they work together is mandatory. Once assembled the filter works great my water is crystal clean and the pump is quite.
January 8, 2014
I Love my "Zoo Med 501 Turtle Filter"!
I was just on the Doctors Foster & Smith site to order a new sponge filter for my 501 filter and was quite surprised at a couple of negative reviews, we have been using this filter system for almost 5 years now, we purchased it when it first came into the market. It is the "BEST" filter unit for our 30 Gal. Red Eared Slider tank; we have the tank filled up to around 8 inches from the top. This unit always keeps the water crystal clear and clean, you have to make sure that you are flushing the tank once a week for proper maintenance. This is by far the best filter system out there for your money unless you want to pay hundreds of dollars for the very pricy ones. I purchase my own carbon and mesh bag to save money from the pricey costs of the filters, but I also replace the sponge around every 4 months, rinsing it out well when I flush the tank. You won't be sorry with this purchase, its great!
June 16, 2012
Very impressed for a small filter.
My daughter has a 40 gal. turtle tank (filled half full with water) home to two red-eared sliders. It has been in operation for almost two years now and I have tried a variety of internal/decorative filters that just didn't get the job done. I use a Fluvall 405 in my 75 gal. aquarium and decided to get my daughter a good external filter that would be easy for her to maintain and liked the looks of the Zoo Med 501 so we went for it. After a day of it running we noticed a huge difference in water clarity and the turtles activeness. They really seemed to enjoy the "raining" effect of the water return. We have been using this pump for three months now and have been very impressed with the overall effectiveness of this small pump. Easy to set up, doesn't take up alot of room, and VERY quiet. All we hear is the trickle of the water as it falls back into the tank. Our monthly maintenance is easy #keep an eye on the top's o-ring to make sure it doesn't dry out!# and we use a reusable "sock" that I fill with Ammo-Carb for the chemical filtration making it economical. Bottom line: the water is clear, oderless, and the turtles are loving it.
The only con is the raining splatter does cause a build up on the side of the tank, but as long as we stay on top of it, it's easily manageable.
February 22, 2012
This filter is a workhorse! Our previous filter was the kind that hung on the side of the cage and the cage would be filthy in under a week after cleaning. With this filter, the water has stayed sparkling clean and no turtle odor. We have only had to clean the filter once since installation almost a month ago. The only downside is the rain waterfall is noisy, but it is a good trade-off for the clean cage.
January 15, 2014