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Light + Filter question

I was wondering if there's a bulb that has the UVB & UVA in one that I could purchase as opposed to buying it seperate?
& What is the best filter...as in,the BEST...?
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NVM!! http://www.turtlesale.com/lamps1.html That site has what i'm looking for

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I would go with either a Fluval or Eheim canister filter. Canister filters tend to be the strongest filters IMO.

Wet-Dry Filters are the best but are more for saltwater aquariums .




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I would go with either a Fluval or Eheim canister filter. Canister filters tend to be the strongest filters IMO.

Wet-Dry Filters are the best but are more for saltwater aquariums .
Thanks I have the Fluval 4 @ the moment. I'll have to purchase a couple filters though once I get the indoor pond idea underway. I want a big pond for them . So my intent was to purchase two or three really good filters because just one wouldn't do the job .
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The two different light fixtures you need for turtles are a UV fixture and a heat/basking fixture, the UV fixture should be one specifically made for reptiles, because the wavelengths needed are different than those for plants, aquariums, etc. You can combine heat with UV by getting a mercury vapor type bulb - something like T-Rex Active UVHeat Flood. Sadly, UV lighting isn't cheap, and the MV bulbs are even more expensive. Fluorescents need to be replaced at least yearly, sometimes more often than that as their UV output degrades with age. The MV bulbs last a lot longer, but they get extremely hot and need to be carefully placed.

I personally detest Fluval filters, I find them clunky and hard to maintain compared to other brands. I use Rena Filstars and Marineland Magnums. Both do a pretty good job at pulling out turtle goop and are simple to maintain. Eheims are good, but you'll pay more just because they have the "name" in filtration for aquarium people.

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Thank you Ravnos ^_^
I was using sunglo for quite some time but I wasnt sure if it included both UVA & B. So I had a fixture with the compact tube lighting to be sure they were getting both types I wanted something more compact though.So was looking for ideas =D

Oh thank you for the suggestions as well (& links!!)

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Hehe, I certainly don't advocate buying at Petco, but they had the example links I needed without hunting around.

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