Zoo Med Turtle Clean Canister Turtle Filter, 30-gal

By Zoo Med
Rated 3.2353 out of 5 stars
$87.44Chewy Price

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About This Item


  • Combines mechanical, chemical, and biological filtering systems to keep water clean and healthy.
  • External canister system is perfect for filtering turtle tanks, vivariums, box turtle pools or turtle tubs.
  • Works with a sponge, activated carbon, and bacteria-absorbing ceramic media for more efficient filtering.
  • Features an aerating spraybar, hose-connecting device, adjustable flow control system, and easy-to-open filter head.
  • Space-saving design is available for 15 and 30 gallon tanks, and filters at a rate of 160 gallons per hour.

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Aquarium TypeFreshwater
Fish TypeTropical Freshwater

Questions & Answers

20 Customer Questions

How do clean and maintain this device? What is the cost to maintain this filtration system?
Answer by ChewyJul 25, 2018
Please see attached photo for proper guidelines on maintenance.

How often do I replace the filter
Answer by ChewyApr 22, 2019
It's recommended to replace the carbon bag monthly. Do not replace ceramic media; this is where beneficial bacteria live. Occasionally rinse them gently.

Does it come with everything needed?
Answer by ChewyJul 03, 2019
The system features an aerating spraybar, hose-connecting device, adjustable flow control system, and easy-to-open filter head. It does not come with filter media.

Do these filters work with sand filled water?
Answer by ChewyNov 03, 2022
You can use the TC-32 filter in a tank with sand on the bottom. Make sure that the intake tube is not in the sand and that the filter is off if you are stirring up the sand so it does not end up in the filter.

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Rated 3.2353 out of 5 stars
34 Ratings
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34 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Sam on Jul 27, 2023

I love it and so does my turtle!

I got this because my turtle kept tearing up the internal filter we had. Needless to say the water is more clear now, she doesn’t mess with anything at all with the slim design of what goes into the water. Darryl (my turtle) and I absolutely love it!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By BobR on Feb 27, 2022

Excellent filter

After reading some of the reviews I was hesitant about purchasing this system, but did so anyway. I have a Red-eared slider in a 55 gal fish aquarium with about 13 gallons of water. This filter has keep the water crystal clear for several weeks and still going strong. I do take and clean the filters every other week which is a simple operation. The only complaint I would have is the output sprayer is noisy but solved this problem by putting the output tube just above the water line and directed the spray towards the wall. Had it below the water line but the turtle kept knocking the line off the tube. Highly recommend this product to new turtle owners like myself.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Filter on Apr 6, 2022

It works as it should

It works as designed. Not difficult to set up. Still needs maintenance and cleaning like everything else. Something people need to understand. There is no magic pill

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Jared on Oct 24, 2021

I wouldn't buy again

I bought this turtle tank filter for our tank that is 50 gallons but we only have it half full (25) gallons. This filter could not keep the water clear. Also, after only 5 months of use and it stopped working completely. I am looking for a replacement again.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Meepii on May 20, 2021

It works like it Should!

Since my purchase of the "Turtle Clean 30" it has worked perfectly since I got it. Very easy setup, some people say the clips on the filter are hard to open or close. No its not, its very simple to open up and very simple to close. You don't even need to be a rocket scientist to operate this turtle filter. With my old tetra filter that wasn't doing its job anymore since my turtle was just a baby when I got it. I do recommend this product if your turtle is growing up already and not a baby no more. It just keeps everything clean, and the best part is, if you setup your tank properly to where you put the filter suction on one side in a corner of your aquarium and you feed your turtle there. The food that your turtle eats, that falls to the floor will get sucked up right away reducing a mess. I'm very happy with this product. (^.^)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Pamela on Jul 13, 2021

It's complete!

YES! It DOES come with everything you need to start! Idk why Chewy is answering people's questions otherwise. It comes with sponge, charcoal, and ceramic medium. I can't vouch for the performance yet... upgrading from a Turtle Clean 15.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Logan on Jun 9, 2021

Good filter for price

I have a 40 gallon tank filled about 6.5 inches with water. This filter seems to clean the water pretty well, but doesn’t circulate the entire tank so weekly cleanings are till necessary for my turtles tank.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on Apr 28, 2021

Pretty awesome

I've been using it for a few weeks now and it keeps my 40 gallon tank crystal clear.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Gary on Sep 21, 2020

Does the job well

I am very happy with pump & filter but had to do some design modification to create actual water flow within the tank. I am using it in a shallow water (2" deep) set up for baby turtles. The pump draws water in well but as designed but if you use the supplied spray bar to distribute the water back into the tank there is little to no water circulation in the tank. I did not use the plug in the end of the spray bar. Instead I snapped the little plastic spoon looking supplied piece on the end of the spray bar. It's a bit loose as is so I heated it and squeezed it so that it became smaller in order to snugly fit onto the end of the spray bar. I positioned the spray bar horizontally about 2" above the water level. A small amount of water does trickle out the spray bar but the majority of the water exits out the end and creates a water flow back to the pump inlet.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Tmb110 on Dec 7, 2020

Worked great for a while...

I've been using the filter for about a month now and it's been amazing until today when the water flow completely stopped. I disconnected everything and cleaned the filters inside and reconnected and primed the filter and nothing. all flow has stopped and I have no idea what is wrong with it.