Tidy Turtle

Water Conditioner

  • Improves water quality naturally
  • Reduces foul odors
  • Extends useful life of filter materials
  • Contains only naturally occuring beneficial bacteria
  • Breaks down organic debris in gravel and filters
  • Removes sludge from substrate
  • Does not effect pH (acidity and alkalinity)
  • Made in U.S.A.
Item No. 39744 - 
TIDY TURTLE™ - 4 ounce bottle 

TIDY TURTLE™ keeps turtle bowls, tanks and aquariums clean by using naturally occuring beneficial bacteria to remove sludge from the gravel substrate. Odors caused by foul water are greatly reduced. This formula contains specifically developed sludge removing bacteria used to remove organic debris from aquarium gravel, filters, tubing, etc. TIDY TURTLE contains only naturally occuring or beneficial bacteria and augments beneficial microbes already present in the turtle's environment. As well as eliminating unsightly sludge from the aquarium, these bacteria will also reduce odors that are produced as a result of organic decay.

TIDY TURTLE contains more than 2 billion Colony Forming Units (CFU) of heterotrophic bacteria per milliliter and the enzymes that help break down turtle waste products. These various species of bacteria consume carbohydrates, proteins, starches, fats and cellulose that build up in turtle habitats and turtle aquariums as the result of feeding, turtle waste, decaying plant matter and other organics. The Bacillus species in TIDY TURTLE can function in aerobic and anerobic conditions allowing these organisms to function in the best and worst of turtle habitat or turtle aquarium conditions.

TIDY TURTLE™ extends the useful life of filter materials and decreases channeling inside filters - allowing faster water flow and increased filter efficiency. TIDY TURTLE eliminates debris accumulation in biofilters, preventing the formation of toxic anaerobic zones within the filter media.

TIDY TURTLE makes turtle habitat or turtle aquarium maintenance much easier. In addition, TIDY TURTLE does not harm any of the beneficial organisms that are already active in the aquarium, and is safe if ingested by turtles.

TIDY TURTLE is very stable and has a long shelf life.


  1. Shake well before using
  2. Add 2 teaspoons (10ml) for every ten gallons of water (37.85L) directly into the water. Repeat dosage after 24 hours.
  3. Repeat the above steps biweekly or when wanting to remove visible sludge.
  4. To increase effectiveness, add directly into filter media, particularly activated carbon. Activated carbon is an excellent surface area for the Bacillus sp. bacteria in TIDY TURTLE.
Contains live facultative anaerobic heterotrophic Bacillus species bacteria in spore form.

The bacteria in TIDY TURTLE™ are in a spore stage inside of the product bottle. When introduced into an turtle aquarium, they are able to recognize that they are in an environment friendly to them, an environment rich in food and able to support their reproduction. The bacteria then emerge from a spore state and quickly begin to consume sludge. Upon consuming all of the food in the aquarium, the bacteria recede to minimal population levels. Because of the rapidity with which they consume all the food material available to them in the aquarium it is not possible to sustain an active population of these bacteria for a long period of time. Biweekly additions of TIDY TURTLE™ are recommended to sustain population levels sufficient to prevent sludge buildup
The bacteria in TIDY TURTLE™ function best the following conditions: pH range: 5.5-8.4
These bacteria are active between 55-110°F/12.7-43.3°C, optimum range is between 75-85°F (23.9-29.4°C).

TIDY TURTLE is an extremely stable product and will remain viable for three years if kept from extremes of cold and heat.
These bacteria are 100% non-toxic, non-pathogenic and feed on decomposing organic matter. TIDY TURTLE™ is non-corrosive and requires no special precautions to handle. These bacteria are not a health hazard to humans, fish, pets, plants or wildlife. TIDY TURTLE™ may be used with all of Kordon's water conditioners including AmQuel®, AmQuel Plus® and NovAqua®.

TIDY TURTLE™ may be used in conjunction with PhosRid™ and TransClear™ to achieve crystal clear water quality.

TIDY TURTLE™ can safely be used with organic medications such as Kordon's Ich Attack™ and Prevent Ich™. TIDY TURTLE™ is not intended as a substitute for proper aquarium maintenance including water changes.

TIDY TURTLE™ is not a medication and is not intended for use treating turtle disease. TIDY TURTLE™ is to be used as a sludge removing agent. TIDY TURTLE™ should not be used in conjunction with any medications, especially antibiotics. Medications will harm the organisms in TIDY TURTLE™. Before using TIDY TURTLE™ in any turtle tank or turtle aquarium that has been medicated, perform at least a 20% water change and use fresh activated carbon to remove any remaining chemotherapeutic agents.

Ultraviolet sterilizers should be turned off for up to a day after application.

Keep away from children.

TIDY TURTLE™ contains no hazardous chemicals or bacteria. If TIDY TURTLE™ contacts eyes, rinse with water.
If ingested, contact a physician and bring TIDY TURTLE™ product container with you.