Well, yet another tank has been set up in my house. UGGG My 14 year old has been saving her money for a snake and has now changed her mind and is getting this red ear slider turtle. She has done a lot of reading on the subject. So props to her. But I still feel like we are rushing it. I am hoping for some fishlore friends who have some experience with these guys. Especially since they are mostly aquatic!! My daughter found a nice 20 gallon long on craigslist. It is made for aquatic reptiles in that one side is just a half pane of glass so you can hang the HOB filter on that and not have a long loud waterfall. (since the tank will only be half full) problem is, there is a plastic piece that is supposed to go around the HOB filter to fill in the open area where that half pane of glass is missing. So we will have to find a way to close off that large opening so the turtle doesn't crawl out. (Any ideas?) It also came with the screen lid and we put one of my cycled marineland 100 HOB filters on the side that has the half pane of glass missing. Another problem has arisen with that...the intake tube is too long. It touches the bottom of the tank which works right now (since it is bare bottomed) but we want to put sand in there..... I did some digging and found what this set up is supposed to look like brand new. It comes with an aqueon HOB filter but the intake tube has an 90 degree elbow piece that turns the intake away from the bottom (since it is so shallow) I am not sure how to replicate that with ANY of my HOB filters. So that missing plastic piece on the side of the tank and the lack of a intake tube that is "L" shaped is throwing a wrench in things. BOOO Right now I have the tank, the screen lid, a filter and a heater (for the water) and it is cycled and ready to go (sort of...it still needs substrate, but I need to figure out the filter intake issue before I can do that). The tank also came with a nice turtle basking pad. The only other thing we really need at this point is the lighting. I have read that we need a UVB light AND a heat light. My daughter only has enough money left (after buying the tank) to get the turtle. So we are at a stand still. She is afraid the turtle she wants will be sold before she is able to get the lights. I am trying to find a lighting solutions for her that is as inexpensive as possible, and will allow her to get her turtle. And then worry about upgrading the lighting later?? Like...are there any cheap DIY ways to provide the heat and UVB.....at least temporarily? OR....can the turtle be ok without the UVB light for a short time? I have a light we can use for heating the basking dock temporarily.....And we get some GREAT afternoon sunshine in my daughter's room that could shine on that tank and provide some UVB rays....lol Thanks for taking the time to read this. Please provide me and my daughter with any advice you can! Thanks!!