With this being my first attempt at having an aquatic turtle (or really, just a turtle at all) I figured that I would let you all into my journey from setting up the tank, to getting things going, to hopefully seeing this upgrade into a bigger tank that just 40 gallons (since they need about 10 gallons per inch of shell, and this species gets to be around 8-12 inches resulting in a 120+ gallon tank when full grown).
Tank: Aqueon 40 Gallon Breeder
Stand: Imagitarium Brooklyn Metal 40 Gallon Stand
Filter: Polar Aurora 265GPH Canister Filter (SunSun HW-30X Rebrand), Eheim Skim 350 (2x)
Lighting: NICREW Submersible LED Aquarium Strip (2x), ZooMed Aquatic Turtle Dual Dome Lighting (Combo UVB/UVA Bulb 10.0 13watt & 50watt Splashproof Heating Bulb) - Supported by Exo Terra Light Bracket w/ Additional Adhesive Support Bracket
Substrate: Generic Black Sand (Black Diamond Blasting Sand Medium Grit)
Flora: Anubias (various varieties)
Fauna: Female African Sideneck Turtle (1x), Convict Cichlids (?x), Malaysian Trumpet Snails (?x)