Basking Area

Post any questions you have about a turtle indoor setup here. Or if you have a link to your indoor setup picture we would love to see it.
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Fri Mar 18, 2005 1:13 pm

My tutles are slowly out growing their tank, but I don\'t have the room or money to buy a decent sized tank. Do any of you have experience building a basking area outside of the tank? I\'m trying to maximize space until I can upgrade.
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Sat Mar 19, 2005 7:31 am

nice idea:)

yeah somebody posted pix for a similar setup but i can\'t remember whom it was..it\'ll be here in the indoor setups section
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Sat Mar 19, 2005 9:47 pm

i post that fishtank but i borrowed it from another site(without asking,oups!:D)
i\'m in the same deal then u...someone on another site told me to take acrylic AT LEAST 1/4 inch thick...and on the picture i show the guy use metal bracket in shape on \"T\" and \"L\" to do the edge of the bottom..when i ask about it people told me to check in a hardware store for that...
that\'s what i know so far...but i still wonder how much weight my fishtank can take?!?
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Sun Mar 20, 2005 3:07 pm

the idea is that u put something (a box or even a rubbermaid) and fix it on top of the other one..of course it should be smaller so it covers only half the top or something..then make a ramp so they can go up and down easily..i think it was Stoshie\'s setup right? ok ok i think i know where it is:D just a sec..
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Sun Mar 20, 2005 3:16 pm

found it! :D

here is the link to the posts http://www.allturtles.com/msgboard/view ... 4730#24751

of course from our beloved msg board:)
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Sun Mar 20, 2005 7:52 pm

Thanks so much! I found a way to do it for now. I have a small 5.5 gallon tank that i\'m gonnna remove the front glass from and kinda make an outter basking area. I also found a 75 gallon tank on ebay for $70, I\"m gonna buy it if i can get a truck to pick it in! I\'m excited.....
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Sun Mar 20, 2005 8:05 pm

believe it or not that is exactly what i was doing today.. i have a 75 gallon with 2 RES\'s... it was filled about half way and this was the biggest place they had ever had.. but i knew they needed more.. so i built a plexi glass surround at the top this afternoon.. it turned out all right except i have to figure out how to enable them to get up to the plexiglass platform at the top.. now the water is filled to the top and they have plenty of space..
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Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:07 am

all similar setups that i saw had a ramp for turtle to climb to their basking \"setup\"..check that pic too

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u can see a small ramp going down into the water..

pic from www.austinsturtlepage.com
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Mon Mar 21, 2005 9:42 am

thats a very nice idea.. i wanted to stay away from all kinds of woods just to make sure they would be safe and healthy.. and this is the problem i run into.. i want to have a ramp like that, but my ramp fell.. the silicon just wouldn\'t hold.. thats why i figured a suctioncup ramp might work.. but wasn\'t sure..
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Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:48 pm

btw if the prob. is that u\'r not comfortable with wood, then u can use it as the base and cover it with something good looking
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Mon Mar 21, 2005 5:06 pm

never thought about the hamsters.. lol.. not a bad idea.. i was looking around the house for some kind of angled plastic, and maybe i could use a countersunk screw to join them then cover the ramp and plexiglass with the marine carpet.. what ya think? would screws present a corosion problem?
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Tue Mar 22, 2005 4:30 am

why not:) if the screws don\'t rust then why not
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Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:17 pm

Well, they make stainless steel screws and brass screws so that you can use without worrying about rusting, but you do have to worry about wood rotting:D, maybe make the ramp out of plastic.
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