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    my diy turtle basking area

    Post by cichlidlover27 on Sun 05 Apr 2009, 01:53

    okay apu I just got done making this. I was tired of hearing bad reviews on those floating turtle docks and I have found out they totally arent that great, so heres what I came up with.





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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by Guest on Sun 05 Apr 2009, 02:00

    nice. ive seen a similar set up on a 55g RTS setup. the sliders seemed to really like the basking area.
    looks good
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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by cichlidlover27 on Sun 05 Apr 2009, 02:22

    hey thanks,


    yeah it was a 10 gallon aquarium with a broken glass side piece I was gonna ditch it then decided to come up with this. lol alot of rocks to silicone on there man. I got to scrape the loose silicone off there when it fully dries so it will look better.
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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by Cam on Sun 05 Apr 2009, 03:12

    Great Idea Shaun! How does your turtle like it:)
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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by cichlidlover27 on Sun 05 Apr 2009, 03:33

    Thanks Cam,

    he hasnt been on it yet I just stuck it up on there. I am sure he will like it alot. I feal for him that stupid floating dock is beginning to sink hes getting bigger now and those things are crap in my oppinion.


    also I will get those dempsey pics up for you here soon you take care man.
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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by Metal Maniac on Sun 05 Apr 2009, 12:32

    Very nice Shaun!!

    He is going to love it!!

    When it's finished you have to pop up some pics showing him climing up!!

    Cheers!!!


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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by cichlidlover27 on Mon 06 Apr 2009, 23:56

    well here he is guys,






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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by Cam on Tue 07 Apr 2009, 00:37

    Is he in there solo? Lucky guy you got there,..He's got it made:)
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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by cichlidlover27 on Tue 07 Apr 2009, 02:00

    Cam,

    Thamks,

    yup all by himself in there. I will have to upgrade to a 125 if its a female. if its a male it can live in the 55. females get huge some up to 14' in diameter.
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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by Cam on Tue 07 Apr 2009, 07:27

    cichlidlover27 wrote:Cam,

    Thamks,

    yup all by himself in there. I will have to upgrade to a 125 if its a female. if its a male it can live in the 55. females get huge some up to 14' in diameter.

    Really,..over a foot? What size now?
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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by cichlidlover27 on Tue 07 Apr 2009, 17:57

    yep,


    they get huge! if female. I got it from petstore and didnt know much about it I should of obviously researched but I liked it and the petstore guy said it would do good its life in a 55-75 and thats true if its a male but he didnt mention females lol anyhow sliders are more suited for ponds and arent the best to keep in aquariums but lots of people do and mine is gonna always stay inside as well id be afraid something would happen to it outside. its about maybe 2 1/2 inches but you measure from right behind there head strait back towards there tail. you dont measure them by diameter.


    also I am getting ready to modify the light fixture in there. I dont like how it looks and I think I have found a way to mount it in there that should look good when I am done atleast im hoping lol
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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by Mamaw6 on Tue 07 Apr 2009, 21:58

    I love it!
    True about the space/size tanks they need. I'm already making plans/getting ideas about how I will be houseing my 4 RES. I also will keep mine inside for both safty reasons for them and also because they are so fun to watch and interesting. You get to see more while they're underwater. You can't see anything underwater in a pond.
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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by cichlidlover27 on Wed 08 Apr 2009, 22:53

    Thank you Mamaw6 yep your right totally I wouldnt want one I could never see like being in a pond.
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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by Metal Maniac on Sun 31 May 2009, 22:12

    How are the turtles liking the playground Shaun???


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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by cichlidlover27 on Thu 21 Jan 2010, 04:56

    Metal Maniac wrote:How are the turtles liking the playground Shaun???


    hey there loving it well atleast they were lol anyways I kinda got tired of the pebbble one and put together a new one this time using 3/8 acrylic I got from my friend he had it laying around also some silicone and some gutter guard and all yeah some carriage bolts with nuts that is stainless so no rust issues. anyhow here is a couple photos.

    this is the dock before I added the gutter guard



    this is after gutter guard was added and on my tank


    and here are the steps

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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by Insanity on Sat 23 Jan 2010, 10:05

    That's cool! Don't you worry about the Turtle falling off the side onto the ground??


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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by Metal Maniac on Sat 23 Jan 2010, 10:16

    cichlidlover27 wrote:
    Metal Maniac wrote:How are the turtles liking the playground Shaun???


    hey there loving it well atleast they were lol anyways I kinda got tired of the pebbble one and put together a new one this time using 3/8 acrylic I got from my friend he had it laying around also some silicone and some gutter guard and all yeah some carriage bolts with nuts that is stainless so no rust issues. anyhow here is a couple photos.

    this is the dock before I added the gutter guard



    this is after gutter guard was added and on my tank


    and here are the steps


    Shaun,that is just AWSOME!!!
    You could make a killin off these...it blows those suction cup Turtle Islands out of the water!!!

    Great Job man and great post!
    You have one very lucky turtle!!!


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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by cichlidlover27 on Mon 25 Jan 2010, 02:03

    Insanity wrote:That's cool! Don't you worry about the Turtle falling off the side onto the ground??

    Thanks, and great point, turtles will not be able to get close to the edge to escape as of right now. right now they are hatchlings pretty much about the size of a fifty cent piece but no they cannot escape the steps are pretty far from the tank trim even though the pic doesnt look it. I am however going to make some side rails within probably the next year.


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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by cichlidlover27 on Mon 25 Jan 2010, 02:11

    Metal Maniac wrote:
    cichlidlover27 wrote:
    Metal Maniac wrote:How are the turtles liking the playground Shaun???


    hey there loving it well atleast they were lol anyways I kinda got tired of the pebbble one and put together a new one this time using 3/8 acrylic I got from my friend he had it laying around also some silicone and some gutter guard and all yeah some carriage bolts with nuts that is stainless so no rust issues. anyhow here is a couple photos.

    this is the dock before I added the gutter guard



    this is after gutter guard was added and on my tank


    and here are the steps


    Shaun,that is just AWSOME!!!
    You could make a killin off these...it blows those suction cup Turtle Islands out of the water!!!

    Great Job man and great post!
    You have one very lucky turtle!!!



    Thank you Mike I really appreciate that. yeah those suction cup turtle docks work so so I do not care for them really because once a turtle like a slider or a map or something obtains adult size then they tend to not want to float.

    I actually have 3 turtles now lol very addicting creatures. I have the slider, a southern painted and now a new mississippi map turtle I got for my birthday lol.

    Again thanks for the kind words they seem to really like it so far just taking some time for them to get used to it. I will also post a pic of the map turtle hatchling for ya to check out....Shaun


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    Re: my diy turtle basking area

    Post by Metal Maniac on Sat 22 May 2010, 18:18

    can you post that pic Shaun???


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