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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:03 pm
by vivian89
well, lately iv'e decided to make my own basking area for my three turtle which is only about 2-3in big but i have no clue how to make one so i wanted some suggestions and ideas from other people! :P

[admin - due to all the great pics, this post is now a Sticky - Keep 'em coming!]

PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:16 pm
by BullDog

Ralph's is a bit different. I think I'm going to make him one more like Frankie's soon.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:25 pm
by Starchick

This is mine. The basking spot itself is a piece of ceramic tile cut to size to rest on the rim of the tank, and his floating dock acts as a ramp for him to climb up on. The rest is just a box that fits down around the outside of the tank with stops at the corners to hold it in place. I'm not sure how the plexiglass is done in the front, my dad got creative with that part, and it looks like he somehow built that part around the plexi. I'm sure you could just glue or screw a piece of plexi in place.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:39 pm
by vivian89
nice tank setups

Hurleys Basking Area

PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:22 pm
by donchewliano
This is the Basking Area I built for Hurley. The ramp and deck are made of egg crate, I fused them together using a soldering iron.

It no longer has the green slip guard and the statues, and I consolidated the lights with a Mercury Vapor Bulb.


Hurley says Hi

basking area

PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:58 pm
by Rexamus
Curtis' basking area. I found this rock along the river and thankfully it's got a natural slope to make getting on it easier.


view from the top:

this is an underwater fake log that he likes to sit on also:


PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:08 am
by octpusgirl8
I love seeing how creative everybody gets with their tank ideas!
Here's mine i did recently (i'm still excited about it!), it's got the benefits of an above tank basking area (i.e. i can fill the tank up all the way) but it was a lot less work and it doesn't look too obtrusive.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:30 am
by Vtolds
Mine on a 110 Stock tank


PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:18 pm
Mine is made out of cork bark. I found a piece large enough and cut it to the width of the tank so I could wedge it in place.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:46 am
by yomama
wow RESnTX urs is lovely! LOL sorry i dont have a picture but mines just the normal zoo med dock things. xD

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:05 pm
by grandmadoes
wow! They are all so wonderful! RESnTX where did you find cork?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:11 pm
I found mine at a local reptile store. You can find online stores that carry it too. I know you can get it from You can also try your local florist or home and garden store. Cork bark is used for some exotic plants. OH...did a search and found a site for orchids that sells it too and it's a really great price too!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:13 am
by Just Jule
I just found the coolest peice of cork bark at Petco for 12 bucks! My turts are so happy now. will post pix soon.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:59 pm
by grandmadoes
How do you clean or maintain it?Would take up alot of space? I am trying to find a new way for Shilo to bask, I have just given him a new 20 long and he really loves to swim and explore now!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:45 pm
There isn't really any maintenance involved besides scrubbing it every once in a while. Before I put it in my tank for the first time I brushed it with a stiff bristled brush and soaked it for a couple of hours in the tub to clean it. I admit that it did turn the water brownish from leftover dirt I didn't get with the initial cleaning, so I just took it out and scrubbed it again. I haven't had to do anything else to it since then.

It doesnt have to take up alot of room. You just have to find a piece that is the width of your tank or cut a piece to fit snuggly. It will stay in place on its own.