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Basking dock stable/unstable

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:28 pm
by ShellyTurtleButt
I have always used a stabilized floating dock for my slider, but I have noticed many pet stores and owners do not stabilize their floating basking areas. I am scared to death that she won't be able to climb on her new dock that is not designed to be stabilized. She is probably 7 inches in shell length and 4 wide (guessing). Her new floating dock is 12 by 24 inches. Am I wasting my time to stabilize the dock or should I take the advice to "wait it out"? I have had other owners suggest that when she is ready she will find a way! We are waiting for it to be delivered and for now we have a large zoo med floating dock that she has outgrown.

Re: Basking dock stable/unstable

PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:22 am
by steve
What brand dock is it? I'm not sure of it needing to be stabilized, what sort of mechanism was designed for it? Without knowing more, I would suggest a cork wedge for her basking area if you're OK with it going from front to back of the tank.

Re: Basking dock stable/unstable

PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:04 am
by ShellyTurtleButt
Extra large zoo med pond dock. Supposed to have a bag of rocks tied to a string connected at the underside of the dock to hold it in place. I don't consider this to be stabilized since its a pond dock. Probably just to keep it from floating away. My concern is mainly stressing her and exhausting her because the dock may move around while she is trying to climb on it. Maybe i am paranoid!! No i dont mind it being from the front to the back at all. Could wedging cause the tank to crack or weaken?

Re: Basking dock stable/unstable

PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:59 am
by steve
Ah, this is a bit of a new product to me. I'm still not much a Zoo Med fan. Any chance you can still return it?

Cork needs to be trimmed and should just be slightly longer than the glass. You can put it at an angle to make it easier to climb too. Wedging should not cause any crack or for it weaken, unless you really jam it or something. The cork itself helps it from sliding or moving against the glass too. It's a good idea to soak it first to make the initial cleaning easier, let some of the harmless tannins out, and maybe expand a little.

Re: Basking dock stable/unstable

PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:58 pm
by ShellyTurtleButt
It was supposed to be delivered today...i haven't received it yet. I can return it if it doesn't work out and I may try the cork bark for now. I may even try to fabricate the extra large dock to work with the cork bark when I do receive it. Do you have any photos for example?

Re: Basking dock stable/unstable

PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:33 pm
by steve
These are not mine, and I would change a few things, but these are some clear pics:

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=36810#p346998
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=15260&start=1170#p352374

Re: Basking dock stable/unstable

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:13 pm
by ShellyTurtleButt
Turns out that she gets on her dock easily with minimal stabilization...I was a little disappointed in size considering its 2 feet long but Shelly was much larger than I guessed. so hard to believe considering she sat on the face of a quarter as a baby. I will always do my best to accommodate her as she grows. People sometimes don't consider how long they will be caring for a new turtle but I wouldn't have it any other way!!

Re: Basking dock stable/unstable

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:32 pm
by litefoot
When it comes to larger turtles not much OTC works. I use chop sticks as dowel pin's and put two docks together for my Piggley. I have the same 2' dock but modified it with real cork . It's in a stock tank so I have more room to do this. With a glass tank not as wide so one has to be very creative to offer more room on the dock.

Ever look into an "ATBA" DIY pretty cheap for much more room ?

Re: Basking dock stable/unstable

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:38 pm
by ShellyTurtleButt
I see myself getting very creative in the future as Shelly doesn't show any sign of slowing down!

Re: Basking dock stable/unstable

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:41 pm
by litefoot
They do have a way about training us !!!

Re: Basking dock stable/unstable

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:47 pm
by ShellyTurtleButt
Yes we have considered the Above Tank area and we have been doing some research on building as well.

Re: Basking dock stable/unstable

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:54 pm
by litefoot
It could be very simple plexi glass to make a open box on top use your 2' dock and extend it with some cork for more room then fill the tank. Or as elaborate as you want.


PS: look under habitat-indoor / basking pic's . A member just posted this pic. You could always modify dock size for your turtle to offer more varying temps if she just wants to dry off with no heat.