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Post Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2024 10:13 am   Basking area

Hello guys,

I recently bought a turtle and i need a basking are and was thinking of making one my self out of OSB wood and i wanted to ask do any of you guys now is the resin/adhesive used to make this OSB toxic or poisonous to turtles and fish?

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2024 9:33 pm   Re: Basking area

OSB wood will rot and degrade if in contact with water. You might be able to use it if you are making an ATBA (above tank basking area), but you will need something for the ramp. Those are usually made of acrylic, cork bark or egg crate. How big is your tank and turtle?
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Post Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 7:35 pm   Re: Basking area

How about as a short term solution can i use it will it be toxic for the fish and the turtle cuz i need a basking space asap
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 2:10 am   Re: Basking area

It would leach almost immediately. PVC/tile also works great and will last forever.
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Post Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2024 7:10 pm   Re: Basking area

Hey quick update my fish caught ich and i bought some medication can i use it will it be harmfull for my turtle
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Post Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2024 7:11 pm   Re: Basking area

I cant upload a pic but the name is ichthyo fix from deep fix it doesnt contain copper so i dont know should i use it i cant seem to find anything else in the albanian market
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Post Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2024 10:32 pm   Re: Basking area

You should separate them as there's also a chance the filter effect the amount of medication you need to use.
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Post Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2024 9:54 pm   Re: Basking area

I didnt get the last prt can you please explain it to me. Mean while i have separated them
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Post Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2024 1:46 pm   Re: Basking area

Since you add medication to the water, how much water you have might determine the amount of medication required.
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Post Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2024 10:33 pm   Re: Basking area

Momentarily i have quarantined the fish with a water heater and an air pump should i put anything else? I rasies the temp to 31 degrees Celsius.
Also i wanted to ask you in the aquarium where the fish got ich i had some driftwood and some plastic plants how to sterilize them or how do i clean them so they do not act as a host for the bacteria?
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2024 11:11 am   Re: Basking area

Where did you get the driftwood from? You can lightly disinfect things by soaking them in a bleach solution. So in a separate container, use a a weak solution of 2 oz bleach to a gallon of water. Then rinse thoroughly. However, I've only had to soak it in water for about 24 hours before use.
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2024 8:13 pm   Re: Basking area

I bought it from the fish stroe they had in an aquarium without fish just plants, what about my plasitc plants should i do the same thing?
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2024 9:02 pm   Re: Basking area

Also what about my air stones shouldni throw them away or rinse them in bleach?
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2024 11:26 pm   Re: Basking area

You should be able to disinfect them all. Just make sure you rinse it very well before placing it back into the tank. I'd wait a day or two after the rinse, just to make sure.
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 9:39 am   Re: Basking area

So i should just prepar the water with bleach soak them for a min or two and than then rinse them for 24 and wait another 48 before placing them in the tank?
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