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Basking area

PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2024 10:13 am
by Zhgualltigri
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?

Thank you. :)

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2024 9:33 pm
by steve
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?

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 7:35 pm
by Zhgualltigri
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

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 2:10 am
by steve
It would leach almost immediately. PVC/tile also works great and will last forever.

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2024 7:10 pm
by Zhgualltigri
Hey quick update my fish caught ich and i bought some medication can i use it will it be harmfull for my turtle

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2024 7:11 pm
by Zhgualltigri
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

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2024 10:32 pm
by steve
You should separate them as there's also a chance the filter effect the amount of medication you need to use.

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2024 9:54 pm
by Zhgualltigri
I didnt get the last prt can you please explain it to me. Mean while i have separated them

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2024 1:46 pm
by steve
Since you add medication to the water, how much water you have might determine the amount of medication required.

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2024 10:33 pm
by Zhgualltigri
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?

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2024 11:11 am
by steve
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.

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2024 8:13 pm
by Zhgualltigri
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?

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2024 9:02 pm
by Zhgualltigri
Also what about my air stones shouldni throw them away or rinse them in bleach?

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2024 11:26 pm
by steve
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.

Re: Basking area

PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 9:39 am
by Zhgualltigri
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?