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this above tank basking unit. My turtle was getting heavy/outgrowing the same large floating dock. You can always DIY something similar. If you still want a basking unit inside the tank, I've seen people use big pile of rocks or drift wood. Or if it's just that the suckers won't stay, use some glue 🙂
I recommend getting this:
Penn-Plax Reptology Turtle Topper and Extension Clips – Above Tank Basking Platform & Hardware That Safely Mounts to Standard Size Tanks
It’s on amazon, I actually have the same one, it’s called the Turtle Topper
Cool! I’m sure it’s just the angle but the wall looks short like he could climb out. I’m sure it’s fine tho, just the angle.
I bought a basking topper on Amazon for a similar effect, best thing I ever did for my boy and the tank, love it!
Its this one right here
Make sure to angle the heat light towards the stairs to encourage him to go up there
And leave some food up there it’ll make him want to go bask
I have this dock for my 7" slider, it's horrible. The suction cups barely hold, it floats but it's still pretty unstable and my dude has a rough time getting up on it, but the main drawback is that turtles like to bite at it.
I just ordered this, seems to perfect for small and big turtles and allows you to fill the tank to the top. [link]
I have one of these [link] for my river cooter's tank. He likes it. I have a basking lamp sitting above it and he doesn't have any problem getting in and out. It's a little noisy but it works better than the floating platform he had before.
I have two lights set up for my male slider as well as the water heater itself. One is a heat lamp and the other is a uvb bulb which is like artificial sunlight to help with colors/shell/digestion. I personally recommend a turtle topper, sliders love to swim so it allows a full tank of water as well as a basking area that you can clamp your lights on.
edit: turtle topper
Penn-Plax Turtle Tank Topper
Zoo Med Aquatic Turtle UVB & Heat Lighting Kit
This is it...hope it helps...
I got the Plenn Plax Basking area for about $30 on Amazon. It fits over most sized tanks. I had to build a wood base for it to go over since this tank was to wide for it.
He goes in it multiple times a day and I try to feed him up there as well since the food gets quite messy.
For the lighting I have a bulb for heat/uva and a bulb for uvb.
You could get a double lamp fixture like this and then you would just need to replace bulbs as they go out.
So less than $80 for the lighting and basking area depending on prices.
I would say that with most turtles you have a 50/50 chance they would be eating your fish or not. This one I have had for about 20 years and tested with some 15 cent goldfish first. Those goldfish are still alive in a 29 gallon.
get a basking dock. turtles like swimming so it will keep them happy if the tank is filled up all the way. the bad thing is that they also like climbing so if you leave it like this he will jump out of your tank. i use this one and it works really well. make sure to put the basking lamp at and angle that will make them want to climb up the bridge
My guy is 7 inches (not sure on his weight) and I use the above tank basking area on Amazon. I had to add some green turf like material to the ramp but he gets up there easily and has plenty of room. And the weight is not an issue since it's securely resting on the tank.
It’s a 60 gallon.
here is the topper on his tank
here is a link to it on Amazon
He’s a big boy and can only really turn around up there, but that’s all that really matters to him while he’s basking anyway. Often, he’ll just climb up there so he can slide down the ramp.
I have a turtle topper on the top right of the tank with a 125 watt lamp on the top of it.
If you had a 55 gallon, this would be simple. The best option is a Turtle Topper, which are made to fit 55g tanks.
There are ways of getting it to work for a 40g tank also if you want to go that route.