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Finding or making a turtle tank topper is a must if you are gonna keep an aquatic turtle as a pet. An above tank turtle topper gives your pet turtle someplace to get completely out of the water and bask to his or her hearts content!
Turtle Tank Topper Ideas!
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As you know, it’s vitally important for your turtle to be able to get out of the water and dry off completely on a regular basis. This helps prevent skin conditions such as fungus growth and so forth. So setting up a place for your turtle to get out of the water and bask is mission critical for those of us with aquatic turtles.
Speaking of basking, here are some options to make sure your turtle gets all the proper heat and light he or she needs.
Super Cool Turtle Tank Topper DIY Idea
If you are the handy type, making your own turtle tank topper shouldn’t be too big a deal. Just remember that WET WOOD ROTS! So be sure to do your best to water proof it with something non-toxic. Also, turtles are good climbers but they’ll need a little help with their ramp. I recommend using aquarium silicone to glue pebbles or outdoor carpeting to your ramp so they can get a good grip.
There are a great many ways you can make one of these for your friend. For example, our friends over at Spiffy Pet Products put together a lot of other great turtle topper above tank basking platform and dock ideas and we highly recommend taking a peek at them.
Turtle Tank Topper And Dock Safety
Now it’s totally possible to set up a platform or dock down inside the tank that provides this function for your turtle. The thing is, when you do this it seriously reduces the amount of swimming space your turtle has because as you can see from the image above turtles can and do climb! You must lower the water level to the point that your turtle can’t climb out of his tank once he’s on his dock.
Do Not Risk Your Turtle’s Life!
Turtles are curious creatures who don’t realize they can’t fly! In fact, my turtle climbed right out of his tank and fell to the ground once. Luckily it was only a 10 gallon tank sitting on a carpeted floor at the time so no harm done. BUT it could have been life threatening if the tank were on a stand over a hard floor.
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Now, I’m going to assume you aren’t made of money any more than I am and don’t want to spend the big bucks on a 300 gallon tank for your turtle. So, getting that basking area out of the tank with a tank topper is key to giving your turtle as much room to swim as possible with the smallest cash expense. Penn Plax turtle tank toppers, like the one pictured above, work great. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out what more than 700 folks have said about them here on Amazon.
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Best of luck with getting your turtle tank topper set up for your special fellow. We’d love to hear all about how you did it and any tips you may have for other folks. I know that setting up your turtle tank or habitat is always a work in progress and a great source of pride with turtle people so feel free… No, feel encourage… to share what you are up to in the comments below!