If you have a pet turtle in an aquarium you need a turtle topper above tank basking platform. Why? Because it lets you keep your tank full for maximum swim space for your little beauty while still giving them a safe place to get out of the water, dry off and bask.
An above the tank basking platform is superior to the floating ones because there is no way your turtle can sink it. Not only is this safer but it insures your pet can completely dry off and warm up enough to insure proper digestion. Very important!
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Pictured here is a Penn Plax Decorative Turtle Topper/Basking Platform. It features an underwater dock or bench that turtles love to rest/sleep on at night.
Because it's underneath the basking platform they feel "hidden" and safe. We have found that the underwater "bench" is a great place for the turtles to hide or nap. They think they are so sneaky bobbing here but you'll get to watch their antics anyway.
You can see this feature in action right here in this video!
Folks are telling us that they "ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS PRODUCT!!" In fact more than one has been known to say it's the best product they've er bought for their turtle.
The turtles love it and they tend to use the ramp as a slide climbing up only to ZOOM back down into the water just like a they are at a water park. Who knew turtles liked to play? Right?
Note: Our turtle does this (as does the turtle in the video above) and I'm not sure who enjoys it more him or us!
Because this platform fits over the edges of your tank and then is further secured by suction cups there is no chance it will be knocked off or fall into your tank. This also means you can fill your tank all the way to the top for maximum swimming space.
Just be sure to keep the space this topper doesn't sit on covered in some way. Because, as new turtle keepers quickly learn, turtles LOVE to climb! Again, who knew?
With an tank basking platform you have no filter type restrictions so you aren't stuck with in inside the tank filter. You are free to get a hang on tank filter if that's the kind you prefer. We think they work best but that's up to you. It also makes knowing where to place your lights and heat sources a no-brainer.
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This turtle tank setup is completely homemade. We love the aquascaping inside the tank. It gives your turtle a lot of things to inspect. That keeps its mind active. Without a heat lamp on top to warm the rocks and provide a basking platform you'll need to have some sort of an underground heat source.
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Made of wood and Plexiglass this above tank basking platform is filled with gravel and has grating for a roof. This allows for the use of under gravel heating OR a heat lamp to warm up the gravel making for a good basking spot for your turtle. We also love how gravel has been glued to the plexiglass ramp giving excellent traction for your turtle.
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These folks have placed a 10 gallon aquarium on its side on top of their larger tank. The new bottom is covered in a layer of gravel making for a nice thermal layer for your heat lamps to warm up. This is probably the simplest way to make a DIY above tank basking platform to make for your turtle.
HOWEVER: Note how the sides are completely open. Depending on the size of your turtle this can be quite dangerous because turtles are VERY inquisitive and will do their best to "go walkabout" and fall out of the tank. These folks have made sure that the ramp is in the center of their tank and their turtles are still quite small so it probably won't be an issue for them until they can replace this with an enclosed turtle topper or add some guards to the side of their above tank setup.
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This is a very nice do it yourself tank topper for turtles. It has good light in the basking box and an interesting background to it as well. Notice how there is no way the turtle can climb or fall out of this tank?
We found out the hard way that such precautions are necessary. Who knew that turtles not only can but like to climb? Luckily for us, our turtle was still quite small and his tank was sitting on a carpeted floor at the time so no harm came to him. We however, suffered quite a shock. Do yourself a favor and be sure you have an enclosed turtle tank setup. Your heart rate will thank you.
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A lovely turtle topper and enclosed aquarium. Notice how this 55 gallon tank has it's aquarium lid in place on one side and is totally enclosed by the above tank basking platform on the other. Very safe, as far as it goes. The drawback we see is that there is no lid on the basking platform itself. Our turtle is a determined climber and would escape this if given the chance. Now I'm betting that their turtles are still on the small side so we're sure they are safe in here for now. Down the road these folks should put a screen top on the basking side to insure the safety of their pet turtles.
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This homemade plexiglass turtle topper has very high sides so even though it has no lid your turtles will not be able to climb over. However it does not have walls that extend past the platform that would protect your turtles from scuttling off the side while climbing their ramp up onto the platform. Depending on the size of your turtles this could become a hazard.
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We hope you have been inspired by these turtle tank setups. And, if you're new to turtle keeping, that you've gained a little insight into some of the dangers your turtle can face as he or she determinedly explores her world. When we got started we had no clue how important having a turtle topper above tank basking platform & dock was for the health and safety of our turtle. Hopefully, we've given you a bit of a head start.
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