After looking through and reviewing several commercially available (you can buy them from a store or online) pet turtle basking platforms, including:
- Zoo Med Turtle Dock
- Zoo Med Floating Turtle Log
- Reptology Floating Turtle Pier
- Zilla Floating Basking Platform
- Exo Terra Turtle Bank
- Oasis Turtle Ramp
- Exo Terra Turtle Cliff
- Zilla Basking Platform Ramps
…It was found that all of them are inadequate for the entire lifetime of a pet turtle. The conclusion reached after researching and reviewing all those products is that the best pet turtle basking platform is a turtle basking area that is custom: one that you make yourself (DIY). That way it is specific to your needs and preferences, and you can make a turtle basking platform for large turtles.
You can design your diy turtle dock it so that:
- it fits the full size of your fully-grown pet turtle/s
- it stays afloat when your turtle uses it
- you can choose what materials it is made of
- you select exactly how it will look
- you can repair or replace it easily with minimum cost
And so, by way of example here is a sampling of custom-made pet turtle basking platforms so you can get some ideas for your own custom turtle tank:
Squincy shares his pet turtle basking platform in this forum post in Tropical Fish Keeping.com
1 Low Turtle shares photos of his common musk turtle basking setup (and others as well) in the Turtles.net forum.
Several members of the Happy Turtle’s Pub forum shares pictures of their pet turtles’ basking platforms on this discussion: Basking Area Setups.
As stated earlier, this is just a small sampling of custom-made pet turtle basking platforms. Both above tank and in the tank varieties are included. You can find many more by looking at pet turtle tank setup pictures, browsing through the various pet turtle forums and also by doing a web image searches through a search engine, such as Google or Yahoo.