After looking for and researching several commercially-available turtle basking platforms, I found them to be unsatisfactory for my grown (not even fully grown yet) pet turtles. After looking through several custom made, DIY basking platforms here including my old ones, which you can see here in a tour of my turtle tank, I decided to go ahead and make basking platforms for Rex and Cinderella, my pet red ear slider turtles.
I had a few requirements/caveats for my basking platforms. Namely:
- because I live in an old building, I’m not confident the floor will hold the weight of my tank if I fill it with 150 gallons of water. So, no above tank basking area for me – it has to be in the tank
- it must be able to accommodate the full adult size of my pet turtles (it must be large)
- it should not sink under their full adult weight
- it should be aquarium safe, with no possibility of leaching chemicals or rusting screws
So I made a pet turtle basking platform made of acrylic (the clear plastic non-glass aquariums are made of), plastic zip ties, and cork bark.
When I first put the new “contraptions” in their tank, my pet turtles avoided it because they didn’t know what it was. After a few days, they started exploring it and now they use it all the time.
Here are some pictures of the basking area and my pet turtles using them. Enjoy!