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#1 Bob from Accounting

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 07:40 PM

This is my first attempt at building an above tank basking area. The bin was $10 at Target & the cork bark was the old platform. They are lashed together with twist ties. To cut the hole, first use a knife or razor to make an outline. Then, heat up the area really good with a heat gun or hair dryer. You should then be able to slice through the plastic fairly easily (be careful). I plan on adding more fake plants and rocks tomorrow.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 07:43 PM

Wow, this is nice

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 07:53 PM

looks good to me bob! :) B)
how is it secured to the tank?

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:01 PM

looks good to me bob!  :)  B)
how is it secured to the tank?

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It's not really secured at all. The ramp weighs it down & keeps it from going left or right, and the back is supported by the wall and door. Also, the ridge on the underside of the bin fits almost perfectly around the rim of the tank. Even though my RES is strong, it's not moving.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:01 PM

The cork looks pretty close to the lip of the tank... You sure that thing's secure and your turtle(s) can't escape?

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:07 PM

The cork looks pretty close to the lip of the tank... You sure that thing's secure and your turtle(s) can't escape?

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She loves her setup so much she doesn't want to escape! No seriously, I had her old platform so high she could put her head above the rim of the tank, but I've never had an escape attempt & she's 15. She knows she has nowhere to go!

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:24 PM

lets hope so....that looks like a good drop from the side of the tank to the floor....remember the other member posting about the escaped turtle that fell 3 feet........ nice basking area tho..

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 09:06 PM

it looks nice. good job.

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 04:26 PM

Bob, I love the marbleized tank stand! At first glance, the tub looked ready to fall off, but after I zoomed, I decided it was a great idea. Good handiwork with the ramp, too. I have a 30 gallon aquarium and I've been told i need to put in a lay box for my female. i suspect it will look just like that! Thanks for the idea

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 08:49 PM

Good job Bob it looks good. I had the same reservations I found your comment about her not having a place to go hysterical. I think my female peninsula cooter thinks the same thing. She could easily get out but if I make it so she can't she gives me an attitude she prefers open and airy and her get out and have to hunt for food...ya right... as if so I understand you completely. So long as turtle is safe I'm comfortable.

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Posted 20 February 2005 - 08:05 AM

She loves her setup so much she doesn't want to escape!  No seriously, I had her old platform so high she could put her head above the rim of the tank, but I've never had an escape attempt & she's 15.  She knows she has nowhere to go!

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lol, that's great! Lucy would definately try to escape, but after walking around the apartment for a couple hours she would probably end up right back at the foot of her tank waiting to be put back in :lol:




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