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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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SlammedDC2's (not a 55g anymore) turtle tank (new pics 2-13)

Okay I am going to start my first paludarium build this weekend.
I am going to start tearing down my old 55g and convert it for my turtle.
I am planning to do MTS capped with PFS. I'm going to attempt to plant some of it (I'm praying the turtle doesn't eat everything I put in there).

Now at the moment I am slightly stuck and how I want to build this. I have to have some way for the turtle to come out and bask but I refuse to use one of those ugly floating docks. I have thought about taking some stone and stacking and siliconing/hot glueing them to the glass and each other. I think that it will look good but not to sure how well it will work. I'll have to worry about how to clean between the rocks, and other things living between them. At the moment I am taking suggestions on what to do for a small land area.

This weekend will mainly consist of my emptying and cleaning the tank. Once that is out of the way I will start the plumbing for the 20g sump.

I'll get pics up as soon as I start.

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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 03:09 AM
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You can try a smaller tank within your 55 and fill it with sand/gravel to make an easy and sturdy surface than if you want lay the rocks on a decline to give it that natural shore look. Always wanted to try. Prob will soon.. you can buy a cheap 10 gal or 20H for it. I would say de-rim it but it would be sharp.. you get the gist of my suggestion lol goodluck
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I never thought about that. I think using a 10 or 20g will take away alot of swimming room. Might look at a 2.5 or 5.5 to put down there. I like your idea, and I can easily change it...well with the removal of a fair amount of sand.
My buddy has a huge pile of rocks in his yard I could easily bust up with a sledge hammer to get the size I want to stack.
Now where to get a 2.5 or 5.5 in my area...

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Okay so I decided against putting another tank in the 55 and just robbed a huge pile of rocks from my buddys house. I don't quite have enough so I'll be going back over there tomorrow for more.

Anyway tank is a 55g with a 20g sump. DIY PVC overflow to a 350gph return pump, 200watt heater.
Lighting is 2 clamp on shop lights with 20watt CFL (6500k), one clamp light with a heat bulb for basking, and 2 18" zoomed UVB bulbs.
MTS capped with PFS and a few plants that I'm sure will be eaten at the moment. I have more plants on order from Gordon that the intraweb says taste bad for turtles. Lets see if the web is right.
The turtle is currently alone in the tank, not sure if he'll recieve a roommate or not. I know I don't want another turtle, just not sure what I can put with him that wont become food.
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in the background taking a breather




my not tall enough rock wall



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That water level is pretty high for a turtle tank the best place to. Jew them is while they are basking and your angle to see that is poor with the water that high, I would lower it to about 2/3 the tank then put a large piece of driftwood for him to bask on. You can then plant things at the water line and let them grow to the top of the tank
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Also where is your uv source?
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Tank looks good. But for some reason, that rocks stacking is making me nervous honestly.

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That water level is pretty high for a turtle tank the best place to. Jew them is while they are basking and your angle to see that is poor with the water that high, I would lower it to about 2/3 the tank then put a large piece of driftwood for him to bask on. You can then plant things at the water line and let them grow to the top of the tank
I'm not sure I completely understand your post. He is an aquatic turtle that spends almost all the time swimming. He almost never comes out to bask. I've always been under the impression that aquatics only need enough land to bask on and they prefer deeper water to swim in.

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Also where is your uv source?
Good point, they are now added. I don't know why I didn't swap those over from his old tank. Thank you

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Tank looks good. But for some reason, that rocks stacking is making me nervous honestly.
I was a little nervous when I was putting them in, but they're actually pretty stable. I've jabbed at them and none of them are moving, hopefully I don't come home to a water and glass filled room.

Honestly if I could have found a better way for him to come out I probably wouldn't have used the rocks.

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You should be VERY concerned about that pile of rocks. I once did the same thing when i had baby turtles in a standard 29G tank and the rocks crushed one of them to death (literally) after the pile collapsed. I thought it was pretty stable at the time but apparently it wasn't.

And agreed about lowering the water level. That's way too high for a baby turtle. It would be fine for an adult, but he needs shallower water until he grows a bit. Lower it to about 1/2 and invest in a floating turtle raft for him to bask on and you should be in good shape.

Using sand was a good idea, btw. A lot of people use small pebbles and sometimes turtles will eat the rocks, causing serious injury and sometimes death.

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I was a little nervous when I was putting them in, but they're actually pretty stable. I've jabbed at them and none of them are moving, hopefully I don't come home to a water and glass filled room.

Honestly if I could have found a better way for him to come out I probably wouldn't have used the rocks.
Hmmmm....well, the only thing I can think of is big woods, sticking out of the surface. Probably saver.

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Hmmmm....well, the only thing I can think of is big woods, sticking out of the surface. Probably saver.
Or how about one of these? They come in many different sizes.

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You should be VERY concerned about that pile of rocks. I once did the same thing when i had baby turtles in a standard 29G tank and the rocks crushed one of them to death (literally) after the pile collapsed. I thought it was pretty stable at the time but apparently it wasn't.

And agreed about lowering the water level. That's way too high for a baby turtle. It would be fine for an adult, but he needs shallower water until he grows a bit. Lower it to about 1/2 and invest in a floating turtle raft for him to bask on and you should be in good shape.

Using sand was a good idea, btw. A lot of people use small pebbles and sometimes turtles will eat the rocks, causing serious injury and sometimes death.
Okay looks like I'll be lowering the water level a little tomorrow, and pulling the rocks out.
That's why I went with the sand as I have read of turtles injesting gravel and having problems from it.

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Hmmmm....well, the only thing I can think of is big woods, sticking out of the surface. Probably saver.
I'm going to keep my eye out for some big driftwood

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Or how about one of these? They come in many different sizes.
I had one of those years ago, never really cared for it as it doesn't even remotely looks real, but then again it wont be small forever.

I'll be doing some looking around at the LFS's tomorrow for another option. Thanks guys

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Water level has been dropped to half tank. Rocks are still in place at the moment as I don't have anything else for him to come out of the water on, but I'll see what I can do to remedy that today.
Thanks for all the insight guys. Keep comments, critique, and whatever else you want to say coming.

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You can use a couple of cinder blocks stacked up and pile some of the rocks around it. That would give him a flat place to bask and still look natural-ish.

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