I'm a science teacher at a middle school, and a few years ago, a student rescued a Red Eared Slider (RES) from being dumped/abandoned in the local forest (yes, the previous owner was dumping the turtle in the middle of the forest... and not at the pond which was several miles away). Student brought it to me, and I've had it for two years now. I just inherited a tank and need help building it up for her.
I have a large enough tank for her size (4.5-5") - 40 gallon Long - but it has a bulkhead drilled on one side near the top (see image attached). I was going to run tubing from this bulkhead to my Marineland Canister filter, but I'm not sure if I want to do it as the intake or as a spray bar.
If it was the intake, I'd run a 90-degree elbow and then a piece of PVC pipe down to almost the bottom of the tank. I would then build up a skeleton of sorts with lighting egg crate which I would use to secure flat stone to. This skeleton would conceal the intake pipe. This would serve as the basking platform. The bottom of the tank would be covered with medium sized river stones (similar to this from Lowes
If it was the spraybar, all I would do is put the appropriately sized spray bar in, and build the basking platform on the opposite side.
I'm just curious - because I've never done landscaping this intense and definitely not with a turtle tank - which option should I go with for the bulkhead? And how would I secure the eggcrate in place, and glue rock to it?
Other suggestions are more than welcome!
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