That's a great set up! I love the sand and driftwood aquascape, too.
Thanks! I had to purchase the driftwood online as I could not find/source anything appropriate locally. The LFS has strictly mopani and it did not fit the overall look and attempt to create a realistic RES habitat.
The tank looks great!
It's rare to find a turtle tank that is beautiful and functional.
Can (does) your turtle get on the island to bask?
Thanks. I agree, I looked for inspiration for this tank and found very little "natural" type habitats for larger turtles. I think I found 2 in all of my searching, which I was I decided to share mine here. I have done similar tanks for bearded dragons and leaf-tail geckos, but this is the first aquatic tank I have done with a "natural" background. The island and tank-topper were ideas I came up with and haven't really seen elsewhere. I have seen some ABTBA (above tank basking areas) for turtles, but nothing quite like the vision I had.
Yes he can get up on the island. I was a little concerned about this as well as it was difficult to make a shallow transition while keeping structural integrity. I still have not seen him get up there, but my girlfriend snapped this pic to assure me he was capable.
Here is an image before the tank was filled. The fake background detail is easier to see, but in reality it looks better filled in person as the water masks some of the more poorly detailed areas. However, I have been told I am the only person that can see these brush strokes/mistakes
This is my third tank with a false rock background and by far my best effort. The guys on Dendroboard (dart frog forum) have me beat any day of the week though. The long term plan is to add a new 4x2x2 tank for my bearded dragon on top of this one since I am no longer happy with how his current tank turned out after seeing this one.
Thanks for looking.