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75 gallon RES habitat

Here is a 75 gallon tank I just completed for our red-eared slider. Fake wall on 2 sides, removable "island" that hides the top tank support, and an ~8" tank topper to prevent escapes and allows for the tank to be completely filled.





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That's a great set up! I love the sand and driftwood aquascape, too.
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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?
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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.


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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.
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Very cool. Thanks for posting more photos!

And what type of wood is that? Where did you get it?

How are you filtering the water?
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I got the "ghost wood" from here: http://www.neherpetoculture.com/wood

The filter is a Rena XP3, the intake and outflow are hidden in each corner. I made "pockets" that they could slide into with holes for the water to pass through.
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I got the "ghost wood" from here: http://www.neherpetoculture.com/wood
The filter is a Rena XP3, the intake and outflow are hidden in each corner. I made "pockets" that they could slide into with holes for the water to pass through.
Very smooth, making hidden pockets for the intake and outflow. Can you post close up photos of that?

Thanks for the ghost wood source!
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Wow! That's definitely the best turtle tank I've ever seen! The hardscape looks so natural, it really works in the tank.

Would you mind posting pics of you're beardie? I have one myself and I've been thinking of making him a 4x2x2 enclosure while he sleeps off the winter.
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Looks great I love the natural look of the wood

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Cool tank! Background look great, and that piece of wood fits in perfectly. Very lucky turtle you have there.

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