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Old 01-11-2014, 11:49 AM   #1
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Turtle cove (Turtle Habitat Build Thread)

Hey guys. We've got a couple of turtles (yellow belly and mississippi map) in a 55g currently but have been building a new habitat for them. It's still a work in progress but I figured I'd start documenting it here.

So basically thus far we built a frame that is shaped similar to a bowfront tank and wrapped it in plywood. Later today I am going to cut the top portion of the tank which is going to be another sheet of plywood with some pond liner stapled to it. This is going to be their play area. At the front center of the setup there will be a hole for them to go down into the tank (20H) whenever they want.
Dimensions are approximately 4x4x4
It's kind of hard to explain, but hopefully it'll make more sense as it progresses.

I'm also working on a 3d background to go along the back walls, as well as a waterfall leading into the main tank.

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Old 02-01-2014, 10:41 PM   #2
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Am going to see how this will look like. We just got a hatchling stink pot musk turtle. He or she is a little shy. Just got it last Thursday and it seems to always hide in corners and not curious with the surroundings....but anyway, am excited to see how this comes out.

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So far that looks awesome. I think the corner build will give much more natural look and feel.

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Old 02-06-2014, 04:16 AM   #4
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So it's up, but not finished yet. I"m still working on a decent looking ramp as well as odds and ends. One issue I've come across so far is that Turdley the yellow belly slider can climb vertically up the waterfall, I found him nearly to the top of it the other day. So I need to put in something to block him from getting up there and wiping out. I also replaced all of pea gravel for larger gravel pieces that the turtles can't fit in their mouths. Here's a few pics, will take more at some point.


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Its looking even better. Those are gonna be lucky turtles. Taking time to get everything right will make it better in the end. Keep us updated on progress. Looking awesome so far.

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Old 02-20-2014, 08:38 AM   #6
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That is an awesome job you did there. I wanted to do something similar in my finished basement but build my own plywood tank with plexi glass front. It was going to be a 500g though. After swing you setup is has me brainstorming mine again
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Looks nice but when the turtles get larger in a couple years you will have to build a larger habitat or put them in a larger tank. I like the water fall it looks nice.
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:28 PM   #8
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That is bad *** but like others said I'd have a lot lot more big aquarium and go all out if I did that but wow I'm sure you could fix that with an attached second maybe and have more land and it would turn out cool for two swimming areas
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:19 PM   #9
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Is your turtle enjoying his new real estate.

What do fish say when they hit a wall? ...... Dam!
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:26 PM   #10
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We ended up not liking how much space the setup was using, so we set them up outside. We're still working on it, but here's a preview.

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Nice!!!

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I will buy your first setup from you for my turtle it's amazing lol
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:37 PM   #14
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Make a cover over it I think that's a good idea I had badgers kill a lot of my turtles
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