Basking areas, or docks, for your turtle can attach to the side of the aquarium or float in the water. Learn how to choose a basking dock for your turtle from an industry professional in this free pet care video.
Today we're going to use what's called a turtle dock. They come in various different forms. Some of them are stationary that you just suction cup to the side of the glass. This particular one floats so that it adjusts with the water level as the water level goes up and down. Then what you do is you take these little suction cups and you stick them to the little knobs on it and then you stick that to the glass. What you're going to want to do is when you get it on the tank. Okay we're going to imagine we're putting it on our side of the aquarium here. You probably want to get it so that you're about half way up. Maybe slightly more than that of the life of the aquarium. At this size of a turtle, he's only 6 inches, we don't need a ton of water but we want enough water for him to be comfortable and we want enough space for him to be able to get up here and bask and be comfortable as well. And this is going to go on the same sides as your heat lamp that we set up earlier, okay? So, heat lamp, basking spot goes underneath that alright. And then what we're going to do is we're going to use some equipment to gauge the temperature of this basking spot so that we can adjust his basking temperature. Again we're looking somewhere around 85 to 90 degrees of basking temperature. And that's going to help him digest his food and keep his energy up. But we definitely don't want the whole tank to be 85 or 90 degrees because that's just too high for the temperature for this particular species.