Penn-Plax Turtle Topper Above Tank Basking Platform, 14-inch

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The Penn-Plax Turtle Topper Above Tank Basking Platform provides a unique spot for turtles to bask on top of their tank. Aquatic turtles are naturally avid swimmers that prefer deep water. Because the Turtle Topper sits on top, you can fill the tank completely so your turtle can enjoy swimming throughout the entire tank. It’s made to support the weight of multiple or larger turtles without sinking, which helps keep them dry as they bask. Two mounting rims are included to attach clamp lamps for optimal basking.

Key Benefits

  • Provides a unique spot for turtles to bask on top of their tank
  • Because the Turtle Topper sits on top, you can fill the tank completely so your turtle can enjoy swimming throughout the entire tank
  • Made to support the weight of multiple or larger turtles without sinking, which helps keep them dry as they bask
  • Two mounting rims are included to attach clamp lamps for optimal basking
  • Fits most tanks up to 55 gallons

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  • Item Number
    103786
  • Dimensions
    17.5 x 14.25 x 6.5 inches
  • Reptile Type
    Aquatic Turtle

Instructions

Healthy Habitat Recommendations

Please allow your turtle time to adjust to its new basking platform. A turtle's natural desire and need to bask will draw it to use the Turtle Topper.

Hatchling turtles generally require water that is shallower. A good general rule is to use the Turtle Topper with turtles that have a minimum shell size of four inches.

The Turtle Topper ramp is designed with a maximum water level indicator. It is important to NOT fill your tank above this level. With the water at this level, your turtle should not be able to escape. It is advisable to not place any items such as tall plants or other décor in your turtle's tank that the turtle can use as a footing to climb out. However, you can also retrofit a screen cover or other materials to make a top for the open space to prevent escape if necessary or to prevent children or other pets from having access to the tank.

Lighting

The Turtle Topper is designed to be used with two (2) 5.5" clamp lamp fixtures (not included). A good general guideline is to use a 75 watt basking/heat bulb in one (1) fixture and a 5.0 compact UVB bulb in the other fixture. Always research the specific requirements of your turtle.

Maintenance and Cleaning

Periodically remove the Turtle Topper from the turtle tank and clean with a reptile safe cleaning product or use a mild soap or dishwashing detergent. In order to disinfect and sterilize the Turtle-Topper, it is also recommended to clean with a diluted bleach solution of approximately one (1) cup bleach to one (1) gallon of water. Make sure to rinse completely and allow to air dry before placing the unit back on your turtle's tank.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Penn-Plax products safe for my pet?

Yes! Penn-Plax goes to great lengths to ensure that all of the products we manufacture are produced with the safety of your pets in mind.

I recently purchased one of your Turtle Topper basking platforms, and my turtle(s) are scared to use it! What can I do?

Turtles are sometimes very apprehensive about new aspects of their environment, and that definitely includes basking platforms, too! A sure fire way to get your turtle(s) acclimated to their new Turtle Topper is to put a treat, or some of their food into the Turtle Topper. Even the most apprehensive turtles love the Turtle Topper once they're used to it inside their habitat.

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  • Great idea but my turtles disagree lol

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    I have two, hatchling Southern Painted Turtles who LOVED to bask on their cheap-o floating dock. I felt guilty so I caved and bought the bigger, fancier turtle dock. They were not impressed. They never used it once so after 3 weeks, I removed it and they have been basking away. I prefer natural basking areas like rocks or the floating docks. It is huge and a bit daunting. It also makes the tank very dark and gloomy. But then again, I only have a 20 gallon for now. So it's not for me but I think it's a good product.

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  • So far so good..

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    So far my RES loves this basking area. I have decided that I am going to try to purchase some artificial grass to apply to the bottom of this just so it isn’t so hard and so I can’t hear her scratching every time she moves. I will say I am very pleased with this product. I was really worried she would be too big for this because she’s a massive RES but she fits perfectly.

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  • Didn't take long for our turtles to acclimate & learn to love this!

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    The first day they were a bit apprehensive about coming out & being easily seen by humans very close up! They are now much closer to our faces than ever before & for the first few days would suddenly run down the ramp & dive in! Now they will sometimes stay up top & try to stare you down. So much easier for me due to using our normal fish filter, which cleans better, & I no longer have to stack rocks which they can easily topple. The sunning spot is always ready whenever they want! I love this & so do they!

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  • Love this !

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    I bought 3, 1-55gal, 2-125gal The one for the 55 gal fits perfectly. The two for the 125gal need to be retro-fitted because the topper is much too small for that tank. All 3 of my turtles love it so far. Quality- very sturdy. As always Chewy.com shipped it very quickly.

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  • Turtle Condo

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    At first, he was very frustrated with the ramp to this topper. It is very slippery and steep and every time he tried to climb up, he'd slide down. I was frustrated for him. I put some turtle safe grip on the ramp and it made a huge difference. He got the hang of it and now LOVES being up under the light. It is private and roomy for him and sometimes I catch him climbing up the ramp just to turn around and slide down the ramp into the water... he will do this again and again. He also likes the little shelf underneath and I find him sleeping there most mornings when I come back down. Overall it's a great product.

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  • Surprisingly perfect!

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    I have had my turtle for 22 years, and never put much into her habitat. When I finally realized she is NOT going anywhere, I thought I might as well make her the happiest home possible. This was a total gamble, because she has never used anything like this. When I added some food to the ramp and to the top, she crawled her fat behind right on up to eat! Now, she loves the chance to sunbathe! Guess we're in it for the long haul!

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  • My Red Eared Slider loves this!

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    I bought this last week, and it took my turtle a few days to understand what it was. I set him in it first. I love that he can get completely dried off. He's about 5 or 6 inches long, and he has plenty of room to move around. I also love that I'm able to fill the tank all the way to the top, he now has so much swimming space! Definitely a wise purchase.

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  • They love it!!

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    I bought two of these for my 55 gallon turtle tank I have three red eared sliders and they love it!

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  • Turtle basking area..

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    I thought Callie would love the opportunity to have a loft.. but she won’t go up it unless I put her in and then she always slides out.. I kind of wish it fit better/more secure on her tank.. I suppose that doesn’t matter since she won’t use it.. hahaha

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  • They love it

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    Took a week but they love it. You can hear when they climb up and slide out.

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