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.

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pretty darn good

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    Fit my tank perfectly. My turtle has figured out how to use it and I see him up there quite often basking with his heat lamp. I had to use treats to get him up there the first couple of times.

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  • Turtle Topper

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    My turtle loves it he spends more time in the topper then in the water it's not very large my turtle is about 6 inches and he takes up alot of space in the topper

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  • Turtle oasis

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    Perfect unit for aquatic turtles. Our red ear sliders utilize both the under water dock and basking dock.

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  • Cool basking deck

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    Really like it, very well made.....have had it for a few weeks but my turtles won't climb into it...

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  • Turtle Topper is perfect!

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    I couldn't be happier with the Turtle Topper. My girlfriend and I have a midland painted turtle in a 55 gallon tank and wanted more swim room since she is near full grown. The Turtle Topper solved all our problems! It fits perfectly on a 55 gallon tank. It's top is great for mounting clamp lamps. The underwater resting dock is our turtles favorite part. The ramp was tricky for our turtle to figure out but after two days she can get up there whenever she wants. The ramp also allows her to use it as a slide and dive into the water. She has fun with it. Overall, great product and a must for owning an aquatic turtle!

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  • Best purchase!

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    The turtle topper is the best purchase I have made so far for my turtle (Raphael). Gives Ralph the whole aquarium to swim!

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