Habitat - Indoor :: Serious ramp issue

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:59 pm   Serious ramp issue

Today is Red's first day in his new 120 gallon tank. He adjusted very quickly and has used the basking platform three times today; however, when he exits he ends up slamming into the tank. I haven't seen it, but I certainly heard it. I think that maybe...
The ramp is too long?
The ramp is too steep?
I need to raise the water level (can add another two inches)?
I need to move the platform further to the end? My husband will have to cut into the basking platform to accommodate the output hose.
All of the above?

All suggestions are welcomed... thank you
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Post Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:52 pm   Re: Serious ramp issue

Any pictures of it ? But yes , sometimes turtles enter the water very fast if startled by anything. A noise in the house , TV ... even a draft will get there attention. Must make sure they have a safe entrance into water , including the glass tank or sharp underwater rocks. Can the ramp go long ways with tank with little modification.
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:54 am   Re: Serious ramp issue

13 or so years later, still happens with my turtles. Most of the time they move slowly and slide off, other times they launch off.
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Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:44 am   Re: Serious ramp issue

Same story here, my turtles usually launch off their basking platform when they are startled. I try to keep the area immediately around the platform free. No decorations or anything like that.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:35 pm   Re: Serious ramp issue

Thank you, everyone, for your reassurances. I so love this site. As it turned out, the solution was for me to completely enclose his basking area which is 2x2x1 . I had initially only covered three sides because we wanted to be able to see him. However, it appeared to not give him the sense of security he needed. It has been over a week since we heard any crashing. He feels so comfortable now, that a missile can go off next to the tank and he won't even flinch. Yesterday he spent over six hours up there, and I feared he had died... until I heard the now common gentle splash and he assured me he had only gone to heaven.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:59 pm   Re: Serious ramp issue

Curious as to what your basking spot looks like. Glad you found a solution!
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:08 pm   Re: Serious ramp issue

Two photos here... inside and outside.
Outside.jpeg
Inside.jpeg
Nothing fancy, but Red loves it. Can't see from the photos, but there is an 18 inch clearance from where he launches off the platform to the end of the tank.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:55 pm   Re: Serious ramp issue

Impressively nice and clean looking! He looks like he's flying :)
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:33 pm   Re: Serious ramp issue

Very Nice !
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:05 am   Re: Serious ramp issue

Looks great!
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