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Post Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:12 am   Basking Place

Hi all.

Any recommendation for what type of board should I use for basking area?

The area is about 1ft x 1ft.

Looking for something that is cheap in price and easy to get.

Thanks!
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Post Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:53 am   Re: Basking Place

A lot of people use plexi glass (I did too), or an egg crates.
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Post Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:59 am   Re: Basking Place

Don't use any wooden board , they have chemicals that can leach out into your water.

Lowes / home depot / floor tile store a 12"x12" ceramic tile "sample" for free on a platform / rock or suction cups to sides , even hang it from top rim ?
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Post Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:29 pm   Re: Basking Place

PokePony wrote:A lot of people use plexi glass (I did too), or an egg crates.


yeah i have heard of plexiglass. but it is difficult to be cut right? please correct me if I am wrong.

and the plastic egg crates are difficult to find in Malaysia though :cry:
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Post Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:30 pm   Re: Basking Place

litefoot wrote:Don't use any wooden board , they have chemicals that can leach out into your water.

Lowes / home depot / floor tile store a 12"x12" ceramic tile "sample" for free on a platform / rock or suction cups to sides , even hang it from top rim ?


Oh good idea in using tile. will give it a try. Thanks! :wink:
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Post Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:11 am   Re: Basking Place

yeah plexi glass can be difficult to work with if you don't have the right tools. I used a saw to cut mine.

Let us know how things go :)
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Post Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:40 pm   Re: Basking Place

Plexi glass / lexan can be cut almost like glass ! Instead of a glass cutter you use a "utility knife" with a good new sharp blade score it the same as glass bring it to edge of a table and pop it off. Very easy and factory clean edge. Little practice then you got it ! Saws work but with the heat ( even a hand saw ) that builds up it's a rough edge , like it bubbles up. Having the correct "tooth count" on the blade help's too. A blade with " #80" count work's well for me too ! An old trick for a cleaner edge is to put tape on both sides then cut with a saw for a cleaner edge but not as straight and clean as a utility knife. You don't need a fancy one a 99 cent one does well it's having a sharp blade that does the scoring.
If you do it a lot you can tell by feel and sound it's scored good . If not sure make several passes on plexiglass for a good score then snap it off. Lots of info with pictures and or videos for help you can google for a few more tricks.
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Post Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:30 pm   Re: Basking Place

If the plexi is thin, it might flex a lot. Tile would be the best, does your tank have a rim?
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Post Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:49 pm   Re: Basking Place

Hey guys!

I'm back with my solution. Using hollowboard and a piece of fake grass is good for my turtles! And the frame I am using PVC pipes.

That's it! Thanks to Google image in giving me inspiration :D
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Post Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:13 pm   Re: Basking Place

Sounds good! Any pics of your solution?
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