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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-10-2018, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Appropriate basking area

Hey everyone,
I adopted a 6 month-1 year old red eared slider turtle because it was in a bad situation and I knew I could not leave it there.
I had it treated for a respiratory infection and I have been fighting shell rot for what seems forever now.
I have bought a basking dock from a legitimate store that most turtles use with ease. Yet my turtle does not bask anymore, does not even try to get on half dry half wet areas. I tried a thousand different configurations to see if it would make the basking area perfectly accessible to him/her. She/he used to bask when I left the water level very low and he/she would barely put any effort to get on the dock.
I know he/she is strong as I have seen it climb a lot and even vets agree he/she is full of energy.
Now that it is not sick anymore, I can leave water levels higher (normal height for turtles) but he/she's swimming seems pretty bad and clumsy (probably because of how it was treated for most of it's life).
I really just want to have a normal turtle with no more shell rot or swimming issues.
Can anyone help me to get my turtle to bask, any ideas of how to better the dock (what materials to use and such)?

........ I am starting to loose faith
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-10-2018, 01:39 PM
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A picture of setup would help a lot !

Being a baby the water temp has to be 78*-80* and the basking area at 90*-92* !!!

The basking area must have two bulbs on it , first a UVA (heat) and a specialty UVB . Both over basking area. There are only a few that does both and cost much more but watch the wattage especially with small tanks. To me anything under 40 gallons is to small even for a baby.

Hopefully you have a very accurate way to measure the temps like an "IR" type.

Your poor turtle has been through a lot so to make it feel more comfortable and safe while basking do this. Cut some cardboard out and cover the walls only to the basking area not the top. This normally helps it feel safer..
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