Prolinker, there's no need to worry that deep bedding and lots of hideaways will keep your gerbils out of sight. Given the choice, they would prefer to interact with their humans, especially if that involves treats and time out of the tank.
The primary reason I give my gerbils so many things to dig up and destroy is to give them something to do when I'm not home. When I'm home, they are most interested in what I'm up to. In my limited experience with gerbils, if they're not out of their tunnels looking for you, it's just because they're asleep!
Post by marshmellowz on Sept 9, 2010 10:56:07 GMT -8
how often do you clean your tank out with having all that bedding? i would imagine it would be every few days, right? i have about half as much and i still have to clean mine out about once every five days! just curious... i would love to fill my tank up that high, but bedding is expensive!
I clean my tank about every 2 weeks. I have about 25 cm bedding their and it won´t get dirty so fast. I use Megazorb and it´s not expenisve at all. I have about 15kg pack and I can use it about a 1.5-2 month.
I did that idea once, put they destroyed it so quicklie and my camera´s battery was empty...
It looks really awesome for the gerbils!! Personally, I prefer looking at cages that are a teeny bit more organized, but of course, its what the gerbils think of it that counts and I'm sure they LOVE this set-up!
Post by HausOfKatie on Jul 15, 2011 8:19:11 GMT -8
What is the main digging material you use? We use woodchippings, which tbh I dont like using cause I know its not great for them but I cant find anywhere else that sells something more gerbil friendly. Any ideas and then I can search online X
Boz! Your Lego looks JUST like my little Penelope! She even has those faint white spots in the exact same location near her rear. haha they're almost carbon copies!
Also.. lately I've been giving my gerbils left over kleenex boxes in their tanks. Sebastian seems to love his, Nehemiah hates his. However, I've just had to switch all my gerbils to cages instead of tanks because of it being summer at all. It just gets too hot in a tank in my house. We don't have good air conditioning, and living in Texas, it gets super hot in house, and it's not rare for it to get to the upper 80's in the house. They seem to be much happier in cages right now than in aquariums. I've been giving them plenty of cold water and frozen ice packs under the cage to keep them cooled down But when it's fall.. I'm gonna have so much fun doing gerbilariums again!
Post by dexandrita on Sept 6, 2011 21:07:00 GMT -8
I didn't realize you were supposed to put so much bedding in there, I just put a couple inches of bedding in mine and then put the cardboard roll on top... Should I give them much more...? I'm new to gerbils!!!