SURE! you can do something not quite as elabriate as these... you can get a solid divider measured to size, then you can use silicone sealer or hot glue. The key for making it removiable later on is that you NOT touch any of the sticky stuff to the aquarium sealent. Also, if you plann on selling your tank later on.... remember that it may not hold water after animals live in it. Gerbils dig at the edges, and scratch off the sealent. And speaking from experience... it's really hard to seal a large tank!
Post by kimsgerbils on Jul 9, 2006 23:27:01 GMT -8
Is my 15 gallon split. The lid is like Andrea's, it's hinged and closes down over the wire. I siliconed U channel on the 2 sides, and then the wire is bent into an "L" shape, so that no one can dig underneath. The lid keeps them from climbing over, and I have an extra piece of wire I attach to the bottom of the wire and the top of the wire to create a triangle to prevent nipped toes, etc for initial introductions. I like how they have a little bit more space in the 15 than in the 10 diagonal splits. They pair up quite easily in it
The idea of the split Shelby is to get the gerbils to make permanent friends, therefore there is minimal distractions like toys, houses etc. so they concentrate on their soon to be buddy on the other side
Post by gerbilluv10 on Jan 21, 2007 13:05:06 GMT -8
oh. Ok. That's a good idea! I guess I never thought of that... (I'll have to learn more if I'm going to be prepared to bring a gerbil into the family... I might even keep a permanent split cage like that too! Thanks!
I keep my splits pretty boring... and when pair up a group with anoth pair, I use my 55 gallon split... and later on they go into my 20, then if they need some more encouragement, into my 10 (they usually get along in a day or 2 in the 10!) For example, Brian, Vic and Jeff... well, Jeff hasn't been doing too well, so I wanted to start pairing them with Triscuit and Foster. Jeff's age is unknown, and Tris is over 1 year. They were in the 55 for about 2 months, and then in the 20 for a week when Brian died. Now Foster, Tris, Vic and Jeff are in the 10 for a few days because Vic isn't so sure.... They were actually playing yesterday, but I was nervous to leave them when I went for work. It forces them to only interact with each other... and nothing else.... makes things go faster that way
You have to attach it, or the gerbils will knock it down. I personally only use hot gule, and NOT silicone sealent. If you use silicone, there will pretty much be forever marks on the glass. I actually use 2 dots of it on the bottom of my divider, and then hot gule the sides and the rest of the bottom, because the hot glue come off easily, and then your glass is "normal" again. The only way around not attaching it is if you use a 10 gallon tank, and use a hard wire (not mesh) lid and use that as a divider.... no gluing invoulved
This is the only shot I have, but that divider is a lid to a 10 gallon tank.
Post by twisellemegdonna on Sept 16, 2008 16:54:27 GMT -8
Great tanks! It gave me some ideas. Would it be possible to do a split tank with a 30gal? I would want to keep at least 3 gerbils on each side would that work? Would it be a good breeding tank idea? Oh yah and people say they make their own tanks? They get 5 square glass pieces and glue it together? Could that work or would the glue get through and be eaten? Thanks!