A few people asked me to post pics..so here they are. Finally. I made a new thread because I didn't want to clutter queens thread with huge pics. I left them kind of big because the quality is better. When I shrink them, it just looks like a stupid tank full of bedding. Sorry
So basically how I do it is: Get the types of cardboard/box that cans of soda or catfood comes in. Go to petshops and take the empty ones off the shelves... can get them anywhere. Punch about 2 small holes in the middle so they can make a tunnel through it Layer of bedding on the bottom Box on top Layer of bedding on top of that box (probably at least 4 inches of shavings in the 10 gallons) Another box on top Bury a few things in the middle.. (wooden houses, pipes logs..etc) I get pipes from the hardware store. They're sooo cheap and they can't chew them. Unlike the expensive SAM and Habitrail plastic tubes they can chew apart. Wheels hang from the top. Sandbox and food dish taped to the sides.
Posting Befores and Afters. Once they start chewing the cardboard down, the tunnels become more stable. ;D There used to be 9boys in here. BEFORE
2 Boys BEFORE (Waterbottle comes out from top..they have to stand on that container to reach it)
AFTER(took out wheel because they don't use it and added a sandbox which is taped to the right corner) lmfao@the one who looks like he's eating Mcdonalds. It's ok, he's kind of skinny anyways.
Only have 1 good pic of the 5girls..(sandbox taped to right corner, food jar taped to left corner)
30gallon/7boys BEFORE Basically set up the same way as the others, except mostly half. 1 Side layered with 2 boxes (3 levels). Couple things buried in between.. log, wooden box, wooden house, green plastic box, few drain pipes, papertowel tubes..) Huge box in the middle to keep the small platform clean. This way, they can't bury their water bottle and make it leak, they can't bury their food dish as much, they can still use the wheel and they can use the sand box. The box in the middle has holes in it, they can go inside that.. probably will be completely gone in a few weeks.
AFTER(added another wheel, moved sandbox..going to tape that to the side of the tank like the others once I get more tape) ((You can see how they dug some of the stuff out..3 way white pipe with someone's asss coming out of it..LOL)
I think the tunnels look cool..so 2 closeups.
See.. 3 fit
Corner shot.. Where the black one is..that's where they sleep usually.
That looks really cool J. How often do you have to change the bedding? I'd hate to have the gerbs spend all that time "customizing" it and then just have to destroy it.
Not often at all. ;D I quit giving them toilet paper because it smells pissy within a couple of days and then they spread it around the tank..making it smell. Plus they use the sandbox as a litterbox, so that helps a lot.
The 2 boys maybe about a month..They take longer to chew (hence the papertowel tube that's been sitting there for 2 days!)
The 5 girls.. probably about once a month.
The 7boys.. haha probably not for another 2 months. ;D
Post by queenofthenile on Aug 27, 2004 19:17:03 GMT -8
Okay, then how often do you change their sand? Do you scoop it everyday? Most of my gerbs seem to have figured out the sand thing, which is good. If I don't scoop it every day or I don't change it twice a week, then they stop using it . Cheeky little beggars .