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Post by BobThe51st on Sat 29 Feb 2020, 1:29 pm

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This is our first time mouse keeping since I was in middle school, although I have had a few hamsters over the intervening years.  My kid is now turning 15, and we've promised them pet mice for their birthday.  We've bought, cleaned and filled this 20 gallon long tank.  Does it look appropriate for 3 to 4 does?

Thank you all for any help and advice!

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Post by Robin~ on Sat 29 Feb 2020, 7:31 pm

Hello!

Size-wise, I would definitely stick to 3– I have four living in a cage a little less than twice that size and it feels a little stuffy IMO.

I would also be hesitant on using a tank—mice produce a lot more ammonia than hamsters, so it’s generally recommended to have more than the top ventilated. A barred cage like the Prevue 528 or a meshed guinea pig/rabbit cage would be preferred, at least in the future.

I would also be hesitant with wood shavings—depending on where you get your mice, you may end up with some very dust-sensitive girls, in which aspen wouldn’t be the best. I would recommend Carefresh—it’s pretty pricey but it’s well worth it and much more dust-free.

Other than that, I like the layout—you have a nice ~8-10” on the one side which is great for mousey thermoregulation and general promotion of instincts as well as a very full and entertaining set up. I think applying something like this with the tweaks above would make for a great enclosure!
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Post by BobThe51st on Sun 01 Mar 2020, 8:37 am

Thank you so much for your suggestions! Do you think that we have enough nesting material in the cage? I put in a few triangles of felt (I know some will use it and some will leave it alone), there's a layer of hay in the dig box, and the paper tube in the back is also stuffed with it. There's also a shredded tissue and a paper towel in there. Thank you again!

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Post by Robin~ on Mon 02 Mar 2020, 12:40 pm

I would think so! I personally use shredded construction paper with my girls and give them about half a piece of paper for them to use after each clean for reference.

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Post by Carrie on Wed 08 Apr 2020, 11:56 am

I love the activities you've got set up. Well done Smile How fun. Right now my largest aquarium is 30 gal and have 5 small girls living until I finish up my tote homes. Happy mousing Smile

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Post by chiroptera on Thu 09 Apr 2020, 3:52 am

I think it looks really good, especially all those stick toys!

I'm curious, where did you get that castle?

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Post by Carrie on Thu 09 Apr 2020, 4:41 am

@Robin~ wrote:I would think so! I personally use shredded construction paper with my girls and give them about half a piece of paper for them to use after each clean for reference.
Hi there, do you just rip a piece off and toss it in? I have a bad habit of for example, w/ boxes etc ripping them up and then tossing in for them to build houses in. My husband suggests allowing them to do it themselves. If so...thinking I will steal (opps I mean ask before taking! haha) some of my daughters construction paper and placing it in w/ my mice as well Smile

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Post by Robin~ on Thu 09 Apr 2020, 10:04 am

@Carrie wrote:
@Robin~ wrote:I would think so! I personally use shredded construction paper with my girls and give them about half a piece of paper for them to use after each clean for reference.
Hi there, do you just rip a piece off and toss it in? I have a bad habit of for example, w/ boxes etc ripping them up and then tossing in for them to build houses in. My husband suggests allowing them to do it themselves. If so...thinking I will steal (opps I mean ask before taking! haha) some of my daughters construction paper and placing it in w/ my mice as well Smile

I personally shred it before hand but having them shred it themselves could make for a great source of enrichment!
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