|Housing Setup for a Pair or Large Clan|
|10 gallon tank, heavy wire mesh cover and clips|
|4 oz. water bottle and guard|
|Wheel hung on the side covered with masking tape|
|Ceramic bowl (optional)|
|Sturdy cardboard (or wooden) nest box w/unscented toilet tissue|
|Carefresh 3-4 inches deep|
|Lighter cardboad to gnaw and tubes to tunnel|
|My basic Setup for a gerbil pair|
|20 Gallon long can house 4-5 males|
|Deep Carefresh litter|
|Levels to climb and explore|
|Only one box to nest/sleep in|
|* This is a nice Setup for a large clan (of more than two gerbils). Alex, Alan, and Tequila are shown here. A same sex pair can have much more elaborate housing with tubes and tunnels.
* Note that: a breeding pair must have a very simple setup for the safety of the pups.
* The setup above is a 20 gallon tank with a wire mesh screen cover.
* It has the bottom of a plastic critter cage in the back left filled with sand. It starts out as a sandbox and is later a potty to keep waste to one area of the tank.
* The left side is corn cob to dig in (the water bottle is on the side since the litter is not deep).
* There are kitchen shelving "steps" in the middle.
* Ceramic food bowl (on steps) is optional; the gerbils will quickly bury their food. Sometimes I put it directly on the bedding.
* A couple of boxes that are open ended are for climbing and gnawing in the middle.
* The right side has carefresh for tunneling and a next box with unscented toilet tissue underneath.
* This setup is interesting for my larger clan, but *important* only has one logical place for them to nest. This keeps them all sleeping in one pile so that they do not create territories and stay bonded as a clan.