How to Use an Aquarium As a Mouse Cage

You're ready to buy your pet mice, but realize that none of those wire cages are suitable. You turn to Google for help and discover an alternative- a fish tank. But you've also read about how mice like to climb, and you shouldn't reach for them from above. How can you turn a tank into a suitable mouse habitat?

Steps

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    Buy your tank. For three female mice or one male mouse you should have at least a 20 gallon (75.7 L) long tank. Bigger is always better. Petco has a $ a gallon sale which sells tanks cheaply.
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    Buy your screen top. It should be chew proof. Also get a way to clip it on securely. Pet stores such as Petco or Petsmart will sell you everything you need.
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    Buy a wheel. When your mice are babies, a 5 inch (12.7 cm) wheel may do, but as they grow a 6.5+ wheel will be needed. Flying saucers are recommended because they don't bend the mouse's tail. Don't use a barred wheel- for some mice, mesh may be okay, but solid is always best. For multiple mice, more than one wheel is a good idea.
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    Get a house. Have it be tall and climbable- this will be one of their options for climbing onto the mesh lid upside down, which mice love to do. Even if they don't, it will be excellent exercise.
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    Provide plenty of climbing toys. Get toys that hang from the top- your mice will love scaling them. You can even buy mouse climbing walls. The important thing is to provide plenty of opportunity to climb.
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    Find a way to attach a water bottle, such a velcro, suction cups, or an aquarium water bottle hanger. All of these are pretty easy to find- you can walk into Walmart and come out five minutes later with a suction cup/ aquarium holder water bottle.
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    Clean regularly. At least once a week do a full cleaning.
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    Use a safe bedding, such as Carefresh. No pine or cedar.
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    Get your mice. If they come in a cardboard box (if you have a long ride home, bring a safe carrier) you can put that in the cage for them to climb. Watch out, though- it will get disgusting and need to be removed fairly quickly. Remember to let them settle in, otherwise you'll terrify them.
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    When taming, find out where your mice are if possible, and don't be there. Always put your hand down away from them and then approach from the side. It's best to let them come to you.

Tips

  • Taming may be hard, but don't give up! Once tamed your mice will be the best pets ever. Mice are friendly, curious, and playful.

Warnings

  • Mice bite, whatever you've read. Especially pet store mice. Don't worry, though, it's doubtful they'll draw blood. If they're not hurting you it may be best to just let them bite, as they're just exploring, not being aggressive.

Things You'll Need

  • Tank
  • Screen top
  • House
  • Toys (especially climbing ones)
  • Wheel
  • Mice

Article Info

Categories: Mice and Rats