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Old 11-24-2011, 01:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tanks vs C&C?

I'll be picking up my hedgie mid January but want to be prepared! I've seen a couple times that tanks are unsuitable homes for them...why?
I have a 50 gallon tank that I planned to line with fleece, but am now worried that I should try to go for a C&C instead?
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Old 11-24-2011, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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tanks do not provide for adequate ventilation even with no top....do yourself and new hedgie a favor and set up a c&c cage (secret....you can make c&c's way larger than a tank anyway and the more room the better )
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Also, they're so hard to clean. Imagine lifting it up and such every week to run water in it cause thats the only way your going to even get the smell of pee and such out of it. Very heavy. With a c&c or storage container the first you don't have to move and the second you don't have to either but if you do its VERY light.
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Old 11-24-2011, 02:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you both so much!
I think I'll make a C&C and use one of my smaller tanks for traveling...more fun to do a C&C anyway! Does anyone recommend a certain amount/brand of the material or just whatever? Also, if I make a loft, should I use a tube (what kind?) or bend one of the plates for a ramp?
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Default Re: Tanks vs C&C?

Lofts are a 50/50 thing with hedgehogs, some will use them, some may totally ignore it.

Main thing about a loft / second floor is that everything needs to be enclosed. Our little guys have lost their ability to protect themselves in a fall, there has been cases of minor to fatal injury caused by just a fall of several inches. So the loft needs 4 walls.

As for the ramp, either it needs to be enclosed enough that hedgie cannot slip off it, best idea is to use a tube. A 5 inch vent tube which can be found at hardware stores works best (usually in the bathroom section). Mine are vinyl, though I think you can use dryer tubing which is metal (though I'd worry about it rusting or having sharp edges).

Angle of the ramp cannot be too steep. Since you're building a C&C, you should be able to make enough room for a gentle inclined ramp. If for some reason you don't have a ton of room, many people spiral the tube up.

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