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Racerhedge 01-23-2009 03:47 PM

Re: Storage Bin vs. Aquarium Controversy
I have two tanks I use one I got free from my brother and I bought the other one new. The used one is a snake tank it's long kind of narrow and tall. The other one is short wide and there the same length. Since my female runs in the wheel all the time and the male never dose I put her in the skinnier one and him in the wider one. They have been like this for 4 months and seem fine. I usually take them out everyday and let them hide under my blanket while I have a nap after work. Helps us bond I think lol I like the multiple storage bin but I am in a cold basment suite and would be hard to keep them warm. I use a under tank reptile heater currently just under there house. Maybe I can post pics when I figure out how.

Kalandra 01-23-2009 04:08 PM

Re: Storage Bin vs. Aquarium Controversy
One big problem with under tank heaters they don't keep the air temperature adequate. When a hedgehog is up running around and on its wheel it needs the room temperature to be adequate, else you end up with a hedgehog who is getting cool then warm then cool, etc. While your hedgehogs may seem ok now, and isn't attempting hibernation, I would be very concerned that this is causing stress on their immune systems.

Racerhedge 01-23-2009 07:02 PM

Re: Storage Bin vs. Aquarium Controversy
Hmmm I keep the bedroom door closed and the house is heated by baseboard heaters. I have a thermometer and it's a constant 21 degrees C in my room but only 9 degrees in my living room LOL. I keep them in my room where it stays warm enough I hope. I do have a space heater to take the chill off sometimes if I am walkin between rooms. I was hoping to get under floor heat for the whole tank but I would need 4 heaters to heat the floor of the tanks.

Nancy 01-23-2009 07:58 PM

Re: Storage Bin vs. Aquarium Controversy
21C is only 69F which is not warm enough. You need 23C which is 73F or higher.
You keep your living room and 9C/46F? Don't you freeze? Your house does not seem to be hedgehog or even people friendly. :lol:

Racerhedge 01-23-2009 08:52 PM

Re: Storage Bin vs. Aquarium Controversy
When they build the basment suite they cheaped out on the heating system only installing 3 heaters one for each room. Since the living room is large with two windows it's freezing in there unless you run a space heater and that would cost 100 bucks extra and I am never in there. I have caught them splatted? Out in there terrariums most of the time. My boy likes to lay half in and out of his home head inside. My girl I usually curled up at the back if the house. There houses are on baby blankets full size folded up and there house is a wooden thing with straw roof you can get at petland. I also have a small blanket folded up inside that they usually use to block the door when the light is on. These are my first two hedgies and I love them lol it feels nice and warm when I lift up there house to play with them. I have the heaters running all the time.

Kean 02-02-2009 10:19 PM

Re: Storage Bin vs. Aquarium Controversy
hi, i dont have a hedgie yet, when i have enough money (after my birthday, everyone gives money here) i can get one. my house is one of those suckish houses built in the late 1950's so its sometimes really cold, but we have a space heater. anyway im just wondering if in winter i should have one of those *snuggle safe* discs? but how would i keep the temperature adequete? cuz i dont think i could keep it on all day, it costs alot of money for the extra electric bills, have any suggestions? i am going to use plastic bins sooo....... :?:

Immortalia 02-02-2009 11:34 PM

Re: Storage Bin vs. Aquarium Controversy
Most will probably say to fix the bin with a metal/mesh top, and get a heat emitter for your hedgie. It'd cost as much as having the same wattage light bulb on.

The snuffle safe discs are good for travelling. The heat doesn't last all day, only a few hours.

Hedgie love gave some great links and info here:

Kean 02-17-2009 08:33 PM

Re: Storage Bin vs. Aquarium Controversy
what else would be a good heat then, it gets cold upstairs with no heat

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