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This is a discussion on Rodent Tubs within the Feeder Rodents forums, part of the Feeders category; Hey guys, I'm looking to build another breeder rack for my rats but wanted to use a different tub. My ...

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    Rodent Tubs

    Hey guys, I'm looking to build another breeder rack for my rats but wanted to use a different tub. My current breeder rack uses the Home Depot concrete mixing tubs, which work fine but I like changing things up, plus I'm not crazy about the curved ends - they seem to steal from the tub's floor space. Anyway, I was checking out some Vision tubs, specifically the Model V-35 (20"x15"x5.3") but was wondering if anyone has any experience with them and could tell me anything about their quality.
    Also wanted to know the same about the Model V-18 "Hatchling Rack Tubs" (18"x7.5"x3.5"). As the name implies I think they're intended for snake hatchlings but I think I've seem them in several videos where they're used as rat maternity tubs, which is what I want them for. Are these the tubs that I'm seeing? They seem a bit small to me - especially narrow. I currently use the CP1, I think, and they're about 10"x16"x4". I like that size but wish it were longer. 10"x18"x4" would be perfect. Anyone know where I could find that sized tub? There is a similar tub on Vision's site but it's too tall for a maternity at 6". Thanks guys.

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    The reason for the rounded or curved ends is so that the rodents can not chew through the tub.
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    I was also looking at some tubs on Reptiletubs.com. They're rather pricey but they seem pretty durable. I really like their PL-W3 for both baby snakes and rodent maternity. They also have a nice incubation tub. Anybody out there have any? Anyone, anyone, Bueller?

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    you realize rodents can chew through concrete and metal right? they will make short work of any plastic tub if they decide to chew. ergo: i would go with the cheapest. the centrex brand "tough tubs" at lowes work great, 20"x26"x6" is perfect for housing quite a few adult rats, and since they are curved, a minimized risk of chewing.

    i leave all the moms in the tubs, don't use a maternity rack. but if i did, i would use some kind of kitty litter pan.

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    I'll be using a Jumbo litter pan with my new breeder rack but I've opted for 10 series ARS tubs for the maternity side of it. I was using a smallish litter tub for maternity but I felt they just weren't big enough and, once the pups were around 12-14 days, required cleaning every 5ish days instead of 7.
    Anyway, I have the option of semi-clear or solid tubs. If given the choice, which would you guys go with and why? I was thinking semi-clear because I could kind of see in the tubs w/o opening them and it would let more light in, which the rats might like. Then again, maybe a solid tub would help the rats feel more secure. I really don't know. What do you guys think? Thanks.

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    solid tubs have worked perfectly fine for me. they should get plenty of light through the top

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    I was thinking the same myself but then again I usually over think these things. I just don't want to order a bunch of one kind of tub and build a rack or two around them only to decide later on that there's a better option. Like I said, I often over think these things. I do think though that I will go with the solid tubs as they're slightly more durable and will be less of an eye sore between cleanings. Thanks BAM.

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