>I am looking for some "lab-style" mouse cages in order to breed pinkies
>and fuzzies for my Colombian rainbows. My current setup is haphazard and
>I like the efficiency of the lab cages (the ones where the food and water
>sit on top of a wire mesh and the bottom is opaque, usually white). If
>anyone knows where I may buy some (used preferably, but new is OK) I would
>be MOST grateful.
A recently posted FAQ of breeding mice recommended the Valintine Company in
Chicago, IL (312) 650-9050. I have asked for their catalog, but not
received it yet.
A local professional breeder suggested I use cat litter pans, the type that
are perfectly smooth on the inside. You can find these at KMart, Walmart,
etc. for about $4. The tops can be made from 1/4" hardware cloth that is
cut and shaped to fit down inside the pan. Place the water bottle and food
on top. He warned that the inside must be smooth -- the mice will chew at
any ridges -- and the hardware cloth must be 1/4" -- the young mice would
crawl out of anything larger.
I had my doubts about the mice being able to eat the food through 1/4 mesh,
but the food disappears, so I guess they can.
For a larger operation, there is a demand valve available. I have a few
that I purchsed from a local pet store for $1.70 each. They come with
either 1/8" MPT or male tubing barbs and can be adjusted for required force
to open. The store also sold 1/2 pvc x 1/2 pvc x 1/4 FPT Tee's. I don't
know where to get these valves at a discount.