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    Re: Building & Plumbing a Rodent Rack

    wow, thats amazing job well done!

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    Re: Building & Plumbing a Rodent Rack

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    Other then that the only thing I do is add a capful of bleach to the water every time I fill the bucket. The person I got this idea from is Sean Bradley of EBN, He said that he's also never had a clog but just to be on the safe side he would occasionally unscrew the valves from the PVC and run water through it to flush it out. I haven't done that yet myself so I don't know how big of a job it would be.
    You put the bleach in the drinking water? Has it ever caused any problems for your rats?

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    Re: Building & Plumbing a Rodent Rack

    You put the bleach in the drinking water? Has it ever caused any problems for your rats?
    No problems at all, in fact it's generally recommended for any automatic watering system. It keeps the slime and bacteria out of the lines. It's not something that would be necessary if you use water bottles. Water bottles would be cleaned every time they're filled and don't have standing water in them for long periods of time. Just make sure you use the smallest useful amount, I generally add about 1 ounce per 5 gallons of water.

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    Re: Building & Plumbing a Rodent Rack

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkS View Post
    No problems at all, in fact it's generally recommended for any automatic watering system. It keeps the slime and bacteria out of the lines. It's not something that would be necessary if you use water bottles. Water bottles would be cleaned every time they're filled and don't have standing water in them for long periods of time. Just make sure you use the smallest useful amount, I generally add about 1 ounce per 5 gallons of water.
    You mean the rats drink water with bleach?? That won't harm them? Or does bleach just kills bacteria and not animal?

    Very curious.

    Tks.

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    Re: Building & Plumbing a Rodent Rack

    You mean the rats drink water with bleach??
    Yes, about one ounce of bleach per 5 gallons of water.

    That won't harm them?
    No, such a small amount will not harm them

    Or does bleach just kills bacteria and not animal?
    Yes, I've drunk water treated with very small amounts of bleach myself several times. It used to be a very common way for campers to treat water from a questionable source. It would kill off bacteria or parasites that could make you sick. In this application it helps keep the slime out of the water lines which could cause the lines to become plugged up which could cause the rodents to die from thirst

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    Re: Building & Plumbing a Rodent Rack

    Very cool rack system, drinking bleach I don't know about that... But Great feeder rack
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    Re: Building & Plumbing a Rodent Rack

    Geat Job Mark, Thanks for sharing. Now other's can build a great rack just like the one you built.
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    Re: Building & Plumbing a Rodent Rack

    nice rodent rack.are your tubs the van ness cat litter pans,small size?

    i've been using bleach and imitation vanilla in my rodents water for years with no problems (bottles).vanilla retards smell and as mentioned bleach kills the bad stuff.




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    Re: Building & Plumbing a Rodent Rack

    nice rodent rack.are your tubs the van ness cat litter pans,small size?
    yes, it's the small Van Ness pans that I used. The pans are a bit on the small side, they're a nice width but I wish they were longer with more floor space.

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    Re: Building & Plumbing a Rodent Rack

    those are the pans i used also and i wish they were bigger,the next size up van ness pan i thought was too deep.if i were going to do it again i would get pans from vision,there 18" long.




    Quote Originally Posted by MarkS View Post
    yes, it's the small Van Ness pans that I used. The pans are a bit on the small side, they're a nice width but I wish they were longer with more floor space.

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