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Posted by chris_harper2 on February 22, 2003 at 23:56:40:
In Reply to: Your opinions on rack systems>thinking of going this route. posted by HDEAN on February 22, 2003 at 14:34:09:
...get all of them higher up in the room since the older I get the less I like bending over with some cages 1-2 feet off the floor.
This might not be necessary. I bulged a disk in my back this summer and had to work the animals in the lower tiers of my lidless rack system. What I did was use a hook to remove the animal and place it in a shift bucket. Then I used a long pair of forceps to remove the water bowl and carry it to my cleaning area. Modern snake tongs by Midwest can be used to pick up heavy water bowls. Another pair of forceps removed fecal material during+spot cleaning. But for complete substrate changes etc. I had to bend over to get the boxes.
But I work venomous and my rack systems were already built so this was a no-brainer for me. Keeping your cages off the floor might be best for you.
Other than that, I don't like sweater box racks for introducing pairs. But there is a solution. A company called Cambro makes a clear polycarbonate box that is slightly bigger than a regular sweater box. These make for excellent lidless rack systems and would be ideal for you.
However, they are faily expensive so I doubt you would want to go this route exclusively.
But you could mimick what you currently do with the visions (keep the females in there and introduce males). I suppose the only downfall to this is if you prefer to introduce females into the males cage. But it sounds like this is not a problem for you.
So I think you could build "regular" racks that go to the floor but keep the Cambro boxes on the tops for females and/or breeding pairs. Then use your regular cheap tubs for the lower tiers.
I don't check in on the hybrid forum very often. E-mail me and I'll see if I can dig up pics of racks built around Cambro boxes. I build my own racks so let me know if you need any help in that area as well.