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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bedding For Degus

Hi maybe someone can help. I currently have 2 degus (thanks Runt) and I keep them in a 55 gallon tank. I use some type of wood shavings with the aromatic oils removed (pine fresh i think)

When I clean the tank (every couple days) I have to clean it out completely. It is getting quite expensive.

Any ideas on a more economical (and cleaner) bedding?
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I use the kiln dried pine for my bedding.1 bag goes along way.Costs around $5.00 at a farm supply store.
When I had hamsters in a tank I used to spot clean where they peed in the corners when mom had babies.I would assume you could do the same.
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With them being in a aquarium you are going to have more of a smell, I preferred wire cages when I had my degus (had them in aquariums at first and YUCK) kiln dried pine is great bedding for degus.

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I use shavings and mine never smell but on the other hand i keep them in a big open wired cage so air circulates all the time. I also spot clean my degus cage as well as i often find the bottom shavings are clean underneath once you remove the top layer apart from sometimes in the corners then i just give that a good clean out and leave the rest! Oh and welcome to PT !!!

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 04:48 PM
 
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Welcome to PT! I have 5 degus, and I use woodshavings in their cage, which has a few layers of newspaper at the bottom.. My degus are in a large wire cage and as Amethystbelle said, the air circulates around so it doesn't really smell.. I clean mine out properly once a week, but daily I let them out for a sandbath, and I tidy up the cage, change their water, renew the food, clean the shelves, and mix the sawdust up...
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-05-2005, 06:09 AM
 
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i leave thier sand bath in their cage and they use that as a toilet, so i just change the sand alot!! i have a 4ft tank and i only have to clean them out once a fortnight where as when i had them in the cage they were cleaned out at least once a week.
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