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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-26-2004, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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HI my name is Julie and i'm new to this forum. I have 4 mice 1 gerbil 1 hedgie 1 cat and lots of fishes. I have a 20 gallon tank in my basement and for christmas i asked for the stuff to set it up , anyway my mum got me a whole starter kit and it came with the tank so i have an extra tank, and i want to put mice in it , right now i have 4 female mice and i would like to get some males ( i don't want to breed just think it would be cool to have males) anyways can i house 2 males together , i know you can't with some species but i'm not sure with mice??
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-27-2004, 01:11 PM
 
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no julie, its robyn, i have already checked it out for gerbils and mice when i had em, they will fight to the death!!!
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-27-2004, 04:24 PM
 
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From what I've read around, it's hard but not impossible. If you have 2 males from the same litter and keep them in an estimulating environment (big cage, change things around often), then it's possible, but still highly probable that will end up fighting. I personally wouldn't risk it. Still, with a lone male mouse, you have to keep a stimulating environment cause if not, the can get depressed, cause mice are social.

Gerbils, even though they are hard to introduce, are highly social and prefer company. 2 male gerbils can be kept together no problem and in fact, females are more territorial and have a higher probability to fight, even if they are already bonded. A lone gerbil tends to get depressed, not be as active as normal, and usually get fat. Have you considered them? In a 20g you can have 3-4 males, better if you pick them very young and/or from the same litter and you can choose from different colors. 8)
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-27-2004, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have a gerbil, i hadn't really considered putting some into the tank, i'll have to think about it and ask my mum i only asked her so far if i could have another mouse but she probably would'nt care she dosen't mind ho wmany creatures i have as long as i take care of them !
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-27-2004, 09:17 PM
 
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i have had two males together and they fought to the death while i was gone, and one ATE the other. i herd if there from the same litter its possible
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-27-2004, 09:19 PM
 
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I personally would never risk it.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-28-2004, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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i think what ever kind of creatures i decide to put in the tank won't be two males!
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2004, 09:30 AM
 
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I recently had two males housed together and I woke up to them fighting extremely bad. My youngest mouse, Pequeno, had a large cut on his back and he was bleeding very badly. I had to put my hamster into her old cage and my older mouse, Matisse, into her cage. All because of the mice fighting I had to buy the hamster a new cage. I wouldn't reccomend housing two males together. If you would want to get two, you could put up a divider in the middle of the cage so that they couldn't see or touch eachother. Or you could just give one boy a very large house!
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2004, 09:58 AM
 
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i have 2 male mices in the same cage and they never fight or something like that! i have 2 male gerbils in the same cage they never fight too
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2004, 01:10 PM
 
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My friends mouse hurt the other one pretty bad and they had to be seperated, but it may be because there was a female in there too.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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i ended up getting 2 more females,they are so cute i will post pics sometime when i can get them to load!
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 08:43 PM
 
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Congratulations!!

Aren't they addictive? I wanted to get a girl or 2 more today, but my mom and aunt changed their plans and I couldn't... 8(
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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i know they are so addictive want more already!
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