Highrise gerbil enclosures by Eli & Kira

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Here in Austria, gerbils have to be kept in 'tanks' of at least 45 gallons, so it's hard to find enough space if you want to keep a few tanks. To solve this problem I designed a gerbil highrise set up. It's pretty easy to make and looks really good too.

First make the frame and shelves, using wood and perspex.

image of the frames & shelves being built

We fixed the perspex to the right side with silicone and also used it for caulking the edges. We cut some U-profiles and fixed them with silicone so the perplex at the front can be taken out for cleaning.

image of the perspex being added to the front

The silicone takes two days to dry properly. I used this time to make the doors using wood and wire. Cutting the battons, glueing and nailing them.

image of the doors being made

Screw the doors onto the frame.

image of doors with hinges added

Then making a stop for the doors.

making a stop for the doors

image of the stop in place

And now you should place the locks.  Below is the finished tank;

the finished hi-rise enclosure

and here with the doors open;

hi-rise enclosure with doors open

You don't need to take perspex like I did on the right side. Instead you can use wood at the back and both sides.

In the example below, I'm building a kind of shelf and glueing the perspex in with silicone. (silicone marked red)

image of alternative construction method

For the perspex on the front I used U-profiles which I glued at the bottom and both sides. So I can remove the perspex everytime.

image of perspex at the front of enclosure

So, it's not hard to build something like I did. You don't even have make the shelf for it, you can use an old cupboard. If you haven't got one look at ebay or something similar, you might get one very cheap.

We used cupboards with a size of 100cm x 40-60cm x 180-200cm, so you can put in 4 tanks of at least 100x40x45cm. around 40''x 17-20''x17-20''.

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