Rodent Watering Buying Guide

Rodent Watering System Buying Guide

Step 1: Calculate your tubing needs. We recommend an "S" design for best system function. It will simplify air bleeding and system flushing. Calculate the amount of tubing you will need. Remember to allow for about 6 inches extra for each valve to connect each valve to its "T" fitting.
Step 2: You will need one drinking valve for each tub/cage.
Step 3: You will need one "L" fitting for each time you turn a corner to prevent kinking.
Step 4: You will need a "T" for each drinking valve.
Step 5 : If you are using a wire mesh you will need one mounting clip for each drinking valve.
Step 6: If the supply line will be accessible to the rodents through the wire you will need to use the standoff clips to keep the line far enough away from the wire they can not chew it. One standoff clip per 2 feet is typically sufficient.
Step 7: You will need a clamp loop roughly every 1-2 feet to secure tubing to your rack.
Step 8: We recommend using one drain valve at the bottom of each rack. This inexpensive valve will greatly simplify air bleeding and system flushing. If you don't use these you will wish you had!
Step 9: A shutoff valve for each reservoir is handy should you need to make changes or repairs to you system later on. Typically you would want one for each reservoir.
Step 10: You will need a reservoir for each separate rack or system. We like to use a small 3 gallon reservoir on smaller systems. If you should have a leak it will limit the amount of flooding in the pan(s) to one gallon or less. Depending on the number of rodents in your setup you will need to refill this daily-weekly. Comes with Tank Connector.
Step 11: If you want to use your own reservoir you will need a Tank Connector for each one. This is ideal for larger setups where a reservoir larger than 3 gallons is required. We recommend reservoirs with flat sides for a good seal. You WILL NOT need this if you are purchasing the 3 gallon reservoir from us.
Be sure not to over crowd your rodents. We have found we get the best pinky survival and output with one male mouse to 3 females per tub. With the rats we use 1 male to two females per tub.