- Nov 8, 2009
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- USDA Zone 3b/4a
I learned that burrowing substrate depth is associated with bar-biting. Hamsters in captivity don't chew on wire cages when they have bedding that is 31" deep. (the study looked at bedding that was 16" and 31" deep). I can get up to 20" deep in the aquarium I have by adding a wire topper.That and I need to make a topper. I am reading that hamsters tend to chew on wire cage regardless of the cage size and enrichment.
It seems that I could mix burrowing soil substrate that is 1 part clay and 4 parts sand. It might be possible to cut this in half with garden soil (I like this plan).
24 gallons or 3.25 cubic feet or 247 pounds of garden soil
19 gallons or 2.5 cubic feet or 225 pounds of play sand
5 gallons or .66 cubic feet or 45 pounds of clay
517 pounds. Sounds like a lot but a 55 gallon aquarium can handle 600 - 700 pounds. Should be okay! ...until the day I need to empty it out or move it....