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Old 06-02-2009, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default Rotastak Space Command

Well first off i dont really agree with people saying that rotastak cages arnt very good because i have seen a few that are very good and all the animals living in them seem to be very happy.
This may have been the case with old Rotastak cages but i think they have improved alot.
This is my first Rotastak cage so i was only a little confused about how to put it together but after a while looking at the instructions it was quite easy. I did have a few difficulties but i will explain those later.
This is the cage

I am very pleased with it although i dont have any animals in it yet, hopefully i will soon though.
The only problem i had was with the main tube

This was abit of a pain to get into the right place but after only a few minutes of work i got it in properly. I think it would easily allow a syrian to get through, it really is wide.
This is the dining room

What i love about the dining room is the pull out food bowl which you can see, it allows easy cleaning and refilling of it.
The wheel also i have heard complaints about it not turning well, but you pull out the locking nut abit and it allows the wheel to turn easier.
The home and away box is also good beacuse if your hamster decides to sleep there then you can simply close the hole into it and clean the cage while your pet is asleep.
I will be adding more to this review onnce i get a hamster and once the hamster has tested it all.
I hope this review has been helpful so far.

Hi again people, i didnt buy a syrian in the end i bought 3 male agouti Chinese Hamsters. I called them Mars, Aero and Button, sorry i dont have pics but they are nervous obv cause they have only just got in the cage. They have no problem climbing up the big main tube. Im still convinced that the tube would be perfectly fine for a syrian.
I personally think that Rotastaks have improved in quality, i have seen old versions of rotastak cages and they do look flimsy, but as long as people put it together properly and put anti-gnaw rings on everyplace possible nothing will escape. Also people complain that the themed cages are too expensive, well it just depends where you get them from, i got mine from petplanet and i weighed up the costs of the individual pieces compared to the main cage and it was significantly cheaper to buy the themed one.
I hope this review has been helpful again. Overall i think this is a very good cage, but peoples prejudices from the old cage systems, i hope people do change their minds about these cages because they are very good quality cages.
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Old 06-03-2009, 01:02 AM   #2
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Hi Matt,

Thanks for the review so far it will be interesting to hear further news.

Looking at the cage I still think Rotastaks have there bad points - like not having enough room for the hamster to really stretch their legs, and being stuffy in the warm weather, and being a nightmare to clean out.

However, I'll look forward to reading about your experiences on these issues.
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:53 AM   #3
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Rotastak wheels are too small for a fully grown Syrian and a correctly-sized wheel does not fit anywhere in the set up. For that fact alone, they are unsuitable... that's without even going into the problem of lack of corners (which hamsters love) and hamsters getting stuck in the tubes. I'm sure plenty of hamster look happy in them, but they've never known anything else. Hamsters make the best of what they have. They can't exactly tell you if they don't like something. They can't say "excuse me, i'd like my cage to have corners, please"
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: Rotastak Space Command

I had my Hamster in a rotastak but a couple of months I changed the cage to a normal cage with bars. I changed because normal cages are easier to clean and more spacious for the hamster.

However rotastak cages look really good.
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:12 PM   #5
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Default Re: Rotastak Space Command

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Rotastak wheels are too small for a fully grown Syrian and a correctly-sized wheel does not fit anywhere in the set up. For that fact alone, they are unsuitable...
Well that depends how you have it set up



We had Stewie in a rotastak, and although he didn't know any different (and we didn't either when we first got him) but he loved to run through the tubes and explore all of his extensions, and whenever he wanted to come out he would come to the bars at the front, and the pod thing did have corners so he always had somewhere to wee

Saying this though I would never use rotastak again (I have got rid of it all now) as it takes ages to clean, was not very portable, and takes up a lot of space.

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Old 07-05-2009, 08:52 AM   #6
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I'm afraid I agree with Bunsey completely - the Rotostak cages on their own are far too small for a suitable wheel and I don't like the ventilation in them. Yes they might look good, but I doubt the hamster cares how the cage looks from the outside! My friend has a Creepy Castle cage and it takes her as long to clean that as it takes me to do my 14 cages!! I remember Rotostak from when I was a youngster and I think the designs were broadly similar then, also.

I'm still not keen, sorry.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:24 AM   #7
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I got my Syrian hamster a few days ago with the Rotastak Space Command, and I am not happy with it. The big tube came out at one end and she escaped, there were no instructions with it and it takes far too long to clean out. The wheel doesn't turn even after pulling out the red thing and I will be taking this back to Pets@Home when my Savic Cambridge cage arrives. NOT HAPPY.
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:32 PM   #8
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Take it back Brittany and say it is not fit to use as a hamster cage. I'm sure you will like the Cambridge
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:55 PM   #9
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Default Re: Rotastak Space Command

iv'e had two different Rotastak cages (dreamland and pink palace)
they are brilliant but there a pain to put together
they are more suited for Syrians though
Syrians can climb the vertical tubes no bother but dwarfs find it hard
i kept a dwarf in the dreamland cage for a while but i had to build it in a different way.
my dwarf found it very hard to run in the wheel but when i loosened the bolt thing it was able to run in it.
my Syrian can run in the wheel without having to loosen the bolt thing.
i think Rotastak cages are fantastic and i would recomend them to anyone buying a new cage.
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:04 AM   #10
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Yeah, my Space Command will be going back as soon as my Cambridge gets here, I ordered it online yesterday I've rung Pets@Home and told them about it already.
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