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Old 11-06-2008, 07:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to connect cages with tubes

As you may have already seen from my cages in the 'show your cage' thread I have connected cages up a few times now by making my own hole.

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Hanlou, you really do have incredible cages! How do you connect them so well? I am tempted to put togethcer my Cambridge and Gabber for my Syrian but I don't want to mess it up and destroy the cage!
It is fiddly but once you've done it I think it gets easier! I now have *counts* 5 different tube connections on different cages though one of them is a rat cage so I had to use Ferret tubes for that one!

It creates so many possibilities and means that no cage gets wasted. I use These Connector Plates which are compatible with both Savic and Ferplast tubes and come with a stopper so you can still use your cage without tubes attached if you need to. ECF also sell the Ferplast tubes and if you type 'FANCYRATS' into the coupon box at the end of your transaction you get 10% off your order!

I prefer Ferplast tubes myself as the bends aren't as steep though occasionally combinations have only worked by incorporating the Savic tubes. Tinkerbell was a large hamster but had no problem with any of the tubes at all. All my hamsters / mice / rats enjoy going up and down and you can use cages up that are too small for any real purpose without ruining them as you would by cutting holes in the base etc. It also makes cleaning very easy as you can put the hamster / mouse in one cage by blocking it off with the plug whilst you clean the other one.

For tanks it's really handy to have a cage on top that you can put food and water in etc even if it's a small cage.

The main points to remember are to:

- always decide on the tube combination you will need *before* you snip holes in the bars! Then you will get the positioning of the hole right.

- cut the hole smaller than you think you'll need it - you can always snip more off bars if you need to but you can't put bits of bar back on if you've cut them too short!

- cage bars are actually quite easy to snip and you can always use garden wire to make the connector plate stay in place more securely after you've attached it.

I can post pics of other tubifications I've done if people would like to see them.
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd certainly like to see them!
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hiya Hanlou, I would like to see some more pics please
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Have been out all this weekend so sorry for the delay! Here's other cages I've joined (though not all are hamster cages) :

Rody Cavia joined to a Ferplast Duna Fun (I did this using the tubes on the Duna which already have 'holes' so you can join them to other cages - I just used a piece of mesh on the Rody then and cut an access hole for the tube to go through - the mesh I wired on to the Duna using garden wire) :





Zoozone 2 plus Ferplast Duna Fun (same method to join them as above) :

When Herbert had it:





When Tinkerbell had it:



Herbert's current tank plus Ferplast Duna Fun (again, joined using same method as above):



Close up of tube combination:



Gabber Rex plus Mickey Max mouse cage:



Close up of tubes showing connector plates on Rex and Mickey cage:



Savic Cambridge plus Savic Hamster Heaven - joined using a cut out hole and connector plate on the Cambridge. The HH already has tube plates on the top so it's easy to use:



Savic Cambridge attached to the tank that Herbert now has - connector plate used on the Cambridge and the tubes went through a hole in the mesh on the tank lid. This set-up was initially used for Spiny Mice:



Close up of tubes joining them:



Savic Freddy 2 cage joined to a Savic Cambridge (Both of my now Spiny Mice have one of these set-ups each - they had to be separated so are now lone meeces!):

Oscar's:



Tubeys!



Ned's:



I *think* that's just about all of the tube connections I've done other than my rat cage but that's never really going to be relevant to a hamster forum! :P

Not all of the above combinations are currently in use of course but it just shows what you can do!
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Old 11-15-2008, 02:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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wow!!
they are so good, well done. your hammys have great homes x
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Old 11-15-2008, 06:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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These are amazing!!
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Old 06-14-2010, 02:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Woah. Awesome. I have to try this. I have a savic mickey max and a cambridge.... good combo? lol.
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Thank you so much for this thread! I can'
t wait to try out connecting my own cages together!
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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As you may have already seen from my cages in the 'show your cage' thread I have connected cages up a few times now by making my own hole.



It is fiddly but once you've done it I think it gets easier! I now have *counts* 5 different tube connections on different cages though one of them is a rat cage so I had to use Ferret tubes for that one!

It creates so many possibilities and means that no cage gets wasted. I use These Connector Plates which are compatible with both Savic and Ferplast tubes and come with a stopper so you can still use your cage without tubes attached if you need to. ECF also sell the Ferplast tubes and if you type 'FANCYRATS' into the coupon box at the end of your transaction you get 10% off your order!

I prefer Ferplast tubes myself as the bends aren't as steep though occasionally combinations have only worked by incorporating the Savic tubes. Tinkerbell was a large hamster but had no problem with any of the tubes at all. All my hamsters / mice / rats enjoy going up and down and you can use cages up that are too small for any real purpose without ruining them as you would by cutting holes in the base etc. It also makes cleaning very easy as you can put the hamster / mouse in one cage by blocking it off with the plug whilst you clean the other one.

For tanks it's really handy to have a cage on top that you can put food and water in etc even if it's a small cage.

The main points to remember are to:

- always decide on the tube combination you will need *before* you snip holes in the bars! Then you will get the positioning of the hole right.

- cut the hole smaller than you think you'll need it - you can always snip more off bars if you need to but you can't put bits of bar back on if you've cut them too short!

- cage bars are actually quite easy to snip and you can always use garden wire to make the connector plate stay in place more securely after you've attached it.

I can post pics of other tubifications I've done if people would like to see them.
What are the plates called? Please reply
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:13 AM   #10 (permalink)
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They should be called ferplast tube stoppers or connectors. Different sites give them different names
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