Our rats are used to the 12 oz Super Pet bottles with a 3/8" tube. The small Lixit tubes are closer to the 6 oz Super Pet bottle tube size. If your rats use the smallest Super Pet bottle, then they may be fine with this size, but most of us use the larger size. My rats got frustrated with the narrow tubes as they did not release the water fast enough. But everything else about the system was great.
So we decided to go ahead and order some stoppered tubes in the medium (7/16") tube size. This is slightly larger than the Super Pet 12 oz tubes, but we were hoping not too large.
We received them the other day and, thankfully, this tube works perfectly for our rats. None have a problem operating the wider tube and the water seems to flow just like they are used to. The larger tubes still fit perfectly in the mounting kit (I imagine it is the same mounting hardware for both tube sizes). They are easy to fill, they have not leaked so far, and the mounting hardware supports the bottle better than the Super Pet bottles were supported. I am not sure why Lixit recommends the smaller size for rats, but I highly recommend using the medium-sized kit instead.
|Comparison of Lixit Tubes with Super Pet Tubes
I am convinced this water bottle solution will be the best solution for our rats, but I will continue to update with my thoughts as time goes by.
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