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Optimice Blockparty Auto-Water Cage Bottom for Avidity/Edstrom Cage-mounted Valves, Red

Environmental Enrichment combined with the Highest Mouse IVC Cage Density in the Industry

Optimice Blockparty Auto-Water Cage Bottom for Avidity/Edstrom Cage-mounted Valves, red polycarbonate, complete with two access points for connecting tubes

Blockparty allows up to 10 Optimice cages to connect to each other by use of horizontal connecting tubes. Simply plug in the Blockparty tube to connect any two adjacent cages. Rodent cage space can increase up to tenfold, allowing animals to move freely among the cages. Mice often compartmentalize any cage for day-to-day functions like playing, breeding, nesting, and eliminating urine and feces. When given a choice, mice have been known to preferentially nest in red cages, as compared to amber. When Blockparty tubes are removed, spring-loaded doors automatically close, reverting this lab mouse cage to a single unit.

Recommendations: Some Optimice/Optirat GenII Standard Bottle and Cap C79122P should be ordered if water bottle usage is also planned for some or all of the cages. We also recommend joining two cages together and placing enrichment devices such as running wheels in one cage and food and water in the other. Red or amber connecting tubes can be purchased. Blockparty provides welfare and enrichment by increasing cage complexity and living space.

Typical products purchased with this cage are:

  • Mouse/Optirat GenII Standard Bottle and Cap: C79122P
  • Mouse Large Capacity Feeder: C40103
  • Mouse Standard Cage Top, Red: C79290Mred
  • Mouse Standard Cage Card Holder Assembly: C79253
  • Mouse Blockparty Tube, Amber: C79BP050
  • Mouse Blockparty Tube, Red: C79BP050RED

 

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• Compatible with product # C77602EDC Optimice Rack, Cage-Mounted Avidity/Edstrom Valves
• Plan experiments based on desired group size without floor space limitations
• Manage different breeding schemes such as polygamous/trio mating groups
• Add additional enrichment or test equipment in adjoining cages
• Carry out preference testing without modifying existing cage set-ups
• Mice often choose a designated cage(s) for urination/defecation only, resulting fewer cages to be changed
• Can permit cage changes without disturbing or transferring animals
• Ideal for adding extra enrichment for sentinels
• Sentinels can opt to nest in one clean cage but are still exposed to dirty bedding when eating/drinking/exploring
• Mice often value a red cage for sleeping and nesting

What to expect from all Animal Care Systems cages

• One-­pass, low-­velocity airflow with total volume air changes
• No noise or vibration
• Variable-free environment
• Prevents release of odors and allergens in the animal room
• Superior cage visibility
• Fast and easy cage filter replacement
• Lightweight and low cost to maintain

Cage Outside Dimensions
13.5” (34.3 cm) L x 11.5” (29.2 cm) W (front) x 6.1” (15.5 cm) H

Cage Floor Area
75 square inches (484 square centimeters)

Cage Capacity
5 (25 g mice)

Cage Material
Polycarbonate, red

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