View Full Version : Creative people needed! Tips on how to improve a boring aquarium!

09-13-2010, 06:05 PM
I want to thank you guys for all the help because my mom says there is a 70% chance i am getting a hamster!

Anyway, like some of you may know, I would adopt from a local rescue where they sell hamster set ups for 50$ (buy set up and the hamster is free)

This includes a 10 gallon aquarium, lid, clip, bowl, water bottle, wheel, and a hidey house. Personally i find that its a great deal. I would perfer a ZZ2 but sadly i live in America (lol) Where they are uncommon.

My problem is a 10 gallon aquarium looks very small for a syrian hamster (the one i'm getting. I am very creative and want to decorate the cage with flare!

First i was thinking of buying a 20 gallon aqaurium instead of getting the set up. But my mom is afraid it will be too big. (any pics of a 20g appreciated)

Then I was thinking of putting on a cage topper. Are these safe, good, etc. I have heard mixed opinions on them.

My last idea is kinda stupid. Buy the set up and then buy another 10 g . Then have a tube connecting them. (so stupid idk why i posted it)

I'm really not thrilled with any of these ideas so any help is appreciated.

Links to shopping websites (that ship USA) and other creative ideas for cages or anything else, like toys is greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot!

I really didn't know where to put this, sorry =(

09-13-2010, 06:36 PM
Out of all those options I'd go for the second one, purchasing a twenty gallon. One of my past hamster, a Syrian, use to live in an aquarium (a twenty-five gallon to be exact) and I found no problem with space, decorating and keeping her entertained. Here's what it looked like just in case you were curious: Click! (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3082/3163463317_d646e9ece6_z.jpg)

The idea of connecting to ten gallons is far from being stupid. ;) The only problem with that is that you'd have to buy two tanks along with two ventilated tops and tubes to connect the tanks which would end up costing more than if you were to simply purchase a twenty gallon.

Or, you could always go for a bin cage (http://www.bitterepiphany.com/bin_cage.html) which just might be your best bet seeing as you live in America and unfortunately your choices are limited.

09-14-2010, 12:42 AM
I would make a bin cage if I were you!

It is very very cheap and easy to do, and the great thing is you can choose how big you want it!
I don't know weather you have Ikea at the US, but if you do they sell a 180L tub for 10($17? I dont know) :)

09-14-2010, 09:07 AM
180 L at ikea??!!!!

09-14-2010, 10:09 AM
Yes^ You could get A 80Litre storage bin (or bigger...The bigger the better:p!) But because your in America..Maybe you could buy one from Low's?(if thats how you spell it haha!:p) Or Homedepo? They usually sell them. Well..I have heard :-D
Good Luck!

09-14-2010, 10:31 AM
the tank I have with a topper is about 20 gallon (not exactly because it was a custom tank) and I made the topper myself, as long as the mesh flooring is covered with something, they're fine :) I used vinyl floor to cover mine

here's a picture:

09-14-2010, 02:11 PM
jeez thats good...

09-14-2010, 05:34 PM
Great job guys! Thanks for all the help. I looked in Petco today and their 20 gallon aqaurium is 40$! I'm not sure wether or not i should get it because the 10 gallon set up from the rescue is 50 and that comes with a lid, clip and everything i listed before. I mean it could possibly be a little more than 50$ maybe 60-70 (with all the accerssories and stuff). I'm fine with that but i just want my hamster to be happy.

I didn't look into bin cages too much because i'm not very good with DIY stuff but i will def look into it now. I live right in the middle of town near a home depot so ill check it out (my dad's house is getting renovated so i'll be visiting them alot)

I will be moving my hamster to and from my moms house to my dads house every other weekend so the bin cage seems like the lighter option. Do they chew through the plastic easily? What brand of bin shout i get?

I thinks ill go with a 20 gallon or a bin cage now, thanks guys!

09-15-2010, 09:34 AM
Biin cages dont require much diy - i'm probs the worst you'll get at it lol, buti had a spare critter bottom thing, from one of my cages so i used that to cover the top for my robos lol. no escapes!! wood and mesh does it too :)
brand...? lol i'm not in usa so i cant really help. something sturdy that wont break - bearing in mind yu'll tip the bin every week or 2 to clean it :)
20 galls are okay but more expensive and often smaller than bins - and are alot heavier. no handles so slippery and more difficult to tip or carry. good for viewing though! especially if you get dwarves XD
but any of those are good, goodluck with hammy :)

09-15-2010, 10:01 AM
yeah if you're gonna be moving it I'd suggest a bin cage, my tank has NO chance of moving even for clean outs, I have to use a dustpan to scoop the bedding out because it's just too heavy

09-15-2010, 11:10 AM
If i were you i think the 20 gallon tank is much better for your money!
I personally think 10 gallon is way too small, my sisters two gerbils have a 20gallon tank and we think its too small, hoping to get something bigger.
But 20 gallon worked really nicely when Treo used it as a holiday cage :)

09-16-2010, 11:16 AM
20 galls should be alright to lift but more than that you'll get squashed flat XD
i've heard osme people sepcially wid rats , with all glass aquariums they strip the silicon bits off :S i dont know if hamsters woudl do that - well as they'd spend their whole life in there they could if they wanted :)

09-16-2010, 08:43 PM
Thanks guys. I'm still undecided. Aquariums seem like the best bet because i don't want them coming out or the the bedding falling out either. It still is iffy. If i could buy a ZZ2 in America I would in a heart beat! There is a ZZ on ebay for $80, is this roomy enough for a syrian? Also how do you mesh the top, with mesh and zip ties? Its really hard because $80 is double the amount of a 20 gal aquarium so i might as well just get s cage topper. Are these safe? lol sorry for all the questions goys, thanks for all the help!

09-20-2010, 01:30 PM
there's no risk of the bedding falling out or hamster escape with a bin cage as they're so deep :)

but the cage topper I made for my tank has been on for over a month now and my hammies are perfectly happy with it and it's very safe :)

09-20-2010, 01:40 PM
cage toppers are safe (if you make them with mesh beware of sharp corners and edges of the mesh, as mesh can prick!!) especially if you have a *diggy* type ham lol :)
$80... what is that about 60 ??
is it a zoozone 1 or 2 ? and yeah they're definitly suitable for syrians!!
i am going to mesh my future (dont ask me when lol...) maxi mulys (identical to the zozones) with zip ties and mesh, yeah. its the easiest way. of course you could reinforce it with wire tied around the mesh and actual bars - i think i'm going to do that :)
in the long run i think a zoozone would be better, as although its expensive its a really great cage and its not so heavey. but then tanks and toppers are a good idea to...
just personally i'd say zoozone :)
goodluck x

09-20-2010, 02:43 PM
Thanks for all the help guys. I think i will definately get a Zoo zone from ebay! If you don't mind i would appreciate your help in future posts