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Old 01-04-2013, 11:38 AM   #11
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Default Re: 30 / 40 Gallon Aquarium as a hamster habitat

And once again, now I have serious cage envy I love tanks, but as far as I've found, all the ones that are more than 30cm wide in the UK come with all the stuff you need to keep fish, which I don't need
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:53 PM   #12
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This might actually not be obvious, but I find it easier to clean an aquarium than some bin style cages, such as Mini Duna or F.O.P. Gabia Tamburino--they have gridded plastic bottom which traps dust and dirt and requires washing. To clean an aquarium, I take out all the toys and accessories and scoop all the bedding into a trash bag, holding it inside the aquarium. Then I use a small brush with a dust pan to pick up small particles and wipe clean with damp paper towels and then dry paper towels. A small vacuum cleaner can be used in place of the brush + dust pan.
Regarding on cleaning an aquarium home for Syrians. Do they only poop on a certain spot of the aquarium or do they poop on random spots? I know they pee only on a certain spot but how bout the poop?

I am having hard time cleaning their aquarium coz the poop already got mixed up in the wood shavings.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:21 PM   #13
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Your cage set ups are absolutely stunning! This is also a fantastic review, great information.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:14 AM   #14
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guhh, Now I need this. It's so hard to get a good cage in canada/usa ;-;

I've been thinking of getting a tank before, but my dad said it would've been
better to get a cage, even though all the cages in the store and like 1x1.

On the bright side there's a 30 gallon one for about only 50$, at my local
petshop (:
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:55 PM   #15
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Question Re: 30 / 40 Gallon Aquarium as a hamster habitat

Today I found a 20 gallon tank (garbage day ) but noticed it has some cracks on the bottom. I was wondering about putting thick layers of cardboard on the bottom until I am able to get aquarium silicone. And this weekend I will make a wire lid for it. Does anyone think that will be ok until I can fix it properly?
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:27 AM   #16
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Today I found a 20 gallon tank (garbage day ) but noticed it has some cracks on the bottom. I was wondering about putting thick layers of cardboard on the bottom until I am able to get aquarium silicone. And this weekend I will make a wire lid for it. Does anyone think that will be ok until I can fix it properly?
is it for a Syrian or a dwarf? a 20 gallon I would consider too small for a Syrian.

by cracks, do you mean proper, deep cracks, as in you can feel them by touching? if not then, if supported properly, then I don't think you'd need to put silicone on. hamsters and their stuff is not as heavy as a tank full of water, so whilst a tank with cracks may not be viable for fish, it should certainly be good for our furry little friends!
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:32 AM   #17
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Hi, I love the look of your hamster habitats! I was just wondering where you found things like your tree tunnels, natural looking wheels, etc? I would love to create a similar looking home without all the plastic/cheap looking toys I'm seeing in most pet stores.
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:57 PM   #18
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Hi, I love the look of your hamster habitats! I was just wondering where you found things like your tree tunnels, natural looking wheels, etc? I would love to create a similar looking home without all the plastic/cheap looking toys I'm seeing in most pet stores.
I'm not Hamtastic, but you can find most of these in the reptile section of your local pet store. There are various types of driftwood such as grapewood and cork bark (comes in flats and rounds), wood arches, and food/water dishes made to look like natural stone that you can use for a sand dish.

Not sure where you're located, but the wood wheels are not available in the US and must be imported. Otherwise, I believe places like Zooplus sells them in the UK/Europe.
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:46 PM   #19
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Default Re: 30 / 40 Gallon Aquarium as a hamster habitat

Awesome review! . I personally have been keeping my hamsters in 10-gallon tanks, and they seem to be ok (though obviously they could use more space :P, but this teen can't afford it) so I am a HUGE fan of aquariums as habitats.
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:01 PM   #20
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Awesome review! . I personally have been keeping my hamsters in 10-gallon tanks, and they seem to be ok (though obviously they could use more space :P, but this teen can't afford it) so I am a HUGE fan of aquariums as habitats.
Um...not to nitpick, but 10 gallon tanks aren't big enough. O_o

How can you squeeze in all that a Syrian needs in that small of a space? I am assuming you have Syrians as there are pictures of them in your signature.

Take the wheel for example. A Syrian should have a wheel no smaller than 12 inches, as to keep their backs absolutely flat while running. If their backs curve while they are running, they will surly develop spinal deformities and neurological problems down the road. I have a hard seeing how you'd fit a 12 inch wheel into a 10 gallon cage. I can fit one into my 29 gallon tank easily enough, but still, I feel it takes up a lot of room.

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