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Old 03-16-2016, 06:25 AM   #11
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The German minimum sizes are great,and then you still have people protesting over in America over the change to 450 square inches when they still have a Critter Trail.Hopefully one day the whole world views German sized cages as the minimum,but until then aside from the German minimum the UK minimum is the best current minimum.That being said,I feel like German hamster care is held to a higher standard than it is in any other place so logically cage size minimums would be different.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:48 AM   #12
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Tanks are great, so easy to decorate the outside. I personally put ribbon around the edges and got suction cup things to hang lights and you can decorate them with either expo markers or gel clings (on outside) for a nice touch and that's always fun. Plus they come in an assortment of sizes and sometimes even shapes. Only problem is some are fairly narrow so it can be difficult when you have a syrian to put in bigger toys or even wheels. But overall they are great cages
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:52 AM   #13
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As long as you get the right size they're very good,but personally I prefer for a cage to have better ventilation.
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Old 01-07-2017, 02:30 PM   #14
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I pretty much only use tanks for my animals. There are lot of things I like about them, but mostly I choose them for practicality.

This post pretty much sums it up.

http://www.hamstercentral.com/community/cage-reviews/24358-30-40-gallon-aquarium-hamster-habitat.html
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:57 AM   #15
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I'd posted earlier in this thread how I was using a tank for Jessie,a lively Chinese Hamster and not long after writing that post I'd had to move Jessie, primarily because she'd be monkey barring on the roof and I was concerned about her falling and hurting herself on the edge of the glass shelf and I wasn't able to hang a hammock to help break her fall however I have managed to remove the glass shelf from that particular tank and it has since been used as a maternity tank for Victoria when she was pregnant. It was ideal for the job really as she or her pups couldn't climb up any sides and risk falling and getting hurt and with no bars to worry about, the pups were able to explore a safe area.

If I were to have a Roborovski, I might consider using a tank as a permanent home but for now, the best use for us would be as a maternity home.
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:54 PM   #16
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I personally am not a huge fan of tanks/glass cages. For one, screen lids can be nearly the same or even exceed the cost of the tank itself! Second being that they're so heavy which makes them really tough to move around, and if you were to drop them, they could shatter upon hitting the ground. Bins and actual cages on the other hand would not. Tanks also don't have the best ventilation being that the only screened area is the lid, and this allows for ammonia to build up in the tank. This isn't a problem with bins because they can easily be modified to have screens so ventilation is good. One pro of the tank however, is that they don't have bars to be climbed or chewed on which makes them a little safer. This is just my opinion, I still do use tanks though and think they can work fairly well
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Old 01-09-2017, 02:07 PM   #17
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Expanded bins would be very easy to move,while expanded tanks are pretty much impossible to separate and would at the very least be difficult to move.They're also much heavier,far more expensive,and have more limitations in regards to if you need a certain shape of cage for a certain area such as an L shaped cage or anything like that.

For around $30 you could get several bins and make them into an expanded bin setup,using very simple tools.Considering the tools used could be reused for a very long time even when the bins are built,it is more than worth the investment of about $13 for a wood burning knife and a few dollars for zip ties as well as about $16 for a good sized roll of 1/2 inch mesh,and you'd also most likely find wire cutters for under $5.
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