Cage and Aquarium DJ: Tyler Huffman

Cage and Aquarium Photographers: Shelley Anderson and Eva Ho
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Myth 2: “Aquariums don’t have good ventilation.” In reality aquariums have great ventilation that is better than most (if not all) commercial hamster cages for sale in the U.S. The big danger with inadequate ventilation is that ammonia will build up which can cause respiratory problems. Luckily, ammonia is lighter than air so ammonia will rise to out the top of an aquarium. This actually makes aquariums much better ventilated than any cage with bunches of tubes and a plastic top! Overall, if you do the math aquariums have great ventilation for hamsters!
Cage and Aquarium DJ: Lexi Zajdel
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Think of your gerbils as intrepid explorers armed with a strong pair of hind legs and a sturdy set of incisors. These rodents are born to dig, jump and chew, and their housing must meet these challenges. Aquariums fit the bill well, offering better safety features, escape deterrents and overall tidiness as compared to wire cages and plastic modular habitats. Hamster Cage - DIY aquarium conversion
Photo provided by Flickrbird cage aquarium- I love this idea. Fish tanks by themselves are never all that pretty.
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Are you in need of a hamster cage? If you are going to acquire a pet hamster, you will need to get some sort of home as well. If you already have a decent sized aquarium, you can convert it into a hamster cage with minimal trouble. However, if you do this, you should be aware of how to do it properly, and the advantages and disadvantages that using an aquarium as a hamster cage can bring. What follows should help you convert your old aquarium into a cage for a hamster.Clean out the cage thoroughly using a mixture of water and a small amount of bleach. You want to remove every trace of whatever animal lived in the aquarium previously, if any, and make sure that your hamster does not get any dirt or germs from the aquarium. Once it is clean, rinse the aquarium thoroughly and let it dry.In order to effectively turn an aquarium into a place that a hamster can live, you will need to use the correct materials. The aquarium you use should have at least 1 square foot of space, but more is always better. If your aquarium is smaller, you may be better off simply purchasing a cage at the pet store.We are excited to now offer our aquarium toppers as in-stock cages! Martin's Cages has been helping customers with aquarium toppers for over 6 years. Previously, were only offered through our custom cage department, but due to your requests, they are now readily available like our other cage models!Whatever you choose for your rats home be sure to keep on hand a small cage or aquarium in case you have a rat that is ill or injured and needs to be kept isolated and quiet. The most popular types of housing for rats are cages, aquariums, and homemade residences, each have pros and cons for both the people and the rats. Many breeders, or people with large colonies, use modified Sterilite bins for housing for both adults and for litters. When choosing be sure that the cage is appropriate for your home. If you live in an apartment (that allows rats) with no access to an outdoor hose you might want a cage that can fit into the shower stall for a good cleaning.Some people prefer to house their rats in aquariums. Many find them easier to clean than bulky cages. Bedding and food stay contained within the rat’s home instead of ending up on the floor. For people with multiple rats in small groups aquariums generally take up less room than cages. Also, aquariums tend to be less drafty than cages, which is often good if you have a hairless rat, a new litter, or an ill rat that needs to be kept warm and quiet.