Helping You Choose A Good Gerbil Cage
Note This First Before Getting A Gerbil Cage
- Each gerbil requires at least 5-10 gallons of space. (Remember it is important to have at least 2 gerbils as they are social animals.)
- Minimum gallons necessary for 2 gerbils is a tank of 20 gallons.
Here is the rule of thumb (try not to go lower than that, you can, however, go higher, which will be much appreciated by your gerbils):
- 20 gallons= 2 gerbils
- 30 gallons= 3 gerbils
- 40 gallons=4 gerbils
- 50 gallons= 5 gerbils
Why Is Cage Size Important?
Understand these two terms:
Gerbils live in groups, which are called clans. Within these clans, fights can break out because of different natural factors like dominance and mating. When such a fight occurs, there is always a loser, who must leave the clan. This is what is referred to as declanning.
- Territorial Issues
Now think about the natural factors mentioned above, some of which you might not know about and then put your gerbils in a small space. You can, of course, expect fights. If this happens, you will be required to take the loser gerbil to a separate habitat and look for another different gerbil to keep him or her company and make sure they are friendly enough to form a clan.
Most owners have housed their gerbils in tanks. Wire cages are a bad idea because gerbils love digging tunnels.
Recommended Gerbil Cages
OPTION#1. IKEA DETOLF –
Tip this on its side and take out the shelves. You will need to get a lid that must be meshed to prevent chances of gerbil escape or some predator getting into the cage. The mesh also allows for proper ventilation.
See setting up videos. (You will get to see how this cage looks like in your home setting)
OPTION#2. 40+ gallons LONG fish tanks (consider the length more than height)-
You will need to get a lid that must be meshed. You can either make one yourself or buy the Zilla Fresh Air Screen Cover. It is totally up to you. You can also place gift wrap on the back outside of the tank to get colorful cage backgrounds. Same case applies to the Detolf IKEA. See image. Image credits go to Melodie from the hamster hideout forum.
You can have a look at this cleaning clip, to see the aquarium in action.
Where Do You Get This Aquarium?
Where Do You Get The Zilla Fresh Air Screen Cover?
OPTION #3. Home Tank Topper-
You will need to get a 10, 15 or 20-gallon glass aquarium tank. Instead of having a meshed lid, you will have a meshed or wire topper cage top. See what we mean.
Where Do You Get This?
20L Aquarium Tank Topper Cage Funhouse Gerbil Rat Hamster Degu
For different sizes depending on the gallon tank you have, check here:
It is good to NOTE that SOME gerbils chew on wires and can damage them. If you have gerbils that excessively chew on wires, avoid having thin wire tops. Choose thicker wired topper cages.
OPTION #4. Extra Large Gerbilariums (Savic Habitat Xl Navy Blue Gerbil Cage 70 X 37 X 52 Cm)
This one is equivalent to about 19.16 US Gallons Suitable for 2-3 gerbils.
See video of this cage below.
Where Do You Get This Cage?
OPTION #5. Living World Green Moving Home Eco Habitat, Medium or the Large one (whichever you want)-
As this has a wooden base make sure to line it with good solid plastic or glass to avoid it being ruined.
Watch this clip on setting it up.
Where Can You Get This Cage?