Helping You Choose A Good Gerbil Cage
Note This First Before Getting A Gerbil Cage
- Each gerbil requires at least 10 gallons of space. (Remember it is important to have at least 2 gerbils as they are social animals.)
- The minimum number of gallons needed 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.
Recommended Gerbil Cages
Most owners have housed their gerbils in solid glass houses because of the ability to see the gerbils and to make digging possible; gerbils love digging tunnels. Here are examples of the cages:
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.
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. The 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?
Skyline Small Pet Terrarium Marrakesh
This gerbil cage offers optimal height for enough bedding to allow gerbil tunneling, while providing sufficient air circulation.
You may come across two sizes
|Size||Total size||Internal size||Lid flap||Ventilated mesh|
|80=29 gallons||77 x 47 x 38 cm (L x W x H)||73.5 x 44 x 35 cm (L x W x H)||74 x 47 cm (L x W)||Diameter 3mm|
|100=37 gallons||96 x 47 x 38 cm (L x W x H)||92.5 x 44 x 35 cm (L x W x H)||93 x 47 cm (L x W)||Diameter 3mm|
Where Do I Get This Gerbil Cage?
Home Tank Topper
You will need to get a 20+ gallon glass aquarium tank. Then, instead of purchasing the Zilla fresh air cover, you can purchase a wire topper cage top. See what we mean below.
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.
Extra Large Gerbilariums (Savic Habitat Xl Navy Blue Gerbil Cage 70 X 37 X 52 Cm)
This one is equivalent to about 20 US Gallons Suitable for 2 gerbils.
See video of this cage below.
Where Do You Get This Cage?
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.