Glass Tank For Hamsters: Glass hamster cage

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Can hamsters live in glass tanks? Yes, but finding the best glass hamster cage can be challenging. There’s still so much misinformation out there about hamster cages, often, pet shops would recommend a tiny critter cage for hamsters which is just not suitable.

If you come to a pet store and they ask what kind of hamster cage you are thinking of, mention about glass cage. If they say it’s not a good idea, it’s a sign not to trust that pet store regarding hamster care tips.

In this article, I will explain the pros and cons of glass tank for hamsters, why they are better options than plastic or even wooden cage, what size you should get, and how to provide good ventilation and top cover.

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Glass Tank For Hamsters

Glass tanks, unlike plastic and wood, are chew-proof for hamsters, meaning if you have chewing issues or are afraid that your hamster will chew through their plastic cage or wood cage and escape, a glass cage is definitely the safest option.

Chewing on cages is often seen in female Syrian and Robo hamsters. However, it doesn’t mean your Dwarf, Chinese, or male Syrian won’t chew a hole in their cages.

Another perk of glass tanks is how easier they will be to clean. First, unlike wood, pee and any liquid won’t seep through and leave any funky smell. Another thing is that all you need is to clean the cage, wipe it down, dry it, and be done.

With plastic cages, if you buy the ones with bar cages, washing them properly is a little challenging. With a wooden enclosure, you can’t really wash it down. Instead, you need a damp, clean cloth to wipe all the dirt and smell properly; drying can be a pain.

MUST-READ: How to clean a hamster’s cages

One last pro about glass tanks for hamsters, the glass stays cool all year round. During hot summer days, your hamster can lean on the glass for a cooler temperature, while on cold days, if you place a warm water bottle or blanket around the cage, the glass can trap the heat to keep the cage warm.


There’s nothing perfect. Even though glass cages significantly eliminate or reduce the escape possibility, it’s still possible. Hamsters can climb that glass just like spiderman.

Glass tanks that meet the hamster cage size requirement are also either expensive, always out of stock, or have to be customised. You see, only reptiles and fish used glass tanks with different dimensions and design requirements.

A glass tank price is between $180-$250 for a 40-gallon size / 100×5050 cm / 39x20x20 in / 4000 cm2 / 620 sq in.


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Wooden cage sample by Niteangel

Before ordering a glass tank for your hamster, ensure you have all the information you need to avoid spending too much money or wasting your money by buying the wrong kind. Here are things you should look for when getting a glass cage for a hamster:


Hamster cage size should be 40-gallon size / 100×5050 cm / 39x20x20 in / 4000 cm2 / 620 sq inches. Remember, hamsters are not climbers (their feet are not suitable for climbing), hamsters are borrowers. Hence, a wider container with good depth is a much better option than a multi-layer cage.

Watch out when buying, although it says above that 40 gallons is the size, you should still look at the actual size. Because a 55-gallon seems bigger right? It is bigger but in height. For hamsters, we want to go for longer or wider in dimension and not for a tall one.

ALSO READ: How Big a Hamster’s cage should be and Hamster Cage Ideas

Top cover

The top cover will serve two purposes. One, for ventilation, that’s why it mustn’t be solid when you make or buy a top cover. It should have lots of holes to let air flow through. Second, it should fit perfectly and be able to be locked. This will help if your hamster tries to spiderman their way to the top.

You can buy the top separately, which also can be useful if you decide to go with a bin cage instead of the glass tank, or you can create ventilation out of mesh wire.


As I mentioned before, finding a hamster glass tank that are right in size can be a challenge. So, here are some tips on where you can find this kind of tank.

Fish/Reptile shops

This is the obvious go-to place. These places have tank breeders that are usually big compared to single-fish or simple-pet kinds of terrariums. However, often they have small ones.

Asking the store owner or staff if they can make a customised one or get you in touch with their supplier would make your life easier than hopping between pet shops hoping to find the right size.

Online shops

Personally, this is my favourite option, I don’t have to drive around, talk to people, and potentially bargain. The problem with this option is the delivery can be a pain. First, you need to do the math if the delivery fee is too high. Then, when they deliver the product, you should be home to inspect it before accepting its condition.

Being made of glass, you can imagine how delicate it will be to transport.

Pet stores

Pet stores like Petco or Petsmart often hold sales like a dollar per gallon. Often, they even offer them in packages, meaning they are likely to through on the top cover as well.

Secondhand stores

If you don’t want to spend too much money, you should check secondhand shops, although it might be impossible to find one since they often sell clothes, kitchen appliances, toys, etc. You can check online secondhand stores or marketplaces on social media.


Here is a list of the best glass tank for hamsters that you can buy online. These glass aquarium for hamsters comes in different sizes, design, and even shapes.

Aqueon Tank Breeder (40 gal)

This tank breeder is perfect. It meets the size (it’s actually wider, which is perfect) and has plenty of depth. However, this goes out of stock pretty often, and although it comes back in just a few weeks, the waiting can be a hassle.

  • Size: 36.2 x 19.4 x 17.2 in / 92 x 49.2 x 43.7 cm
  • Weight: 55.56 lbs / 25.2 kgs

Tetra 55-gallon Starter Aquarium

This glass hamster cage is nearly perfect! It’s bigger than recommended, but our motto is that the bigger, the better. The only adjustment you must make is removing the top cover and upgrading to a suitable ventilation/top cover.

This is super great for Syrian hamsters, especially female Syrian hamsters. But of course, with its size, it’s suitable for any species of hamster.

It comes with pet fish paraphernalia, which you won’t need but can give it away or sell them if you don’t have a use.

  • Size: ‎ 49.88 x 14.38 x 28 in / 126.7 x 36.5 x 71.1 cm
  • Weight: 79 lbs / 35 kgs

SeaClear Acrylic Aquarium

Since this is acrylic instead of glass, it is much clearer and more durable, making it safer if you have young children at home and are worried about breaking it.

Before sending your order, ensure you have clicked the right size since plenty of options exist.

It also comes with a hood, but it should be removable. If in doubt, best to message the seller first.

  • Size: ‎ 36 x 15 x 16 in / 91.4 x 38 x 40.6 cm
  • Weight: 20 lbs / 9 kgs

Neptonian 48 Gallon Reptile Tank

This is another great glass tank for hamsters. I know it’s designed for reptiles, meaning it has this dual door in the front. The front door is secured, but you can hot glue them for extra protection. However, the streak can be annoying. You can also turn the tank around and make the back the front but make sure to secure those front doors.

  • Size: 36 x 18 x 18 in / 91.4 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm
  • Weight: 47.92 lbs / 21.7 kgs

Repti Zoo Reptile Glass Terrarium 67 Gallon

Personally, I think this glass terrarium is great. However, some people might have problems with the screen on both sides, which can be an issue with climbing hamsters. Also, because of that, if you want deeper bedding, it could be a problem too.

You can solve this problem by getting a paid or glass the same size and replacing the screen. The top has a screen, so you don’t need to work on ventilation or the top cover.

  • Size: 36 x 18 x 24 in / 91.4 x 45.7 x 61 cm
  • Weight: 62 lbs / 28 kgs

Carolina Custom Cages Terrarium

This terrarium for hamster is also a great choice. All sides, front, and bottom are glass. However, the front opens up, so you might need to glue that and turn around the cage.

The top already comes with a screen, so you are set for top cover and ventilation. It has many sizes to choose from, but due to demand, you might have to wait for its availability.

It comes with a light inside on the top, make sure to remove this before using it.

  • Size: 36 x 18 x 18 / 91.4 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm
  • Weight: 60.4 lbs / 27.39 kgs

Repti Zoo 85 Gallon Glass Terrarium

This large glass hamster cage is an incredible Syrian hamster cage choice, especially if it’s a female Syrian hamster. It’s spacious, you can place a lot of toys for your Syrian hamster. You might have to replace the top cover for better ventilation, but that’s easy.

  • Size: 47.2 x 17.7 x 23.6 inches / 120 x 45 x 60 cm


Hamster aquariums are becoming more popular nowadays. But unlike a reptile or fish aquarium, you actually need to add a top cover.

These top covers will keep your hamster from escaping without compromising the ventilation. Use screws (chew-proof) or zip ties to attach them to the top of the glass tank.

Zilla Terrarium Steel Screen Cover

This cover should work on any glass tank, but make sure to choose the right size to avoid wasting your money.

You can use zip ties or metal screws to attach the screen cover, or if your tank has a latch for it, you can just let it sit there and secure it with some ties.


Exo Terra Regular 40 Gallon Screen Cover

This one is perfect. You can simply put this cover and top without too much adjustment. I do recommend using a snatch lock that is easy to remove and put back on.

It’s perfect for a 40-gallon glass tank for hamsters.


DIY Mesh Wire

If you can’t find the right screen cover size, you can always simply use a metal mesh and cut them according to your needs.

Use zip ties or metal screws (chew-proof) to attach them to the glass tank. If you do it this way, you should make sure there’s a way to open the tank for cleaning or to pick up your hamster. We have a list of the best hamster mesh wire.



ReptiZoo is definitely the best on this list if you don’t mind working on a DIY mesh for ventilation and a top cover. Carolina Custom Cages Terrarium is also great if you want to avoid that. It comes with a screen cover. It’s all glass, as long as you are fine with the front doors.

After reading this article, if you decide that a glass tank is not suitable for you or your hamster, take a look at ready-to-use hamster cages, bin cages, and even bookshelf cages – as long as you avoid this type of bad hamster cage.

I hope that you found this list of glass tanks for hamsters helpful. In the comment area below, let us know if you know of other aquariums or terrariums suitable for hamsters’ needs.



2 thoughts on “Glass Tank For Hamsters: Glass hamster cage”

    • Hi, usually, 39×20 would be better, but I guess that works too if you have a Dwarf 🙂 Good luck with the new baby!


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