Finding the best cage for your hamster 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 are just not suitable.
In this article, I explained the pros and cons of glass tanks 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.
WHY GLASS TANK IS THE BEST HAMSTER CAGE
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 or wood cage and escape, a glass cage is definitely the safest option.
Chewing on cages are 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 it will be to clean. First, unlike wood, pee and any liquid won’t seep through and leave any funky smell. Another thing is, 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, it’s a little challenging to wash them properly. With a wooden cage, you can’t really wash it down, instead, you need a damp, clean cloth to wipe all the dirt and smell properly and the 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 for 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.
CONS OF GLASS HAMSTER CAGE
There’s nothing perfect, right? Even though glass cages eliminate or reduce the escape possibility significantly, it’s still possible. Hamsters can climb that glass like a spiderman.
Glass tanks that meet the hamster cage size requirement are also either expensive, always out of stock, or has to be customised. You see, only reptiles and fish only used glass tanks, which has different dimensions and design requirements.
A glass tank price is between $180-$250 for a 40-gallon size / 80×5050 cm / 31.5x20x20 in / 4000 cm2 / 620 sq in.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR GLASS HAMSTER CAGE
Before you order a glass tank for your hamster, make sure you have all the information you need to avoid spending too much money or wasting your money from 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 / 80×5050 cm / 31.5x20x20 in / 4000 cm2 / 620 sq inches. Remember, hamsters are not climbers (their feet are not suitable for climbing), hamsters are borrowers. Hence, a container that is wider and has 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.
The top cover will serve two purposes. One, for ventilation, that’s why when you make or buy a top cover, it’s important that it’s not solid. 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 decided to go with a bin cage instead of the glass tank.
BEST PLACES TO BUY A GLASS TANK FOR HAMSTERS
Like I mentioned before, finding glass tanks that are right in size can be a challenge. So, here are some tips on where you can find this kind of tank.
This is the obvious go-to place. These places have tank breeders that are usually big in sizes compared to single-fish or simple-pet kinds of terrarium. However, often they have small ones. Asking the store owner or staff if they can make a customised one or if they can get you in touch with their supplier, it would make your life easier than hopping between pet shops hoping to find the right size.
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 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 in top cover as well.
If you don’t want to spend too much money, you should check secondhand shops, although it might be impossible to find one since often they sell clothes, kitchen appliances, toys, etc. What you can do is check online secondhand stores or marketplaces on social media.
BEST GLASS TANK FOR HAMSTERS TO BUY
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
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, 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 500-gallon Starter Aquarium
This aquarium is nearly perfect! IT’s bigger than the recommended but here, our motto is, the bigger the better. The only adjustment you have to do is to remove the top cover and upgrade 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 hamsters.
It comes with pet fish paraphernalia, which you won’t need but you can give it away or sell them if you don’t have a use for them.
- 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 durable making it safer if you have young children at home and are worried about breaking it.
Before sending your order, make sure you have clicked the right size since there is plenty of option.
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
Bioterium 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 for extra protection, you can hot glue them but the smudge 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
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 that is the same size and replace the screen. The top has a screen, which means 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 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
TOP COVER FOR HAMSTER GLASS CAGE
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 Metal Mesh
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 metals 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.
VERDICT ON BEST GLASS TANK FOR HAMSTERS
Aqueon is definitely the best on this list if you don’t mind working on a DIY mesh for ventilation and top cover. If you want to avoid that Carolina Custom Cages Terrarium is also a great one. 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 decided that a glass tank is not suitable for you or your hamster, take a look at ready to use hamster cages or, 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. If you know other aquariums or terrarium that is suitable for hamster’s need, let us know in the comment area below.