After discovering cages are a bad option for gerbils due to chewing, digging, and burrowing - I needed a quick fix as I'd ended up with a gerbil that was being picked on in the pet store. Most places want double the price of this for a ten gallon, or 50 or more for a 20 gallon. I needed a tank and pronto. I had remembered seeing a ten gallon at Wal Mart a few times and decided to give it a look-see. The price was great - half the price of what many places want for a tank of the same size. I bought the tank and a topper (Wal Mart carriers a screen cover that fits perfectly with the tank and locks in place) and set it up with bedding, hide aways, and cardboard. Plopped in gerbil and waited. He loved it and if he could, he'd give it a five star review. It's great for lone gerbils if you have a loner for any reason (they do better in pairs, but sometimes, we end up with lone ones) as the size is fine for one gerbil. It can fit two, but you might have to upgrade once they reach maturity to a 15 gallon. However, this one will work if they're young and you made the same mistake I did (buying a cage first). The tank has held up fine with a rodent and the topper hasn't popped off on its own yet. My only complaint is the way the sides are held together with some type of glue (someone who knows more about fish than I do might know what it's called) that some rodents might chew on and it was VERY hard for me to fit a water bottle (even the ones made for aquariums) on the side with the screen topper on it. I ended up having to use the bottle from the cage and tying it up with velcro and bread ties. I have two of these now and will be buying more for future rodents. It's a good starter tank for mice, gerbil, and hamster owners. It's not big enough for most pairs or bigger rodents, however. I will be buying a 20 gallon in the next few weeks as I will be split tanking my gerbils and hoping the introduction works. 10 gallons is said to be okay for two, but I think it seems it would be a bit cramped. For rats and guinea pigs, just get a decent sized cage.
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