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i want to get some gerbils :) , but don't know how many will be able to fit in what size cage. how many would live happily in a 20, 30, or 40 gallon tank? :eyebrow:
 

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The American Gerbil Society recommends a minimum of 10 US gallons for 1 to 2 gerbils, and 1 extra gerbil per 5 extra US gallons after that.

However, I'd go for a minimum of 20 US gallons for 1 to 2 gerbils, and preferably an extra 10 US gallons for each gerbil after that. Pretty much like Elliriyanna said :) In a 30 gallon tank I'd say 4 maximum, for a 40 I'd say 5 maximum. Bigger is always better though!
 

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i deffinetley wouldnt put 1 or 2 gerbils in a 10 gallon! i'll probably get a 30 gallon or 35 gallon, because thats the largest that id be able to fit. so id get either 2 or 3 gerbils :)
 

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If you think that's bad, I have a hamster book that says 10 US Gallons is okay for 4 adult dwarf hamsters!

Europeans have higher recommendations, of course. One dutch site says 15 US Gallons for 1 or 2 gerbils, 30 US Gallons for 4 to 8 gerbils. Another dutch site says 15 US Gallons for 1 to 2 gerbils, and an extra 5 US Gallons per extra gerbil. In Austria, a tank for gerbils has to be 50 US Gallons minimum by law. And Germany recommends 65 US Gallons.
 

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I like the last two :) But I think the 20 for 2, 30 for 3 and so forth is more realistic and would make them happier than the standards set up most places

ALSO they need very deep bedding metal wheels but not the bar type and you should put in things to chew daily
 

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yeah :) i would never put 4 dwarf hamsters in a 10 gallon tank. thats terrible!
 

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Thats my main issue I wish they would make a tank with hard mesh built into the sides .. I would buy it ... Clarity AND ventilation
 

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id probably get the tank at petsmart, and then rescue the gerbils. i dont know how much they are at petsmart.
 

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i MIGHT get one on craigslist, but I'll probably just get it at petsmart like i said :)
 
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