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Post by Rodents rock! on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:18 pm

Hi all -

I'm planning on getting a Syrian Hamster at some point and had a few questions.
I've been getting a few accessories for my future Syrian and I've even ordered him a personalize bowl!
His name will be Cam (short for Cameron)
His tank theme is going to be a Florida theme of pink flamingos!

Is a 20 gallon long tank a good size for a Syrian?

What size wheel is best for a Syrian?

Any tips would be welcome!

Thank you!
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Post by scaredymouse on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:29 pm

I've got a few Syrians and they should have a 40g tank. A 20g tank is really too small, in fact I don't even think you can fit a proper sized wheel in a 20g tank. Most syrians get pretty big and do best on a 12" wheel. They like silent spinners pretty well but I think the best wheel on the market is the Carolina Storm bucket wheel. You can get them on Etsy. They are homemade by a nice guy named Larry...they aren't the prettiest but they are silent, sturdy, adjustable and easy to clean. I love them and so do the hams.


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Post by Rodents rock! on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:36 pm

Thank you for your advise Scaredy. I appreciate it.
So I will either get a 40 gallon tank or do an extra large bin cage.
I will check out those wheels, thanks for the info!
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Post by Rodents rock! on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:57 pm

I just looked at the Carolina Storm Bucket wheels and they look awesome!
Thanks so much, Scaredy, for your advise and recommendation.
When I'm ready to get a wheel, that is definitely the one I will get.
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Post by River on Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:02 pm

I'd say 40g is the best for a syrian as well. Or larger! Generally, it's agreed that hamsters like as much space as is possible. I believe the minimum for Syrian's is 450 sq in. In the past, it was 360, but it's since been raised so beware of outdated information.

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Post by Rodents rock! on Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:11 pm

Thanks River Smile
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Post by CallaLily on Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:16 pm

Yes, bigger is almost always better with hamsters. How exciting! I hope you'll share pics. Cool

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Post by PastelMouse on Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:49 pm

I have a syrian so hopefully I can add some input!

As others have said, all hamsters need at least 450 square inches of space. Syrians are reommended to have above 600, a 40 gallon breeder tank is a great option.

I use the Carolina Storm Express wheel instead of bucket. It's smaller so it takes up less space. (Bucket is wider.) 10/10 wheel.

Tilly loves whimzees, mason jars, tissue boxes, her sandpit, and her igloo. I'd recommend whimzees so much if you don't already have any.

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Post by Rodents rock! on Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:50 pm

CallaLily wrote:Yes, bigger is almost always better with hamsters. How exciting!  I hope you'll share pics. Cool

Yes, whenever I get the housing finished and get a Syrian hamster I will for sure share photos. Smile

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Post by Rodents rock! on Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:54 pm

PastelMouse wrote:I have a syrian so hopefully I can add some input!

As others have said, all hamsters need at least 450 square inches of space. Syrians are reommended to have above 600, a 40 gallon breeder tank is a great option.

I use the Carolina Storm Express wheel instead of bucket. It's smaller so it takes up less space. (Bucket is wider.) 10/10 wheel.

Tilly loves whimzees, mason jars, tissue boxes, her sandpit, and her igloo. I'd recommend whimzees so much if you don't already have any.
Hi Pastel, thanks for the info, I appreciate it! What are whimzees?
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Re: I'm planning on getting a Syrian Hamster.

Post by River on Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:25 pm

Whimzees are dog chews if I'm not wrong! My dogs are all huge fans and I've contemplated giving them to mice. Here's a URL.
https://www.chewy.com/whimzees-alligator-dental-dog-treats/dp/127088?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Shopping-Product%20Targets&utm_term=4584688609950180&utm_content=Whimzees
They also come in toothbrush shapes and smaller sizes. I believe most pet shops sell them.

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Post by Rodents rock! on Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:01 am

River wrote:Whimzees are dog chews if I'm not wrong! My dogs are all huge fans and I've contemplated giving them to mice. Here's a URL.
https://www.chewy.com/whimzees-alligator-dental-dog-treats/dp/127088?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Shopping-Product%20Targets&utm_term=4584688609950180&utm_content=Whimzees
They also come in toothbrush shapes and smaller sizes. I believe most pet shops sell them.

Oh ok thanks, I will have to look for those Smile
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Post by MesaMouse on Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:59 pm

My Syrian, Imogene, lives in an enormous bin cage (48x17) made from an IRIS Christmas Tree Storage case. I cut out a large section of the lid and inserted hardware cloth so she'd have plenty of air and the grid also items to be suspended (i.e. various bird chew toys). Before her relo to the bin in January, she was definitely cramped in a 20L tank and always wanted to escape; since moving to the "palatial estate", she's actually calmer as she has more room to tunnel and run around.





The decor is now a bit different from the picture below but you can see the beloved large purple Carolina Storm wheel at the far end.


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Post by Rodents rock! on Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:25 pm

MesaMouse wrote:My Syrian, Imogene, lives in an enormous bin cage (48x17) made from an IRIS Christmas Tree Storage case. I cut out a large section of the lid and inserted hardware cloth so she'd have plenty of air and the grid also items to be suspended (i.e. various bird chew toys). Before her relo to the bin in January, she was definitely cramped in a 20L tank and always wanted to escape; since moving to the "palatial estate", she's actually calmer as she has more room to tunnel and run around.





The decor is now a bit different from the picture below but you can see the beloved large purple Carolina Storm  wheel at the far end.


Hi Mesa - thank you for the info! The photos didn't show up - could you send them again as I would LOVE to see them!
Thank you Dance
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Post by PastelMouse on Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:40 pm

Rodents rock! wrote:
River wrote:Whimzees are dog chews if I'm not wrong! My dogs are all huge fans and I've contemplated giving them to mice. Here's a URL.
https://www.chewy.com/whimzees-alligator-dental-dog-treats/dp/127088?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Shopping-Product%20Targets&utm_term=4584688609950180&utm_content=Whimzees
They also come in toothbrush shapes and smaller sizes. I believe most pet shops sell them.

Oh ok thanks, I will have to look for those Smile

I get mine from petsmart. I recommend the alligators, because when Tilly gets a toothbrush the shoves the whole thing in her cheek pouch which I worry can cause a break. (I cut them in half and smooth down any sharp pieces from said cut.)

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