I've never had any issues with aquarium cages, though; but I don't let them get dirty, either and keep them away from areas that tend to fluctuate heat, like next to a heater or window...I use straw for their bedding, and they love it, because they can form tunnels; you hardly know they are there, til you scritch at the top of the cage, and the straw starts moving...hahaha!
I have heard varying opinions from vets on the small animals being housed in aquariums...some say it's better, because it's easier to keep clean, and doesn't retain the amonia like other cages, so you don't have to use harsh chemicals to keep them clean, hot water and an antibacterial rinse is all you need for them. Others say that because of the nature of most rodents, and liking to climb and all, that wire cages are far better.
I'm on the fence, really, because I have had wire, plastic (do not like plastic at all btw), and glass aquariums; I like wire, because the pets can climb all they want, but unless you have a high metal skirt their bedding is everywhere...and I HATE when animal bedding is all over my house. Plus they always chewed on the wire, despite having chew toys, proper food, and minerals available... With the aquariums, I personally like that they are so much easier to keep clean, and the bedding stays IN the cage, they also tend to be a bit more portable, and especially when I had cats still, much less destructible!
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