[quote=RedCassette;2865529]Pretty much any rat guide you can find will tell you that aquariums do not offer enough ventilation. They are super susceptible to respiratory infections. In order to keep the ammonia level down, one would need to change the bedding (all of it, not just scooping out the poops) daily
. Rats also need more space than an aquarium can offer, in most cases. They enjoy climbing, and so the wire bars of a cage are very handy. You may have had success in the past with aquariums, but in the long run wire cages are safer and easier to maintain.
Same goes for the fact that rats need company. They are social animals by nature and require interaction with their own species to stay happy and healthy. Keeping rats as solitary pets is possible
but not recommended. Most breeders, even hobbyists, will refuse to sell rats separately unless you have one already because they crave interaction.
Please don't post your "advice" here anymore.
It is incorrect and unhelpful. Thanks. I am not trying to be rude but you are coming off as quite bigoted.
As for everyone else, I appreciate the insight and the tips. I may go look at rats sometime this weekend, but I'm not about to rush head-first into something I'm not ready for.[/quot
As you wish.
I shall continue to care for the children's pet's which includes weekly removal of bedding in their aquariums.
Havent lost one of the critter's save a parakeet that was 12 yrs old in the fifteen year's I have volunteered to look after the creatures.
Respritory problem's are largely due to breathing the ammonia smell from dirty bedding .
Still waiting for anyone to point me to so called rat guide, or empiracle evidence that keeping a rat in an aquarium is harmful (maybe if tank is ten gal or smaller and or beeding is fouled).