I'm not sure it makes much difference. My hamster, was in fact, a female which was named little fella because we all believed it was a male (I really *need* new specs) I found her in the street, she was homeless!
Just chose the one that you get along with/like when you go to buy.
Even the friendliest of hamsters will probably bite your finger if you stick it too close to it's mouth. How is it to know the difference between your finger and food? Just select one which appears to not mind being handled. Some actually appear to like being handled and stroked.
Make sure it has enough bedding for it to dig into. Get an old coffee can or flower pot for it to nest in and if you put a male and a female make sure you create a barrier in about 1/4 of the tank for the female to raise its young. Otherwise the male may eat them...................
I couldn't help but notice that you mentioned putting hamster in an old fish tank!
Surely your concern of which sex to chose would not make a hell of alot of difference if the hamster you decide upon, can't swim! Would you not be better off having fish in that tank instead... afterall, they are at least natural swimmers, whereas Hamsters.... well they do eventually sink after only 15 hours of treading water mate! Fish can swim for years!
You just reminded me of something important. Serious and real deal. I am capitalizing for archive visitors so to speak. I am serious about that, too.
NEVER BUY OR USE AN OLD FISH TANK FOR FISH! The seams have dried out and structural integrity is lost. If the tank has been dry for a long time, and then you fill it up with water; you will come home someday and find that water all over your carpet.
That could be serious animal abuse. Maybe paradigmsearch will be on the news now that Michael Vick is reformed. Instead of reading about "Dog fighting in Virginia" it will be "Hamster torture in ..." (wherever paradigm search is).
I had hamsters for most of my high school and college years. Male or female will behave about the same. In order to get them accustomed to you, you need to get them young and gradually pet them so that they can identify your smell. Offering food morsels from your hand will make the acclimation process quicker. An exercise wheel will keep them busy too. I used to raise and sell the young ones and it's a great joy to see them raise litters.
Hamsters are mainly nocturnal, so, unless you are too, they won't provide much company. Be prepared for scuttling and chewing sounds during the night. We've had hamsters and gerbils in the past, I'd always go for gerbils these days as you can keep them in same-sex pairs. The interaction is amusing. They love to burrow, so a tank with peat and straw is great for them. Hamster live for a couple of years, our gerbils made it to about three and a half. It's also fun naming a duo, eg Bubble and Squeak, Hop and Skip, Slash and Burn.....
Gerbils will drive you crazy. They're nocturnal and just love to stamp the floor of their cage, when you want to go to sleep. I wouldn't chance putting a gerbil and hamster together. Although, I'm sure there are exceptions and some get along.
You really should consider getting a lizard. Be sure to see Nettlemere´s hub about convincing your parents to let you have a lizard, as you wouldn´t want to get in trouble for doing this. Speaking from personal experience, hamsters bite, smell up the room, and run around all night long when you are trying to sleep. Unless you post during the night and sleep during the day, consider an alternative.
I just have one dog now, but I'm thinking about getting another one. Just don't know how Tilly would react if I were to take on another. I actually wouldn't mind another cat, they're so independent (and lovable) but I'd be afraid of leaving one alone with my dog.
No hamster for me. I've been asking my wife for the gift of a nice French Maid for 36 years, every birthday and Christmas but haven't gotten one yet. I have a birthday, though, in just 6 months - maybe this time my pleas will work.
I've had my little girl hamster Floyd for a year and a half now. Wasn't planning on buying a new pet (I prefer to adopt), but saw her in the store and fell in love. She was the only one who wasn't snoozing, she was doing obsessive pull ups and running like a crazy woman on her wheel. She's a Roborovski dwarf hamster. She prefers to live alone, but some prefer partners - it really depends on the individual animal I wouldn't swap her for anything. She gets along well with the rest of the animals in the house. Unlike others, she gets up during the day for a few hours. She's incredibly affectionate and has never bitten anyone (apart from the vet, once. But who hasn't wanted to bite a vet? haha) The key to a happy, non bite-y hamster is plenty of love and affection from an early age. Get them used to your scent and be gentle with them. Keep them entertained with plenty of toys and new things to do. They may be small but they get bored too! Don't try and wake them up before they're ready, or it'll put them in a bad mood (I am exactly the same myself. Who likes being disturbed from an awesome dream about running and burying yourself in sawdust?!) Dry food is fine but add a bit of variety in there, the only thing they can't eat is citrus fruit. Good luck with getting a pet - you'll get hours of fun and company from him/her if you treat them right