I’ve seen many gerbils rub their noses raw from being in cages, biting on the bars and digging frantaclly to get out so no I’d recomend a tank as they love digging and a normal hamster cage isn’t deep enough for them to dig. Plus as they chew they could chew out of the base.
The best for gerbils is a tank with peat halfway full, with hay and wooden toys buried in them. You only need to clean them out once a month when it gets too dry and scatter the food so they can forage. They absolutely love digging tunnels and then filling them in and starting again and to get them out just dig them out because once back they’ll happily start again.

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