Beginner’s Corner: Cleaning Your Tokay Gecko’s Tank

Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by JE

Being new to Tokay gecko ownership, you are not expected to know everything about Tokay geckos, but cleaning your gecko’s tank is a must. Part of being a responsible Tokay gecko owner is keeping your pet’s enclosure clean at all times. But what does it mean to “clean” the tank? Does it include washing the tank and everything in it or it simply means removal of debris (feces and food leftovers)? Let’s find out.

There are two types of cleaning, one is what we call “spot cleaning” and the other is “washing”.

Spot Cleaning

When you say “spot cleaning” it simply means –cleaning the tank on the spot. You can do this on a daily basis and it will only take you about a few minutes. When you spot clean, you try to remove the debris – either feces or food leftovers or uneaten food, as soon as you have the chance. This is a good way to maintain the cleanliness inside the enclosure. This also helps prolong the life of your substrate (that is if you’re using natural or artificial reptile substrates).


This means you wash the tank and everything in it, minus your Tokay gecko, with soap and water. When washing the tank you’re trying to remove the dried fluids (blood or mucus), and other dirt that have accumulated on the surfaces of the tank and its decorations. It also eliminates the bad odor inside the tank. Washing is done at least once every month.

How to wash the tank?

When washing the tank, you first need to remove your Tokay gecko from it and place it somewhere safe. You may also want to find an open space in your lawn or laundry area to wash your Tokay gecko tank.

After you have removed the entire tank decorations, equipment (heater and electrical devices), live plants, and the substrate (well, this is a good chance to replace the old substrate), you can now prepare your water and soap solution. You can use ordinary detergent to wash the tank and its decorations. You will also need a medium-sized pail or container where you can soak the decorations to help loosen the dirt that have accumulated on the surfaces.  Using a hand spray, you can spray the water and soap solution on the tank surfaces. You can use a sponge to loosen and remove the stains and dirt on the tank and its decorations. After you have thoroughly scrubbed the surfaces, corners and crevices, wash them with generous amount of water. Always check and make sure that no soap residue is left as it can cause poisoning to your Tokay geckos. Leave them somewhere to dry.

After drying, you can now return all the tank decorations, heater and other electrical devices on the tank. Also, place a new substrate. Always double check your electrical installations before putting back your Tokay gecko.

More Tips

  • Disinfecting the tank once every other month will help control the growth of harmful agents that can cause diseases and other illnesses.
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