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.
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Disinfecting your Tokay gecko tank is an essential and important part of cage maintenance. Cleaning and disinfecting your gecko’s enclosure guarantees that you’re providing your Tokay gecko a safe and healthy home. While it is true that cleaning your gecko tank is easy, there are, however, things you need to consider and avoid doing to keep your geckos safe.
A lot of people use the terms cleaning and disinfecting interchangeably when in fact they stand for two distinct processes. Knowing the difference between these two processes is very important for the health and safety of your Tokay gecko.
“Use your eyes and your nose to tell if your Tokay gecko is clean.”
Tokay geckos are generally clean, they don’t make a lot of digging, or disruption of the substrate, but they poop a lot and their shedding makes the tank looks dirty. In their natural habitat, these things give no particular problem to geckos that are always on the run. But in captivity, these habits can really turn in to a big problem. It can lead to a harmful environment. Bacteria and other harmful pathogens will soon breed in unsanitary environment. So to keep the situation under control, keep in mind that the health of your gecko is often reflected on their physical appearance. (more…)
Why keep your Tokay’s tank clean? They say that cleanliness is very important if you want to keep your pet healthy. Cleaning your gecko’s enclosure is sometimes very taxing especially if you have other things to look after. Fitting everything in your schedule might be very difficult but it is very important if you want to keep your gecko in top shape. So how do you clean you gecko’s tank? Here’s how: (more…)
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Tokay’s Tank the Natural Way
Cleaning your Tokay’s tank is really easily. You can readily buy commercial cleaning products from local pet shops and other local stores in your area. However, commercial cleaning products have some disadvantages. Not only it is quite expensive for an ordinary Tokay owner, but they also contain chemicals that can harm your Tokays. The good thing is it is rather amazing to know that Tokays normally requires the least tank maintenance provided that you keep it clean on regular basis.
However, sometimes you’re just too busy or feeling a bit lazy to clean your Tokay’s tank or you simply overlooked cleaning it, and the entire tank looks as if it was left for centuries in the sewer. Now, cleaning it is no simple task. You’ll need more than just cleaning to restore everything to normal.
But don’t worry, there is a safer way to clean and disinfect your Tokay’s tank. So read on and learn how to clean your Tokay’s tank the natural way or without the use of commercial disinfectants.
How to Clean Your Tokay’s Tank Naturally (And everything on it except your Tokay)
Washing and Disinfecting Your Tokay’s Tank
Remove everything from your Tokay’s tank. This includes your Tokay (place them in a temporary container), and all the tank decorations. Wash your tank with warm water and with ordinary detergent. Thoroughly remove any soil, droppings or any food leftovers on the tank. Make sure to scrub every corner with a sponge or cloth. After you have removed the debris and have thoroughly wash it with water, set it aside and prepare the disinfectant solution. Dilute vinegar in water (about 1 part vinegar and 9 parts water). Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and good alternative to bleach. It can kill almost all common harmful agents that might be proliferating inside your Tokay’s tank and everything on it. It is also safer to use vinegar because it does not contain any chemicals that might hurt or harm your Tokays unlike bleach and other commercial products.
Apply the vinegar solution on the tank and let it settle for about a few minutes. Wash it thoroughly with water and make sure that there is no residue inside the tank.
Cleaning the Tank Decorations
Make sure to clean and disinfect each and every item inside your Tokay’s tank to avoid re-infecting the tank. Like cleaning your tank, make sure to wash all the tank accessories with warm water and detergent before soaking it in your vinegar solution. Give more time cleaning the artificial hide of your Tokay, they spend more time inside their hide compared to other tank accessories and decorations, so you may want it to be very clean. Soak all your tank decorations for 5 to 10 minutes in a big bowl. Wash them thoroughly with water and set aside to dry.
Keeping Your Tokay’s Tank Clean
The best way to maintain your Tokay’s tank is to clean it on a regular basis and try your best to spot-clean the tank. This means, you need to remove your Tokay’s droppings the soonest chance you get and try to take away any leftovers every meal. Make it a habit to spot-clean the tank. In this manner you’ll be able to keep your Tokay’s tank clean and will require the least cleaning and disinfection.