When Do I Clean My Bearded Dragon’s Tank?
A clean tank is vitally important to the health and happiness of your bearded dragon. Not cleaning your dragon's enclosure regularly and not removing these daily can lead to health problems such as parasites, upper respiratory infections and also fungal growth.
It's best practice to spot clean your beardie's enclosure daily and to do a full substrate change and disinfect every three months. Any old food left in your dragon's tank should be removed on a daily basis and the same goes for any bowel movements your dragon has had.
Every three months, do a deep-clean of the terrarium. This involves changing the substrate and disinfecting you use as furniture for your tank such as sticks or hammocks and hides, as well as ensuring there are no residual marks leftover from any bowel movements your dragon has had.
There are terrarium cleaners available for you to buy that can help you do this or you can simply use good old fashioned soap and water. The main difference in this will be using a product that is known to kill parasites. Again there are products available to help you do this but an easy alternative is to use ammonia and water in a mixture of one part ammonia and one part water. Wipe down your tank, any accessories such as hammocks, sticks, etc. and give them a thorough rinse and dry.
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