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Abcook810

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Does anyone have any pointers for cleaning and disinfecting? Any DIY cleaning solutions, thoughts on substrate replacement over X amount of time, habitat features cleaning vs. replacing, etc.

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AC
 

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I use ceramic tile for my leopard geckos so I obviously don't have to replace anything. For my bioactive enclosure geckos I add substrate as needed but don't replace it because I want the cleanup crew to stay there. I clean ceramic tile with hydrogen peroxide and when I need to do a more thorough cleaning, I spray with water and wipe down, spray with hydrogen peroxide and wipe down, and then spray with vinegar and wipe down. I use a bathroom tile in the poop area so I can easily pick it up and clean it off. I leave my habitat features where they are. If you are more obsessive about cleaning, I'm definitely not the right person to talk to.

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Abcook810

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Thank you, that’s what it looks like I’m going to lean towards is the ceramic tile. I have crushed walnuts and bark not the easier thing to pick poo out of. Thanks for your feedback

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I do recommend you get rid of your current substrate ASAP. The gecko can easily swallow this stuff. I took care of a gecko a number of years ago that had dropped its tail for no obvious reason. The day after I took it in, it passed a piece of walnut bark. I have a feeling that the pain/discomfort of that piece passing through the system caused it to drop its tail because there was no other possible reason.

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Abcook810

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Thank you, I went and got some slate from Home Depot last night that I’ll be putting in tonight. That was my fear
 

TartanLass211

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We use a disinfectant called F10 and clean ours out every couple of months. This was the disinfect recommended by a specialist exotic animal vet. As for substrate we use the eco earth type substrate which was also recommended to us. It’s apparently safe for use with leopard geckos. I’ve had the same set up for 13 years and haven’t had any issues, my geckos are getting old now! We also use moss inside hides for them to help keep humidity up.
 

Abcook810

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We use a disinfectant called F10 and clean ours out every couple of months. This was the disinfect recommended by a specialist exotic animal vet. As for substrate we use the eco earth type substrate which was also recommended to us. It’s apparently safe for use with leopard geckos. I’ve had the same set up for 13 years and haven’t had any issues, my geckos are getting old now! We also use moss inside hides for them to help keep humidity up.
Thank you, I’ve heard so many mixed reviews on this type or that type. He’s on slate now with crushed walnuts to fill the gaps. Still not sure what works best.
 

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Lots of things work well. There's no one right answer. Be sure that the gecko won't be able to ingest the crushed walnut. I've also successfully kept geckos on coco fiber.

Aliza
 
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