Crested Geckos, Geckos, Habitat and Enclosures

A Guide On How To Clean A Crested Gecko Tank 2022

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by The Pet Engineers


Having a crested gecko is one of the most relaxed petkeeping responsibilities. This is because a crested gecko does not create a lot of mess. It usually just plays around in the foliage, eats, and defecated.

And, regularly, it sheds its skin. Other than that, there isn’t much mess that a crested gecko can create like any other pet such as a cat or a dog.

That’s why a crested gecko is one of the most low-maintenance pets to have. Even so, it is advisable that you undertake spot cleaning of the tank daily and deep cleaning of the tank at least once or twice a month.

The environment of the tank of a pet crested gecko resembles the environment of a rainforest. This means that the tank is going to be warm and moist – a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria.

This makes it important for you to clean the tank regularly even though your pet seemingly does not create a mess in it. Here’s how to clean a crested gecko tank.

Why Is It Important To Clean The Cage Of A Crested Gecko?

How to clean your crested gecko tank

To understand why you need to clean the cage or tank of a crested gecko, simply look at the parameters of the environment that you have to create in the tank to sustain a comfortable and healthy crested gecko in it.

To keep your crested gecko healthy, you must keep the temperature of the tank between 72 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity must be between 60 and 80 percent.

Moreover, you must carry out misting of the tank at regular intervals.

This entire environment of the moist and warm atmosphere is a haven for bacteria.

Add to that the fact that your crested gecko will defecate in the tank, and you have a whole population of infectious bacteria swimming in the enclosure – which if not cleaned, will start spreading diseases to both, you and your pet.

For instance, the bacteria contained in the feces of crested geckos is called Salmonella bacteria and it is responsible for spreading deadly diseases to human beings.

All of this makes it pertinent that you regularly clean the tank of your pet crested gecko and maintain the hygiene of its surroundings.

A regularly cleaned tank will ensure that your crested gecko neither suffers from nor inflicts diseases on you.

How Often Should I Be Cleaning A Crested Gecko Tank?

Daily Cleaning

For daily cleaning, you will mostly just make use of a pair of gloves and maybe brushes to clean and remove the dirt from the edges of the tank.

The daily cleaning of a crested gecko’s tank should be done to ensure:

  • Uneaten food is removed before it starts decomposing.
  • Feces are removed before the crested gecko contracts a disease due to the bacteria present in it, especially by accidentally eating the fecal matter.
  • Water stores are replenished and the water cup is cleaned and refilled with fresh drinking water.

Monthly Cleaning

Monthly cleaning will first need you to transfer your crested gecko to an alternative tank for a while.

So, before you embark on the mission to deep clean your pet crested gecko’s tank, make sure that you have kept the backup tank ready.

Shift your crested gecko to that tank for a while, and then you can start the deep cleaning process.

Deep cleaning of the tank of a crested gecko should be done to ensure:

  • The growth of harmful bacteria due to the humid and warm environment is prevented.
  • The foliage and decorations get a good wash and are disinfected.
  • The substrate is replaced.
  • The edges and crevices between the walls of the tank are thoroughly cleaned.
  • Hygiene of the environment is restored and maintained.

What You’ll Need For Cleaning A Crested Gecko Tank

Ideally, the best practice when getting a pet crested gecko home is to be prepared with a cleaning kit in advance.

This will allow you to be prepared well in advance for the cleaning processes of your pet’s tank.

A generic crested gecko tank cleaning kit can contain the following items:

An alternative tank

You will need an alternative tank to keep your crested gecko in temporarily while you clean its enclosure.

A set of brushes

The decoration and foliage that you add to the enclosure of your crested gecko will have small edges and details that may or may not get cleaned by simple rinsing. For those tiny spaces, you will need small brushes to clean.

Buckets or small tubs

The decorations and foliage need to be soaked and cleaned thoroughly, so using a bucket or a small tub will make it easier and quicker.

Reptile-safe disinfectants and cleaners

Never use human products on your crested gecko or any of its possessions. Even for cleaning the tank and its accessories, you should use disinfectants and cleaners that are safe for reptiles.

This will prevent any unwanted outcomes like skin infections or eye infections.

Sponges and scrubs

The walls of the tank need to be thoroughly scrubbed – and so, you will need a good, sturdy set of sponges or scrubs.

Get a sponge

A pair of gloves and a mask

Last but not the least, you will be needing safety gear like a pair of gloves and a disposable mask so that you prevent yourself from contracting any disease from all the bacteria present in the tank.

How To Clean a Crested Gecko Tank

When it comes to the cleaning processes of a crested gecko’s tank, there are two ways the tank needs to be cleaned:

1 – Spot Cleaning of the Tank

Spot cleaning of the tank means removing feces, uneaten foods, etc. from the tank of your crested gecko. This kind of cleaning needs to be done daily.

This also includes changing the drinking water stores of your crested gecko every day to ensure that it gets a fresh supply of water daily.

It is important to change the water of the gecko every day because sometimes, a crested gecko may accidentally throw branches and twigs in the water, or sometimes, a crested gecko may even defecate or urinate in the water store.

So, changing the drinking water stores every day is important to ensure that your pet does not fall sick due to the consumption of contaminated water.

2 – Deep Cleaning of the Tank

This needs to be done every month. All the humidity and temperature conditions in the tank will eventually lead to the build-up of bacteria on the walls, roof, and floor of the tank.

Moreover, even the decorations, that is, the artificial plants and foliage that you may have provided in the tank for your crested gecko’s enrichment will also need cleaning every month.

This kind of deep cleaning ensures that the hygiene of the tank is maintained and your crested gecko does not catch any diseases because of parasites and bacterial growth.

The Importance Of Cage Cleaning For Your Crested Gecko

The importance of cage cleaning for crested geckos is, at its core, about the health and safety of your pet.

It may help put things into perspective when you see what are the potential problems that can arise if the cage of your crested gecko is not cleaned regularly.

What Happens If The Tank Of A Crested Gecko Is Not Cleaned Regularly?

  • The buildup of bacteria due to humidity and warmth can lead to diseases in your crested gecko.
  • Fecal matter or uneaten food, if not removed from the tank, will start to decompose. This will further make the tank more prone to parasitic infestation.
  • Your crested gecko may accidentally eat its poop and get sick.
  • Your crested gecko may contaminate the water by accidentally pooping or urinating in it or throwing bits of food in it. Consumption of such contaminated water will also make your crested gecko prone to parasitic infections.
  • An unhygienic environment will naturally mean an unhygienic crested gecko. This will make your pet a carrier of harmful bacteria that may harm your health as well.

Why A Crested Gecko Tank Must Be Cleaned Regularly?

All the aforementioned reasons highlight the risks associated with an unhygienic tank. So, cleaning a crested gecko’s tank regularly is important for two major reasons:

  1. To ensure that your pet crested gecko stays healthy.
  2. To ensure that you do not contract any parasitic or bacterial infections by handling an unhygienic crested gecko.
crested gecko tank
A clean tank ensures your crestie stays healthy


Cleanliness and hygiene are fundamental to a healthy pet and a healthy pet owner.

So, cleaning your crested gecko tank is important to prevent any parasitic or bacterial infections from being contracted either by your crested gecko or by you.

You need to carry out spot cleaning of the tank daily and deep cleaning of the tank must be done at least once a month.

The Pet Engineers

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