Tuesday, August 24, 2004

The dreaded cage cleaning

I figured, since I did a cleaning of Gex's cage on Saturday, I should blog about it. There's several levels of cage cleaning, starting with picking up the poop and uneaten food daily. If you do that regularly, you probably won't have to do a take-everything-out cleaning more than once/twice a year. It's also important to keep your pet's food and water dishes clean. This can be done weekly, but to reduce the risk of salmonella (a whole nother post), don't do it in the sink. Put some hot water in a special tub and do the washing there. If you do use the sink, be sure to wipe it afterwords with a bleach solution.

Even with all this, it's a good idea to do a thorough cleaning once a year. With larger tanks, it's much easier to do in the summer outside with a hose. Basically, you're going to remove all the substrate, clean the sides/bottom of the tank, wash the furnishings, and put everything back in as close to the original location as possible. Use soap and bleach, but be sure to rinse it all away so it doesn't harm your herps. You'll need to have a place to keep your herps while you clean, and an older, smaller tank or Rubbermaid tub with part of the lid replaced with screen works nicely.

I'm going to post some photos later.


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