How To Clean A Leopard Gecko Tank

My gecko had a little accident, but I was lucky enough to save all her food in the process. Many leopard geckos are very social with their owners and will not eat anything that’s clean or fancy of their own volition as long as they have another option nearby. So no matter what you’ve attempted to do – feed the gecko scraps of food, make some new food for the tank yourself, clean it by hand in water and vinegar (to avoid algae) – I know you’re wondering how else you can get the job done. Read on to find out!


Leopard geckos come from tropical climates, so they need a tank that is designed to accomodate the temperatures and humidity that they live in. The tanks should have a tight fitting lid that prevents the geckos from escaping and an elevated area so that they can climb if necessary. The water in the tank should be changed every week and the substrate changed every two weeks. Leopard geckos are carnivores and should have a diet consisting of crickets, mealworms, and cat food.


Before you clean your Leopard Gecko tank, make sure you have the proper equipment. You will need a water bucket and a water sealant. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment, but be sure to use the lowest power setting possible. For the substrate, you will need bedding of some kind ( Newspaper, sawdust, etc.), and for the plants, water droplets will work just fine.

Step 1: Setup the tank

To keep your Leopard Gecko tank clean and healthy, you will first need to set it up. Follow these simple instructions to get started.

Step 2: Prepare your substrate

Step 2: Prepare your substrate. Make sure the substrate is clean and dry before setting up your Leopard Gecko tank. You will need to add 1/2 cup of substrate to the bottom of the tank. If you are using a pre-made gradient, you will also need to add 1/4 cup of Zoo Med Jungle River Fertilizer to the substrate. If you are using a homemade gradient, you will only need to add enough Zoo Med Jungle River Fertilizer to moisten the substrate.

Step 3: Wet substrate (water and vinegar mixture)

To clean your Leopard Gecko tank, you will need to wet the substrate (water and vinegar mixture) and then scrub the tank with a sponge. Make sure to scrub all of the surfaces of the tank. Once the tank is clean, rinse it off with freshwater and dry it off.

Steps 4, 5, 6: Rinse substrate with water, soap and rinse water, dry out roaches with paper towel

To clean a Leopard Gecko tank, follow these steps:

1. Rinse the substrate with water, soap and rinse water.
2. Dry out the roaches with a paper towel.
3.Repeat steps 4, 5, 6 until all the roaches are gone.

Frequenty Asked Questions

How Often Should I Clean My Leopard Gecko Tank To Keep It Clean?

Leopard Geckos are like any other pet you will have to clean the tank a few times a week. Basic cleaning removes dead skin and excess food that accumulates on and in your leopard gecko’s home. We suggest brushing out your Leopard Gecko’s tank at least twice a week, checking water levels, making sure there is enough space for your leopard gecko.

There is no universal answer to this question. There is not just one leopard gecko tank and one cleaning regimen that will work for every leopard gecko tank out there. That said, it’s a good idea to clean your leopard gecko tank as often as possible so that you can avoid any stuck-on food particles from damaging the surfaces of the habitat.

Why Is My Leopard Gecko Tank Not Clean?

Leopard gecko tanks are notorious for being difficult to clean. Leopard gecko tanks need to be dissected before cleaning. This is a delicate and risky process, which requires an experienced handler.

This is a relatively simple process. First you need to remove the water and substrate from your tank. You should then use a teaspoon of bleach in the entire tank, but not in any spots it might touch, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. After, rinse the tank thoroughly with tap water and let it sit for 10 minutes before refilling your toilet paper or paper towel holder with 2 inches of new substrate.

Is It Difficult To Clean A Leopard Gecko Tank?

Leopard gecko tanks aren’t notoriously difficult to maintain, but are typically better left up to the professionals. However, there is a trick that you should use to help you clean a leopard gecko tank. To clean your smaller Leopard Gecko Tank, first you’ll need a bucket and an old towel to cover the bottom of it. Next, fill the bucket with warm water mixed with mild dish soap, and place the lid on tight before shaking the container up and down over its waterline. Be sure to thoroughly rinse out the top of the Leopards Tank with another bucket of clean water when finished cleaning it out.

No, it is easy to clean a leopard gecko tank. You will just need to be sure that you always do your best to prevent large amounts of pee from building up in the tank, as this will make it harder for you to clean the tank.

How To Clean A Leopard Gecko Tank?

In order to clean the tank you should use a new face towel, place it in the tank with around 1/4 inch or 1 cm of water and use your hand to gently rub the towel around in a circular motion. You should rinse it out and dry it with a fresh towel before returning it to its home.

The easiest way to clean your Leopard Gecko tank is to use one of the cleaning solutions that we sell in our store, for example, the O2 Technology.

How Often Do You Recommend Cleaning Your Gecko Tank?

The best time to clean your gecko tank is when it’s very dirty. If the tank isn’t extremely dirty in appearance, then it should be cleaned every 3-7 days. However, if the tank is heavily soiled or had a high growth rate in some places and not as much in others, then it should be cleaned more frequently than that.

We recommend cleaning your gecko tank as recommended by the manufacturer or after 100-200 gallons of water.

I Bought My Gecko From A Pet Store

We’ll take care of you gecko with our next cleaning service. You can send in your old tank with your receipt and we will either clean it or replace it as well if necessary when we have time to complete the cleaning service.

If your gecko was bought from a store, please contact them for assistance.

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