Tropical Aquarium

AQUARIUM AND CAGE CLEANING

Products and tools that can make it easier to clean cages and aquariums!

 

Proper Cleaning Tips and Tank-mates

Regular, proper cleaning of an aquarium will keep your fish healthy and help decrease maintenance. The use of algae eaters (snails, shrimp, plecos) will also help you keep your tanks clean! This website is a great resource for general cleaning tips and equipment to use: https://www.petmd.com/fish/care/evr_fi_how-to-clean-fish-tank

 

Aquarium Cleaning supplies

This is a list of recommended aquarium cleaning supplies: https://www.thesprucepets.com/aquarium-cleaning-supplies-1381094. Many of these supplies come at different lengths so you can find the right fit for you. Many aquarium tools have thin handles that can be difficult to grip. Adding a foam handle build up, wrapping a wash cloth around the end, or adding layers of tape can allow you to make the tool easy to hold. 

 

Self-Cleaning Aquariums

Self-cleaning aquariums have become popular and more efficient over the years. These are a great option for those wanting a very little maintenance, smaller aquarium. We recommend this website when deciding if and which self-cleaning system is right for you: https://fishtankadvisor.com/best-self-cleaning-fish-tanks-reviews/

 

Reptile Cage Cleaning

The key to making reptile cages easier to clean is placing them at a comfortable height for you to access and daily cleaning tasks. This website is a great resource for cleaning routines: https://www.petcoach.co/article/habitats-cleaning-and-disinfecting-reptile-cages/

To make cleaning easier, use cage materials that are easy for you to handle and lift out of the cage. Also use a sand shifter that is easy for you to use. This may mean building up a handle with tape, foam, or a washcloth so that you can grasp it easier. It may also mean making the handle longer so you can access all areas of the cage easier. Taping the shifter to the end of an old back scratcher, shoe horn, or old painter stirring sticks are ways you can make it long-handled at home. 

Another key factor is proper use of a good disinfectant. The article above explains how to make a reptile safe disinfectant that will properly clean the cage. Putting the substance in a squirt bottle may make it easier to spread throughout the cage. If you have trouble with squirt bottles, putting it on a clean cloth is also another strategy or using reptile disinfectant wipes.

Cage cleaning is time consuming and takes a lot of energy. Having a second cage available for your reptile is a way for you to break cage cleaning tasks up across time without rushing to return your pet to its home.  

 

Small Mammal Cages

Small mammals (i.e. hamsters, guinae pigs, ferrets, rabbits) need regular cleaning of their cages, see this website for general cleaning routine: https://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Small-Pet-Cage. Using liners for the bottom of the cage or lining the cage with old newspaper under the bedding will make cleaning the cage easier to manage. Training your small mammal to use a litterbox will also decrease the amount of cleaning needed: https://www.omlet.co.uk/guide/guinea_pigs/training_your_guinea_pigs/litter_training

The biggest way to decrease effort involved in cleaning these cages is to place them at a height that is comfortable for you to access. Choosing lightweight cages will also decrease the amount of energy needed to clean the cage. Using disinfecting wipes or spray will make cleaning the surfaces easy and quick. 

Many small mammal cages have latches that can be difficult to grasp and use. If that is the case, you can add foam, tape, or pieces of plastic to the latches so you can get a better grip.