Cleaning the Terrarium

Of course, the time spent daily cleaning a terrarium primarily depends on the type of and number of animals being kept. Snakes that only need to be fed every 2-3 weeks or single animals generally produce far less dirt than animals that need to be fed daily or large groups, such as the hundreds of young frogs which need to be reared when breeding frogs.

A terrarium should not be overloaded with decorative objects to the point of confusion and the fittings and decorations should be practical and removable so that a terrarium can be kept cleanwithout difficulty.

The growth on the glass panes of aquarium tanks for aquatic amphibians e.g. axolotl or clawed frogs can be removed by algae magnets, JBL Floaty II , or door handle cleaners or JBL Aqua-T Handy , similar to a fish tank. JBL’s microfibre cloth (& sponge), JBL WishWash , is very effective here, as it doesn‘t spread dirt and instead removes it. Dried food remains and excrement in dry terrariums can be vacuumed easily or collected with a pair of pincers such as JBL PROSCAPE TOOLS P STRAIGHT and tongs such as JBL CombiFix . In wetland terrariums, they usually have to be “scooped out” with some surrounding substrate. Excrement sticking to decorative objects can usually be removed with a brush under hot water. The glass panes should not be cleaned with aggressive chemicals, as residues can cause poisoning. A brush, sponges, blade cleaners and luke-warm water will do to remove any subborn dirt. Unsightly limescale rings should be removed with gentle “biological” cleaners such as JBL PROCLEAN TERRA glass cleaner.

Only a few minutes cleaning each day are adequate to guarantee proper hygienic conditions for your pets in their terrarium or aquarium. If cleaning is put off too long, the terrarium or aquarium may have to be emptied completely and re-filled, and there may even be unnecessary losses.

The usual cleaning procedure for aquariums should be followed for larger-sized water tanks, both with and without a waterfall in a rainforest terrarium.

© 28.10.2017
Heiko Blessin
Heiko Blessin
Dipl.-Biologe

Tauchen, Fotografie, Aquaristik, Haie, Motorrad

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