How to Clean a Bearded Dragon Aquarium

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Things You'll Need

  • Kitty litter scoop

  • Trash bag

  • Tap water

  • Paper towels

  • 1-qt. spray bottle

  • Empty box or spare aquarium

  • Bleach

  • Wash basin

  • Colander or strainer

  • Scrub brush


Rubber gloves are optional but recommended. If you don't wear gloves, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling the bearded dragon and its habitat accessories.

A clean habitat helps support bearded dragon heath.
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Perform routine aquarium cleanings to maintain a healthy habitat for your bearded dragon. Cleaning routines should include daily spot cleaning, weekly hard surface cleaning, and monthly deep cleaning.

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Daily Spot Cleaning

Step 1

Dig into the substrate with a kitty litter sifter scoop to collect pieces of your bearded dragon's waste matter. Let the substrate fall through the sifter back into the aquarium, and dispose of the waste in a trash bag.

Step 2

Moisten a paper towel and use it to gently wipe away anything smeared on the surfaces your bearded dragon touches.


Step 3

Rinse food and water bowls with clear tap water. Add fresh water to the water bowl after rinsing.

Weekly Hard Surface Cleaning

Step 1

Remove the bearded dragon from the aquarium and gently place him in a secure box or spare aquarium.

Step 2

Pour an eighth of a cup of bleach and one and a quarter cups of tap water in the spray bottle and set the nozzle to mist. If you want to mix a larger batch, keep the mix at 1 part bleach and 10 parts water.


Step 3

Spray a generous layer of the cleaner on a folded paper towel and wipe off exposed hard surfaces that have been touched by the bearded dragon. Allow the bleach mixture to dry completely, so the smell of bleach is gone, before replacing your bearded dragon.

Monthly Deep Cleaning

Step 1

Remove the bearded dragon from the aquarium and put him in a secure box or spare aquarium.

Step 2

Remove your bearded dragon's habitat accessories, such as food bowls and decorations, and put them in the washbasin. Pour 10 cups of warm water on top of the soiled accessories, then add a cup of bleach. Allow the accessories to soak in the warm water while you clean the rest of the aquarium.


Step 3

Put the substrate in the strainer and rinse thoroughly with tap water, unless the substrate is due for replacement. Substrate packages offer suggestions on how long you can safely use the product.

Step 4

Fold a couple paper towels. Dip them into the bleach water in the washbasin. Wipe out the inside of the aquarium. Dip the paper towels in the bleach water as needed to keep them wet.

Step 5

Pick up the scrub brush and gently scrub the accessories that have been soaking until they are clean. Rinse them with clear tap water and place them on a bed of paper towels. Allow the accessories to dry completely.

Step 6

Dry the inside of the aquarium and sniff to make sure no bleach scent remains before putting the clean substrate and dry accessories back in the bearded dragon habitat.