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Old 15-07-2009, 11:22 PM
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Default Smelly vivarium - what can I use?

Hi, got a question here for you all.

We brought a vivarium off eBay for a bearded dragon that completely reeks, the guy we brought it off hadn't cleaned it out before we purchased it from him. He'd used sand for a substrate that was still quite dirty. We're getting a baby beardie in a few weeks and I want a nice clean vivarium to put him in. I've used something called Reptix Smell, brought from a pet shop, that cleaned the viv but covered up the smell for all of a day, so I'm not sure how effective a cleaner it is.

It might be that the viv will stink whatever I do, but can anyone suggest a reliable well-known reptile vivarium cleaner that I can buy?

Also, an effective method of keeping a beardie vivarium relatively pong free? So far the best suggestion has been a basil plant in the vivarium. Any other ideas?

Thanks!
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Old 15-07-2009, 11:27 PM
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hiya! we have lino and tiles in our viv and so far have no smell and easy to clean

have you tried the disinfectant (beaclean) i found this quite strong smelling so might help. its a bit like nail varnish remover
hope this helps

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Old 15-07-2009, 11:37 PM
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Thanks very much! We've got fake slate tiles, so hopefully the smell won't be too bad. Beaclean has been mentioned on other threads so we'll hunt this down and give it a go.
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Old 16-07-2009, 12:01 AM
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I'd use a strong disinfectant and clean it out with clean water after thoroughly and let it air for a week or so.

You could try this though: Odoreze™ Multi Purpose Odor Control Spray: NoOdor.Biz
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Old 16-07-2009, 01:32 PM
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Hot water, bleach, scrubbing brush, then well aired - job done !
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If you want to try something nontoxic first, try completely covering the floor in bicarbonate of soda - the stuff absorbs odors - and then vacuum/brush it out. It might help get rid of the worst of it.
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Old 16-07-2009, 02:21 PM
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Maybe try steamcleaning it , we brought a cheap one and use that for cleaning our vivs out ... removes all the odours.
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I would scrape all of the sealant off and wash it with diluted bleach then reseal it as thats usually what keeps hold of the smell!
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just keep spreying with the reptex
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Old 20-07-2009, 01:59 PM
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i clean all my beardies vivs with hibiscrub disinfectant ,you can buy it from manor pharmacy chemist at around £5.00 a bottle last along time.
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