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    I treat bottled spring water for my frogs with the blue drops. Is that ok drinking water for my leos?

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    drinking water should be distilled or declorinated by blue drops do you mean repti safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by sajane View Post
    I treat bottled spring water for my frogs with the blue drops. Is that ok drinking water for my leos?
    Many geckos, leopard geckos included, do very well with just regular tap water. For more sensitive geckos you could use spring water. What is the purpose of the blue drops?
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    My vet actually recommended tap water, he told me botteled water has too much clorum in it for leos...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saskia View Post
    My vet actually recommended tap water, he told me botteled water has too much clorum in it for leos...
    Very interesting, Saskia

    Is there bottled water AND bottled SPRING water? I use tap water for the most part. Have access to these fresh water springs here for more sensitive critters. Am going to pick up 7 gallons of this next week.
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    mmmmm, actually no, I only know botteled water.... I don't even know there was a difference
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    Bottled water could be spring water, regular 'tap' water that may or may not have been modified (filtered) or even distilled water.
    The only way to tell is by checking the label to see what it is. And while you're at it, check the analysis for mineral content. You'd be surprised how many brands of 'pure safe' bottled water have added chlorine and other minerals.

    If the water from your taps is good enough for human consumption, then it's going to be safe for geckos. The exceptions for animals would be fish and amphibians if there's chlorine or chloramine added to the water. You'd have to neutralize these before using the water for them, but for geckos and snakes it's not a problem at the concentrations safe for humans.

    In 20 years of keeping reptiles, I've never used bottled, distilled, or RO water, it's always been straight from the tap. A few species are sensitive to hard water (Ca content), but most of them have no issues with hard water.
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    My tap water is well water that has been treated with a water softener. The bottled water is spring water with repti safe blue drops. I mist the frogs with distilled water so I also have that available.

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    If the water softening was done using salt, it's not safe to use for drinking, neither animal nor human. The sodium content will be off the charts after it's been softened. We might not know the safe level for geckos, but a high level can't be good for them either.
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