Worried that misting with distilled water is dehydrating my geckos


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I live in an area with very hard water, so I've been misting my geckos with distilled water to prevent mineral spots on the glass. However recently I learned that it's bad for animals to drink distilled/deionized water because it dehydrates them and saps them of electrolytes.

I know that lots of people use some kind of filtered water to mist their geckos without clouding up the glass, but I'm a tap water kind of gal, and I don't really know the difference between types of bottled water. Should I switch to filtered/spring water, or will my geckos somehow be okay with distilled?

I'm not sure exactly where this fits, so forgive me if I posted in the wrong area.

Elizabeth Freer

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I'm a tap water person too. Even when I lived in Seattle I used straight tap water for my geckos. Now I live at the beach on the NW Oregon Coast. Our water is super pure!!

I just accept water spots now. Have you suggested straight lemon juice to remove them?

I've got a cousin in New Mexico who swears by RO water. He's used it for years. I just don't know.

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"RO" water? No idea what that is haha.

Every time I clean the gecko's vivs I bust out the lemon juice and elbow grease, but mostly I just want the glass to look pretty. I run an Instagram for my site, and water spots always ruin pictures. :roll:


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That's embarrassing. Somehow I completely missed that link...even though it's in bold... :shock:

Now that I've read it, I understand. That was very informative — especially the point about taking out the same minerals that we're trying to get into them. I never thought of it that way, so thank you for sharing. I guess I'll just have to deal with the spots!