Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Feeding an AFT

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Feeding an AFT


    LOG IN TO CLOSE THIS AD   


    Hello all,

    I just got my first AFT, which is also my first reptile ever. I got everything set up to spec in the tank. I have food for her ready to go when she settles in completely. The only thing im not sure of is this calcium powder that is brought up with other Gecko's (like Leopard Gecko). I see people offering a small dish of calcium powder to their Leos but I never see it recommended for AFT's.

    I am gut-loading my insects so I was not sure if the powder was also a necessity for the AFT.

    Any AFT owners know the answer to this?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Posts
    722
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    22 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    The supplementation regime your AFT needs will be the same as with a Leopard Gecko, if you follow any of the schedules regularly recommended here for Leo's, that will be best.

    While safe to provide a dish of Calcium within the enclosure, it is not sufficient as the sole means of provision and you will still need to dust insects appropriately with both a Calcium and a Multivitamin product.

    If you have specific questions, let me know.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    The supplements I use and the thinking behind why !

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...mzky_qzQdxu-K2

    Modern Care Podcast Series - Learn everything you need to know about captive Reptile Nutrition and the ideas supporting Bio-Activity today !

    https://www.facebook.com/arcadiarept...366384280319:0

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Likes Elizabeth Freer liked this post

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Zux View Post
    The supplementation regime your AFT needs will be the same as with a Leopard Gecko, if you follow any of the schedules regularly recommended here for Leo's, that will be best.

    While safe to provide a dish of Calcium within the enclosure, it is not sufficient as the sole means of provision and you will still need to dust insects appropriately with both a Calcium and a Multivitamin product.

    If you have specific questions, let me know.
    So what brand should I get for the powder? I am gut loading the insects with a powder already (as well as some greens to keep the mealworms hydrated)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Somerville, MA
    Posts
    7,123
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    72 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    I highly recommend Repashy calcium plus since it has the calcium, D3 and other vitamins and minerals all in one.

    Aliza

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    USA: Oregon
    Posts
    21,122
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    79 Post(s)
    Tagged
    9 Thread(s)

    Default

    Lightly dust the feeders at intervals throughout the month. The only supplement I might add to the enclosure (sometimes) is a small bottle cap of pure precipitated calcium carbonate.

    It's really important for your feeders to get a good dry diet 24/7. Add high calcium/low phosphorus greens to the feeder insects' and worms' diets. The top ones are: collard, mustard, and turnip greens in addition to pesticide-free dandelions/greens.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
    Thanks Zux thanked for this post
    Likes Zux liked this post

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Posts
    722
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    22 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    I highly recommend Repashy calcium plus since it has the calcium, D3 and other vitamins and minerals all in one.

    Aliza
    As Aliza mentions above, I am a big fan of the Repashy Calcium Plus product for those keepers not providing UVB to their geckos.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    The supplements I use and the thinking behind why !

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...mzky_qzQdxu-K2

    Modern Care Podcast Series - Learn everything you need to know about captive Reptile Nutrition and the ideas supporting Bio-Activity today !

    https://www.facebook.com/arcadiarept...366384280319:0

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Thanks for the suggestions all. I went out and got the Repashy brand for the calcium.

    Now I'm just trying to get her to eat...I first got her last Tuesday (1/23). I realize it takes time for them to settle in, but I wanted to eliminate the possibility that she just wasn't interested in the Meal Worms. I got live crickets today so I'll try again tonight to see if she is interested enough to eat.

    How long can she go without eating? I've been trying at least twice a day to get her to eat.

    Thanks

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Somerville, MA
    Posts
    7,123
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    72 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Most AFT's are not so happy with mealworms; crickets is a much better choice and likely to be more appreciated. AFT's can go a lot longer than you'd imagine without eating. As long as she's healthy, she'll eat when she's ready.

    Aliza

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default


    LOG IN TO CLOSE THIS AD   


    I got her from a reputable breeder and seems to be very healthy/well fed. I am hoping she will find interest in the crickets as you've mentioned.

User Tag List

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •