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    I don't feed crickets to my crestie, so I can't speak to how to keep them. I do feed dubia roaches, and those are much easier than crickets to keep - they don't smell, they don't jump, and are pretty easy keepers. I buy my roaches from Josh's Frogs online, they are cheaper and in better health than store-bought roaches. I think you can dust your current crickets every other feeding, and that should be sufficient. But - cresties don't NEED live food, they will do just fine on the powdered food, just mix it to ketchup-like consistency. I feed mine every other day as you do, and just mix in a little water on the 2nd day so it doesn't dry out. I use Pangea and have a couple of flavors that I switch out.

    I have fake decorations in my tank, and I deep-clean about once every 3 or 4 weeks, and I spot-clean as needed. For decorations for your tank - I would strongly suggest just going with cork tubes and flat cork pieces that you can put up against the walls for climbing, plus some vines of some type. I have and would recommend T-Rex Baby Aqua Vines and Baby Aqua Roots for the size tank you have - they are waterproof, so don't mold, and are bendable to fit your tank. Neither the cork nor the vines/roots are sharp, will help your crestie at shedding time, and are great for them to hide in/under. Plus, they are natural and give a nice look to your tank. For now, while you are looking, put a toilet paper roll in there, to give your crestie someplace to hide. He will be a lot less stressed out if he has a hiding place.

    It looks like your Exo-Terra is a 12x12x18. If your crestie is young, that will be ok for a while, but eventually you will want to upgrade to an 18x18x24 for his permanent home. You can use the same decorations in the larger tank, just more of them. Stick with the paper towels until you upgrade to a bigger tank.

    Your temps are fine. If you use a cool air humidifier (we have dry air too), put it on the opposite side of your room from the tank if you can. That plus the misting should keep your humidity where it needs to be.

    Thanks for taking this little guy in! You will be a great owner!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoLeen View Post
    I don't feed crickets to my crestie, so I can't speak to how to keep them. I do feed dubia roaches, and those are much easier than crickets to keep - they don't smell, they don't jump, and are pretty easy keepers. I buy my roaches from Josh's Frogs online, they are cheaper and in better health than store-bought roaches. I think you can dust your current crickets every other feeding, and that should be sufficient. But - cresties don't NEED live food, they will do just fine on the powdered food, just mix it to ketchup-like consistency. I feed mine every other day as you do, and just mix in a little water on the 2nd day so it doesn't dry out. I use Pangea and have a couple of flavors that I switch out.

    I have fake decorations in my tank, and I deep-clean about once every 3 or 4 weeks, and I spot-clean as needed. For decorations for your tank - I would strongly suggest just going with cork tubes and flat cork pieces that you can put up against the walls for climbing, plus some vines of some type. I have and would recommend T-Rex Baby Aqua Vines and Baby Aqua Roots for the size tank you have - they are waterproof, so don't mold, and are bendable to fit your tank. Neither the cork nor the vines/roots are sharp, will help your crestie at shedding time, and are great for them to hide in/under. Plus, they are natural and give a nice look to your tank. For now, while you are looking, put a toilet paper roll in there, to give your crestie someplace to hide. He will be a lot less stressed out if he has a hiding place.

    It looks like your Exo-Terra is a 12x12x18. If your crestie is young, that will be ok for a while, but eventually you will want to upgrade to an 18x18x24 for his permanent home. You can use the same decorations in the larger tank, just more of them. Stick with the paper towels until you upgrade to a bigger tank.

    Your temps are fine. If you use a cool air humidifier (we have dry air too), put it on the opposite side of your room from the tank if you can. That plus the misting should keep your humidity where it needs to be.

    Thanks for taking this little guy in! You will be a great owner!


    Thank you for the feedback.

    The crickets that I have actually don’t jump surprisingly, or at least not since I brought them home. I have also notice that they don’t smell either. I have supplied them with high-calcium food that the worker recommended, water (filtered), and a hiding place. I was hoping on getting a bigger enclosure and maybe the kind with the tubes for easy access but they are quite pricey for a piece of plastic.

    You said something about how I could just dust the crickets and that should be sufficient, but that is why I posted my last few posts to this thread. I am trying to find a crested gecko owner who is experienced with feeding crickets and caring for/breeding them in the mean time. I just want to make sure if the information the worker gave me was correct, I don’t want to do something if it will harm the crested gecko in any way.

    I give them Repashy every other day but it is available all the time. I do try to make sure that it doesn’t dry out in between also.

    I am trying to look for decor to put I n the terrarium but when we went to get the crickets, I took a look at the reptile section and all the decor was super expensive. It was around $19 for one vine of foliage. I am trying to find decor that is a bit more affordable. I do have a paper towel roll in there for them to climb on and hide in but they much rather like to hide within the foliage that is in the terrarium.

    The humidifier isn’t to accommodate to the crested gecko, I need it in the room that they are kept in for other reasons.

    Thank you for recognizing my efforts. I am trying to do what I can to keep them happy and healthy. It honestly helps so much when experienced owners take the time to reply to me and help me to build my knowledge. Thank you again for your help.

    All replies are appreciated. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccrested View Post
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    I went to a pet store to try to find crickets to feed the crested gecko. We were talking to one of the workers there and asking them questions about what you need to do to feeder crickets like what food to give them, care they require, enclosure to keep them in, and so on.

    The worker was saying that if you feed the crickets a calcium rich diet that you do not have to dust the crickets with calcium and D3 powder before you give them to your lizard. I just wanted to come her and see if that is true and what you guys thought about the situation.

    I ended up getting 9 crickets of various size, a critter keeper but sadly not the kind that comes with tubes, and I also got Flucker’s high-calcium cricket diet. One thing I want to say that isn’t important but I still want to include it is that the worker said that I can mix the cricket food with water but the container doesn’t say that I need to. How should it be prepared?

    I think that is all for now. If I missed any information, I will try to update this post when I can. Thank you. All replies are appreciated. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it.
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited! It's a zoo "out there" on the internet and in many pet stores.

    Unless you live somewhere warm, crickets are difficult to breed. Tap water is fine for crested geckos. I've used tap water for my geckos for years. If you're worried, let tap water age for about 24 hours prior to misting.

    When you finish off Fluker's High Calcium Cricket Diet, get a better cricket diet like Pro Gutload dry diet by Professional Reptiles. Fluker's HCCD is not really high in calcium at all. I've also used Fluker's HCCD in the past. Another option is to return Fluker's to the pet shop stating "it does not meet my gecko's needs". Now I finely grind Zoo Med's Natural ADULT Bearded Dragon Food for my crickets' 24/7 dry diet. Crickets and dubia simply love it.

    Sprinkle a "small amount" of the cricket's dry diet on the floor of your cricket container. Add moisture by spreading a couple layers of squeezed out paper towels right on top of the egg flats. Remoisten the paper towels daily.

    How often you lightly dust the crickets depends upon how often you feed your crestie a powdered diet (that IS mixed with water). I recommend feeding crickets at 1 feeding per week, so your crestie gets accustomed to eating them. Pangea's Complete Dry Diets are excellent! Pangea's Complete Dry Diets contain all the supplements your crestie needs.

    Check out $ stores, Walmart, Michael's, and Joann's for silk foliage in their craft departments. Suds silk foliage in DAWN dish soap and rinse thoroughly with hot water. Give your crestie a horizontal perch as well as diagonal perches. There are examples in the crestie link below.

    Keeping a potted plant like a sansevieria (snake plant) inside the enclosure helps keep humidity up. Rinse the leaves. Repot any plant you buy with organic plant soil.

    Here's my crestie care sheet. Click right there for solid and proven tips for all things crestie. Scroll down that link for 11 other informative posts.
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    For greenery, you can some nice stuff very inexpensively at thrift stores. Just rinse well in hot water before putting in your tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoLeen View Post
    For greenery, you can some nice stuff very inexpensively at thrift stores. Just rinse well in hot water before putting in your tank.
    I donīt have any thrift stores near me that have pet supplies available but thank you for the suggestion, I will have to keep an eye out when I go to a bigger thrift store next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited! It's a zoo "out there" on the internet and in many pet stores.

    Unless you live somewhere warm, crickets are difficult to breed. Tap water is fine for crested geckos. I've used tap water for my geckos for years. If you're worried, let tap water age for about 24 hours prior to misting.

    When you finish off Fluker's High Calcium Cricket Diet, get a better cricket diet like Pro Gutload dry diet by Professional Reptiles. Fluker's HCCD is not really high in calcium at all. I've also used Fluker's HCCD in the past. Another option is to return Fluker's to the pet shop stating "it does not meet my gecko's needs". Now I finely grind Zoo Med's Natural ADULT Bearded Dragon Food for my crickets' 24/7 dry diet. Crickets and dubia simply love it.

    Sprinkle a "small amount" of the cricket's dry diet on the floor of your cricket container. Add moisture by spreading a couple layers of squeezed out paper towels right on top of the egg flats. Remoisten the paper towels daily.

    How often you lightly dust the crickets depends upon how often you feed your crestie a powdered diet (that IS mixed with water). I recommend feeding crickets at 1 feeding per week, so your crestie gets accustomed to eating them. Pangea's Complete Dry Diets are excellent! Pangea's Complete Dry Diets contain all the supplements your crestie needs.

    Check out $ stores, Walmart, Michael's, and Joann's for silk foliage in their craft departments. Suds silk foliage in DAWN dish soap and rinse thoroughly with hot water. Give your crestie a horizontal perch as well as diagonal perches. There are examples in the crestie link below.

    Keeping a potted plant like a sansevieria (snake plant) inside the enclosure helps keep humidity up. Rinse the leaves. Repot any plant you buy with organic plant soil.

    Here's my crestie care sheet. Click right there for solid and proven tips for all things crestie. Scroll down that link for 11 other informative posts.

    It is not warm right now where I currently live, but I do keep the room that the crickets are kept in some what warm at around lower 70s in the day and higher 60s at night. I give the gecko filtered tap water and also use filtered tap water to mist the cage.

    I canīt simply just Ļfinish offĻ the Fluckerīs High-Calcium Cricket Diet, I just bought it and it is a pretty big container of it so it will most likely last maybe a little less than a year or maybe longer. I was told by the worker to use Fluckerīs High-Calcium Cricket Diet so that is what I got because I didnīt have time to research what the best option was at the time. She also said that I didnīt have to dust the crickets before giving them to the crested gecko which I didnīt believe so I came here to try to get some feedback on what I DO need for the crickets to benefit the crested gecko.

    The crickets I have right now have paper towel on the bottom of their enclosure to catch waste, food, and any water that may spill. They have a food and water bowl which is made from a cut up condiment to go container. The food owl is filled with Fluckerīs High-Calcium Cricket Diet and left over vegetable scraps which they have only had carrot scraps and broccoli scraps so far. The water bowl is filled with filtered tap water. They also have cut up paper towel rolls in their encloser so that they have a place to hide.

    I donīt currently have calcium powder and that is why I made some of the previous posts in this thread, so that I could get feedback on what I need to do. The crested gecko is given powdered food which is mixed with filtered tap water every other day but it is available to him all the time. I was given Repashy from the previous owner so that is what he is being fed. I was planning on only feeding him one cricket a week but i need to get all the information before I can start doing that.

    All replies are appreciated. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it.

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    if you're going to feed him crickets, you'll probably want to give him more than one a week?

    and yes, they're very difficult to breed at home.

    gut-loading feeders is covered very extensively in other subforums regarding nutrition; I'd look for pointers there. everyone has a different take, and it's nice to see what many people say and then decide on a course of action that works well for you.

    one more thing - you don't want the critter keeper with the tubes. they can escape. I find that if I put several TP rolls into a regular CK, they work as an easy way to feed off crickets but there aren't the cracks by the top where they can get out.
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    1. I am planning to buy him crickets to feed him 1 or 2 a week and I will buy calcium and D3 to coat them with, and maybe I will even try breeding crickets so I don’t have to buy them so often.
    A reliable powdered diet + 1-2 crickets each week = an excellent mix! Then there is NO need to powder the crickets with anything.

    I stopped feeding my crestie crickets, and he scarcely eats any now. He's hooked on sweet powdered diets.

    2. I have been feeding him (Repashy) every other day as I read that that is what you are supposed to do. He doesn’t eat all his food on the first night so he still has food left if he gets hungry at all.
    Mainly Repashy's powdered diet is quite good.

    3. Is it wasteful to just trow out what he doesn't eat? He is being fed a Repashy mix that was given to me by their previous owner.
    If you wish, feed any food your gecko doesn't eat to your crickets.

    4. The worker was saying that if you feed the crickets a calcium rich diet that you do not have to dust the crickets with calcium and D3 powder before you give them to your lizard. I just wanted to come her and see if that is true and what you guys thought about the situation.
    Just so you know, Fluker's High Calcium Cricket Food fails as a "calcium rich diet". There has been research to prove this.

    Keep the cricket dry diet dry. Place the dry cricket diet in a ridged lid that crickets can easily access. If you mix it with water, there's a chance it will mold.

    Keep veggies and greens separate from the dry cricket diet. This also prevents mold.
    • High calcium, low phosphorus, leafy greens like collared, mustard, turnip, and pesticide-free dandlion flowers and greens make excellent cricket food!

    Whether or not one needs to lightly dust the crickets with some D3 calcium depends upon what you're mostly feeding your gecko. If you're only feeding him 1-2 crickets per week don't worry about dusting them. Complete powdered diets provide all the nutrients and vitamins your crestie needs.

    5. I am trying to find a crested gecko owner who is experienced with feeding crickets and caring for/breeding them in the mean time. I just want to make sure if the information the worker gave me was correct, I don’t want to do something if it will harm the crested gecko in any way. I understand. I have kept my crestie since 2007. He's about 13 years old. Initially I fed him crickets all the time. I keep many crickets for my other geckos.

    6. I give the gecko filtered tap water and also use filtered tap water to mist the cage.
    How do you filter your water? If your tap water is safe for you to drink, it's safe for your crestie. There's NO reason to filter the water or even treat it with Reptisafe.



    You seem very thorough.

    Here's a visual of twisty vines. Twist a single vine together like crossed fingers to give your crestie a better footing.

    For your continued research have you been able to read my care sheet and my cricket guidelines? It's really too much info to repeat on a thread. That's why I shared those links. One benefit of forums like GU is that there are always past posts to refer to.
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    Re thrift stores for greenery - not in the pet department, look in floral stuff. Knick-knack areas will often have fun decor as well. Just make sure not to get anything with sharp pieces; I know you would watch for that.
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    Now that I have had the crickets for a few days, I really feel bad being the cause of their deaths. Also, I tried feeding the crested gecko (still doesn’t have a name) one and he wasn’t interested in it. I also still have no clue what I am supposed to do to the crickets before I give them to the crested gecko to eat.

    All replies are appreciated. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it.

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