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    Hello, I am a new crested gecko owner. I have owned snakes and am fairly familiar with reptiles and amphibians, but I know there is a bunch of little information that could be dire if not known.
    I got Echo from a good friend who cares about him a lot, but he said he used tap water to mist/add to his water dish. I don't really agree with that, since our towns water is fairly poor. So I bought distilled water, but the only distilled water available was something called "parents choice". I didn't realize it said "minerals added" until I got home.

    The minerals added were Magnesium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, and Potassium Bicarbonate.
    I google and googled but couldn't find anything on potassium bicarbonate. I found that some Magnesium Sulfate and Potassium Chloride is added to some gecko diets so that felt safe, but I'm unsure about the Potassium Bicarbonate.

    If anyone could reassure me that Potassium bicarbonate isn't going to hurt him that would be awesome!

    Also, I want to feed him fresh fruits every so often. Can I just buy Walmart fresh fruit? It shouldn't have any type of chemicals or pesticides that are harmful to him right?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rottikinns View Post
    Hello, I am a new crested gecko owner. I have owned snakes and am fairly familiar with reptiles and amphibians, but I know there is a bunch of little information that could be dire if not known.
    I got Echo from a good friend who cares about him a lot, but he said he used tap water to mist/add to his water dish. I don't really agree with that, since our towns water is fairly poor. So I bought distilled water, but the only distilled water available was something called "parents choice". I didn't realize it said "minerals added" until I got home.

    The minerals added were Magnesium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, and Potassium Bicarbonate.
    I google and googled but couldn't find anything on potassium bicarbonate. I found that some Magnesium Sulfate and Potassium Chloride is added to some gecko diets so that felt safe, but I'm unsure about the Potassium Bicarbonate.

    If anyone could reassure me that Potassium bicarbonate isn't going to hurt him that would be awesome!

    Also, I want to feed him fresh fruits every so often. Can I just buy Walmart fresh fruit? It shouldn't have any type of chemicals or pesticides that are harmful to him right?

    Thank you in advance!
    Welcome aboard, Rottikinns and Echo!

    Distilling water strips it of healthy minerals. That's why minerals were added to that water. Simply aging tap water for 24 hours dissipates the chlorine.

    I use plain tap water for all my geckos and have done so since 1988. I used to live in Seattle. For the last 10 years I've lived on the NW Oregon Coast.

    Cresties are naturally insectivores. In addition to Pangea's Complete Diets, offer cresties some crickets weekly. Depending upon the frequency you feed insects vs Pangea's diets, lightly dust insects at 1 feeding per week with Zoo Med's supplements, especially Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3.

    My crestie also likes these Pangea Complete Diets.

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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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

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    Also, I want to feed him fresh fruits every so often. Can I just buy Walmart fresh fruit? It shouldn't have any type of chemicals or pesticides that are harmful to him right?
    Organic produce is probably safer than non-organic produce wherever it's sold.

    Gutload Ingredients for Bugs & Worms......thanks to Olimpia -- August 2013
    "A commercial gut loading food like Bug Burger or Superload (both by Repashy), Cricket Crack, Dinofuel, etc. is going to make your life easier AND provide a nutritious diet to your crickets at the same time. Avoid Fluker's gutloads, as they are super feeble in their formulas."

    "If you opt for making your own gutload at home, here is a list of great ingredients to use:
    Best: mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion flowers & leaves, collard greens, escarole lettuce, papaya, watercress, and alfalfa.
    Good: sweet potato, carrots, oranges, mango, butternut squash, kale, apples, beet greens, blackberries, bok choy, and green beans.
    Dry food: bee pollen, organic non-salted sunflower seeds, spirulina, dried seaweed, flax seed, and organic non-salted almonds.
    Avoid as much as possible: potatoes, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, grains, beans, oats, bread, cereal, meat, eggs, dog food, cat food, fish food, canned or dead insects, vertebrates."
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 01-05-2020 at 03:25 AM.
    "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)

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    Our tap water has a lot of iron and nitrates in it. I buy purified water in gallon jugs and use that. It still has the healthy minerals in it, and is safe for my lizards.
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    Our tap water has a lot of iron and nitrates in it. We have a water softener, but I buy purified water in gallon jugs and use that for my geckos. It still has the healthy minerals in it, and is safe for my lizards.
    Eileen and Repti-Friends
    TAD (Tiny Ancient Dinosaur) - Crested Gecko 1.0.0
    Hidey - Gargoyle Gecko 0.1.0
    OhGee (Office Gecko) - Bauer's Chameleon Gecko 1.0.0
    TBD (Tiny Badass Dragon) - Western Bearded Anole 1.0.0

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