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    I've had my Spotty for over three years now, but I want to make sure I am feeding him well so that he can be healthy. I was wondering how often should I powder his crickets with his multivitamin powder, how often with his calcium powder, and how often with his calcium with vitamin D3 powder? Also, how often should I feed him? Because especially during hot summer days he doesn't want to eat as much. He's a 3.5 year old male.
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    Could you tell us your current suppliment brand and schedule? Each suppliment will have its own reccomended frequency or reccomendations to not be used at all. Frequency of feedings can vary too, all geckos are different, some geckos need feeding once a week while others need three.

    This is what I reccomend, but if you provide us with your suppliment brand names we can further assist you;


    •Use Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3 at 1 feeding per week. Lightly dust it on half the crickets or dubia, not every insect at that feeding.
    •Use Zoo Med ReptiVite multivitamins without D3 at 1 feeding per week. Lightly dust it on crickets or dubia. Maybe only lightly dust half the insects at that feeding.

    Weekly Schedule for Leos 18 months old +

    Crickets or dubia >> Monday - Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3
    Crickets or dubia >> Thursday - Zoo Med ReptiVite multivitamins without D3
    Mealworms >> Saturday - No dusting

    Future weeks:
    Continue on since all weeks are identical. . . . . .


    Depending on where you live, there are also other alternatives to this schedule with other good suppliments! However some suppliments can cause damage due to the contents. Which is why suppliments are so important to research! Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoppyDear View Post
    Could you tell us your current suppliment brand and schedule? Each suppliment will have its own reccomended frequency or reccomendations to not be used at all. Frequency of feedings can vary too, all geckos are different, some geckos need feeding once a week while others need three.

    This is what I reccomend, but if you provide us with your suppliment brand names we can further assist you;


    •Use Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3 at 1 feeding per week. Lightly dust it on half the crickets or dubia, not every insect at that feeding.
    •Use Zoo Med ReptiVite multivitamins without D3 at 1 feeding per week. Lightly dust it on crickets or dubia. Maybe only lightly dust half the insects at that feeding.

    Weekly Schedule for Leos 18 months old +

    Crickets or dubia >> Monday - Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3
    Crickets or dubia >> Thursday - Zoo Med ReptiVite multivitamins without D3
    Mealworms >> Saturday - precipitated calcium carbonate without D3

    Future weeks:
    Continue on since all weeks are identical. . . . . .


    Depending on where you live, there are also other alternatives to this schedule with other good suppliments! However some suppliments can cause damage due to the contents. Which is why suppliments are so important to research! Good luck!
    Thank you. For the calcium without vitamin D3, I use rep-cal calcium, for calcium with d3 I use zoo med repti cal, and for multivitamins, I use exo terra multivitamins. For the calcium without vitamin d3, I keep it in his tank 24/7 cause I heard from various sources to keep it that way so he could get it when he needs to. Could I lightly powder the crickets with vitamin d3 calcium twice a week? Or is once a week better?
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    Repti Calcium by Zoo Med is fantastic! When combined with the other two suppliments... Not so much. I would say to ditch the other two suppliments.

    The Exo Terra multivitamins fall short or miss certain key vitamins and minerals. As well as containing beta carotine (Plant sourced vitamin A) which is difficult for geckos to convert to retinol (Animal sourced vitamin A), the vitamins they can use. Retinol can be used right away, no processing necessary, beta carotine cannot as it must be processed and that is difficult, leading to deficiances.

    You are better off ditching those two and keeping Zoo Med calcium, consider purchasing Zoo Med's reptivite multivitamins. Those used together provide calcium, D3 and multivitamins. Also, as a side note, please remove the calcium from his tank to avoid over doses, sufficient dusting should be enough, if he ingests too much on his own it couls harm Spotty.

    Using the Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3, dust only once a week, the other suppliments won't do you much good.

    Good luck with Spotty!
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    As PoppyDear shares, Exo Terra multivitamins are poor.

    Leaving plain calcium in the enclosure 24/7 isn't recommended. Excessive calcium coats the digestive tract and prevents absorption of the very vitamins and minerals you provide.

    Exo Terra multivitamins only contain beta carotene instead of pre-formed vitamin A acetate (retinol). Research has shown that geckos cannot metabolize beta carotene directly. They need a little vitamin A acetate to get started.

    Click: Exo Terra : Multi Vitamin / Multi Vitamin Powder Supplement

    • Exo Terra multivitamins fall short on vitamins and minerals, such as missing vitamin B12.
    • Exo Terra multivitamins lack much calcium.
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