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    Hi there! I am super close to getting my leopard gecko now and I just had a few final questions. So, I was thinking about gut loading mealworms/crickets with gut loading formula and fresh carrots. However, I heard that it was a good idea to gut load with vitamins and calcium as well. I would like a second opinion on that before I make any decisions. I don't want to give my leo too much calcium or vitamins. How do you gut load your feeders?

    Also, I know that this question isn't related to feeding but I need to get it out of the way. I sleep with a box fan on the highest setting at night. Would this bother the gecko? Should I put the fan on a lower setting?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahV View Post
    Hi there! I am super close to getting my leopard gecko now and I just had a few final questions. So, I was thinking about gut loading mealworms/crickets with gut loading formula and fresh carrots. However, I heard that it was a good idea to gut load with vitamins and calcium as well. I would like a second opinion on that before I make any decisions. I don't want to give my leo too much calcium or vitamins. How do you gut load your feeders?

    Also, I know that this question isn't related to feeding but I need to get it out of the way. I sleep with a box fan on the highest setting at night. Would this bother the gecko? Should I put the fan on a lower setting?

    Thanks!
    Hi Sarah ~

    I don't know what your leo would think about box fan noise. I suggest the lower setting.

    Do you plan to get a young leo or an adult?

    I would not feed extra vitamins or extra calcium to your feeders. Just go with the dry diet you choose. Then lightly dust feeders right before you feed them to your leo. It's best to stick to a regular supplement schedule.

    I feed my crickets and Blaptica dubia finely ground Zoo Med's Natural ADULT Bearded Dragon Food 24/7. I believe it's better to build healthy feeder bodies all the time rather than just filling their guts right before the feeders are fed off.


    Aliza (acpart) uses the Pro Gutload dry diet for her feeders including her mealworms.

    Here's how I keep my crickets. Dubia care is similar.
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    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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    Elizabeth, what do you think of Repashy's Superload? I was at a reptile store today talking to the owner about feeding my bugs, and told him I was thinking of buying some Repashy Bug Burger online. He went into the back and came out with a "sample" bottle of Repashy Superload that Repashy had sent him with his last order of supplies. He gave it to me for free. You can either feed your bugs the powder or make a gel out of it.

    I don't anything about this product, Superload.
    Do you know anything about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoFanboy View Post
    Elizabeth, what do you think of Repashy's Superload? I was at a reptile store today talking to the owner about feeding my bugs, and told him I was thinking of buying some Repashy Bug Burger online. He went into the back and came out with a "sample" bottle of Repashy Superload that Repashy had sent him with his last order of supplies. He gave it to me for free. You can either feed your bugs the powder or make a gel out of it.

    I don't anything about this product, Superload.
    Do you know anything about it?
    I have no experience using Repashy's Superload.

    BTW, your video of Scooby is really KOOL!!! Thanks for sharing it!
    "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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    That's cool. I did some research lastnight. From what I've read, Repashy Bug Burger is for "daily" feeding of your bugs, and Repashy Superload is specifically for gut-loading 24-72 hours prior to feeding your gecko.

    Yes, Scooby is adorable, and he's marked really beautifully. I scoured an entire Repticon for his looks. He was the prettiest one I could find. He just had his 2nd shed lastnight...no problems, so I must be doing something right. I have his moist hive, which he NEVER goes into (at least when I'm around), and I mist his tank at night after he's done eating, but for some really odd reason he loves his water dish. He likes to play in it, catch bugs in it, sit on his cool hide and dangle his tail into it, and sometimes at night I'll catch him with his front legs dangling in it. He's got plenty of moisture in his tank, and his humidity level is always around 30-40%, but he seems to like water for some reason. He's getting plenty of moisture from his bugs, and he eats a big squishy hornworm almost every other night, but he loves the water. I'm perplexed. He is very healthy and just the perfect specimen. Here's a nice pic of him taken after his 1st shed about 2 weeks back. I think he's going to be a "Baldy":

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    That's cool. I did some research lastnight. From what I've read, Repashy Bug Burger is for "daily" feeding of your bugs, and Repashy Superload is specifically for gut-loading 24-72 hours prior to feeding your gecko
    That's what I discovered when I googled Superload on Repashy's website. I wanted to make sure and didn't have more time to research that project.

    Have you thought about turning Scooby's bugs into "super-bugs" by feeding them well 24/7 and then also gutloading them 24-48 hours ahead of their feed-off time?

    Scooby is a winner! I love his yellow and orange patterns. He's a lucky leo to have you for his keeper. I can just tell!
    "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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    I haven't purchased the Bug Burger yet. Maybe soon.
    For now, I've been giving his feeders a steady diet of carrots, green beans, oranges and papaya. That's their daily food. Then, 24 hours before I feed Scooby, I remove a couple of feeders and put them in smaller containers with Cricket Quencher, Orange Cube and this new Superload (I'm trying it as powder and gel). Then of course I'm dusting about half of his feeders now. His appetite is still daily and hungry, but I noticed the other day he didn't want his Phoenix worms, which I thought was odd because it was the first bug I gave him and they are very small. He ate one and ignored the others I offered him, but did take the mealworms instead, so I don't know if he's decided he's not into Phoenix worms now. They turn blackish kinda quick, like waxworms, but unlike waxworms they stay alive and wiggly when black (and are supposedly more nutritious at this phase), but they are harder and I noticed he really has to chew them for being so little....maybe he thinks they're "tough"...like a bad pork chop! LOL!!!

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