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    Hello my leopard gecko gizmo is 7 months old. I feed her crickets every other day, i dust the crickets with calcium+D3 3 feedings in a row, then vitamins 2 feedings in a row and repeat. I keep a dish of plain calcium in her cage. Is this a ok dusting schedule? Or should i change it? So in conclusion the dusting is C/C/C,V/V,C/C/C,V/V

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    That is likely too much vitamin d3. It is fat soluble meaning they can store it for a while, but it can also build up to unhealthy levels. I would remove the calcium from the cage entirely. Do the calcium +d3 once a week, the plain calcium once a week, and the vitamins once a week.

    Elizabeth may be about and can link a good schedule for your gecko...

    for example this was my schedule
    0 to 12 months of age
    Monday: Dubia, Repti-cal with D3
    Tuesday: Mealworm (no supplements)
    Wednesday: Dubia, Repti-cal without D3
    Thursday: Other insect (no supplements)
    Friday: Dubia, Repti-vite without D3
    Saturday: Mealworms (no supplements)
    Sunday: Other insect (no supplements)

    ***also, I switched my schedule to d3 once a month since I use a full spectrum light. IF you don't use uvb you need the d3 more regularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyMan595 View Post
    Hello my leopard gecko gizmo is 7 months old. I feed her crickets every other day, i dust the crickets with calcium+D3 3 feedings in a row, then vitamins 2 feedings in a row and repeat. I keep a dish of plain calcium in her cage. Is this a ok dusting schedule? Or should i change it? So in conclusion the dusting is C/C/C,V/V,C/C/C,V/V
    Let's remove the dish of plain calcium from Gizmo's cage. If a leo overdoes plain calcium, calcium coats the digestive tract and prevents absorption of other vitamins and minerals.

    Which brand and exact name of supplements are you using now?

    What do you feed Gizmo's bugs and worms?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    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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    Ok ! Thanks, i use zoo med repti calcium with and without D3, and rep cal herptivite multivitamin. And i only feed her crickets, live of corse. I keep my crickets in a 5gal bucket, sand substrate with “cricket drink” and i feed them carrots. Gizmo likes carrot gut fed the best. And i did remove the calcium dish, even tho iv had her for 3 months and she never touched it anyway except walking through it ����*♂️ But she has grown very well over the 3 months, getting bigger (not fat) and tail slowly getting fatter. I keep her in a 36Lx18Wx12H terrarium, 1 hot hide, 1 large medium temp hide and 2 cold hides. And a medium moist hide

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyMan595 View Post
    Ok ! Thanks, i use zoo med repti calcium with and without D3, and rep cal herptivite multivitamin. And i only feed her crickets, live of corse. I keep my crickets in a 5gal bucket, sand substrate with “cricket drink” and i feed them carrots. Gizmo likes carrot gut fed the best. And i did remove the calcium dish, even tho iv had her for 3 months and she never touched it anyway except walking through it ����*♂️ But she has grown very well over the 3 months, getting bigger (not fat) and tail slowly getting fatter. I keep her in a 36Lx18Wx12H terrarium, 1 hot hide, 1 large medium temp hide and 2 cold hides. And a medium moist hide
    You're welcome. A 36 x 18 x 12 inch home is awesome!

    It sounds like primarily Zoo Med's supplements are supplying the calcium Gizmo requires. I'd switch out Rep Cal's Herptivite for Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins withOUT D3. Reptivite contains preformed vitamin A acetate (retinol); Herptivite only contains proformed vitamin A (beta carotene). A wee bit of retinol on a weekly basis is necessary. The rest of vitamin A can be provided via beta carotene.

    Since Gizmo is eating about 3x per week, keep the supplement schedule as written: Monday, Wednesday, & Fridays.

    Weekly Schedule 124 for Leopard Geckos 0-12 months old
    (withOUT UVB)
    Early stage metabolic bone disease (MBD) problems include uneven (lopsided) gait, bowed limbs, belly dragging, and an underbite.
    • Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3
    • Mealworms >> Tuesday
    • Crickets or dubia >> Wednesday - lightly dusted with pure precipitated calcium carbonate withOUT D3 (Zoo Med's Repti Calcium or NOW human brand calcium)
    • Crickets or dubia >> Thursday
    • Crickets or dubia >> Friday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins withOUT D3
    • Mealworms or Black Soldier Fly Larvae (Phoenix worms) >> Saturday
    • No food or free choice >> Sunday
    I don't know whether crickets might eat sand. I recommend keeping crickets with no substrate. I leave crickets' dry diet out in med or large container lids. Keep the dry diet dry! I keep crickets in 56 quart Sterilite bins with 5 half egg flats vertically placed back-to-back, front-to-front, etc. Egg flats give crickets space. I place a double layer of paper towels on top of the egg flats. Moisten the paper towels under the faucet daily. Squeeze out excess moisture.

    Carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene! Crickets need a good dry diet beyond carrots. I suggest Professional Reptile's dry diet. I feed my crickets finely ground Zoo Med's ADULT Bearded Dragon Food.

    Dry Insect Diet: A 24/7 dry insect diet should contain (~16% protein, less than 5% fat, moderate fiber) + vitamin D3, vitamin A acetate (retinol) or vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin B12!

    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 01-20-2020 at 03:51 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    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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    Oh and jw can i feed my crickets dry cat/dog food?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyMan595 View Post
    Oh and jw can i feed my crickets dry cat/dog food?
    Nope, not all!

    Dry cat or dog food contains way too much protein for your crickets as well as certain other ingredients. IF crickets eat cat or dog food, they become nutritionally dangerous for your leo. Excessive protein leads to gout.

    From link 148 above:
    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."
    Try arranging several 1/4-size egg flats perpendicularly within your 5 gallon bucket to give crickets space to thrive. Then top off the egg flats with moistened paper towels to provide water for the crickets.
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    "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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    Ok i was just curious! And i have several peaces of egg carton in my cricket bucket, plenty to hide and climb and i give the crickets “bug gell/cricket drink” for water

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyMan595 View Post
    Ok i was just curious! And i have several peaces of egg carton in my cricket bucket, plenty to hide and climb and i give the crickets “bug gell/cricket drink” for water
    Many geckophiles, me included, don't recommend water crystals for insects or worms. If those crystals dry out and are eaten, there's a chance they might cause a blockage.
    "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 dampen a piece of folded (bamboo) paper towel and put that on top of the egg cartons. It can be reused.
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