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    hi stupid question but can i feed my gecko dubia as a staple diet
    and how many should i feed him?

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    It would be helpful to know what kind of gecko you own.

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    Leopard gecko

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee128 View Post
    hi stupid question but can i feed my gecko dubia as a staple diet
    and how many should i feed him?
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    Leopard gecko
    How old is your leo? Please share a picture of him on this thread?

    Some people say that crickets, if any feeder, should be the mainstay, because they have a better balance of nutrients. Dubia are reported to be higher in protein. Dubia are alright to add variety.

    Dietary variety is one key to raising a healthy leo. For both young leos and adults, lightly dust crickets, roaches, grasshoppers, silkworms, hornworms, butterworms, mealworm pupae, freshly molted mealworms, and locusts (smallest locusts possible) with phosphorus-free calcium with D3 (and multivitamins) 2 times per week. Keep a very shallow bottlecap of 100% pure calcium in the tank 24/7.

    Don't depend upon formal gutloading right prior to feeding or dusting to totally make the feeder healthy and supply your leo what he needs. Feed the feeder nutritious foods beyond veggies and fruits.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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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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    angel 7 months and 2/- week high-yellow IMG-20130221-00072.jpg
    he hates meal-worms so far eats only shake and bake (Not sure that the right name) the cricket and silkworm when in season, tried roaches loves them don't known if its worth starting a small colony for him as the cost more then the cricket cost for a month
    calcium in a dish 24/7 vitamins 2 a week

    feeder feed with cricket with veg and fruit, i don't buy from the store gut-load as it has dog and cat food and fish flakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee128 View Post
    angel 7 months and 2/- week high-yellow IMG-20130221-00072.jpg
    he hates meal-worms so far eats only shake and bake (Not sure that the right name) the cricket and silkworm when in season, tried roaches loves them don't known if its worth starting a small colony for him as the cost more then the cricket cost for a month
    calcium in a dish 24/7 vitamins 2 a week

    feeder feed with cricket with veg and fruit, i don't buy from the store gut-load as it has dog and cat food and fish flakes.
    Crickets and silkworms are excellent! You might give hornworms a try! Excellent too and leos love them.

    Dubia are very easy. I have more info if you wish.

    Explain further:
    feeder feed with cricket with veg and fruit, i don't buy from the store gut-load as it has dog and cat food and fish flakes.

    What type calcium are you keeping in a very small bottlecap? Brand names of other supplements and vitamins?
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-06-2013 at 06:07 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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    never see horn-worms anywhere will ask the pet-shop owner if he can order them

    please more info the with dubia the better, before i order the female dubia

    super Calcium everything for gecko need and reptile vitamins (logo says only that)

    fruit: apples mango and papaya
    veg; mustard greens, kale collard greens, watercress, alfalfa
    and what ever i can find lying around

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee128 View Post
    never see horn-worms anywhere will ask the pet-shop owner if he can order them

    please more info the with dubia the better, before i order the female dubia

    super Calcium everything for gecko need and reptile vitamins (logo says only that)

    fruit: apples mango and papaya
    veg; mustard greens, kale collard greens, watercress, alfalfa
    and what ever i can find lying around
    You can often find hornworms at reptile shows and online. I have an order coming later today from Great Lakes Hornworms.

    Please look on the labels:
    What is in your Super Calcium?
    How do you use it?
    Who is the nanufacturer of the mulltivitamins?

    None of the fruits or veggies you mention are good for protein at all. Some variation of the feeder diet I recommend should be fed to the crickets.

    Have you read the caresheet in my signature? It is there for your reading. It contains most everything you'll need to know about keeping leos.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-06-2013 at 06:13 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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    ROACH CARE

    I breed Blaptica dubia in a ten gallon tank with 5 vertically positioned egg flats trimmed to be just a bit shorter than the height of the tank. Albers All Purpose Poultry Feed (ground), dry oatmeal, and alfalfa hay can be kept in shallow lids to one side of the egg flats. Collard greens and carrots can be added occasionally. For moisture I dampen a clean medium-size sponge and occasionally spray the flats. In a room which ranges from 67 F/19.5 C upwards, I keep a 40 watt bulb in a 10 inch diameter reflector dome directly over the screened tank and on 24/7.
    "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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    CRICKET CARE

    Acheta domestica, the softer brown cricket, is highly recommended over Gryllus assimilis, the Jamaican field cricket (Attack of the Feeder Crickets | Gecko Time). For crickets I place All Purpose Poultry Feed, dry oatmeal, and alfalfa hay on the bottom of an extra large Kritter Keeper or a plastic 56 quart Sterilite container. Then add the crickets, two layers of egg flats, and top with a paper towel. Keep these crickets at room temperature. Either spray the paper towel about every other day for moisture or soak the paper towels in water and squeeze them out before placing them on top of the egg cartons. Collard greens and carrots also provide moisture. Too much moisture in any form will cause your cricket bin to smell from premature cricket death and mold! Using these methods it is easy to keep crickets alive for a month or so post purchase.

    Gryllodes sigillatus, the banded cricket, is now being sold in the USA by Ghann's (Nov 2012).
    "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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