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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac27 View Post
    She doesn’t have MBD. She moves around well and has an upright posture. I feed the crickets fresh veggies at the moment... had to discard the high protein diet for them as it was expired. She’s gone through a lot of changes. She went from a CHE on constantly with a day bulb, to her temps monitored by a thermostat, and now uvb. She went from an 18x12 to a 36x18x12. Her substrate changed from carpet to tile. Too much too quick? She has only eaten 1 cricket in the past week, I’m getting worried, and honestly a little frustrated.
    How come you're frustrated?

    Leos adapt slowly to ANY change in their environment. Don't worry unless she's losing weight. She should settle in semi-quickly and be back to her former self.

    Mature leos like yours eat less often than when they were growing. A huge hornworm is very filling!

    How much protein did your dry diet have? High protein is not particularly desirable. I recommend 16% to no higher than 20% protein in the dry insect diet -- like either of these.




    #6---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; 06-30-2019 at 05:05 AM.
    "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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    Yes I will switch out the uvb bulb to the reptisun 5.0 t8. I knew I should of gotten that one originally. Iíll get the reptivite. She is really spending all of her time in the hot hide... I donít see her stick any part of her body out of it. She does move about at night, she has pooped regularly, just not taking food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac27 View Post
    Yes I will switch out the uvb bulb to the reptisun 5.0 t8. I knew I should of gotten that one originally. I’ll get the reptivite. She is really spending all of her time in the hot hide... I don’t see her stick any part of her body out of it. She does move about at night, she has pooped regularly, just not taking food.
    Thanks so much!

    Here's a visual for the Reptivite.

    Once your ReptiSun 5.0 T8 tube is installed above the warm end, and your leo is sticking out some body part regularly just about every day, you'll be ready to switch to this schedule.

    UVB Weekly Schedule 156 for Leopard Geckos 18 months old +
    (with UVB)

    When your leopard gecko is taking advantage of appropriate UVB rays, Dr. Fran Baines (vet & lighting guru) strongly recommends a backup dose of powdered D3 @ 1 feeding per month! Just substitute D3 calcium for plain calcium dusting that week only.


    • Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins without D3
    • Crickets or dubia >> Thursday - lightly dusted with pure precipitated calcium carbonate without D3 (Zoo Med's Repti Calcium or NOW human brand calcium)
    • Mealworms >> Saturday - no dusting
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 06-30-2019 at 03:36 PM.
    "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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