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    My gecko is about 1.5 years old now. I've been giving her supplements according to her feeding schedule as she has grown. Now, she is eating 2 days per week (because she is a bit overweight). I have been using calcium without D3 for one feeding and reptivite with D3 the second feeding. I decided after hearing good things to switch to repashy calcium plus and replace the reptivite with it.

    The other day I added UVB to the mix and I'm wondering if/how I should change her supplement schedule. The fixture is the shadedweller by Arcadia and it is 12 inches above her and in top of the screen lid. She still spends a decent amount of time in her hides so she isn't yet getting the full benefits so I wasn't sure if I should adjust her supplements. I'll add a photo of the set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miyukiwynter View Post
    My gecko is about 1.5 years old now. I've been giving her supplements according to her feeding schedule as she has grown. Now, she is eating 2 days per week (because she is a bit overweight). I have been using calcium without D3 for one feeding and reptivite with D3 the second feeding. I decided after hearing good things to switch to repashy calcium plus and replace the reptivite with it.

    The other day I added UVB to the mix and I'm wondering if/how I should change her supplement schedule. The fixture is the shadedweller by Arcadia and it is 12 inches above her and in top of the screen lid. She still spends a decent amount of time in her hides so she isn't yet getting the full benefits so I wasn't sure if I should adjust her supplements. I'll add a photo of the set up.

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    That's great news! Please share a photo of your leo. How long is she?

    Does your leo spend some time each day basking in ShadeDweller's UVB? That could be sticking out a tail, a foot, or some other body part. Is that time increasing?

    Have you any plan to upgrade her enclosure to a 36 x 18 x 12 inch Exo Terra?

    Even when your leo is "taking advantage" of Arcadia's ShadeDweller lighting, Dr. Fran Baines still recommends a backup dose of a good calcium with D3 supplement @ 1 feeding per month. That's in addition to a multivitamin without D3. I recommend Zoo Med's Reptivite withOUT D3 as well as a plain calcium carbonate at the 2nd feeding per week.

    You may wish to confirm this recommendation by joining Facebook's Reptile Lighting group. Dr. Fran Baines is one of the lighting gurus there. She's also a vet. (DR. FRANCES M. BAINES, MA, VETMB, MRCVS)

    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 (lighting guru) strongly recommends a backup dose of powdered D3 @ 1 feeding per month! Just substitute 1 D3 calcium dusting for 1 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


    Dr. Fran Baines (lighting guru) strongly recommends a backup dose of powdered D3 @ 1 feeding per month! Just substitute 1 D3 calcium dusting for 1 plain calcium dusting that week only.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    That's great news! Please share a photo of your leo. How long is she?

    Does your leo spend some time each day basking in ShadeDweller's UVB? That could be sticking out a tail, a foot, or some other body part. Is that time increasing?

    Have you any plan to upgrade her enclosure to a 36 x 18 x 12 inch Exo Terra?

    Even when your leo is "taking advantage" of Arcadia's ShadeDweller lighting, Dr. Fran Baines still recommends a backup dose of a good calcium with D3 supplement @ 1 feeding per month. That's in addition to a multivitamin without D3. I recommend Zoo Med's Reptivite withOUT D3 as well as a plain calcium carbonate at the 2nd feeding per week.

    You may wish to confirm this recommendation by joining Facebook's Reptile Lighting group. Dr. Fran Baines is one of the lighting gurus there. She's also a vet. (DR. FRANCES M. BAINES, MA, VETMB, MRCVS)
    Thank you for this info! I don't know how long she is exactly but she does seem larger than the normal female. Because of this I would like to upgrade her one day but I have a few other upgrades to do first. So far it has only been 2 days so she still isn't sure what to make of the new light but I have a camera I'm going to set out to see if she comes out more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miyukiwynter View Post
    Thank you for this info! I don't know how long she is exactly but she does seem larger than the normal female. Because of this I would like to upgrade her one day but I have a few other upgrades to do first. So far it has only been 2 days so she still isn't sure what to make of the new light but I have a camera I'm going to set out to see if she comes out more.

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    You're welcome!

    She's kinda hefty, BUT her tail looks good. I wonder whether she has some giant genes.

    Please keep us posted on how she adapts to ShadeDweller lighting.
    "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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