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    Quote Originally Posted by Rml7881 View Post
    Fed 3 small vitamin dusted mealworms last night. They were consumed pretty quickly. Found this in the morning. Attachment 48905
    Nice urates! Ideal poops = 1/3 white urates and 2/3 brown feces.

    What brand supplements are you using? How often do you dust the mealworms?

    What diet are you feeding your mealworms? Aliza uses this already ground dry diet from "Professional Reptiles" for her insect and worm food as well as for her mealworm/superworm bedding.

    Here's a guide for additional foods for your mealworms and crickets.

    "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; 05-11-2020 at 01:26 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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    I have zoomed reptivite vitamins (without D3), zoo med repti calcium both with and without d3. This was my first time dusting the worms (I’ve only had the gecko for 3 days. Don’t have a schedule yet - still reading up on it.

    For my mealworms I’m just feeding them stuff I have in the house. The store didn’t have a lot of options and wanted to do some research before ordering something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rml7881 View Post
    I have zoomed reptivite vitamins (without D3), zoo med repti calcium both with and without d3. This was my first time dusting the worms (I’ve only had the gecko for 3 days. Don’t have a schedule yet - still reading up on it.

    For my mealworms I’m just feeding them stuff I have in the house. The store didn’t have a lot of options and wanted to do some research before ordering something.
    Schedule 124 combines the supplements you have for your young leo. Supplements stick to crickets or dubia better than they do to mealworms.

    Weekly Schedule 124 for Leopard Geckos 0-12 months old
    (withOUT UVB)
    Early stage metabolic bone disease (MBD) symptoms include uneven (lopsided) gait, walking on one or both "elbows", bowed limbs, belly dragging, and an underbite.
    The Reptile Supply Company based in Lodi, California stocks Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins withOUT D3.
    Feed lightly dusted prey 3x per week.

    • Monday > > crickets or dubia lightly dusted with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3
    • Tuesday > > mealworms, superworms, or black soldier fly larvae (Phoenix worms) > > no dusting
    • Wednesday > > crickets or dubia lightly dusted with pure precipitated calcium carbonate withOUT D3 (Zoo Med's Repti Calcium or NOW human brand calcium)
    • Thursday > > mealworms, superworms, or black soldier fly larvae (Phoenix worms) > > no dusting
    • Friday > > crickets or dubia lightly dusted with Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins withOUT D3
    • Saturday > > mealworms, superworms, or black soldier fly larvae (Phoenix worms) > > no dusting
    • Sunday > > no food or free choice > > no dusting
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 05-11-2020 at 04:01 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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    Default Feeder help

    I am new to lizard ownership and just purchased a young Leo. Currently being fed mealworms but am looking into other feeders. I do not plan on having anything but this one lizard.

    I am NOT interested in breeding anything. I am ok just buying what I need. From reading a bunch of posts it looks like roaches are better/easier than crickets (as much as the idea of having roaches in my house still kind of freaks me out!)

    I am confused on food for them. I am seeing posts on regular food, some on gut loading food, some say to only gut load 24 hours before feeding. I just want to make sure I get the right stuff.

    If I buy say 100 roaches, to feed and not breed, what should I put in with them? And then should I have a separate container with different food for the ones on death row? Also want to note that I am not I interested in making anything from scratch and would just prefer to buy a good food / gut load.

    And are roaches the way to go as far as ease of care? I love my lizard but do not want tanks of insects around the house. Looking for good feeders that can be easily kept in a tote or something small - in a closet or somewhere out of the way. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I want to get my leo on some better food ASAP but want to make sure I am doing it right.

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    I feed finely ground Zoo Med's Natural ADULT Bearded Dragon Food to all my dubia and crickets. As long as you feed an excellent diet to the feeders 24/7, formal gut loading 24-48 hours prior to feeding those insects to your leo is not necessary.

    Dry Diet: For the 24/7 dry cricket diet use a good food (~16% protein, less than 5% fat, moderate fiber) that also contains vitamin D3, vitamin A acetate (retinol) or vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin B12!

    Finely grind all these pellets in a Krups coffee/spice grinder or place the pellets in a plastic bag and pound them with a hammer.
    (1) ***Zoo Med's Natural ADULT Bearded Dragon Food***: 888-496-6633
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    (2) Aliza (GU's acpart) uses this already ground dry diet from "Professional Reptiles" for her insect and worm food as well as for her mealworm/superworm bedding.
    "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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    If I buy say 100 roaches, to feed and not breed, what should I put in with them? And then should I have a separate container with different food for the ones on death row? Also want to note that I am not I interested in making anything from scratch and would just prefer to buy a good food / gut load.
    I keep my dubia in a 10 gallon tank. However, IF you don't plan to add a wee bit of heat overhead, you have more options. Sterilite bins come in many sizes. Drill tiny holes in these bins so your dubia have good air flow.

    Scroll down this link for additional setup suggestions for keeping dubia.
    Care & Breeding of Feeders: crickets, Blaptica dubia, hornworms, & silkworms
    "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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    Thank you. That makes more sense!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rml7881 View Post
    Thank you. That makes more sense!
    You're most welcome.
    "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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    Default Temp help!

    I am trying to stabilize the temp but I am getting readings all over the place!

    FYI all of these items are new and the digital thermometer and thermostat were just installed today and I have the probes right next to each other.

    The digital thermometer reads 86.9. The thermostat says 89.7. The infrared radar thing says 94. I even got out my kids forehead thermometer (hoping it would be close to one) and that said 97.

    Right now I am going off the thermostat and have that set to 91 - since it was middle of the road.

    Any suggestions on how to help figure out the actual temp. Or does it really matter that much? I donít want it getting too hot or cold for the little guy.

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    Default Feeding help for baby Leo


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    Want to make sure Iím feeding my little Leo enough.

    I purchased it a few days ago. I measured and weighed today - it is 6g and approx 4.5Ē long. I donít know what they equals in age but right around the 4-5Ē size in when I start seeing different things on how much and how often.

    Iíve been feeding everynight but not sure if I am feeding enough (currently on mealworms only until my roaches come in). How many worms a night? And at what point do I switch to every other day?

    And when my little roaches come in do they equal a worm. Meaning does 1 roach = 1 mealworm. Maybe Iím over thinking it but Iím new to lizard ownership and donít want to over or under feed the little thing.

    This group has been amazing so far with help and getting me going with my first lizard.

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