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    So I got my little Pierogi(few weeks old I think) Leopard gecko a few days ago and I donít use UVB at all, I have 3 hides, a cool one on the opposite side of heating pad , moist in the middle and a hide over the heating pad. I am using Reptivite with D3 and have been sprinkling crickets and meal worms every day with it.
    I just read that it may be to much so I just ordered zoo Med Repti Calcium without D3 to do 5 days with the Zoo Med and 2 days with Reptivite.

    Pierogi eats kinda a lot, and actually shed today. So I feed him about 4-5 crickets and about 4-5 meal worms.(Iím pretty sure he could eat more, but I read that could possibly be bad)

    So, do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you for taking your time to help me and little Pierogi. A0D59D41-823A-4E51-93CD-6CEBB6C4282B.jpg56D42A5B-8F76-4FB0-A43C-0D14FD50FD16.jpg69C1E5A8-EA0C-4D32-A4F3-1462227448CC.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlisynGecko123 View Post
    So I got my little Pierogi(few weeks old I think) Leopard gecko a few days ago and I donít use UVB at all, I have 3 hides, a cool one on the opposite side of heating pad , moist in the middle and a hide over the heating pad. I am using Reptivite with D3 and have been sprinkling crickets and meal worms every day with it.
    I just read that it may be to much so I just ordered zoo Med Repti Calcium without D3 to do 5 days with the Zoo Med and 2 days with Reptivite.

    Pierogi eats kinda a lot, and actually shed today. So I feed him about 4-5 crickets and about 4-5 meal worms.(Iím pretty sure he could eat more, but I read that could possibly be bad)

    So, do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you for taking your time to help me and little Pierogi. A0D59D41-823A-4E51-93CD-6CEBB6C4282B.jpg56D42A5B-8F76-4FB0-A43C-0D14FD50FD16.jpg69C1E5A8-EA0C-4D32-A4F3-1462227448CC.jpg
    Welcome aboard to you and Pierogi! What a cute name! Good job feeding Pierogi a varied diet right from the gec-ko!

    Excessive calcium coats the digestive tract and prevents absorption of essential vitamins and minerals. Zoo Med supplements are great when it comes to added calcium carbonate! There's no need to dust the prey more often than Schedule 124 indicates.

    I, too, use and prefer Zoo Med's supplements for all my geckos including my leo. Here's a better schedule than the one you've shared.

    Weekly Schedule 124 for Leopard Geckos 0-12 months old
    (without UVB)
    Adapted for leo Pierogi

    • Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins 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 pure precipitated calcium carbonate withOUT D3 (Zoo Med's Repti Calcium or NOW human brand calcium) ]
    • Mealworms >> Saturday
    • No food or free choice >> Sunday
    What size is your enclosure? What grid mesh does it have (screen door grid or larger grid)? If you have a 20 long (30 x 12 x 12 inches tall) you might begin using UVB soon.

    Have you a thermostat?
    "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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    Thanks for the reply! I have 10 gal for now. Mesh top, thermometer with prongs and paper towel for bottom for now as well since he is still so young. So I should only dust with Reptivite once per week and the Repti Cal twice per week? And the rest of the days, dont dust?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlisynGecko123 View Post
    Thanks for the reply! I have 10 gal for now. Mesh top, thermometer with prongs and paper towel for bottom for now as well since he is still so young. So I should only dust with Reptivite once per week and the Repti Cal twice per week? And the rest of the days, dont dust?
    You're welcome.

    That's correct. Only dust prey 3 days per week as you've mentioned. Vitamin D3 is fat soluble. It sticks around in a leo's body. That one dose helps metabolize calcium all week long.

    Are you meeting these ground temperatures?

    Temperatures - A temperature gradient from warm to cool maintains your leo's health. Here's a temperature guide for all leopard geckos as measured with the probe of a digital thermometer or a temp gun (and controlled by a thermostat set at 91*F/32.8*C):
    • Warm end ground temperature: 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) inside a leo's warm dry hide and his moist hide too!
    • Cool end ground temperature: 70ish-75 F (21.1-23.9 C) Usually the cool end ground temperature matches the room temperature where the enclosure sits.
    • no greater than 82ish F (27.8ish C) air temperature - 4 inches (10 cm) above ground on the warm end
    • no greater than 75 F (23.9 C) air temperature - 4 inches (10 cm) above ground on the cool end

    Leave the heat mat/UTH on 24/7. If you wish, during the night turn off overhead lighting/heating (~12 hours on and ~12 hours off) unless ambient room temperatures drop lower than 67ish*F (19.4*C).
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 08-27-2019 at 12:12 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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