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Supplementation dilemma


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Posted by ALanolis on May 10, 2003 at 13:51:01:

In Reply to: Cheaper Criket feed posted by danielsan on May 07, 2003 at 02:04:08:

The only problem with feeding crickets a chow, is that you must make sure it does not contain too many vitamins and minerals. Why? Because if you want to make each cricket have so much vits/minerals within that they eliminate the need for dusting, than each cricket would logically be a walking vitamin pill. That is too many supplements. So this form of gutload oriented supplementation should only be utilized at intervals, depending on what you're feeding the crickets to (example: crickets for Anoles need only be gutloaded once or twice a week 24 hours prior to feeding). And you can't be 100% sure that the crickets eat the food during those 24 hours. Your best bet is to do 1 of 3 things:

1. Devise a supplement free diet that is rich in nutrients, plant protein, and moisture -- feed this to your crickets and then dust at intervals.
2. Feed them a diet that is not overkill with supplements, but just enough to fix the poor ratios in their bio makeup (Ca:Ph and Fat:Protein - which is poor in most all feeders by default) in this case you need not supplement period
3. Or you can combo. Feed the crickets a healthy supplement free diet most of the time, and intensely gutload 24 hours prior to feeding on the days you would otherwise dust

~ALanolis




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