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Posted by charm_paradise on April 17, 2003 at 19:30:43:
In Reply to: Re: Miner-All still the best? What about Reptisun vs. Powersun? posted by anson on April 17, 2003 at 18:56:15:
Everyone has there own opinion on what supplement is best, and you will get many diffrent answers. I use miner-All for my 6 panther chameleons, and it seems to work for me, and others use other brands with good results. As for the lighting, I disagree with the T-Rex Active UV bulb being the best, and I know alot of people will agree on this. These thing are no good, I bought 3 of them, all 3 burned out with in 2 months of useage. I now use the zoomed powersun and I just ordered the Big Apple Capture the sun bulbs which have the most UVB light out of all the bulbs and are supose to be much better then the T-Rex. They all will project UVB down to 6ft. As for the yellow lips being only on WC chameleons, I have never heard anything of the sort, and it sound like a wise tale to me, it would be interesting to know if that is inded true! Hope this helps!
:I have had better results using rep-cal and herptivite. When I started using Miner-all Two of my chameleons developed neck edema and stopped eating. When I switched back to rep-cal the edema slowly went away. This is strange since Miner-all contains iodine which is supposed to help with edemas. To get the iodine in their system I now just add some chopped cabbage to the crickets food. Cabbage is high in iodine. Gutloading is the best and safest way to get vitamins and nutrients into your chameleon. I am not saying to leave out supplements altogether I am just saying that a nutritious gutload can do wonders for your chameleons health. I gutload with a good commercial gutload and I add flake fishfood (for the iodine and vitamins), bee pollen, powdered milk, and spirulina. I also feed Kale, cabbage, oranges, mustard greens, carrots, honey and scrambled eggs to my crickets. I posted a photo of my chameleon (see This is Salvador) I have had him for almost two years and the inside of his mouth is yellow. I read in Reptiles magazine that Wild Caught chameleons have this trait but lose it after a few months in captivity. Three of my chameleons have this yellow coloring in their mouth. The third one I have only had for two weeks and her mouth is a pale pink. It would be interesting to know if diet has an effect on this coloring or if anyone else has a chameleon that has been in captivity for more than a few months with a yellow coloring inside their mouth.
:As for the bulb I have used both and I like the T-rex active UV bulb best. It has very high UVB and is effective for up to 6 feet away. My chameleons love it and bask in it all the time.