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Posted by GECKOS UNLIMITED on March 24, 2003 at 21:32:09:
In Reply to: Re: Cresty favors bugs over baby food....... posted by Allen Repashy on March 24, 2003 at 20:28:40:
You know I respect your opinion, and I really didn't want this to turn into a "debate." Yes, I dust the feeder insects with various supplements and give calcium glubionate to producing females. I can't verify your percentages, but I am aware that the feeder insects contain a relatively small portion of gut-load. When a gecko eats 5-7 crickets every other day, the percentage increases. By incorporating high quality supplements and gut-loaded crickets into the diet of my geckos, I am satisfied that the breeders are healthy and progeny are thriving. If one only feeds gut-loaded crickets to his gecko collection, without dusting or additional supplementation, the health of the geckos may suffer. I should have been more clear in my earlier post, and I wholeheartedly agree that dusting is paramount to the health of geckos.
You mention that a cricket's gut is "1/2 to 3/4 of an inch long." Isn't that significant when compared to the size of a gecko's gut (multiply that by the amount of crickets consumed).
Quite frankly, I prefer fresh foodstuff over anything processed and packaged. I am not referring to your product that you mention in this forum since I have not used it.
Finally, I was joking when I mentioned that you should finance the research. I know that you have done extensive research at the "Ranch", and I'm sure that the products that you support are high quality. I have found a regimen that works great for me, but others might not have the same results as I do. There are so many variables, as you mentioned, and I will continue to do my best to share my research and results with other geckophiles.