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Posted by mikecoscia on May 11, 2003 at 09:03:54:
In Reply to: Crested Q's...... posted by en on May 10, 2003 at 22:22:36:
:Here's my advice, Mike...feel free to chime in if you feel it's needed
:1. The only spare tank i have right now is a 20 gallon high. Im going to have paper towel as substrate, and im going to feed the fruits and crix out of a bowl...anyway, is this tank too big? Will it stress the baby? Or is it "the bigger, the better"?
: A 20 gallon is way too big for a hatchling crested and is probably a suitable enclosure for an adult. If you donít have any smaller glass tanks, donít be afraid to use those little sweater boxes or ďsteriliteĒ containers that you can buy at Target or Walmart. Thatís what I use for my younger animals, and not only is it sensible, but itís economical and a better, more secure habitat for a young gecko.
:2. What percentage and schedule of foods should i feed it? ex. 50% (fruits,babyfood)/50% (crickets)? 25%/75%? 75%/25%?
: 25% to 75% sounds fine. If you want to a full cricket diet would be fine, but I assume that most people would rather use the fruit too. Itís heavily debated but as long as their getting the required protein to grow theyíre ok. And bowl feeding is definitely the way to go.
:3. I've heard not to feed it citrus fruits...is this true? If so, can anyone please write out a list of acceptable fruits i can feed it? (Or what type of babyfood)
: Not many people actually know why not to feed citrus fruits, but I assume that they donít show interest in them as well as possible ill-side effects. Itís easier to just avoid them all together. Finally, for babyfoods, I usually donít use babyfood because of the exorbitant amounts of sugarÖbut itís really your choice. If you donít want to give babyfood just buy a couple mangos and bananas and let them get squishy. Then throw them in the blender and freeze them into ice cube traysÖ and thaw out a cube when need be. Or just go with the babyfood and try different flavors. I usually use papaya, banana apple, Hawaiian delight, use your imagination. Youíll come up with something.