Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby fcooper » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:54 pm

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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby AHBD » Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:09 pm

You're welcome ! I just passed on the info , the one who gets all credit is Allen Repashy for the article. :)
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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby Mikeed » Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:29 am

Perhaps these is a silly question, but what volume constitutes a dusting?

When I originally picked up our beardie Spyro I was told by the pet shop pinch of Caci dust or Vits into the crickets tub (tub 50 - 100 Crickets) give it a shake and feed. but in that tub is also the bug grub, it does not seem a very efficient way of dusting, would there even be enough on the crickets from just a pinch?!

Iwould love to know how others apply there "dustings"
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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby AHBD » Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:39 am

I know that's a good question. :) With the calcium there is no real definite answer but just do so lightly and more often as babies [ every bug meal ] than for sub adults + adults. It's a bit of a guesstimate with every dragon, esp. since some dragons eat more insects than others and then there's calcium WITh D3 and without. I alternate those with my babies [ when I had babies ] and as they got near adulthood I only dusted every 3-4 times a week. As adults, 2-3 times a week. This seems to work for me.
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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby Mikeed » Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:51 am

Perfect, I will continue as I am sounds like i have a similar approach, thank you :D
Dragon: Spyro (sub adult)
Set up: 59 US Gallon Tank (Large 4ft in UK) Wooden viv, Arcadia Fluro Light Controler, Arcadia 12% UVB D3 Rep light (25W / 30" T5) Bulb (UVB lights at 6:30am > 7:00pm), MICROclimate Pulse B2 HT Digital Thermostat, ProRep Ceramic Bulb 100W.
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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby AHBD » Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:34 am

You're welcome. :)
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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby PathfinderMom91 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:23 pm

Hello! Great article!!!

Just a question. If I have the powersun uv mercury vapor heat bulb, should I be dusting with a calcium powder that has D3? I’ve been dusting with this every feeding. I don’t want to poison him.
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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby Claudiusx » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:35 pm

What distance is your powersun to the basking site? Probably still best to use calc + d3 IMO.

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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby AHBD » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:49 pm

Distance of the bulb is important as Claudius mentioned. I would still only lightly use the cal. w/D3 1-2 X a week and the plain calcium 2 X a week.
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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby PathfinderMom91 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:11 pm

The basking bulb is about 21 inches from his basking rock. I also have a reptisun 10.0 uvb tube light in that area too.
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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby AHBD » Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:27 pm

That's pretty far away, is it a 100 or 160 watts ? The 100 can be as close as 13", the 160 about 16" away. Is the Reptisun tube a t8 or t5 ? Can you mount it at least 12-13" away ?
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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby PathfinderMom91 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:07 pm

It’s the 160 watts. It gets pretty hot in his basking spot, sometimes up to 109. I’m getting a new fixture and my husband is going to have to mount the uvb tube closer. It’s an aquarium tank with glass all around so it’s difficult to put the tube light closer. I currently have it sitting on the rim of the tank.

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Re: Expert view on vitamin dosing/overdosing

Postby AHBD » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:18 pm

Oh, O.K. So you'll be getting a new set up in the future ? The way you have it now should be fine until then. How big is your dragon BTW ?
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