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Is this safe to feed this to my crickets?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by spodermin, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. spodermin

    spodermin Arachnosquire Active Member

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    I didn't buy this stuff but I've now been given a second free bottle of this stuff (threw the first one out)

    Can I use it to feed the crickets I give to my T's? Just to not be wasteful? I usually feed them organic carrots and spinach/kale. I don't like the look of this stuff but I dont want to throw out a whole second bottle
     

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  2. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    Is it safe to feed your crickets? Yes, of course. That's what it's made for. But it is a water source and calcium supplement only, not a food source, so they will still need additional food - veggies, dog or cat kibble, or whatever else you feed them.
     
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  3. Justin H

    Justin H Arachnosquire Active Member

    I'm on my third generation of crickets... started around January. I'm not an expert, but here's what works for me:

    As a general rule, I don't feed my crickets anything made to supplement reptile nutrition, nor do I feed them any sort of cubes, cricket chow, or any similar processed product. I also don't offer water... it leads to overall smaller crickets, and pinheads run the risk of drowning. Just rotate vegetables every few days (they like greens the most: spinach, lettuce, cabbage), keep a supply of dog food available (they eat each other without it), and once a month or so throw some fruit in there (they like oranges the most).
     
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  4. MasterOogway

    MasterOogway Arachnosquire

    I'm going to push back on this; I don't think the paper says that. In fact I think it says the exact opposite. I only skimmed it, but the few charts I looked seem to definitively say that having water available 24 hours a day drastically increases both dry mass and body length. I may have misread the paper, but that's what I got out of it in the quick peek I gave. At any rate, I do agree with the rest of your comment; I don't provide water dishes for crickets either, instead relying on leafy greens and produce to provide the needed moisture.
     
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  5. Rayze

    Rayze Arachnopeon

    I keep crickets, dubias, and hornworms for my chameleon as well as my T. I have found that when you have pinheads or tiny insects of any sort, a wet cotton ball works great to avoid drowning. I change them out once a day.

    I have to keep my feeders on a special diet of medium protein and organic ingredients because of the chameleon, but I find a special feeder diet is unnecessary for T's.
     
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  6. spodermin

    spodermin Arachnosquire Active Member

    Thanks for the replies guys. I'm just gonna throw the stuff out. No bother losing sleep over it, I wouldn't normally purchase a product like this anyways
     
  7. Justin H

    Justin H Arachnosquire Active Member

    wooops, you're right. I either misread it or posted the wrong source... I'll check after work.
     
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  8. CyclingSam

    CyclingSam Arachnoknight

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    My crickets eat a lot of cheerios and carrots. Nobody ever wants to finish off the cheerio box, so I steel what's left for the crickets.
     
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  9. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    A good use for stale Cheerios, never thought of that!
     
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  10. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    I use similar product for water- but only for convenience.