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    Hi, I'm new here and I recently bought a fantasy pacman frog. She (I think it's a she) has been doing well so far, I've had her for about a week, she's eating well, but I have a few questions about vitamin D3 and calcium.

    I bought Zoo Med's Pacman Frog Food, hoping I could use it as a substitute for dusting crickets, as well as being a backup food source just in case. However, she refuses to eat it, and only eats crickets. I've even tried to wrap the cricket in the stuff, hoping she would eat the whole thing but she ended up just pulling the cricket out and leaving the formula.

    So I decided to buy Fluker's Cricket Diet in order to gut load the crickets, and the ingredients say it contains Vit D3 as well as calcium. So my question is, is that enough for my frog, or would I still need to dust them? I've been trying to research, but couldn't find much info. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

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    Default Re: Any way to avoid dusting crickets?

    Any reason why you don't want to dust the crickets? The problem with depending on the cricket diet is that there's no way to know whether the crickets have excreted the calcium before being eaten or not. It's not hard to dust. Just get a 32 ounce (tall) deli cup, put some calcium in the cup, add crickets and shake.

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    Well I guess it's because I started off hoping the Zoo Med food would work out and when that failed, I was kind of stuck in that mentality. I guess if that's the only way, I'll have to do it though. Thanks for the response.

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    Default Re: Any way to avoid dusting crickets?

    Hi, as mentioned above even when gut loading your crickets with calcium its still highly recommended to dust to make sure hes getting all his vitamins. And he also needs a multivitamin, not sure if you knew that. And they have to be given on separate days, Repashy calcium plus is very good brand and actually has all 3 vitamins in one.

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    Default Re: Any way to avoid dusting crickets?

    You have to dust even if you have gut loaded the crickets. You even need do dust upto every feed with young frogs as they need a lot of calcium, which in the wild they would receive from eating a wide variety of prey, probably more like other frogs or small reptiles, mammals or fish, rather than crickets. I use Repashy's Calcium Plus which has been designed to use at every single feed as it has a more balanced vitamin content.

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    Default Re: Any way to avoid dusting crickets?

    Forget crickets and use night crawlers your pacman will thank you

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    Ah right, I forgot. See, this is why that Zoo Med formula would have been good, too bad I wasted money on that now. Oh well, I guess it can't be helped :/

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    Default Re: Any way to avoid dusting crickets?

    You could use the pacman food it will contain everything apparently but for me I would always feed live food and in that case it should be supplemented or you could use both the pacman food and then some crickets every other feed or so

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    Default Re: Any way to avoid dusting crickets?

    I also prefer to give live food because this is whats natural to them in the wild, and the variety of feeders you can give them I believe would be healthier for them. And my guys if its not moveing in a natural way they wont take it. But all in all as Jason said you can use the pacman food, I know of others that use it.

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    Default Re: Any way to avoid dusting crickets?

    Yeah, I did buy the Pacman Frog food to make life easier, but like I said, she doesn't eat it. So I'm going to have to stick with the old fashioned way.

    Thanks for the replies everybody!

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