The breeding season is still a couple of months away, but I am wanting to start gathering up some supplies. First off, I will get more tanks so that no breeding females have to share space or resources (last season, I had my three laying girls in a large Exo-Terra with eco earth). This means that I will have to get (or make) more layboxes.
What is your guys' preferred laying medium? I've been using Eco Earth just because I always have, I suppose. I never had any problem with it. It's true that it can tend to dye your eggs, but I usually dig them out before that happens. I would still consider a different medium, though.
I also want to buy one SIM incubator to try out, and possibly a bigger incubator to stick that in that I can use to control temperature/humidity.
My last season (which was really my first) was really terrible. 2 of my 3 girls were first timers, and the other one had only laid 3 clutches the season before-- which was her only time with me. I am doing 3 or 4 girls again this season, but the latter one I mentioned is going to be retired and just kept as a pet because I decided that I don't know enough about her history. Anyway, every single egg I got last season was undercalcified, which is a mystery to me. They were all fed CGD every other night, which was once in a while supplemented with calcium. My only guess was that it was due to their inexperience... except for the 2nd time breeder female, who laid me perfect eggs the season before. It was also very hot in my apartment, which I will try to better control this season. I still have 6 eggs incubating from last season (3 of which are getting quite old... like 115 days average), but so far all of my geckos have died in the egg late term.
How should I attempt to control the undercalcification? I tried not to supplement the CGD with calcium more than once or twice a week because I wasn't sure if it would throw off the balance of nutrients in the food. How often should I supplement my breeding females' CGD? And how often should I feed them dusted bugs, and should I ever dust them with D3, or not, since CGD is supposed to have all of the D3 they need? Finally, do you think I should order some phoenix worms? For those of you who get perfectly calcified eggs, what kind of diet/supplement do you have your females on?
Last but not least, I have never had an experience with entamoeba or even had one of my geckos get injured, sick or die, but do recommend E-fixing them all before the season starts, just as a precaution?