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    Default Alternative calcium source???

    Has anyone heard of, or tried, using crushed TUMS tablets OR crushed egg shells (a powder form)?

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    Tums are just calcium carbonate so it's a good source for calcium. Egg shells are good too, but a pain in the butt and a possible source of bacteria. The geckos also need a source of vitamin d3 in order to metabolize the calcium.

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    I thought too much D3 is bad though? From what I understand, you can give them extra calcium and they'll be fine, but too much D3 is unhealthy, perhaps even deadly depending on the amount ... ? anyone know anything about this stuff?

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    Any vitamin that is fat soluble (measured in iu's) can be overdosed. However they do need some d3 in order to utilize the calcium in there diet.

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    D3 is what our bodies produce/gain from sunlight. It, like Matt said, is necessary to be able to use the calcium.

    I would just use the crested gecko diet a couple times a week or get phosporus free calcium dust and follow directions. There's also a D3 solution you can add to their water, available at pet retail stores.

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    yes, well most reptile calcium supplements have D3 in them also. I'm not questioning that they need D3... I just heard that calcium can't be oversupplemented, and D3 can... is what I was basically trying to say ...

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    Yup IV your right about that!

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    Hey I just bought a canister of Coral Calcium tabs (1000mg capsules)
    On the back it reads:

    Serving Size 2 capsules
    Calcium (element) 340mg per serving from 1000mg of coral calcium carbonate.
    Ingredients: Gelatin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Sterate, Stearic Acid and Croscarmellose Sodium.

    Is this a viable source of calcium safe for herps?

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    It sounds like the other ingredients are probably just in the capsule part of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Parks
    It sounds like the other ingredients are probably just in the capsule part of it.
    I thought so too....just wanted to pass it by others and see what they thought.

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