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    Default Best CGD flavors/brands? Comparison of Pangea, Clark’s, Repashy, BPZ, BFGS, etc

    Hi all! I’m pretty new to owning geckos but for the past 6mo or so I’m the proud owner of 3 cresties and 2 mourning geckos. Two of my cresties are picky eaters and they’ve recently gone off their food/lost weight. I’m wondering if they’ve gotten bored with their Pangea and Repashy and want to encourage diversity in their diet. I’ve done a search online of diff CGD brands, but a lot of the reviews are old (3-5yrs ago) and some formulations have changed (ie Repashy, ZooMed).

    I’d love to hear your experiences with diff CGD brands, namely Clark’s, Big Fat Gecko Smoothie, and BPZ.

    I feed a variety of insects, but the two adults won’t eat them most of the time. None of my 3 cresties have been interested in fresh, mashed up fruit (cherries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, mango, pears, honeydew melons, to name a few). I think one actively dislikes honey. If I add bee pollen to the CGD, they usually eat more.

    The two adults have sort of gone off their food. I’ve tried changing the consistency, adding bee pollen and/or honey. I’ve tried mixing CGD flavors. The temps are warmer now that it’s summer, and humidity is always raised at night. One is a female. She used to eat like a champ, but after laying her 3rd clutch of eggs she’s barely eating. I supplemented calcium in her CGD when she was gravid and left powdered, phosphorus/vit D-free calcium in her tank. It’s been a couple weeks since she laid and I’m worried. Previously, she had laid a clutch and ate fine, but this time she seems more stressed. I’ve tried checking her calcium sacs, but she won’t open her mouth and I don’t want to stress her. She’s over 6 yrs old. Is she a factor?

    FYI- I didn’t breed her. Apparently her previous owner had bred her before but thought that she was done laying eggs. She’s now laid 3 clutches since I got her in March. March clutch was infertile; not sure about these other two.

    The male has been losing weight. He used to go to town on the apricot CGD, now he barely touches it. My subadult now weighs more than him!


    CGD I’ve tried:

    Pangea:
    -Fruit Mix Complete (red):
    all love, but recently 2 have been turning up their nose
    -Apricot (Orange):
    all love, but recently 2 have been turning up their nose
    -Watermelon (green): 1 loves
    -Papaya (yellow): 1 loves
    -Breeding (grey): meh
    -Fig w Insects: meh

    Repashy:
    -Mango w Insects: meh
    -Purple (no insects): meh

    ZooMed
    -Watermelon: hate
    I just opened the Zoomed Watermelon (which is supposedly similar to Repashy CGD now) but none of them like it- even with honey and bee pollen mixed in!!! I’ve even tried mixing it with Pangea CGD flavors and they’ll barely eat it.

    I’ve read good stuff about BPZ (green), Big Fat Gecko Smoothie, Clark’s, Repashy Banana Cream Pie, Repashy Grubs n Fruit.

    I’m thinking of getting Pangea Fruit Treat (blue), Repashy Cream Pie, Clark’s (mb guava?), BPZ green, and BFGS (strawberry?).

    I know every gecko’s taste preferences differ, so a lot of the reviews are mixed. However, most agree that Pangea’s Fruit Mix Complete is a fave, as is Repashy’s Banana Cream Pie (and mb even Clark’s?). Reviews are mixed as well for BPZ and BFGS, but generally positive.

    I find it extremely wasteful to buy CGD mixes that I have to throw out in a few months (my 5 geckos don’t eat much even if I just buy the 2oz bags). Before I buy any more CGD flavors, I was wondering what brand/flavor your geckos go nuts for? Appreciate any recommendations you can provide!

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    BFG and BPZ generally by themselves do not go over well, they seem more readily accepted when mixed at 25-50% with Pangea. Same with Pangea fig, best result is when mixing it with another Pangea flavor. Clarks is the same way, I have never gotten a good response by itself, was best when mixed with Pangea.

    Repashy BCP, Pangea Fruit Treat are not complete diets, not really worth getting. The PFT is the same formula blend as the apricot blend, just minus the protein. So if you arent getting a good response with apricot, you wont really with that.

    What do I do? I only feed apricot, or breeder. These guys wont starve themselves, and I find too much variety was ending up with pickier animals. Clarks + Pangea Watermelon always got a good response but I stopped feeding Clarks. As I stated I only got a good response with BFG and BPZ when I mixed it with Pangea, BFG at 25%, BPZ at 50%. BCP I mixed with Banana Pangea, only ones who ate it were the chahouas, but they love bananas.
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    Thanks for sharing! I’m glad I could get another data point since all the reviews/posts from before were super old. Lots of things have changed since then in there’s of the formularies.

    The Repashy BCP and Pangea Fruit Treat were add ins to their reg Repashy/Pangea CGD. I was hoping it would get my two pickiest waters earj g again. My subadult (mb adult now that she’s surpassed the weight of my adult male) has no trouble eating. I try to limit her diet a bit since getting big too quickly can lead to health issues.

    My guys dislike the breeder but love the apricot and FMC. I’ll def reorder those and then try the other 2 treats. But I really want to try
    Clearly
    Bog Fat Gecko Smoothie
    And BPZ

    Are they really only good for mixing in? Some (older posts) showed promise. Someone’s geckos were gaining weight quickly I’m more concerned about palatability. If my geckos don’t go near it, no matter what others say, then it’s not gonna work for my group.

    Of those 3: BFGS, BPZ, and Clark’s, which is best (subjective)? You can grade them on price, smell, palatability, feeding response, nutrition, cost, etc. I’d like to purchase at least one of these to see how it does in the rotatio

    Let me know what you think. Thanks!

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    My geckos' preferences are as follows; all 6 of them seem to agree on what they like and don't like.

    Pangea:
    -Apricot (Orange): 6/6 geckos love it. 4.5/5 stars
    -Watermelon (green): 6 out of 6 geckos' absolute favourite. 5/5
    -Breeding (grey): initially they weren't keen on this, but now they like it well enough, but not as much as they like the insect flavour. 6/6 geckos, 4/5 stars
    -Fig w Insects: *I* like how this smells, but they really are not keen. 6/6 geckos, 2.5/5 stars
    -With Insects (red) -- 6/6 geckos like it. 4.5/5 stars
    -Papaya -- I can't remember if I gave them this before. If I did, the feeding response was similar to that of apricot, i.e. 4.5/5 stars.

    I mostly feed my geckos watermelon, insect flavour, and apricot. Usually I'll alternate between two flavours at a time.

    Edited to add that I keep my gecko food in the fridge. You may find that it stays fresher longer if you keep it in the fridge or freezer.
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    I only use the Pangea, on the recommendation of an experienced breeder friend. However, I rotate flavors every time I mix up a new batch. All of the geckos I have (gargoyle, mourning) eat all of the flavors equally well.

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