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Fryguy
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# Posted: 15 Oct 2010 04:06 · Edited by: Moderator


I'm having a hard time keeping crickets alive. what do I need?


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sandyleew
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# Posted: 15 Oct 2010 14:08


I feed them carrot slices and flake fish food. I have pretty good success with that. What are you keeping them in and how many are you trying to keep?

Fryguy
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# Posted: 15 Oct 2010 14:30


I'm trying to keep a months worth fro two ptf and a have cuently a gallon tank( I know I need a bigger one, but how big?)


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sandyleew
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# Posted: 15 Oct 2010 14:37


I get 1000 at a time. I took a large plastic tote and cut out the center of the top and duct taped screen to it. I keep them in there. I keep that upstairs and my frogs are downstairs so I keep a small critter keeper downstairs with a few days worth of crickets in it. I buy them 1/4' so that they can still eat them after a few weeks since they grow pretty quickly. Are you buying adult crickets? Because those won't keep as long since a cricket's life span is pretty short. I am feeding 3 grey tree frogs. It seems like a one gallon container is pretty small for a month's worth of crickets. Do you have egg crates or toilet paper rolls or anything for them to hide in?

Andry
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# Posted: 15 Oct 2010 16:17


I buy 3,000 (2,000 3/4" and 1,000 1/4" for my smaller frogs) and keep in a large plastic totes that is semi-clear or completely clear so that they cannot climb up the walls of the tote. I do not have a lids on them. Egg cartons, and mayonaise caps with cricket feed from Ghann's or Josh's frogs and another two or three caps with jelly crystals filled with water that I bought from Home Depot. I occasionally drop in a piece of carrot or collard greens. I get a few dead ones which I think is normal, but not too many.

I'm still trying to figure out how many will last me a month. I have two juvie bearded dragons though, so that's a lot of crickets they eat each day.


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Heather
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# Posted: 15 Oct 2010 16:54


I used to keep my crickets 500 at a time in a 10 gallon with a screen lid. I fed a mix of fresh fruits and veggies as well as grains and I used a natural sponge in a shallow bowl of water. (It helped keep them from drowning in the water dish) I also had a light on them providing them with a nice warm 85-90 degree size with a container of moistened cocoa fiber. (after a couple of days I'd swap out the cocoa filled container with a fresh one and the removed on went into yet another 10 gallon with a heat light.) My 500 would last me quite a while and at that time I was feeding 4 RE's, a gargoyle gecko and a bearded dragon)

It takes a bit of practice to find what works best for you. But so long as you provide enough space, food/water and proper temps (especially now since it's getting cold in many places) you shouldn't have a problem keeping them alive for a while.

Also, try not to offer the crickets too much in the way of vitamin supplements (outside of fresh fruits and vegs)... in my experience, it seems to shorten their life span.


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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 15 Oct 2010 21:22



I'm having a hard time keeping crickets alive. what do I need?

What size of crickets are you buying? If you want to keep them alive for a month, then you will want to get them at a small size to start with.

Fryguy
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# Posted: 16 Oct 2010 00:25


Awsome thanks for the help! How do you get them out?


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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 16 Oct 2010 03:20


How do you get them out?
You can pick them out individually or
You can put a cardboard "der-der" in the tank, and they will crawl in it like they do on the egg crate. (this will make it easier to dust them with calcium & vitamin powders)

Heather
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# Posted: 16 Oct 2010 03:50


I used to kee a couple empty toilet paper tubes in the tank... when I needed some I'd shake the tube over a big plastic cup (like one of those big gulp cups) sprinkle a lil dust on them... swirl it around to coat the crickets and carefully dump them in (as to not dump too much calcium powder in to the frog tank)


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Fryguy
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# Posted: 16 Oct 2010 04:07


Thanks slot for the advice


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