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      Hello all, I'd like to apologize for having been gone for so long. But I do not have access to the Internet at home. I'll try and do better in the future, but if I "disappear" it's because I can't get online.

      I have a good question, as we know stores like PetCo and Petsmart are known for gut loading their crickets for the lizard/reptile keepers. IF one "has" to buy their crickets from a nationwide retail chain store. How long does it take to "ungut load" them?
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      Hmm. Good question. I don't know what to tell you. Hopefully someone else does.

      Not sure the gut-loading is going to be that much of an issue to worry about.

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      Toss the male in, take him out of the water dish in bolus form the next day.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ManlyMan7 View Post
      Hmm. Good question. I don't know what to tell you. Hopefully someone else does.

      Not sure the gut-loading is going to be that much of an issue to worry about.
      I think that it'd be interesting to find out.

      What about those T owners who've lost their T's while molting after feeding them a steady diet of gut loaded crickets, particularly those that have been dusted with extra calcium.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
      I think that it'd be interesting to find out.

      What about those T owners who've lost their T's while molting after feeding them a steady diet of gut loaded crickets, particularly those that have been dusted with extra calcium.
      Indeed. What about them? I am not aware of many stories along those lines. Actually, I have never heard them before. And so my mind wonders with such stories of they are a matter of coincidence, or if there is a number of cases that would add up to a decent correlation.

      I recently had someone scold me for even opening the lid of a molting Ts tank AND talking while it was molting, saying I was going to stress the T out and cause it to get stuck in its molt.

      I told them i have had hundreds of times of doing this and never once had a T get stuck in its molt.

      They replied, saying they had it happen once to their GBB.

      Once is anecdotal and not enough to establish a scientific correlation. I am sorry it happened to them, but based on my experience, it was merely coincidental.

      So back to the gut-loaded feeders and bad molt you were saying, is this coincidental, or does this happen enough to see a pattern?

      I would love to know.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
      I have a good question, as we know stores like PetCo and Petsmart are known for gut loading their crickets for the lizard/reptile keepers. IF one "has" to buy their crickets from a nationwide retail chain store. How long does it take to "ungut load" them?
      I don't think the feeding regimens of pet store crickets is a threat to tarantulas. (Many owners have successfully raised their tarantulas on nothing but pet store crickets.)

      That being said, pet store crickets are expensive, so if you want a large quantity, you may be better off ordering or buying at an exotic pet show.
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      I don't really think there are molting issues when feeding off pet store crickets, only issue is crickets are annoying and stink on top of being inferior to superworms and mealworms.
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      Quote Originally Posted by ManlyMan7 View Post
      Indeed. What about them? I am not aware of many stories along those lines. Actually, I have never heard them before. And so my mind wonders with such stories of they are a matter of coincidence, or if there is a number of cases that would add up to a decent correlation.

      I recently had someone scold me for even opening the lid of a molting Ts tank AND talking while it was molting, saying I was going to stress the T out and cause it to get stuck in its molt.

      I told them i have had hundreds of times of doing this and never once had a T get stuck in its molt.

      They replied, saying they had it happen once to their GBB.

      Once is anecdotal and not enough to establish a scientific correlation. I am sorry it happened to them, but based on my experience, it was merely coincidental.

      So back to the gut-loaded feeders and bad molt you were saying, is this coincidental, or does this happen enough to see a pattern?

      I would love to know.
      I could have sworn that it was this forum that I'd read about it. Maybe it was one of the tarantula forums on Yahoo where I'd read about it happening.

      And how would molting in the wild not be a stressful time?
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ungoliant View Post
      I don't think the feeding regimens of pet store crickets is a threat to tarantulas. (Many owners have successfully raised their tarantulas on nothing but pet store crickets.)

      That being said, pet store crickets are expensive, so if you want a large quantity, you may be better off ordering or buying at an exotic pet show.
      I'm not talking about pet stores in general, but rather the nationwide chains like PetCo and Petsmart. Where I live there is a locally owned and operated that prides itself on it's natural selections. And to the best of my knowledge, possibly becuase they sell a number of arachnids, they do not "gut-load" their crickets. I'm also pretty sure that they use plain water instead of Cricket Quencher. I say that because I have never seen that particular product for sale there.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
      I'm not talking about pet stores in general, but rather the nationwide chains like PetCo and Petsmart.
      I stand by my statement.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ungoliant View Post
      I stand by my statement.
      And I don't buy my crickets from either store, I go to one of the locally owned and operated independent pet shops. My question was more for information, in case sometime I needed to purchase crickets from one of those stores.
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