Calcium Powder Supplement
SEACHEM JURASSICAL DRY 250G & 2KG JurassiCal™ is a concentrated (400,000 ppm) phosphorus free source of calcium for reptiles and amphibians. Herbivorous and carnivorous diets are frequently calcium deficient and phosphorus rich and is of no benefit to use as a calcium supplement containing phosphorus. Ideally the dietary calcium to phosphorus (Ca:P) ratio should be no less than 1.2:1 and is ideally maintained from 2:1 up to 8:1 (depending on the species)*. Lack of calcium in the diet can lead to metabolic bone disease and shell deformities and soft shells in turtles and tortoises. BEGINNER: Lightly dust food with JurassiCal™ before serving. Adheres best if food is already slightly moist. ADVANCED: Carnivores: Dust mammals and insects with 1 g (1/3 tsp.) for every 10 g (1/3 oz) of food. Dust boneless meat and gut loaded insects with 400 mg (1/8 tsp.) for every 10 g (1/3 oz) of food. Herbivores: Dust vegetables and fruits with 1 g (1/3 tsp.) for every 400 g (about 4 cups) of food. Use 2–4 times more for turtles and tortoises and to increase calcium deposition in breeding or gravid animals. EXPERT: Carnivores or Herbivores: Determine phosphorus and calcium content of the food and add according to desired Ca:P ratio. Values for common foods are available through selected reptile/amphibian references and on our website, here. To increase calcium content by 100 mg, add 250 mg (1/16 tsp.) of JurassiCal™. For example, if offering food that contains 200 mg of phosphorus and 20 mg of calcium and the desired Ca:P ratio is 2:1, you would need to add 380 mg calcium (1,000 mg (1/3 tsp.) of JurassiCal™). You can safely increase this amount to account for powder non-adherence loss during dusting. ADVICE: The following types of food interfere with calcium adsorption and should be avoided: phytates (soy), oxalates (spinach) and dog or cat foods.