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Sun City, CA 92586

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Q. How does Miner-All compare to similar products on the market today?
A. Due to our manufacturing process, both Miner-All indoor and Miner-All outdoor formulas are ground to a finer micron size than any other product on the market today. This allows for greater bioavalibility of the minerals and trace nutrients to the consuming animal. The finer powder also binds better to the feeder insects and is retained longer. Our calcium does not come from oyster shell flour as this can contain extremely heavy metal and other ocean based pollutant residues. We use only calcium carbonate from sources approved for human consumption in food items. Our calcium is derived from mined mineral deposits that are akin to what reptiles and amphibians find in nature. Most other products are concerned with the calcium to phosphorous balance and little else. Our products contain a natural form of phosphorous free calcium as well as other important minerals and trace minerals, that are essential to an animals well being. Minerals such as magnesium, which is important in the assimilation of calcium and the integrity  of cell and heart muscle functions.
Q. What is the difference between Miner-All indoor and Miner-All outdoor?
A. Miner-All indoor has been specially formulated for insect eating reptiles and amphibians kept indoors under artificial lights. It provides the correct amount of vitamin D-3 and magnesium for the proper absorption of calcium. Miner-All outdoor is formulated with no vitamin d-3 for herbivores and insect eating reptiles and amphibians kept outdoor exposed to natural unblocked sunshine for a time period exceeding 5 hours or more per week.  Vitamin d-3 is automatically manufactured by animals exposed to natural sunshine for extended periods and the addition of Vitamin d-3 in the diet is not necessary and could be harmful to these animals. Herbivores get their vitamin d-3 requirements form their vegetables matter.
Q. Why aren't vitamins included with the Miner-All products.
A. Vitamin d-3 is included in the Miner-All indoor formula, but no other vitamins are added. Nutritionists have learned that vitamins and minerals should not be mixed together in liquid or powder form. These nutrients degrade each other when combined. Normally vitamin companies pack vitamins and minerals separately or in conjunction with fillers that help separate them. Even with this precaution there is some degradation of components. We use a specially stabilized form of vitamin d-3 in our products which will remain nutritionally active for 3 years if stored correctly in a cool dry place.




 
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houseflyWe have had very good luck with chameleons on a fly diet. Acquire the pupae from a biological supply house or try our recipe. Adults are egged using a small cup with waded tissue wetted with water and evaporated milk. Tissues can be rinsed and reused, as a pheromone is released by the female flies when they deposit ova. The thick brown industrial or school type towel is best for repeated use.

To acquire wild-caught flies, simply place the wetted tissues with the milk and water mixture in the yard. In a few days, thread like worms will be visible on the damp towel.
In a bag combine 4 quarts of flaky red wheat bran, 2 cups rehydrated alfalfa pellets, 2 pints dry milk and 2 teaspoons active dry yeast. Mix and add 3 quarts of water and knead the mixture in a plastic bag until it resembles bread dough. Pack loosely into a Rubbermaid dishpan and add fly eggs to the surface by rinsing the towel into the dishpan. Cover the pan with cheesecloth or fine screening.
On approximately the fourth day 1 to 1 1/2 quarts of water should be added to mix. The pan is then placed in a large sweater box with a screened lid. Dry bran is poured around the outer margin of the box to dry the emergent larvae and encourage pupation. If the majority of the larvae have not been driven out in a few hours, add an additional half to 1 quart of water. Allow larvae to pupate in this mixture. Pupae are sifted from the bran and stored in deli cups. Adults will emerge in two to four days thereafter, depending upon the temperature. Pupae can be stored in the refrigerator for one to two weeks.
Feed adults a mixture of dried milk and sugar in a container of water with waded paper towels to prevent drowning. Adult flies can be egged one week after emergence and will produce eggs for two to three weeks. Each pan should produce 10,000 to 15,000 flies. The recipe can be tailored for demand. Smaller pans may develop more slowly due to decreased thermal output generated by the larvae. To feed out the flies upon hatching, I place flies in a small receptacle containing Vit-All for gut loading. The newly hatched flies will not be capable of flight right away. After properly gut loaded, I add Miner-All to the container and shake it until the insects are evenly coated. The Miner-All will weigh down the newly hatched flies and make it easier to place them into the cage for feeding.