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If you are going to use a color enhancer, why wouldn't you be using Repashy Superpig, which is a mix of color enhancers formulated especially for this use?
 

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If you are going to use a color enhancer, why wouldn't you be using Repashy Superpig, which is a mix of color enhancers formulated especially for this use?
Why wouldn't they want to use a carotenoid source that can increase reds as opposed to adding more beta carotene to the diet (given that beta carotene typically is very abundent in most supplements) which only improve yellows and the yellow end of oranges or greens.

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Why wouldn't they want to use a carotenoid source that can increase reds as opposed to adding more beta carotene to the diet (given that beta carotene typically is very abundent in most supplements) which only improve yellows and the yellow end of oranges or greens.

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i have High Yellow Cobalts, that is the reason.
 

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i have High Yellow Cobalts, that is the reason.
Why do you think that adding paprika is going to supply a better source of beta carotene then the not inconsiderable amounts in the supplements? Particularly in light that paprika does not stick to the flies as well as most supplements?

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Why do you think that adding paprika is going to supply a better source of beta carotene then the not inconsiderable amounts in the supplements? Particularly in light that paprika does not stick to the flies as well as most supplements?

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I'm going by what the breeder told me-Patrick from www.saurian.net
he said that is what he uses on his frogs so that is why I am using it that way.
 

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Why wouldn't they want to use a carotenoid source that can increase reds as opposed to adding more beta carotene to the diet (given that beta carotene typically is very abundent in most supplements) which only improve yellows and the yellow end of oranges or greens.

Ed
Mostly I was referring to Superpig being a better choice than Paprika. But you have me looking into it now. I thought that SuperPig had Astaxanthin in it. I could have sworn my last bag listed it but my current one does not. Either the formula has changed or I was mistaken.
So would you say SuperPig is a good choice for yellows, yellow/oranges, and greens, but that Good Ol' Naturose is a better choice for reds?
 

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Mostly I was referring to Superpig being a better choice than Paprika. But you have me looking into it now. I thought that SuperPig had Astaxanthin in it. I could have sworn my last bag listed it but my current one does not. Either the formula has changed or I was mistaken.
So would you say SuperPig is a good choice for yellows, yellow/oranges, and greens, but that Good Ol' Naturose is a better choice for reds?
Doug, your over-thinking my post. Repashy products contain ample amounts of a number of carotenoids including several that are important to anurans.

Beta-carotene is supplied in large amounts by many of the supplements on the market (particularly those like Herptivite) so attempting to add more by dusting with a material (like paprika) that isn't going to adhere well just seems fruitless to me (but that could be due to the amount I've dug into the carotenoids literature).

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I thought that SuperPig had Astaxanthin in it. I could have sworn my last bag listed it but my current one does not.
Superpig is loaded with Astaxanthin, which comes from the Phaffia rhodozyma yeast, which compared to Naturose, is esterified for potentially better assimilation. You can read about it HERE

It also includes an esterified paprika extract that is much more concentrated than just regular ground paprika.
 
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