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Lick Your Finger And Score a Partial ONE For The Good Guys!!

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by Yvonne G, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    I buy the biggest container of Zoo Med Grassland Tortoise Food that Amazon sells. Trouble is, it's not fresh. So when I put it in a cup of water in the fridge overnight, there are still little hard unabsorbed balls in the center of each pellet.

    So I was reading my label to see if it says anywhere when it was packed, wondering if I would be able to buy a fresher package off the Zoo Med site, when I spied a very tiny sentence at the very bottom of the label that I needed to get my magnifying glass to read:

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    It's that very bottom sentence printed in white. Here's what it says, "Pyramiding is NOT normal and is likely caused by poor diet (high protein/low fiber) and low humidity."

    Yea!! We're starting to make a dent. But they only get a partial score. . . but then who knows? Maybe high protein and low fiber do contribute. But YEA!!! LOW HUMIDITY!!!!!
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    Will Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I've found that sometimes it is a extra day on many pellets. The Alfalfa pellets and the ZooMed take Monday morning to Wednesday morning. Bermuda grass pellets will expand fully in about an hour.
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    They soften a LOT faster if you use warm water. We heat our house with a wood stove in the winter, so I just put the container of water and pellets next to it during softening. They become mush in only about an hour.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    I find the warm water works faster with the mazuri too. If in a rush use warm or hot water.
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    Staying on point with this post....yeah for the vendor mentioning that HUMIDITY and diet could impact pyramiding! :)
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Thank you. I was thinking everyone missed the point. I am perfectly capable of adding more water and allowing more time, but I wanted to see if I could buy fresher. But the whole point was that big business (Zoo Med) has recognised the need for humidity to curtail pyramiding! No comments about that?
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    As you said, that is quite an achievement. And certainly proof that the new method is slowly being accepted. Really good news.
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    I'm glad someone in the business world is finally acknowledging that pyramiding is something that we are responsible for preventing! :D
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