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Aphonopelma chalcodes Enclosure Questions

Discussion in 'Vivariums and Terrariums' started by Tvibez, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. Tvibez

    Tvibez Arachnopeon

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    Hello everyone I'm excited just purchased my first T! A 3" Arizona blonde I ordered it online from www.Kenthebugguy.com should be here in a week. Howd I do with her housing?
     

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  2. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    too much height...fill the enclosure at least halfway with sub.
     
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  3. Tvibez

    Tvibez Arachnopeon

    So she can burrow rite?
     
  4. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    So she doesn't have a fall and die or get injured...its a safety issue.
     
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  5. Tvibez

    Tvibez Arachnopeon

    (Stupid question) They can climb glass?
     
  6. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    of course
     
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  7. Tvibez

    Tvibez Arachnopeon

    Never seen em do that before
     
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  8. Tvibez

    Tvibez Arachnopeon

    It's not half way, with it having two doors on it. I did put atleast a gallon or more sub in it
     

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  9. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    I would modify that enclosure or use a different one that doesn't have front-opening doors so that you can make the substrate height safe.
     
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  10. Tvibez

    Tvibez Arachnopeon

    I see? Thanx for the input y'all! I'm thinking a piece of cork big enough to cover half the length of the doors and fill it with sub. Im never gonna see her now though lol
     
  11. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    2 Better solutions...

    1. Get a different enclosure...front opening enclosures are better suited for arboreals, for these exact reasons. Or 2. Modify this enclosure. To do this, you would lay the enclosure on its back, so the front doors are now at the top. The screen top would be replaced with drilled acrylic or plexi (something that should be done regardless...another safety thing)...ventilate only what would be the top half, so it acts as a dam to hold in sub. Now you can fill the enclosure with an adequate amount of substrate to create a safe enclosure.
     
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  12. Tvibez

    Tvibez Arachnopeon

    For sure I have 4 days before it gets here, heading to he depot now

    I really appreciate the input! I'm gonna make some minor adjustments with the décor just adding more leaf and taking a razor to the excess glue... Thanx again I'll post the final product next week

    "I know nothing, that's all i know"

    So far so...? Or

     

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  13. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    I'd keep adding substarate
     
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  14. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    I would add a little more substrate, so that you have no more than 5-6" of vertical space. (In your first photo, it looks like you have about 7" of vertical space.)

    I'm assuming that your decoration is made of foam, so it wouldn't be a hard object for the tarantula to fall onto. (If it's not soft, I'd remove it.)
     
  15. Tvibez

    Tvibez Arachnopeon

    That's the water dish? It's hard.. if she dies falling that then she doesn't deserve to live! J/k
     
  16. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    How long have you watched a tarantula/s ? Minutes, days, years?
     
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  17. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    A safe distance, esp for heavy bodied Ts is 1.5x the DLS of the T from sub surface to height of container.
     
  18. Tvibez

    Tvibez Arachnopeon

    Days im new to this hobby... Im learning everyday, I'm hoping I don't kill it
     
  19. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Me too.

    Read, read and keep reading here.
     
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