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Aphonopelma chalcodes sling care

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Kaden Bryant, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. Kaden Bryant

    Kaden Bryant Arachnopeon

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    Hey everyone. I am about to order my first Ts (a G. Pulchripes sling and a B. vagans sling) and decided that I want to throw in a 1/2" Aphonopelma chalcodes sling as well. Can y'all highlight their care for me please. I primarily need help with just how little moisture they need. BTW I am aware of their EXTREMELY slow growth rate.
     
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  2. PidderPeets

    PidderPeets Arachnodemon Arachnosupporter

    Well they're a desert species, I'd stick with as dry as possible. Maybe wait for someone else to chime in with their expertise, but I would expect the care and moisture requirements to be not unlike the other two you're getting, especially the vagans.
     
  3. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    You just want the substrate to be slightly damp. @cold blood has already given you a good response (with photos for illustration) of what kinds of enclosures to use and how to set them up.

    For basic sling care, see this post:

     
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  4. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Generally speaking, for slings that beginners get, you can keep them all the same pretty much. All 3 of those Ts should be raised the same way, and all 3 SHOULD have a water bowl.
     
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  5. Kaden Bryant

    Kaden Bryant Arachnopeon

    I thought they would just drink the drops on the side of the enclosure
     
  6. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    That's an ineffective means of providing water to those types of terrestrial Ts. How will you know when they are thirsty? Even a slender abdomen doesn't guarantee your T will drink right when you give it water. Just like a FAT abodmen doesn't mean a T doesn't need water-- they do!

    If you put drops of water on the walls, they will evaporate before your T even knows they are there. You are dealing with animals that may not move for a week or more.

    Provide them a bowl, so they can drink when they want to, not when you THINK they should or would ;)
     
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  7. Kaden Bryant

    Kaden Bryant Arachnopeon

    Is a water cap small enough? The slings will be 1/2".
     
  8. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    For that size, a bottle cap off a 16 oz bottle of water is fine. Make sure the cap is from a water bottle, plastic absorbs things.

    Also tarantulas can swim, so don't worry about drowning.

    I've never put pebbles or anything else in my water dish.
     
  9. Kaden Bryant

    Kaden Bryant Arachnopeon

    @viper69 Will a water dish even fit in a 4 ounce deli cup though?
     
  10. nicodimus22

    nicodimus22 Arachnomancer Arachnosupporter

    Take a green plastic house from Monopoly. Turn it upside down. There you go.
     
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  11. Kaden Bryant

    Kaden Bryant Arachnopeon

  12. Kaden Bryant

    Kaden Bryant Arachnopeon

    @nicodimus22 Actually I somehow don't have monopoly. Anything else I can use?
     
  13. nicodimus22

    nicodimus22 Arachnomancer Arachnosupporter

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  14. Kaden Bryant

    Kaden Bryant Arachnopeon

    Nevermind I found a monopoly but the houses are glass and the green ones seem way too small. Is this good?
     

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  15. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Yes, glass is great.
     
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  16. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Yo @Kaden Bryant what didn't you understand????

    Your clarification needs clarification jeez.
     
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  17. Kaden Bryant

    Kaden Bryant Arachnopeon

    @viper69 If the red house is too big
     
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  18. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    It's perfect, a T could drink from a lake you know ;)
     
  19. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

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  20. justice1986

    justice1986 Arachnopeon

    Here is my enclosure 100% dry eco earth my I let the water spill over a little when filling the water dish
     

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