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Communal Setups

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by AP34, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. AP34

    AP34 Arachnosquire Active Member

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    For a communal setup for a P. imperator colony, I took a 40 gallon aquarium and added a false bottom, divided into two sides converging on a shallow pond (I got the idea from YouTube). Dirt and moss were used for the substrate. I added an assortment of plants I found at a nursery, and put several pieces of cork and a large piece of driftwood for hides. To keep it at low to mid 80s in the winter, I have to use several heating pads. IMG_1869.jpg
     
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  2. Inverts4life1

    Inverts4life1 Arachnosquire

    I love the look of it....very excellent!
     
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  3. Bob Lee

    Bob Lee Arachnoknight Active Member

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    Looks great, did the scorps move in yet?
     
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  4. AP34

    AP34 Arachnosquire Active Member

    Yes, and they seem to like it so far, but I accidentally collapsed part of the burrow in the far right corner grabbing a cricket, so they're currently re-digging some of it. One even burrowed under the false bottom by the rocks and sand, which was surprising haha. I added more plants and some live moss, hope they propagate well. All I need to do for now is attach the light to the underside of the cabinet overhead with some velcro strips. IMG_1950.jpg
     
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  5. kingofall

    kingofall Arachnosquire Active Member

    Woah. I think i'm gonna try this with my AFS (with a few adjustments). That looks really nice.
     
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  6. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnodemon Old Timer

    Great!!
     
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  7. AP34

    AP34 Arachnosquire Active Member

    48A33CD1-CEFC-4109-809F-DF83D2A21334.jpeg Update
     
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  8. Dry Desert

    Dry Desert Arachnoknight Active Member

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    Lovely setup, you can't beat a natural planted setup. You may have problems keeping the Moss alive long-term with the temperature in the mid 80s. Best of luck though.
     
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  9. AP34

    AP34 Arachnosquire Active Member

    Thanks. I have been enjoying it quite a bit. And yes, I actually have had trouble keeping the moss alive. I tried transplanting a few patches of temperate ones, and only survived. I’ve been recently experimenting with a few tropical varieties (unsure of their species) and they seem to be doing fine so far.
     
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  10. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnodemon Old Timer

    I must say, that looks fantastic! Ohhh, i wish that i was a scorpion and lived there!:angelic:
     
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  11. kingofall

    kingofall Arachnosquire Active Member

    Same here.
     
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  12. RTTB

    RTTB Arachnoprince Active Member

    Great looking enclosure.
     
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  13. AP34

    AP34 Arachnosquire Active Member

    IMG_2357.jpg Added a few more plants and some insulation to keep the temperatures mid 80s - low 90s.
     
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  14. Alex99

    Alex99 Arachnosquire Active Member

    My only fear with live plants is introducing a fierce mite colony lol. Anyway to avoid that or is it just a crap shoot ?
     
  15. AP34

    AP34 Arachnosquire Active Member

    There's always a risk with mites, there are some in my tank actually. I just tried putting in some predatory mites, I'll have to see if they help. If you are careful with how many feeders you add to the tank and have some isopods/springtail to help clean up food remains, you can reduce the risk of it. I'm pretty sure the mites in my tank came from the crickets/their feed. As long as you don't have parasitic mites, they're not much more than an annoyance really.
     
  16. thebronzedragon

    thebronzedragon Arachnopeon

  17. AP34

    AP34 Arachnosquire Active Member

    No, that’s a previous resident now deceased.
     
  18. Paul1126

    Paul1126 Arachnobaron Active Member

    What a fantastic setup, one day I will have the room to do something similar.