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Creating Your Tarantula's Enclosure

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by ThistleWind, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. ThistleWind

    ThistleWind Arachnoknight

    Hey guys, I'm looking for tips and how-to's for natural and life-like tarantula enclosures. As someone who is getting into the hobby, I can't help but gather as many T's as I can. I have 5 at the moment and before I acquire any more I want to know how to do more than the ol' peat moss/Eco-Earth with hide and water dish scenario. I've been following robc's tutorials and they're a huge help. I've also seen some BEAUTIFUL hand-made enclosures in the Pictures section. It just seems easier for someone who has around 30 T's to just build their own cages.

    Do any of you guys create your own cages? Is it difficult? Is it easier than buying them from pet stores? What do you use to cut the material and glue them? What do you use to drill the holes?

    Do you guys have a specific system that supports things like humidity? I've seen some of TheNatural's pictures and he has some sort of water drainage system so the T can actually go further down if it desires more humidity.

    I've seen some people using ExoTerra products as well. Is it easier to buy an already built glass cage and just mod it or is it better to build the entire thing yourself?

    Thanks for all your help. I love this place.

    WARPIG Arachnoangel

  3. MoonYin

    MoonYin Arachnosquire

    beautiful... thanks:clap:
  4. Seriously nice enclosures, WARPIG...

    And SWEET camera too....Nikon D300! :worship:
  5. BTW...

    Where did you get the acrylic hinges? (thinking I just didn't look hard enough ;) )
  6. fang333999

    fang333999 Arachnodemon

    hmm im starting an arboreal cage with my dad, were using plexi glass for the walls and top and bottom, with a door in front. then were going to drill holes on the bottom and top areas for ventilation. i was going to use a peat moss, sphagnum substrate with a vine, and plant with some other type of hide. were just starting it, so i thought id share.

    WARPIG Arachnoangel

    Post pics of all the steps Fang, people love new ideas and different perspectives. I know I do. Thats where I get most of my ideas, I steal them;P

    GL with your project.

  8. sick4x4

    sick4x4 Arachnoprince

    if you get a copy of Micheal J's video, he has a good tutorial on natural set-ups....

  9. fang333999

    fang333999 Arachnodemon

    haha dont worry i steal ideas too(many many). hmm well i just redid my avics enclosure nothing fancy, but hold on ill get a picture
  10. fang333999

    fang333999 Arachnodemon

    rosea tank
    rosea tank
    peeking in at my avic
    side view/avics enclosure
    same enclosure

    ill get some pictures of the tank in progress war pig
  11. WARPIG

    WARPIG Arachnoangel

    Wow that avi enclosure is sweet!!! It looks like you have a slice of rain forrest in your home.

    Great job.
  12. fang333999

    fang333999 Arachnodemon

    wow really? thanks :D yeah she seems to like it shes over 5" now. shes so much sweeter than my rosie haha. her tank was very empty so i had to add some pothos plants to it, and some vines, and moss.
  13. Sweet enclosures. Where did you get the plexi hinges and stuff?
  14. Newyork

    Newyork Arachnoknight

    Funny, my tank set up for my G. aureo looks almost exactly the same. I have a log just like that and i think the same waterdish too. Weird.
  15. I think just about all of us have the same log and water dish.
  16. robc

    robc Arachnoemperor

  17. reverendsterlin

    reverendsterlin Arachnoprince Old Timer

    almost makes me feel bad that I'm such a minimalist (almost). Hide or slab, water dish on ground or on the wall, substrate, maybe an extra entrance for cleaning or adding prey. Oh well, the T's have never complained lol.
  18. robc

    robc Arachnoemperor

    Nothing wrong with that...I just like having elaborate enclosures...personal choice. I'm sure you're T's are very happy...
  19. Guess it depends too the numbers you have and what you do with them. I use my tarantulas in public educational programs and a very elaborate set-up would be not only difficult to move, but also potentially they would not be able to view the spider at all (that usually happens with the H.lividum I bring along!

    That's not so say given more space and a greater number of the same species, I wouldn't have the take-alongs in less elaborate housings and a nicer set-up for the others.

  20. robc

    robc Arachnoemperor

    I agree the burtrowers have pretty simple set-ups, but the T's in the elaborate enclosures I see more, because they feel secure and will come out.....rob