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Enclosure too large?

Discussion in 'Vivariums and Terrariums' started by Asgiliath, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. Asgiliath

    Asgiliath Arachnoknight Active Member

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    I picked up this (male, I assume) A. Avic from the exotics shop where I get feeders last week. I already had the enclosure so I put him in it (for now). I already have plans to replace the screen lid, if I do keep them in there.

    It just seems very large for that spider. He’s been clinging to the wall and not really utilizing the plant cover...also hasn’t eaten which I think might have something to do with the enclosure size.
     

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  2. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    size looks fine...issue is top only ventilation....this provides almost no air movement/flow.
     
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  3. 0311usmc

    0311usmc Arachnoknight

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    As someone who houses all their tarantulas in overly large containers from the get go I will say that I have never had any issues. Right now I have 2 slings in the same zoo med enclosures as you. An H.mac and a P.ornata. the H.mac went right to work creating dirt curtains behind the cork bark and even burrowed below it a bit. It has molted twice and is a ravenous eater. The ornata made a burrow system at the base of the cork bark and some dirt curtains as well. It has also molted a couple times and is a great eater. I would just say it needs more time to settle.
     

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  4. Asgiliath

    Asgiliath Arachnoknight Active Member

    I should probably look for a tall plastic container that I can drill holes into.
     
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  5. Hoxter

    Hoxter Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Agreed with @cold blood , avics need good ventilation to survive. I don't think checking whether it's enough is worth the risk.
     
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  6. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    I saw the label on the tank, species names aren't capitalized, genus are. If you wanted to be more exact, you'd have both names in italics too.

    Takes time for Ts to get used to new home, you need to be more patient.

    Size of tank is fine.

    What makes you think it isn't good? Curious to know what your brain is thinking, and WHY.

    However, more foliage would be useful.
     
  7. Asgiliath

    Asgiliath Arachnoknight Active Member

    My boyfriend made the label at his job...but, thanks...i’ll replace it when I can.

    I dunno, I just wanted some opinions on the size because I know space can affect behavior, stress level, ability to locate prey etc.

    (You’re quite intense lol)
     
  8. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Didn't your bf also have your albo escape too? Maybe another user...

    On size and prey, true-- LARGE containers with a small T decreases prey/predator interactions unless you flood container w/insects like the wild.

    Asking questions is intense to you?????
     
  9. Asgiliath

    Asgiliath Arachnoknight Active Member

    Haha no it’s not...
    And YUP that was the same boyfriend.....he’s supportive just uhhh
     
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  10. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Supportive is a kind word hahaahahah

    What in my response prompted you to say I'm intense???
     
  11. Asgiliath

    Asgiliath Arachnoknight Active Member

    Lol I don’t even know...maybe the “WHY”. I wasn’t saying it in a bad way.

    So, I just got a tall plastic container but it’s about twice the size of the enclosure I have now. Best thing I could find. Should that work? I’d post a picture of it but my phone camera doesn’t work and I’m alone here.

     
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  12. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Yes, I was emphasizing why with all caps, intense? Not at all, merely proper use of a capital letter. At times I like to know what makes someone think something on the board because at times it leads to a course correction for the better.

    You don't even know why you typed something...my god. I HOPE your Ts survive over there.

    About 5-8" at most is all you need in additional height.
     
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  13. Asgiliath

    Asgiliath Arachnoknight Active Member

    Hmm I’ll make it work. I’m just overly focused on the size because the spider is so damn tiny and hasn’t eaten (worried about them being able to find prey)...but maybe a little large is better than not enough ventilation.
     
  14. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Poor vent kills Avics faster than lightning relative to other species.
     
  15. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

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  16. Asgiliath

    Asgiliath Arachnoknight Active Member

    This setup seems much better...I’m just worried that they are in the substrate looking stressed ?

    (The T is the little lump in the left corner.) EB254EBD-77D1-4DB0-A3F2-06F9A24DDEE1.jpeg
     
  17. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Looks awesome. The spider is stressed because of the rehouse and being in a new environment again. ;)
    Just top off the waterdish and put it somewhere shady/dark and quiet. Just leave it alone for a day of three, it'll come around and start webbing in no time :)
     
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  18. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron Active Member

    The enclosure size is pretty perfect for that T, not quite too big but roomy.