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Favorite aspects of the hobby

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by tarantulateaparty, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. tarantulateaparty

    tarantulateaparty Arachnopeon

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    I’m curious as to the different perspectives of this community. Do you enjoy the husbandry most? Building enclosures? Or perhaps breeding your favorite species to share with the world is more your style. In keeping tarantulas, what are you most passionate about?
     
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  2. sasker

    sasker Arachnodemon Active Member

    Feeding
     
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  3. tarantulateaparty

    tarantulateaparty Arachnopeon

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    I have to say I enjoy creating habitats the most, and look forward to fabricating my own enclosures.
     
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  4. kevinlowl

    kevinlowl Arachnoknight

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    Looking
     
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  5. OliverWhatever

    OliverWhatever Arachnosquire

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    I'm gonna have to go with post molt reveals, and receiving new spiders. I quite enjoy setting up the enclosures as well, but the lack of terrarium equipment in the local petstores makes that a pain in the arse.
     
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  6. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    Feeding or setting up enclosures for the larger specimens.
     
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  7. Grace Cannell

    Grace Cannell Arachnosquire

    Feeding, watching them do their natural behaviours like grooming and rearrange their homes and watching them grow.
     
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  8. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Seeing random stuff like this... IMG_20171004_145511464.jpg
    Love me some rehousing, and seeing how different spiders adapt to their cage.
     
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  9. The 2am flashlight well-check rules!

    Yeah, I love the feeding, excavations, new moults also. But there is something gratifying about that 2am peek, and seeing all is well in their world.
     
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  10. Swoop

    Swoop Arachnosquire

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    The heart-pounding terror of rehousing an angry OW arboreal.

    And the pretty colors.
     
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  11. Conservation of the endangered species.
     
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  12. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoking

    Feeding and rehouses are always fun. Discovering newly molted spiders is nice as well, just seeing the transformation still fascinates me. My least favorite aspect is probably having to constantly refresh water bowls and scrub them clean.

    At least I occasionally get to watch a hungry spider attack the stream of water, which is always very entertaining.

    Especially watching how confused they get, some Ts will attack multiple times before finally pausing and coming to the realization that its not food. Then they non chalantly walk away or just stand there with their front legs by the brim of the water dish. Always cracks me up.

    Showing of my collection to friends/family and sharing my knowledge is always a good time. Especially when they express interest and are left in awe of the beauty of these animals. Makes me feel good about what I do.
     
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  13. clive 82

    clive 82 Arachnosquire

    I would say feeding, general husbandry, receiving new Ts. I also love the fact that you never really stop learning in this hobby.
     
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  14. Mojo288

    Mojo288 Arachnoknight

    When i'm watching a T doing some interior decorating and it doesn't notice me, then turns around and freezes with a mouth full of substrate like "awww crap the giant thing saw me move....."

    Setting up new enclosures is always fun, specially the planning, rehouses are always fun too

    Feeding/maintaining/watching them grow.

    Lastly the variety, there's a T for every day of the year lol.
     
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  15. OliverWhatever

    OliverWhatever Arachnosquire

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    Rather that than rehousing a tiny lightning fast skittish arboreal sling in a house with so many hidey holes you couldn't cover them all up. And yes, I did find it, after waiting until it went for a walk in the middle of the night.
     
  16. PanzoN88

    PanzoN88 Arachnolord Active Member

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    All aspects except for the occasional escape (two have tried during an unboxing and a rehouse) and deaths.
     
  17. Johnny Q

    Johnny Q Arachnopeon

    letting something from nature be my teacher
     
  18. Shrike

    Shrike Arachnoprince Old Timer

    There are many! But I'd have to say:
    • the ease of caring for tarantulas compared to many other exotic pets
    • variety
    • spiders are really f*%$ing interesting (simplistic, I know)
    • tarantula keepers are a community
     
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  19. Poec54

    Poec54 Arachnoemperor Active Member

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    I showed up because I was told there would be free food and refreshments...
     
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  20. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Aye, crickets, supers, and Theraphosa dishes.