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Heading down the right path

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by AngelDeVille, May 8, 2018.

  1. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnoknight Active Member

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    Congrats to your new additions! :)

    The enclosure for your GBB looks a bit bare, I'd give her some anchor points for webbing (twigs/sticks, fake leaves, cork bark), and maybe a piece of cork bark, leaning to the side, for hiding, at least until she webs up her own hide. ;)
     
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  2. TheInv4sion

    TheInv4sion Arachnobaron Active Member

    Wow these are some sweet additions. I started with just a simple G. rosea lol. They might be inexpensive but I personally love L. parahybana. Great feeding response.
     
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  3. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Arachno HoneyBadger Arachnosupporter

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    The GBB was originally intended for another enclosure, but it was way too huge, so I had to improvise this one. (My 5 year old donated a lego box)

    She is very fast and willing to go vertical in an instant, so I have to be careful adding to her enclosure.

    I have some silk leaves, and bamboo skewers and I need to find some more smaller pieces of cork, the last piece I do have would overwelm her enclosure.

    I am planning a feeding frenzy on Sunday for all 8 of them, I have meal worms and dubia roaches all ready to go.

    I just did a check on them.

    Most are just relaxing and and settling in.

    The cork pieces I do have in the enclosures are buried at an angle with just a small space at one end.

    G. Pulchra has dug from the open end and back out the buried and and has most of her body poking out the back side.

    B. Albopilosum has dug out extensively and has piled substrate as high as the cork on the front and back end, and has created an opening on the side of the cork. Very impressive for a nights work!

    The opening is facing the water dish.

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    T. Stirmi doesnt look quite as upset today...

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    So far L. Parahybana, T. Stirmi and C. Cyaneopubecens will be my problem children.

     
  4. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnoknight Active Member

    The thing with most Ts is, the less cover they have the more skittish they become. So, if you don't want to worry every time you open the enclosure you should put something for her to hide under/in. You could put a catch cup over her and then work in the enclosure. There's more than enough space to do so. ;)

    My 1,5" GBB sling isn't skittish at all (at least not yet ;)), but she had loads of anchor points to begin with and started webbing right away back then.
     
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  5. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Arachno HoneyBadger Arachnosupporter

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    The GBB has settled down a lot, I put a few bamboo skewers in for anchor points and I am going to get some more cork later. I think she is still just taking it all in, but I dont see any webbing yet.
     
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  6. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnoknight Active Member

    A few fake leaves or flowers wouldn't hurt as well (and it looks nicer ;)). And don't worry, as soon as she's settled in she'll start webbing. It's in their blood. :D
     
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  7. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Arachno HoneyBadger Arachnosupporter

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    I got the cork in there, and I have a bag of silk leaves but I don’t remember where I put it.
     
  8. In all likelyhood yes it will 99.9 of said time turn out to be t.stirmi.not always the case in united kingdom &europe.many german breeders etc
     
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  9. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoprince Active Member

    Your enclosures are way too moist here, let them dry out some.
    The T.stirmi setup has too much height and needs more sub. Top vent will lead to things drying out faster as well. http://arachnoboards.com/threads/theraphosa-care-and-info.303033/
    Not necessarily, if you buy from reputable vendors you'll get what you paid for. Never trust reptile shops or LPS.
     
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  10. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Arachno HoneyBadger Arachnosupporter

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    The sling enclosures have dried out more, that was my first time with coco fiber bricks, I’m much better at it now!

    Thanks for that thread link, it is invaluable.

    She seems to be the most challenging as far as care, and I don’t want any hard lessons.

    She is the most spirited one I have, so I’ll get her transferred and add some sub.

    I have only 8 T’s so I can easily manage adding water and keeping her dish clean.

    I did add some more ventillation holes, and had even started a thread concerning her care. If I had found your thread sooner I probably woudn’t have needed to.

    http://arachnoboards.com/threads/ventilation-for-theraposa-stirmi.307996/#post-2797666



    I checked reviews here, The classifieds here and a couple highly rated online vendors are who I’ll be sticking with.
     
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  11. Mirandarachnid

    Mirandarachnid Arachnoknight Active Member

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    +1 on leaves. I think one of my favorite things about this species is how loungy they get in premolt. They just sorta drape themselves on their webbing/leaves and look so incredibly comfortable :hilarious: I also believe I've read that they live in the undersides of short shrubby bushes in the wild, and mine seem to appreciate the leafy clutter in their enclosures. They've got little ramps that go from leaf to leaf, and can easily conceal themselves behind the plants, but also have a fair amount of floor-space open to work with under the plants. I think the leaves encourage webbing a little more too, because it's easier for them to move around the entire enclosure.* Although, one of my four has always webbed significantly less than it's siblings.

    Here's one (maybe my favorite) right after I set it up. I think there was a spider in there somewhere when I took this picture :hilarious:. I have a couple other GBB enclosures in my media page if you're curious, but I don't want to spam your thread with pictures ;)


    ...Man, I think my coffee kicked in :wacky:


    *conjecture
     
  12. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Arachno HoneyBadger Arachnosupporter

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    I had my first two molts today, and I am expecting 2 more!

    A. gen and L. parah!

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