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How long does it take you to do your maintenance with your Tarantulas?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Deb60, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. Deb60

    Deb60 Arachnosquire

    I have twenty three Ts now , it takes me about an hour every Friday or Saturday to give them clean water and to feed them , them the next day I take out any remaining food . How long does it take you to guys to do this ? Plus how many do you have ?
  2. sdsnybny

    sdsnybny Arachnogeek Arachnosupporter

    116 of mine and over 80 of 3 diff friends. Takes me @ 2 hrs 3-4 days a week to feed, water, and clean. Most of them are slings/juveiniles.
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  3. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    I've got 30 and 2 scorpions atm, they're all on their own feeding schedules so I do feeding/maintenance as and when it's needed, all of the enclosures that aren't bone dry have springtails in them which saves some hassle.

    In short, probably 5-10 mins per day.
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  4. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Have 43 or something like that, plus a dozen scorpions.
    Takes me no more than about 30 min every couple of days to feed some of them, and do water maintenance. Big feeding days take about 1.5hours.
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  5. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    2-3 hours every 2-3 days. Many mouths to feed
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  6. Moonohol

    Moonohol Two Legged Freak

    18 Ts, 1-2 hours per week.
  7. nicodimus22

    nicodimus22 Arachnobaron Arachnosupporter

    13 Ts, I would guess 60-90 minutes a week depending on how many have dumped substrate in their water dishes, need rehouses, etc. Lots of slings, so a little more maintenance than adults is needed.
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  8. jake9134

    jake9134 Arachnosquire

    In the prime of my collection days had~20 Ts, and a few hundred scorps (mostly babies in individual 2oz cups) about 6+ hrs a week. Had some hot buthids which meant extra care. Got a dry sting by a 2i LQ baby through a hole in the top of a 2oz cup(did flips and just went kinda crazy) which made me rethink my collection. now got 6 Ts and takes me less than 20min a week.
  9. CyclingSam

    CyclingSam Arachnoknight

    24 Ts 1 jumper takes me around 1 hour a week unless there is extra stuff like rehousing.
  10. mack1855

    mack1855 Arachnosquire Arachnosupporter

    27 T,s.I don't clean,feed,water all at the same time during the week.Due to premolts,just molted,or just not hungry.

    So,during the week probably 2 to 3 hours.Total time with maintenance.
    I tend to extend my T chores over the week.Clean water bowls on Monday,feed that same T on Friday.
  11. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    I used to feed mine, then I decided to let them feed themselves. I let them out each night, have a wild night on the town.
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  12. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    I have seven tarantulas. Once a week, I clean (and refill) the water dishes and remove any obvious boluses. This takes about 15-20 minutes.

    My seven true spiders are Kukulcania hibernalis, but they are even less work than tarantulas. I feed them about once a month and mist their webs 1-4 times a month depending on the season.
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  13. spotropaicsav

    spotropaicsav Arachnobaron Active Member

    Oooooo good post Ive been wondering this. Some that have a large collection are very fast with maintenance despite many Ts, impressive to me. I can't weigh in to compare to the larger collections, we have just three, maintenance is very quick.
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  14. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoprince Active Member

    12 T's and around 10-20 minutes to feed and water, their on their own feeding schedule as they're all different sizes, so fed and watered when required.
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  15. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    One time saver for a large collection is to use disposable water dishes.
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  16. Deb60

    Deb60 Arachnosquire

    That's a good idea to do it like that .
  17. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoking Active Member

    I don't have many tarantulas/inverts. I carry out any water changes as and when rather on a specific day.

    My inverts that have moist substrate have an army of springtails in with them so they do most of the maintenance.

    By the far what takes the longest time is using a razor blade to clean the crap off the glass in my arboreals tanks. Messy buggers.
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  18. Deb60

    Deb60 Arachnosquire

    what do you use as disposable water dishes , is it bottle tops ?
  19. Deb60

    Deb60 Arachnosquire

    Mine only come out if their to quick for me .
  20. boina

    boina Arachnoprince Arachnosupporter

    129 Ts and I need about 5-6 hours on the weekend (mostly Saturday) to feed and do maintenance. Extra stuff like rehouses gets done in between whenever there's time.
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