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Ideal size enclosure for 9" T.

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Petah Parkah, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Petah Parkah

    Petah Parkah Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Can someone tell me the ideal size for a 9" terrestrial species? And can you give me the dimensions? I'm gonna get a specially made acrylic or glass enclosure to display my G. Pulchra.
     
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  2. beaker41

    beaker41 Arachnoknight Active Member

    9" pulchra ?! Magnificent ! I think I would go with a 20 gallon long half filled with substrate, give her a little room for a midnight stroll. I've got one that is about 12"x12"x30" which might be a touch overkill but if you've got a beautiful display animal like that you want to make something grand for her imo. I am super jelly, g. pulchra has as yet evaded me.
     
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  3. Petah Parkah

    Petah Parkah Arachnosquire Active Member

    Thanks.
    I was planning to place her between my 2 football trophies in my living room. She is a prize specimen after all.
     
  4. Petah Parkah

    Petah Parkah Arachnosquire Active Member

    If anyone's wondering, she's a hand-me-down from a friend. She's around 17 years old.
     
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  5. Rittdk01

    Rittdk01 Arachnosquire

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  6. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoknight Active Member

  7. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Arachnoangel Active Member

    A circus tent, because if it's really a 9" Grammostola pulchra, you have a freak of nature.

    But seriously, something low-profile works best for terrestrial tarantulas. Limit vertical space (the distance between the top of the substrate and the lid) to 1.5 times the tarantula's legspan.

    Excessive horizontal space does not hurt anything as long as you have the proper furnishings; it just takes up more space than you need. I try to give them at least 2x (ideally 3x) their leg span in any direction.
     
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  8. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoprince Active Member

    You have a 9 inch G. pulchra?! This I gotta see. Pics please :)
     
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  9. Post pics please, I've got to see this!
     
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  10. nicodimus22

    nicodimus22 Arachnobaron Active Member

    20 long if you have the space. If not, 10 gallon is OK.
     
  11. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnodemon Active Member

    That's what I thought when I first read the post, hence the reason I didn't reply, I have got to see this 9" G. pulchra - have you ever seen one over 6" - me neither, OP please post a picture with a size reference beside the spider, for some odd reason I don't think it's going to be posted. By all means prove me wrong, this I must see!
     
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  12. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoprince Active Member

    :singing::singing:pics pics pics pleeeeease:singing::singing:
     
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  13. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnobaron Active Member

    I hate to call you a liar but that's gotta be an exaggeration, G.pulchra seldom reach over 7-8" and even those are huge specimens. Post a picture of your T next to a ruler, if it's truly that size this needs to be documented, for future reference.
     
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  14. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoking Active Member

    I agree completely. Spider keepers like to exaggerate sometimes. I've seen postings for 12" P regalis in my area.
     
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  15. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnodemon Active Member

    I've never seen one over the six inch mark, it's possible but I've never seen one that big. As for 9" well....:nailbiting:
     
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  16. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoprince Active Member

    Maybe it's not a pulchra, but a P.antinous...that species gets rather large....
     
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  17. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoprince Active Member

    That was my suspicion.

    I have a very large pulchra around the 7inches mark. Even at that i think she is large for her species
     
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  18. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoknight Active Member

    I'm fairly sure that 7" is about as big as they get.
     
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  19. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnodemon Active Member

    Sorry, what was that, still no picture......mmm
     
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  20. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoknight Active Member

    Yeah... I'm going with what @Andrea82 said seeing as I've previously described P. antinous females as "G. pulchra on steroids".
     
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