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I'm seeing a lot of conflicting information on how I should be keeping the substrate of my Ts.

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Major017, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Major017

    Major017 Arachnopeon Active Member

    Can I have some information from experienced keepers in this regard? I have four species I have particular concern for:
    • Aphonopelma Chalcodes
    • Brachypelma Emilia
    • Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens
    • Pterinochilus Murinus

    The reason I ask this is because I was under the impression that all of these Ts should be kept on dry substrate with a full water dish. I'm quite certain the GBB and A. Chalcodes are being kept fine on bone dry substrate, but I've seen conflicting information on the OBT and B. Emilia.

    Any advice on all four? Thanks guys.
  2. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    All will be fine with dry sub and water dish
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  3. Major017

    Major017 Arachnopeon Active Member

    That's how I have been keeping them. Should I occasionally overflow the OBTs dish as others have suggested, or just keep it dry? Thanks.
  4. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    You can overflow if you wish but its not necessary.

    P. murinus is probably the most hardy and adaptable species in the hobby. Their natural habitat covers a vast stretch over Africa where some regions are a little wetter, but most are dry. Dry with a dish is just fine :)
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  5. Major017

    Major017 Arachnopeon Active Member

    Thanks for the info, much appreciated.
  6. Devin B

    Devin B Arachnobaron

    I have a couple of those species and I keep them all very similar with bone dry substrate and every once in a while I'll overfill the water dish.
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  7. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    I keep the first three on the list and I have them all on dry substrate with a water dish, I overflow the water dish every now and again but that's it.
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  8. Scourge

    Scourge Arachnoknight Old Timer

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  9. darkness975

    darkness975 the sun grows ever darker Arachnosupporter

    In my opinion that title belongs to G. rosea/porteri. Some parts of their native range receive less than a half inch of rain annually.
    P. murinus is no slouch though, and definitely is up there in the hardy bunch.

    @Major017 Dry with a water dish is fine for all. You can overflow once and a while if you really want but it's not necessary. I don't.
  10. Ghost56

    Ghost56 Arachnobaron

    Others have already gave you the info you need but I just wanted to add a little personal experience of mine. I've visibly noticed anytime the water dish gets tipped or drained onto the substrate in my P. murinus's enclosure, she becomes slightly lethargic and alot more defensive. Granted I live in Tennessee so the humidity is slightly higher than some places, but I still wouldn't recommend anyone overflow their dish unless the enclosure is relatively large for P. murinus.
  11. sasker

    sasker Arachnobaron Active Member

    They should be fine the way you keep them. If you see any of your spiders standing over the waterdish, this is a sign that they prefer at least some moist in their substrate. Overflowing they waterdish would suffice.
  12. Major017

    Major017 Arachnopeon Active Member