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Introduce Yourself

Discussion in 'Welcome To Arachnoboards' started by Arachnoboards, May 16, 2005.

  1. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Moderator Staff Member

    It's not as inevitable as you might think. Rehousing, for example, can be done with catch cups and other methods that don't require handling the tarantula. The biggest emergency, an escape, should also be handled with a catch cup. (Keeping catch cups on hand whenever you open the enclosure is a good habit to develop.)
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  2. T Rex

    T Rex Arachnopeon

    Hi all ,

    I am an old hobbyist from South Africa returning to the hobby...well actually my 10 year old daughter is joining the hobby and I would probably be described as a consultant / financier. Quite keen to see what has changed over the last 10 years
  3. Kayroach89

    Kayroach89 Arachnopeon

    Hi y'all my name is Kayla. I'm very new to this site. It was recommended by a friend on Facebook. I'm 28 (I have a slight arachnophobia, but slowly getting it). I have just recently gotten 2 Tarantulas 1 avicularia avicularia (male) and 1 brachypelma albopilosum sling. I would love to learn everything I can possibly learn. Since I'm new to being a T owner I don't have much experience. I've read tons of forums and watched lots of YouTube videos but I still feel like I know nothing..lol so im on here to try and learn from the best!! Any advice to me better care for my little squishies is greatly appreciated!!!

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  4. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome! If you have any particular care-related questions, feel free to start a thread on Tarantula Questions & Discussions.
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  5. octanejunkie

    octanejunkie Arachnopeon

    Hello all
    I am new to this forum but not the hobby. My daughter and I have owned a B. albopilosum for about 2 and a half years and recently decided to add a few more slings to our collection. Having had success with the curly hair we got from Jamie's Tarantulas, we ordered a GBB from Jamie last week and then this weekend we acquired a B. vagans and G. rosea from a local breeder - might as well raise 3 slings at once, right? Lol The GBB and Rosea slings are around 3/4" and the Vagans is around 1" in size. We saw the Rosea and Vagans eat before taking them home and our GBB ate it's first pinhead B. lateralis yesterday since joining us 3 days earlier.

    We have all our slings each in a Jamie's Terrestrial Sling enclosure, inside a glass tank with an under-tank heater to keep the ambient about 74-78 degrees F. The heater is only on one side and the slings are not directly on top of it. There is a water bowl in the tank above the heated area providing additional humidity as it has been quite dry in SoCal lately.

    Looking forward to learning more about the hobby after basic success with our curly hair that is now about 3-1/2" in size.
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  6. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    I'm not a huge fan of those, but they will work. They're a little big for slings, and a little tall for terrestrial slings...and the mesh ventilation is less than desirable. I prefer a condiment cup...less room means less burrowing and hiding, and typically a greater food response, which generally leads to faster growth as well as a sling that's much easier to monitor.
    70 is all you need, your temps are great though for maximizing growth. I would suggest putting the mat on the side, and not beneath the enclosure, its just safer.

    Setting up a micro-climate like you did is a good idea, kudos on heating in a safe manner.

    Humidity is a term that's really irrelevant for the most part n this hobby...it baffles me that it is clung to the way it is by the masses. Any t can be kept in any humidity, what it really means when you hear a t needs humidity, is that it needs damp substrate. Your ambient humidity will dictate how much water you add, as well as how often you need to add. You simply need to dampen more frequently when its dry...you can also reduce ventilation to slow the evap process.

    Slings should be kept on slightly damp sub, or what I recommend in a condiment cup, is keeping half the sub damp...when it dries, add more water, its really as simple as that.

    In just a few molts, the GBB can be kept dry, as they are an arid adapted species.

    Welcome to the hobby...you have made some really good choices regards to the species you have acquired.
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  7. octanejunkie

    octanejunkie Arachnopeon

    Thanks for the detailed response, I modified the housings drilling holes around the sides and and am using flat, solid lids for the B. vagans and G. rosea, the GBB is in the traditional JTSE for extra height and top ventilation as it is a more arid species, like you mentioned. See pic attached.

    Ironically the two aforementioned slings came in deli cups, but my daughter and I like to look at them and they have both made intricate, deep burrows already, Lol, but I don't mind since they are display animals for us and watching them come out of their burrows to feed is half the fun for us - plus our B. albo did fine in that size container through 3 or 4 molts so we stuck with it. Next step is 16 oz deli cups or larger containers like Jamies, the Container Store has them dirt cheap, pardon the pun.

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  8. FlyKiwiFly

    FlyKiwiFly Arachnopeon Active Member

    Kinda forgot to introduce myself got extra hyped with so much content and cool t and insect pics :D

    My name is Marko i am from Belgrade, Serbia. I've been in hobby for couple of years, but not as active as now since i got new space and better financial situation, aswell a fiance who likes them aswell :D (her name is Jeka). My first T was L. parahybana and eventually died of old age as all males tend to, and after that i got another one (turned out to be a male aswell), but along with him came a number of other pets (and not only tarantulas both new and old world there is a chameleon, some isopods, assassin bugs and a lot of interesting inverts coming soon :D). So with all the new space for animals and investing in hobby and feeders colonies and enclosures, lightning etc all that is left is the good stuff, so you will be seeing me a lot in the coming months :D!

    I'm very glad to be part of this community and so hyped with the variety of animals and characters involved in it :D
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  9. Tvibez

    Tvibez Arachnopeon Active Member

    Finally got my girl in today! She's perfect, special thanks to Kenthebugguy.com she's been very active and I can tell she doesn't feel threatened by me, hasnt showed any sign of hostility. look forward to continuing learning more from everyone on here. And thanks to those who consulted me thru the housing process

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  10. Birdie

    Birdie Arachnopeon

    Hello Everyone ..my name is Birdie..ive started up with my new family .lol..my tarantulas.. i had one years ago...gave it to my aunt...I decided..to get back into the tarantula as a pet...i now have 2 pink toes..Gabora and lydia...surfing the internet im glad ive found this group...ive read some posts. .i can see alot of you are experienced ..These pet shops they dont know alot about selling spiders..anyway glad to belong...
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  11. shutout2000

    shutout2000 Arachnosquire Active Member

    Welcome @Birdie

    P.S. accidentally disliked your post, I un did that but might still go to your notifications I did.