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My M. balfouri commune photos

Discussion in 'Tarantula Pictures' started by KezyGLA, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Hi guys,

    I just received my new group of M. balfouri and I'm very happy.

    I got 5x 3" unsexed from a friends large commune.

    They were released into their new digs straight after their arrival. 2 of them went down the main burrow instantly and 2 went exploring in opposite directions and one stood its ground in the middle of the enclosure and wanted me dead for disturbing it :hilarious:

    I am starting this thread to share photos of my communal set up with these awsome Ts.

    Here are a few to start-


    3 that stayed above ground

    The fighter IMG_7023.JPG

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  2. Austin S.

    Austin S. Arachnoprince Old Timer

    That's awesome man.

    Really good looking natural set up for them as well.
    Well done! Cant wait to see what it'll look like in about 8 months.
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  3. boina

    boina Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

    I absolutely love the set up. :wideyed:
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  4. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Thank you :)
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    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

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  6. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Photo from tonight.

    Some nice webon the go. Think the one on the background moulted recently too :)
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  7. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Adult female introduced and another coming tomorrow

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  8. Timc

    Timc Arachnopeon

    Sweet set up. Do you notice any interaction between them, or do they tend to stay clear of one another? Also do you have any trouble with feeding, as in one getting left out?
  9. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    I see them sharing prey when they come up to hunt. They all live in what I would imagine to be a small burrow under the webbing that you can see.

    Once I have the money to add more I think there will be more above ground.

    The enclosure choice was because of watering feeding. I got quite a large one to give them space to tun to their safe spots instead of running out of the enclosure. No problems yet. :)
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  10. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Man down.

    Even after feeding the female up before introducing to the commune, I woke to see that she had attacked and eaten one of the penultimate males.

    This is the first time I have experienced cannibalism in a balfouri commune. The last setup had balfouri of different sizes and from different sacs living together without issue.

    I havent seen the others in a while as they have taken to ground. I can only hope that she hasnt harmed more than one.

    A sad day today :(
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  11. keks

    keks Arachnobaron Active Member

    This are bad news! I'm so sorry for you. I hope, that the other ones are healthy :( .
    And I am scared, because tomorrow I'll get my (first group of) five slings :nailbiting: .
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  12. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Thankyou for kind word. Dont worry. I am sure they will be fine :) I think maybe she got a surprise when entering the burrow and maybe she mistook him for prey
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  13. Magenta

    Magenta Arachnosquire

    This may seem like an odd question, how do you go about feeding a communal setup?

    Sorry to hear about your male:(
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  14. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Sorry about your male :(

    They sure web a lot and fast too!
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  15. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Thankyou. Not an odd question at all. I just toss in a generous amount of roach/crix onto the web then it they are magically gone within a few hours.
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  16. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Thankyou, yes I think maybe she got spooked or just wasnt fed enough.

    They do a fair bit of webbing. My 6x H. villosella so fast with the webs. They were so fast to eat each other too :dead:
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  17. Magenta

    Magenta Arachnosquire

    Do you pre-kill them? I'm just thinking about how molting would go? If one loses a leg or something, do you put it in its own enclosure?
  18. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    I dont pre kill them no. If I do them ot may not trigger hunting reponse. I dont think all would moult at exact same time so prey items would be eaten by other specimens
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    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

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  20. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    So since the penultimate got munched and evil adult female was removed. All but 1 are accounted for.

    Here are a few that were out tonight.
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