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P. metallica sling care (feeding)

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Arjay Alba, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Jhawk023

    Jhawk023 Arachnopeon Active Member

    I agree normally haven’t had too much issue but have had exactly 2 both metallicas that just wouldn’t eat for anything. After a week of the damn fruitflies they were back on track it was just a suggestion that I have had success with not an absolute.
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  2. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    You have lots of experience yet have never lost a tarantula? Bs.

    Don't suppose you have photos of this large P metallica group, and of all the sacs you get.

    Tbh, you come off to me as full of it.
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  3. Jhawk023

    Jhawk023 Arachnopeon Active Member

    Well sorry you feel that way I haven’t lost any that’s just the truth I have posted several pics of my P. metallica slings and communal that you can find on boards here I don’t need to spend my time proving anything to you I offer advice and that’s what it is not attacking you or saying that your not knowledgeable just giving advice based on my experience to be taken as such. Obviously you are the go to on all things tarantulas so I suppose we shall all bow down to your throne as you wake in the morning and piss excellence. I will continue to be full of it and you can continue to believe me or not but no advice I have given would hurt a T and I assure you that if a better viewpoint is given I give credit where it is due and acknowledge others better ideas with other species I’m much less familiar with. Don’t know why anything I have said has upset you so much but if your feelers are truely hurt then I humbly apologize for it and understand that it must be difficult living with such thin skin on a daily basis.
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  4. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    Moderator note: Disagreement and debates are allowed, but please address the points being made without attacking the person making them.
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  5. Dave Jay

    Dave Jay Arachnoknight Active Member

    Following advice on this forum I set up smaller enclosures for the tiny slings, I regret it because every time I add food or water I have to allow for the fact that the sling is probably going to escape. I don't worry too much because I place the enclosure into a larger tub with a lid when feeding, but it is a hassle basically rehousing every time. If you're worried about opening the enclosure, definitely do so in a larger tub, if the sling escapes you can put the lid on and not engage in a chase that escalates. If you feel it may escape on you and it makes you too nervous to open the enclosure perhaps a larger enclosure is warranted, just make sure you place the food where the sling can easily find it. The added advantage will be that you won't have to rehouse it as many times. I'm no expert, it's just a suggestion based on the experiences that I have had with a flighty sling.
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  6. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    I think you mis-interpreted that advice.

    The advice for small slings in small enclosures is specifically for NW terrestrials. And these tend to not be escape risks.

    Arboreals can and should be started out in larger enclosures with significantly more room and cover and never be put into a very small enclosure.
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  7. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron

    You can leave dead feeders in for up to 24-36 hours then remove them or it'll start to be a mold problem.
  8. Dave Jay

    Dave Jay Arachnoknight Active Member

    Well the slings in question are ow terrestrials(1/4 to 1/2"), in a larger enclosure (4" diameter) they do hide, but in a small enclosure they panic and bolt over the edge of the enclosure, almost every time.
    The point I wanted to make to the op was that if you're too scared to open the enclosure you should probably upsize.
    The reduced prey/predator interaction doesn't outweigh the positives of being comfortable feeding and maintaining the sling imo.
    But you have basically said this in your reply anyway.
    At least the thread might be back on track now!!! :)
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  9. Arjay Alba

    Arjay Alba Arachnopeon

    Thank you for the tips.
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