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Recommendations for beginner T's that are particularly colorful/beautiful

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by stuffnstuff, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. stuffnstuff

    stuffnstuff Arachnopeon Active Member

    I started with a G. Pulchripes a couple months ago and now I am looking for a new tarantula that is completely different from the black striped look of my G. Pulchripes. At first I was looking at Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens, the Green Bottle Blue because of their beautiful coloration but I hear they are pretty skittish.
  2. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnoangel Active Member

    My GBB is pretty laid-back. Give them the right set-up and they're quite manageable IME. ;)

    T. cyaneolum is also a very beautiful and generally calm and docile spider:

    But IMHO nothing tops a C. versicolor! :kiss: You just have to love the colouration... going from a little blueberry

    to these fluffy colourful adults with green carapace, red abdomen and pink/purple-ish legs. :woot:
    20190815_freshly moulted.jpg
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  3. Theneil

    Theneil Arachnoprince Active Member

    GBB but can be skittish
    C. versicolor (tend to ocaaionally come out ans up your arm)
    Y. diversipes (see C. versicolor)
    Brachypelma Sp.
    some Aphonopelma sp.(moorea and bicoloratum come to mind)

    I am kinda brain dead ATM so i cant think of any others....
  4. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    B.boehmei, B.emilia come to mind. G.iheringi, one of the most pretty and perfect beginner species there is. :)
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  5. BennyBTamachi

    BennyBTamachi Arachnopeon Active Member

    I concur on the Thrixopelma cyaneolum. Mine has been super calm and easy going so far, plus really beautiful specie and out and about all the time. A bit rare though.
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  6. MainMann

    MainMann Arachnosquire Active Member

    P. sazimai can be beginner friendly as long as you're okay dealing with a slightly skittish T. But most Brachypelma spp are absolutely stunning color wise post molt. Avicularia spp also come to mind when talking about beautiful beginner Ts. But in my opinion, the T that you want to get, the GBB, is the path to go if you want a beautiful T
  7. FrDoc

    FrDoc Arachnobaron Active Member

    1. C. versicolor (with proper husbandry research here on AB, not internet/YT care sheets).
    2. G. iheringi (look at the picture I posted in the gallery yesterday).
    3. B. boehmei very pretty, but number three because it takes a long while for those colors to show forth.

    GBB? meh... If you hit them with the right light they’re nice looking, but if you just glance into the enclosure under normal conditions it looks like a lanky, black spider sitting deep in a web.
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  8. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    I think Gbb are at their most pretty as slings and later right after a moult. The rest of the time...meh.
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  9. sasker

    sasker Arachnodemon Active Member

    I second G. iheringi as well. It has a beautiful red butt, and what is not to love about a red butt? :D

    Interestingly, the tarantula in my collection that gets the most 'Oohhs' and 'Aahhs' is my B. hamorii. It is probably the most common tarantula in the hobby and the first one that most people associate with tarantulas, I presume. It is therefore for many a less interesting tarantula because it is so mainstream. But I don't care. She is beauty, and so says everyone who comes over to see my tarantulas :)

    I recently purchased a B. albiceps. I am always amazed by their looks somehow. Mine is a juvie female and the colours are showing, but haven't reached their full potential. I will just have to wait a couple of years :D
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  10. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    G. iheringi

    A. seemanni (Blue Form)

    Brachypelma spp.

    A. geniculata


    This, Theraphosinae sp. "Colombia" can't become readily available soon enough.
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  11. StormyMyth729

    StormyMyth729 Arachnosquire

    I do have to agree with the T.cyaneolum. They are beautiful and quite docile...ifff you can find one lol
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  12. StormyMyth729

    StormyMyth729 Arachnosquire

    Definitely hard to find but they are awesome! I love mine too.
  13. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron Active Member

    I'd recommend L. parahybana, C. cyaneopubescens, Brachypelma species hamorii, emilia, baumgarteni. Also C. versicolor but they're more fragile as small slings I'd get one 1" or bigger and make sure to give extra ventilation.
  14. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    Pamphobeteus males are all strikingly colourful and the females are still impressive in their own right. Yes, they are more skittish, but definitely manageable for a proper minded beginner. But I understand if you aren’t ready for a big potentially nervous ‘birdeater’. Just wanted to put it out there.
  15. stuffnstuff

    stuffnstuff Arachnopeon Active Member

    Thanks for the photos! I didn't know C. Versicolors were that multicolored, that is probably right at the top of my list now.
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  16. stuffnstuff

    stuffnstuff Arachnopeon Active Member

    Yeah, this thread actually put me up to the C. Versicolor and now I am looking to get one soon.
  17. stuffnstuff

    stuffnstuff Arachnopeon Active Member

    I would've definitely gone for T Cyaneolum due to the nice blue color that resembles a GBB but it seems they're a little difficult to find right now.
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  18. stuffnstuff

    stuffnstuff Arachnopeon Active Member

    the G. Iheringi looks incredibly beautiful but similarly to T Cyaneolum, they seem to be a little rare.
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  19. stuffnstuff

    stuffnstuff Arachnopeon Active Member

    Yea, I would have gone for them too but sadly, you are correct in the fact that they are pretty difficult to find.
  20. stuffnstuff

    stuffnstuff Arachnopeon Active Member

    Both B. Hamorii with the cool red legs and B. Albiceps with the contrasting colors look great and they are realatively affordable and readily available. However their slow growth rate has kind of pushed me away from looking for a Brachypelma. But I might look at buying them soon following the C. Versicolor as the weather here in Northern California seems to be great for slings as my G. Pulchripes has molted twice from 3/4 to a solid 2 inches with its legs stretched out in only 3 months! And seeing as how there is a reptile show coming next week, if I happen to see either I would definitely buy them.