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Set up help for Avicularia?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by noelle, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. noelle

    noelle Arachnopeon

    Front and top view of my set up for my Avicularia avicularia. She's in an exo terra mini "tall" so it's 12x12x18.

    Any comments, questions, concerns are appreciated!

    Also side question, how long before she might start webbing? I just put her in a couple of days ago. Her little plastic critter keeper at the exotic shop was absolutely covered in super thick web, so I'm hoping she will build a nice hammock or something soon.


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  2. N1ghtFire

    N1ghtFire Arachnoknight

    It would be best if you replace the screen top with acrylic, tarantulas can get their claws stuck in the screen. Look's like a nice setup! My versicolors usually start webbing within a few days of being rehomed, but one of them is stubborn and takes two weeks to settle in and web everytime I rehouse him.
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  3. WolfSoon

    WolfSoon Arachnosquire

    I would add a water dish if there’s not one already. That enclosure looks pretty big for that sized T from the photos, but I’m a newbie too so I’ll let someone more experienced chime in on that and other concerns. :cat:

    I believe it just depends on the individual spider how quickly they start settling in and webbing.

    Hope you enjoy your Avic!
  4. WolfSoon

    WolfSoon Arachnosquire

    I got this thread a bit mixed up with another one and thought you’d said this was your first tarantula. If you’re not new to the hobby hopefully I didn’t offend by assuming so. :D
  5. noelle

    noelle Arachnopeon

    The overflowing moss on the bottom is actually a big ball of it that's sitting in her water dish and soaking up the moisture.

    I agree the set up is a bit big but I have read that they're one of the faster growing species and from what I can tell she is actually about to molt.... plus I wanted the double door in case she decides to web up front, I didnt want to risk damage her web every time I have to open it up.
  6. noelle

    noelle Arachnopeon

    Nope, it is my first! That's why I'm asking the questions lol I want to be sure I do right by her.
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  7. noelle

    noelle Arachnopeon

    Thanks! Any tips on how to go about replacing it? And I will keep an eye out for webbing :D
  8. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Leave the lid. No need to touch it. Ventilation would be a pain without the screen.

    Let it dry out. Leave a water dish in for the only humidity and drinking source.

    Ditch the moss. Or leave it in to dry.

    No way to tell that. Could be weeks, could be months.
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  9. WolfSoon

    WolfSoon Arachnosquire

    She should grow into it just fine. If it seems like she’s having trouble finding prey then you could consider rehousing into a smaller enclosure. I agree the front-opening cage is nice. I don’t actually have one but wish I did. Lol.
  10. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    I would remove the moss completely. A clean floor is advantageous for your tarantula, as floor clutter will only serve as a place for feeders to hide. An avic will generally only come to the floor briefly to drink or hunt.

    Also its best to keep things on the drier side, excess moisture isn't good for them at all. Keep the sub predominantly dry.

    Not a faster growing species.
    May still happen, you can't worry bout that...they have an endless supply of webbing and nothing to do with their time. They will either repair it or eventually move if given a better place..
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  11. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer


    Tell that to my A. metallica, he would get caught all the time. It's quite easy to put acrylic on these instead of screen.
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  12. bryverine

    bryverine Arachnoangel

    Buahahahhaha! @Venom1080, I finally found proof! You must now recant everything you ever said about arboreals not getting stuck on mesh! :rage:

    :oops: ok... well maybe not, but at least here's one instance. :woot:
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  13. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Some people have never had a problem, some have. Why risk it is my practice.
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