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Should I transition A. Chalcodes from moist to dry substrate?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by LordAnon, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. LordAnon

    LordAnon Arachnosquire

    I finally bit the bullet, and at the narbc I purchased a sub-adult Arizona blonde female.

    The vendor I purchased her from seemed knowledgeable, but she kept her on moist substrate. 70% coco, 30% peat moss with some chunks of sphagnum moss. Afaik, A. chalcodes should be kept arid.

    Should I allow the substrate to dry out completely?
  2. BoyFromLA

    BoyFromLA ‎٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و Arachnosupporter

    I am sure many will chime in if you could provide a photo or two of your enclosure. :angelic:
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  3. LordAnon

    LordAnon Arachnosquire

    I will when I can. My question doesn't really seem to need one tho, I'm just wondering if anyone keeps their chalcodes moist or if I should allow it to dry up. She's not even in a permanent enclosure, how I set her up will depend on whether others recommend dry substrate, moist substrate, or moist substrate that should be allowed to dry.
  4. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Dry, deep substrate with a water dish.

    I'm curious what this vendor said to make you think they seemed knowledgeable...
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  5. LordAnon

    LordAnon Arachnosquire

    TBH, I kind of said that just so I don't seem like some know-it-all saying she has no idea what she's talking about.

    The other thing that made me iffy about her was that she insisted I hold her. I appreciated seeing how placid she is, but I was definitely nervous about somebody around me bumping into me or scaring her.
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  6. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    thats the opposite of knowledgable...thats whats known as irrisponsible;)
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  7. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Yeah, nothing about that vendor sounds knowledgeable.
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  8. LordAnon

    LordAnon Arachnosquire

    Yeah, in retrospect probably not. Her care sheet also said "no tarantula is venomous enough to put you in the hospital". Seems to me like she's still living in the days when most pet stores only carried G. Rosea.

    She was very enthusiastic, which was nice. I guess I confused that with genuine wisdom. Or I just didn't think about it too much because I was really happy with my new T.
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  9. Paul1126

    Paul1126 Arachnodemon Active Member

    Was she also good looking? Might be the reason for you thinking she was so knowledgeable
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  10. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnoprince Old Timer

    You mean the Arizona blonde?:shame:

    She may be enthusiastic? But, my mother is enthusiastic too, but she knows absolute nothing about tarantulas!:happy:
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  11. LordAnon

    LordAnon Arachnosquire

    Haha no, she was older. Like someones pudgy grandma.
  12. Tenebrarius

    Tenebrarius Arachnoangel Active Member

    your vendor sounds like they drank bleach as a child. I dont see why you would use moist sub at all? if it is a sling I understand doing partial wetting but my modus operandi is to keep desert Ts like the desert: DRY. sorry you got feed info from a godless heathen, clearly they never read arachno 1:5 " 'he who handle-ith a T is not cool with god, yo', said Jesus"
  13. SonsofArachne

    SonsofArachne Arachnoangel Active Member

    LOL, I have a number of OW's that would prove her wrong.