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What should I add to my collection?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by nirvannah, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. nirvannah

    nirvannah Arachnopeon

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    Hello guys! I am a fairly new tarantula keeper, although I am experienced in reptiles. I was wondering what should I add to my collection? I currently am a keeper of an Aphonopelma Chalcodes, a Davus Pentaloris, and an Avicularia Avicularia. I have noticed so far its a very addicting hobby! I would love to hear about some of your favorites, and do you guys prefer to buy slings over adults? arboreal or terrestrial? Etc!
     
  2. antinous

    antinous Pamphopharaoh Arachnosupporter

    I'm noticing a lack of large NW terrestrials. I'd add a Phormictopus if you're looking: attitude, feeding response or a Pamphobeteus for: feeding response, growth rate, color.
     
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  3. nirvannah

    nirvannah Arachnopeon

    I really like the Pamphobeteus species! BUT ill definitely look into the Phormictopus species as well! But ive also noticed a lot of NW terrestrials as well! I rarely see anything OW or arboreal.
     
  4. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnoprince

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    I would hold off on the old worlds for a little while if I were you. Get a little more experience in the hobby before crossing that bridge so the learning curve isn't so steep. You can't go wrong with Phormictopus or Psalmopoeus either. I generally don't recommend Pamphos because they're more expensive, but if you're willing to shell out the cash then by all means go for it. The Aphonopelma and Brachypelma genera also some pretty striking tarantulas, but they're pretty slow growing.
     
  5. PanzoN88

    PanzoN88 Arachnolord Active Member

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    H. chilensis, H. orellani, G. pulchripes, P. platyomma, B. emilia, P. cancerides, B. albopilosum

    All of the above are stunning. If you plan on getting Pamphobeteus sp. I recommend getting slings, same with B. albopilosum.
     
  6. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    A. geniculata or N. chromatus....

    G. Pulchripes...

    on the other end of the spectrum N. incei.....

    if OW arboreal are something you want, start with Psalmopeous cambridgei or irminia.

     
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  7. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    N. incei are awesome little spiders!

    People love Chromatopelma cyanopubescens (GBB for short... one of the few Ts where using a "common" name is acceptable!)

    Nhandu are great... I personally love tripepii.

    Phormictopus cancerides and Lasiodora parahybana (LP for short) are great, too!
     
  8. Mirandarachnid

    Mirandarachnid Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Nhanduuuuuuu
     
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  9. SteveIDDQD

    SteveIDDQD Arachnopeon Active Member

    When I upgraded from new world tanks to something more advanced, I went for a P.irminia. So far it's not been a challenge at all as it's a pet hole, and when I do see it it's actually super chilled out.
    I'd look at an N. chromatus, it's high up my list for early next year.
    You could also go "big" and look for an decent size LP...
     
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  10. I hopelessly biased, but I am noting a distinct lack of Grammostola here and will happily add a (third?) recommendation for G pulchripes. Big, gentle, beautiful. Doesn't hurt that they're also usually pretty cheap (lol). As for the other question I think it's a really personal choice, but NW terrestrials seem to be a solid starting point for most people before they branch out into other specializations. Looks like you've already picked up a a happy fluffy arboreal though, nice!

    Edit: sorry, left out a piece - wisdom given to me recently is that slings are more economical. Money aside, it's a matter of whether you want the big beautiful T now or if nurturing something to adulthood is more your style. I've done both.
     
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  11. lostbrane

    lostbrane Arachnobaron Arachnosupporter

    I personally enjoy a mix of slings/juveniles/adults. Right now my collection is mostly slings. As to terrestrial or arboreal, it's up to you. All the species/genera listed are all incredible and a joy to keep. If you want something with a great feeding response, A. geniculata or N. chromatus are excellent choices, and both tend to grow quickly. If you do delve into Psalmopoeus just remember that they can be tempermental, are rather quick, and can jump. Which, is awesome seeing by the way, but if you're not expecting it, it is most definitely a surprise! My P. cambridgei is probably my second feistiest t and is a hoot. When I first got it and was putting it into it's new enclosure, it ran around/jumped around my rehousing tub.

    Grammastola are awesome too.
     
  12. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    Pics incoming

    Acanthoscurria geniculata

    Grammostola iheringi/pulchripes

    Nhandu chromatus/coloratovillosus

    Neoholothele incei

    Pterinopelma sazimai

    Dolichothele diamantinensis

    Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens

    Psalmopoeus irminia/cambridgei/pulcher

    Everyone needs at least one Brachypelma
     
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  13. Chuckmater

    Chuckmater Arachnopeon

    If you're looking for growth rate and appetite....

    T. Stirmi, L. Difficilis, Lampropelma Borneo Black
     
  14. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnoprince

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    Not really sure I'd recommend one of these to a new keeper, especially not one who hasn't kept any old worlds before.
     
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  15. Chuckmater

    Chuckmater Arachnopeon

    Good point....I don't know what I was thinking!! lol
     
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  16. Olan

    Olan Arachnolord Old Timer

    I say B. hamorii
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  17. kaolincash

    kaolincash Arachnopeon

    my list is:
    • ACHERON: Aphonopelma seemanni [✓]
    • STYX: Ephebopus murinus []
    • LETHE: Eupalaestrus campestratus []
    • PHLEGETHON: Grammostola pulchripes []
    • COCYTUS: Nhandu chromatus []
    I'm building a "Skeleton Crew" of female Ts with skeleton leg patterns, each named after Greek underworld rivers. I'd recommend any on this list, as they're really interesting looking with a variety of dispositions. I currently have two A seemanni, one of whom is male and named Erebos after the Greek mountain, and they're both so different!! Acheron is far more skittish than Erebos, and has a smaller appetite, but, come to think of it, they're both pretty calm and not into kicking hairs, in my experience—so far—so I guess that's cool.
     
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