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What was the hardest lesson to learn?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Caseyface, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. LuiziBee

    LuiziBee Arachnobaron

    To keep up with the times and information. Just because I learned something once doesn't mean it'll always be the correct information. Or that it ever was. I'm terrible about this.
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  2. Crowbi

    Crowbi Arachnopeon

    That something may work for others and not for you and vice-versa, but to always listen to advice whether or not you plan to make use of it.

    I keep both my avics (1 sling, 1 adult) WITHOUT water bowls and mist them occasionally and both have been doing fine for many months now.
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  3. Magenta

    Magenta Arachnosquire

    For me, it was just leaving them alone. I'm pretty sure I've literally over-cared a sling to death:(.
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  4. darkness975

    darkness975 Dream Reaper Arachnosupporter

    I stopped trying to achieve this goal years ago because no matter how hard you try they will always find something to throw you under the bus for.
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  5. wetwork

    wetwork Arachnosquire

    I only wanted a few...at first. After being on these boards for some time and researching and looking at online dealer inventories...I want all of them.

    EDIT: also, I was/am spending way too much on acrylic display cases. I just need to switch to RUBs or storage boxes.
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  6. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoemperor Active Member

    There isn't an hardest lesson to learn when "you" embrace, armed only with a pure and noble Soul, the Goddess 0.1 Pelinobius muticus PBUH (Peace Be Upon Her) because Life, all of a sudden, changes.

    Those that not, and I mean the skepticals, the kafirs, the haters of burrows, the blinded and the self inflicted blinded... well, they will continue to live in their sad little world made of nothing but :banghead: despair, cold, misery, apathy, lazyness.

    The Goddess 0.1 Pelinobius muticus incontrovertible and inescapable love draw in that well made of nothing but the pure crystal water of Memento Audere Semper: yes you can say the essence itself of life, the genius, the 'to dare' mentality :pompous:

    The rest are chit chats, heavy air of the first Chinese restaurant, interesting like a dumb Steven Seagal movie, so Embrace the Goddess u_u
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  7. Thaneem

    Thaneem Arachnopeon

    Absolutely it was the humidity issue. Keeping the substrate dry other than a bit of overflow from the water dish solved literally every issue I ever had with inverts.

    EDIT: Wanted to add that I owe this incredibly simple piece of information that is really worth it's weight in gold to an old member of this forum. I wish I could remember the guys name. Everyone at the time (2004) was saying - and this was for centipedes, not spiders - to basically use moist substrate to avoid dessication. This one guy said to keep it dry with just a bit of overflow from the water dish. He was totally right, and now it seems like this is what everyone does.
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  8. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoemperor Active Member

    No. Depends always by the Theraphosidae (and Centipede) in question. Plus other factors like where "you" live, the enclosure ventilation etc

    If (instead of a moist substrate) had offered back then a dry set up with just a water dish and only a bit of overflow here and there to my female Scolopendra subspinipes, I doubt she would successfully managed to poop out pedelings and thrive :-s
  9. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    really? thats what i did at first with my alternans, thing never ate and hid 24/7 for months. i now keep it practically like a Theraphosa and have noticed much more activity and appetite.

    @Crowbi water dishes are a super easy fail safe way to ensure the spider has water when it needs it. it can be done through misting, but is a pain when you have 35+ to water.
  10. smitje

    smitje Arachnosquire Active Member

    Buying a 15 gallon terrarium for a 1 inch pulchra........ it was my first spider..... :)
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  11. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

    I'm not sure it was hard to learn. I did find that the more Ts I got the less I messed with them and the better they did. I know (and I've seen other post it too) that when I only had 3 or 4 I often over tended them. The more I got, the less I bothered them, and the better they did. Now, I just do base maintenance and feeding. On occasion I'll slip one out for a photo. I see them out more now then I did when I started.

    Honestly, if they had more space, a moving water supply and a way for food to to get in on occasion then they wouldn't need me at all. I think a lot of keepers are like I was when I started. Quick to over help their Ts. It's molting... oh snap what do I do? The correct answer in all but the most extreme cases is nothing and often in those few extreme cases nothing you do will help.

    Set them up, give them food and water and let them grow.
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  12. D Sherlod

    D Sherlod Arachnoknight Active Member

    Hardest thing so far has been learning the proper names.. and figuring away to pronounce them :wacky:

    I really like some of what your on :angelic:
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  13. Walker253

    Walker253 Arachnobaron

    1. Bigger enclosures are not better enclosures
    2. Leave them alone when they are upside down
    3. Just because the tarantula will eat that much each week, doesn't mean it needs that much.
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  14. Haemus

    Haemus Arachnosquire

    If you like taking pics/vids, don't approach your Ts unless your camera is on and settings configured...I've missed so many moments :sorry:
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  15. louise f

    louise f Arachnoangel

    Haha me too i still struggle every day:hilarious:
    Just listen to this, christ. This was the first video i made February last year. :D:D

    Today i can pronounce the name properly. You got to practice friend :D

    Ohh that`s just Chris being Chris. Lol just the way we like him <3 :kiss::D

    And to you @Caseyface :)
    the hardest thing or lesson, well i must say that patience when it comes to the waiting for an egg sac or when they dont want to eat. That still bugs me. After 9 years of keeping T`s.
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  16. Paiige

    Paiige Arachnobaron

    Not to overfeed :vomit:
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  17. Jeff23

    Jeff23 Arachnolord Arachnosupporter

    My main lessons have already been mentioned, but another one will probably be urticating hairs. I finally bought latex gloves. I keep the unopened package nearby where it will be convenient once I learn my lesson.
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  18. Jeff23

    Jeff23 Arachnolord Arachnosupporter

    You are right about a need to compare them rather than saying poor eaters. I am guilty of saying that as well. Perhaps we could say they eat less when they eat or eat less often. My slings have a fat abdomens, but leave lots of cricket parts to be cleaned up. It is hard to know if they took a few bites when they are this small, but I never see them eating.
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  19. When to save your money and not buy a T, one of the most difficult aspects of this hobby IMO.
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  20. Caseyface

    Caseyface Arachnopeon

    Indeed, D.Melanogaster. I've only used these a few times, as I prefer dubias (I have a colony). I won't be using these in the future, though. Thank you!
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