Advertisement Agreed, there are some questions that are better answered what you shouldn't do, but this is one that should be phrased "what SHOULD I do". Research. Research. More research. Until your eyes bleed, you've read every post on here about beginner species, and seen all of the good tarantula youtubers. When I started out, I had picked up an A. genic sling like an idiot in one of those awful petco spider huts. Trying to figure out what to do with a tarantula I could barely see (yes, should have done RESEARCH before getting it) (side note: this was my 2nd T, my first was an Avic sp. pet store) I stumbled across Tom's Big Spiders blog. I read his entire blog and started RESEARCHING all of his suggested beginner species. There are some obvious ones to avoid, but it's easier to suggest ones that would be good starters.