A Terrestrial Enclosure Ventilation Question

LoneSong

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So i figure out joining Arachnoboard before getting my first T on monday (tomorrow) i've done my research and i'm going get a Brachypelma Albo
So today i'm going to make the enclosure for it.. its a 4 cm juvenile and the enclosure is 22×15×13. First question is the enclosure big enough? second question is how much ventilation do i need? 14802393774401992316748.jpg
 

ledzeppelin

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don't worry, the enclosure is big enough. As for ventilation, it depends on how you want to do it? I suggest poking holes, because T's claws can get stuck in mesh and can rip their legs off if they hang by their claw. I would poke a bunch of holes on the top and one line of holes near the top along the all four sides. Provide a good amount of substrate, a water dish and a hide and you're good to go! And remember, Brachy's don't like it too moist ;)
 

LoneSong

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don't worry, the enclosure is big enough. As for ventilation, it depends on how you want to do it? I suggest poking holes, because T's claws can get stuck in mesh and can rip their legs off if they hang by their claw. I would poke a bunch of holes on the top and one line of holes near the top along the all four sides. Provide a good amount of substrate, a water dish and a hide and you're good to go! And remember, Brachy's don't like it too moist ;)
ahh maybe i should poke alot of holes than... wherre i came from the air humidity is already 70%
 

Trenor

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You shouldn't need but about 10 or so evenly spaced out. They can deal with a little humidity just don't have the substrate be too damp.
 

Red Eunice

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So i figure out joining Arachnoboard before getting my first T on monday (tomorrow) i've done my research and i'm going get a Brachypelma Albo
So today i'm going to make the enclosure for it.. its a 4 cm juvenile and the enclosure is 22×15×13. First question is the enclosure big enough? second question is how much ventilation do i need? View attachment 225657
The size is near perfect for your sling. Fill it at least 1/2 the height with firmly packed substrate. When young, these are real bulldozers, and readily dig a burrow. Provide a hide, water dish and a plastic leaf or two (I place sphagnum moss strands).
For vent holes, be careful on the size, in a row on 4 sides about 2-3cm from the top. I use a number 30-35 drill bit to prevent the possibility of an escape, especially feeders. Personally, I'd drill 4-6 holes on the top, mainly to avoid a micro climate. Plus, if just adding water, no need to remove the lid. Indonesian humidity levels won't adversely affect an albo that much, just keep the substrate dry and the T will do fine.
 

Walker253

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When you poke holes, use a soldering iron or heat up a nail really hot. It's like a hot knife through butter. It makes nice uniform holes and resists cracking my merely punching a hole .
Other than that, enjoy your new addition
 

viper69

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Two holes would suffice, believe it or not. I used to punch 10+ holes in containers when I first started out. Ts require such little O2 that only a couple of holes are necessary for some species. This is one of them.
 

KezyGLA

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perfect. A few holes on the top and a couple at either end on the sides will do nicely. Just make sure the holes aren't to big that the sling can fit abdomen through and escape ;)
 

LoneSong

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Aaahhh thank you all
I made a mistake and made 34 holes on the top.. now i need to tape most of them
 

Trenor

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That is fine too. B.Albo are not that picky when it come to conditions that you would have to tape up some of the holes.

I wouldn't worry about it too much.
 
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