- Aug 11, 2016
So I have read that avic slings are more delicate than other genus. At what size does his delicateness go away? For example, some guys sell 1-1.5 inch slings. Are these a doable size for a beginner?
i recommend a 32oz deli cup with cross vent, dry coco fiber sub with a water bowl. make sure to have all the fake plants at the top or near the top as thats where the avic will be most of the time and where it will make its web. edit: not sure what a Parmesan cheese container is.Probably going for the "Parmesan cheese" container with cross ventilation holes in the sides, with coco fiber and some fake plants. Although dollar tree has some slightly bigger deli cups that might be better.
This is actually one of favorite AVIC setups followed closely by peanut butter jars. Post pics before you get your little one so we can help you give it the best possible care from the start. A word of caution with avics though. They don't necessarily exit the delicate stage at 1.5". I have a 2.5" that is determined to be delicate for the rest of its life.Probably going for the "Parmesan cheese" container with cross ventilation holes in the sides, with coco fiber and some fake plants. Although dollar tree has some slightly bigger deli cups that might be better.
I've owned/raised many different types of Avics.So I have read that avic slings are more delicate than other genus. At what size does his delicateness go away? For example, some guys sell 1-1.5 inch slings. Are these a doable size for a beginner?
I appreciate your approach in learning as much as you can first. NW terrestrials generally make great first tarantulas and are pretty forgiving on husbandry. I got an avic as my second tarantula but I got her at 4" so she was a little less delicate. I can honestly say looking back now that if she had been small I probably would have killed her with inexperience. I feel like the best way to get into avics is to start larger and work your way down in size. It gives you time to really dial in our husbandry and minimizes the risk of loss. Yikes on the Stromatapelma by the way. In my opinion that would not be a good learning experience. If you tell us a little more about what you like in a tarantula (bigger, more colorful, interesting patterns, etc) there will be a bunch of folks jumping up and down to help you find your perfect tarantula. Fair warning, you plan for three now. You'll end up with a dozen. I don't know how it happens but it does nearly every time. Darn spider addiction.Thanks guys. My end goal is to have at least one arboreal, one terrestrial and one burrower....at least. However I would rather wait on the arboreal until I get some experiance with the terrestrials if there is a risk. I don't want to risk an animals life until I'm ready for sure. I have been asking a lot of questions about many species. I seem a bit flip floppy but better to learn now then after I kill something. If I had got my first impulse it would have been petcenterusa's stromatapelma 2 inchers. That would have went well.....
I recommend you get a NW species over an OW genus like Chilo.Yeah this forum has been great for the advice. I have those I like Brachypelmas, Aphonopelmas, Nhandus and Chilobrachys. However I am trying to stick with species that I can get above an inch. I would think those would be hardier and easier to feed. I raise dubia, Elliptorhina javanicas and Eublaberus sps. "Pantanal". So convincing my wife I need to get fruit flies or pin head crickets ain't happening lol. I don't plan to get any until The end of sept. Or October. I got my first tarantulas 20 years ago, the day before my freshman year of college. They were promptly seized the first day by my RD. So I have been researching for 20 years llol.
You don't ever have to use fruit flies or pinheads....bigger prey can be pre killed or diced into appropriate sizes...I feed a lot of slings diced up mealworms.convincing my wife I need to get fruit flies or pin head crickets ain't happening lol. I don't plan to get any until The end of sept. Or October.