Brachypelma Albopilosum

MissinTxtr

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Hello I'm new to the world of tarantulas and am looking to get a brachypelma albopilosum. I'm just not sure if I should get a sling/juvenile or a sub adult. I read that it took a year for someone's T to reach over one inch and If that is accurate I'm not a very patient one. So shoul I just go for a young sub adult?

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Andrea82

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For a first, a juvie or adult is mostly recommended for that exact same reason you state. You could always get a sling later on, if you feel like it.
EulersK has a nice series of videos on YouTube for new keepers with alot of iinformation, it is called AraneAid.
 

MissinTxtr

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For a first, a juvie or adult is mostly recommended for that exact same reason you state. You could always get a sling later on, if you feel like it.
EulersK has a nice series of videos on YouTube for new keepers with alot of iinformation, it is called AraneAid.
Thank You!
 

KezyGLA

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B. albopilosum is great beginner choice though as it is Brachypelma it is one of the slower growing species. However not the slowest in the genus.

I believe subadults are readily available in the states.
 

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But seriously, albos are a great beginner species. I'd suggest a juvie. That way you can watch it grow without having the stress of a fragile sling.
 

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Hello I'm new to the world of tarantulas and am looking to get a brachypelma albopilosum. I'm just not sure if I should get a sling/juvenile or a sub adult. I read that it took a year for someone's T to reach over one inch and If that is accurate I'm not a very patient one. So shoul I just go for a young sub adult?

-MissinTxtr
If your not patient than tarantulas may not be for you.
 

MissinTxtr

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If your not patient than tarantulas may not be for you.
I'm somewhat patient I just dont want to get a sling and have to wait a year until it's anything that's impressive. Eventually I'll most likely get a sling or a few just to watch them grow and be apart of that process but for my first T is a completely different story.
 

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I'm somewhat patient I just dont want to get a sling and have to wait a year until it's anything that's impressive. Eventually I'll most likely get a sling or a few just to watch them grow and be apart of that process but for my first T is a completely different story.
With Brachypelma albopilosum it will grow rapidly compare to other species, so if you intend to purchase a sling I would get the albopilosum from "Nicaragua".
 

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I'm somewhat patient I just dont want to get a sling and have to wait a year until it's anything that's impressive. Eventually I'll most likely get a sling or a few just to watch them grow and be apart of that process but for my first T is a completely different story.
Simple solution. Buy many tarantulas :D to be honest that's how I started.
I bought a B smithi sling from a shady online dealer who's information said it would "be fully grown in a year" shortly after I joined up here and got to see how misinformed I was. So to kill the time in-between this little guy growing I bought an avic from a local shop, then a A genic, LP and OBT from Kelly swift. And then I decided to go to an expo and it's been all downhill since. 160 specimens and counting not including slings
 

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There is nothing wrong with looking for a juvenile or adult as your first tarantula and I did the same thing.
Brachypelma albopilosum are not the slowest growing of the species - in my experience they are medium growers and often gain size visibly with each moult.
Juveniles and sub-adults of this species are usually not that difficult to find and won't break the bank, unless they are the Nicaraguan variety which cost more. They are a good species to go with as a larger option. You can often find them for a really good price on places like Craigslist because they are one of the more common species that people sell to free up space for other tarantulas. I have gotten a couple that way myself. The only issue is that they might not be sexed properly and you will end up with a male. But that applies to some dealers too.
I got my girl as a juvenile unsexed, confirmed female when she moulted, and I only paid $20cdn from a private online sale. She has gotten 'fluffier' with each moult, as has my male. I have the hobby versions only.
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