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GBB growth rate...

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by marvs08, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. marvs08

    marvs08 Arachnoknight

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    I was wondering who had the experience of raising this beauties from sling to maturity and who did it with the fastest record time... One of my friends told me it took him about a year and two months to do so (power feeding it until 3"), and another in a little over two years (once a week feeding)... Thanks...
     
  2. GootySapphire

    GootySapphire Arachnolord Old Timer

    With any T. power feeding will speed the process up on the molting. I have had a few GBB's and the sub-adult I have now has molted fairly quickly and I really haven't power fed it, one cricket a week mainly. I rather savor the beauty of this T. than try to molt it out to its adult phase as fast as possible.
     
  3. Drachenjager

    Drachenjager Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    hmm mine was a molt from breeding size when i got her. she molted 6 month later . so far hasnt molted again which is good since she is bred lol
     
  4. marvs08

    marvs08 Arachnoknight

    Thanks for the inputs guys!!! Appreciated!!! It has been really rare to see CB ones in our country so i asked... There are slings and i am trying to compute the days when they can be bred locally... Thanks again!!!
     
  5. marvs08

    marvs08 Arachnoknight

    bumping my questions...
     
  6. SandyMuffinCakes94

    SandyMuffinCakes94 Arachnobaron

    mines molted in oct "08 and last night 08
     
  7. No One

    No One Arachnosquire

    got my first GBB sling In February Hear is his molt dates.. 2 march, 23rd April. 20th May, 23rd June, 29th July, 4th September, 15th November. I have not seen him proparly since the molt (sexed him from this molt though) so i am not sure if he is mature yet. He is over 12cm now, and bigger than the mature male i have hear. Haven't been able to see any hooks..
    The second GBB i got was on the 6th april also as a sling,. hear is her Molt dates. 2nd May, 26th May, 20th June, 27th July, 31st August and 10th October. She (Sexed her on the last molt) is about 10cm so i would say next molt she will be able to mate.

    Hope this helps.
     
  8. Moltar

    Moltar ArachnoGod

  9. marvs08

    marvs08 Arachnoknight

    Thanks guys! I got 2 slings of this beautiful T!!!
    @ No One- how much did you feed them and how often? Thanks again!
     
  10. No One

    No One Arachnosquire

    Hi. I normally feed one cricket everyday. this is how many Crickets they ate between each molt..
    GBB A - 2 march 17 crickets 23rd April 14 crickets 20th May 16 crickets 23rd June 10 Crickets 29th July 24 crickets 4th September 29 crickets 15th November
    GBB B - 12 crickets 2nd May 13 crickets 26th May 8 crickets 20th June 10 crickets 27th July 12 crickets 31st August 21 crickets 10th October 32 crickets up to date..
    hope this helps. you can see by the gaps in time, normaly eats everyday then goes into premolt for a few awhile.
     
  11. marvs08

    marvs08 Arachnoknight

    Thanks man! All the best! Hope mine grows as fast... Can't wait to see adult colorations of it...
     
  12. gbbgirl

    gbbgirl Arachnoknight

    Hey,

    I'm glad to hear you're getting into GBB's! They are fabulous little creatures, not that my 6" inch female is "little".

    What I've notice in this species is that male mature much more quickly than females, which is seen in most species. My first GBB was aquired at 1.5 inches in July 07 and mature into 4 inch male by March 08. He molted 5 or 6 times in that period. He lived until July, 08. Before maturity, I feed him heavily, 1-3 crix 3 times a week. It was too much fun to watch! But, I believe that the intense feeding shorten his total life span.
    Females growth can be accelerated with "power feeding" but they still grow more slowly than males.
    I now have 2 new GBB slings (in addition to my breeding stock), whom I am feeding 1-2times a week, 1-2 feeder items at a time. I feel this is appropreate, and they are growing at a moderate/fast rate and molting with regularity. I'm also keeping them around 76-78 degrees F. An increase in temp can also accelerate growth.

    Good luck with your GBBs and have fun!
     
  13. marvs08

    marvs08 Arachnoknight

    thanks gbbgirl! All the best!
     
  14. i've heard that the males have a much shorter lifespan then the females. i've read that males can live up to a year past maturity but females can live up to 20 years in total.... is this true? what is the average life span for each sex?
     
  15. Moltar

    Moltar ArachnoGod


    This is true of all tarantulas, all spiders in fact (not sure about other arachnids). The lifespan of individual species differs of course but with all tarantulas the mature molt is the final one for a male. There are rare occurences of a male molting again but it's quite uncommon. I had an OBT male that only lasted about 6 months after MM molt but i've heard stories of G rosea males going for 3 years or more.
     
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