Heterometrus Spinifer Housing...

Seengs

Arachnopeon
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Greetings all! I've had my spini for about 2 weeks now and have him in a 10 gallon galss aquarium with about 4-5 inches of topsoil and some pieces or rocks and wood for shelter. He is doing fine, but I am wanting to get really creative with a new setup for him. I'd like to get some tropical plants so that I can further enjoy they large amounts of time I watch him! :) Does anyone have a setup like this or know some good links for me? What types of plants are best, and what's the best substrate setup? I want to do things right with as little blundering around on my own as possible. Thanks in advance.
 

Bayushi

Arachnoprince
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I had my huge Pandinus tank set up with pothos vines and a few other plants. it looked really nice for about 2 weeks and then the scorpion went nuts digging, uprooted all the plants killing them.

I evetually redid the tank with a couple medium sized rocks and huge hunk of driftwood. She digs around and under the rocks and the drift wood and i no longer have any dead or near dead plants to worry about in her tank.
 

Seengs

Arachnopeon
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Wow! He's a little guy right now, but he IS a digger. Maybe i could put a couple plants in the corners and section them off or something. After looking around I found the post about the Emperor setup and supposedly the habitat's similar to that of the spini. I'll go with that, since I can use a topsoil/peat moss over the layer of gravel at the bottom. That should support plants, I hope. Can anyone give me some good plant species?
 

tarsier

Arachnodemon
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Cant help you with the scientific name but when I tried a planted tank, i used cuttings of what is sold as a "fortune plant". I stuck it in a small clay pot so the scorpion wouldnt dig it up and kill it. The plant eventually died from lack of sunlight though.

The light requirement of keeping a planted tank is a bummer and you may want to try looking up some plants that dont really require that much sunlight.
 

Thaedion

Arachnoangel
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My experience with emperors and live plants is that they would walk all over them every night and eventually crushed them. I've seen people use bamboo. You could use a 'plant' grow bulb for the needed light spectrum during daytime hours.
 
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