New and Long Adventure: Brachy Slings!

LucN

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Jump in! It's totally worth it. 😀
Seeing them take on size and colors is going to be great.
With my batch, I'm a little hesitant about breeding since I'm almost 100% sure they are siblings from the same sac. I would prefer to breed individuals from different parents. Something I will be reading into and getting advice on later on.
I would, but I lack the space for more currently. I'm seriously tight so the 4 AFs are all I can have at this point. Better those than none at all. My situation will improve eventually.
 

joossa

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Going to be the last update for a while unless something drastic or unexpected happens.

The slings are all doing fine. There's a bit of a heat wave going on (mid 90'sF outside) and the storage room they are in got up to 87F today and yesterday and they are tolerating that just fine. I do crack the door open during the hottest part of the day so some of the cool air from the adjacent room that is cooled by AC makes it in. I also have a small fan on during the afternoon and evening in their room to keep the air moving and not stagnant. I'm working from home and am able to check in on them closely.

So far, I am refilling their tiny water bowls every three days. The sub does not dry out as fast as I thought it would.

Since the last update, the slings ate one more time and have put on even more weight. The oinkers!! 🐷🐷🐷 They are each being fed half a gut loaded small cricket each offering. The crickets are fed apples, grapes, and high quality cichlid pellets.

Also, the smallest sling molted late last week, so that's good news too. 😁 No others molted yet. I am keeping a log of molt dates for each sling (and other info) and will be able to report back with data in the future.

I know it's a very long ways away, but I can't wait to see their red rump and golden carapace. Worth the wait and effort. 💯😍

Check out the latest pics:

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LucN

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Man, those are some fat slings. Don't be surprised for more molts in the coming month or so. Congrats on molt #1 :) I think by the time they reach 1.5-2" you'll start seeing their adult colours. It's getting to that size that apparently takes a while. In the meantime, you have plenty of beautiful adults of other Brachys to keep you entertained. Maybe in a couple years' time your albiceps group will have earned their adult suits. Keep us updated :)
 

joossa

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It's been a little over 4 weeks since the Brachy slings arrived. All are doing well.
  • All of the B. albiceps slings have molted at least once.
  • All of them turned a really dark color before molting.
  • Before their first meal, they refused food for about 12 days on average.
  • I am offering all slings half a small cricket every 5 days.
  • The B. smithi sling has not molted yet and has eaten at every offering. 🐷 It was bigger than the B. albiceps slings, so I am not surprised.
  • 2 B. albiceps slings are my runts (smaller than the rest), 1 is bigger than the others, and the other 5 are average size (for the bunch that I have).
  • They are still in my storage room getting a high temp of 86F and low of 74F.
  • They have a small fan on during the afternoon and evening to help with ventilation when it is hottest in there.
  • I am topping off water bowls every 2 or 3 days. They don't get empty, but I like to keep them full since the slings are in warmer temps.
  • September and most of October will still be warm. However, I am now starting to think about how to keep them at the same temp ranges once mid October rolls around. My storage room does get colder than the rest of the house, so a change of rooms for the slings may be needed. Will continue to plan that out...

Really dark coloration prior to molting:
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Fresh Molts:
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Growing Slings:
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LucN

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I envy you so much you couldn't believe ! I seriously cannot wait for this opportunity to come my way. I know it's a lengthy process, but seeing the progress from slinghood to adulthood ought to be extremely rewarding. It's kind of like an RPG, you've barely started your journey and you can't wait until you meet the final boss and put him/Her/it in its rightful place. Getting to that point is a real blast.
 

USNGunner

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I envy you so much you couldn't believe ! I seriously cannot wait for this opportunity to come my way. I know it's a lengthy process, but seeing the progress from slinghood to adulthood ought to be extremely rewarding. It's kind of like an RPG, you've barely started your journey and you can't wait until you meet the final boss and put him/Her/it in its rightful place. Getting to that point is a real blast.
OMG. I read this and went "WTH?" Then it hit me that you meant Role Playing Game. That's not the RPG I'm used to dealing with. :lol::lurking::lol:
 

VaporRyder

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OMG. I read this and went "WTH?" Then it hit me that you meant Role Playing Game. That's not the RPG I'm used to dealing with. :lol::lurking::lol:
Although a well placed RPG would certainly put most Final Bosses “in their rightful place”, I have to say - since it’s been mentioned, having regularly been out ‘looking after’ Royal Marine Assault Engineers as a medic (back in the day), and having been given the opportunity to ‘play’ with everything from M18 Claymores to PE - my personal favourite was the M72 LAW… :lurking::D:cool:

But we digress…
 

joossa

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December 2021 Updates:

The slings are all doing great. They really have all developed their own personalities that I have recognized. For example, #4 is my rebellious and angry sling. S/he has given me a few cute little threat postures. #6 is my largest B. albiceps, but is really shy. They are all super cute and adorable.

I did have an unfortunate event happen when, after having refilled water bowls, I dropped sling #8 in its enclose from my hand to my desk maybe 5 to 6in. The enclosure landed upside-down. The sling made it out just fine, but I felt extremely terrible about dropping the enclosure. I was afraid the sub or cork would have crushed or severely injured the sling, but s/he was fine. 😥

Last month, despite still accepting food and eating, most of the slings started to move sub around, I assume in an attempt to burrow as they were entering permolt. Since they don't have much sub, they only managed to shift the sub to one side of the enclosure.

Almost all of them have molted again in the last 2 weeks or are in premolt currently. My two largest are now 1.25in to 1.5in DLS. It's taken them an average of 50 to 60 days from their last molt to this molt. Previously, it took them 40 to 45 days between molts.

I plan to keep them in the 3.25oz deli cups for a while longer, but:
1] Will rehouse them into new 3.25oz deli cups since they have pooped on the walls and lid of their current enclosures.
2] I am already prepping their next size up enclosures: clear 12oz deli cups. I may actually move some of the larger slings into these sooner than later.

They are still offered food every five days and I am trying to keep them over 80F during the day in my warm, south facing walk-in closet. The only new thing I am battling is low humidity, so I'm keeping on top of keeping part of the sub moist and water bowls full at all times.

Accident Aftermath:
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Slings Moving Sub Around:
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Large, But Shy Sling:
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Current Setup:
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Slings in Premolt Recently:
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joossa

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Freshly Molted Slings From the Last Week Or Two:
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Prepping For Imminent Rehousing Next Week (staying at 3.25oz Cups):
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Prepping For Eventual Rehousing to 12oz Deli Cups:
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LucN

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Wow ! Glad to hear that they are still doing well. At least the one that was dropped didn't suffer any injuries, so that's good. They are starting to gain a bit of their adult colours. You're doing great with your current setup, keep it up !
 

joossa

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Wow ! Glad to hear that they are still doing well. At least the one that was dropped didn't suffer any injuries, so that's good. They are starting to gain a bit of their adult colours. You're doing great with your current setup, keep it up !
Thank you! Appreciate it. Yes, some of the larger ones are showing a bit of a lighter colored carapace. Super excited to see them continue to grow.


@joossa where did you get those water dishes? Or what are they? Paint cups?
Got them from Amazon. Look up tattoo ink wells. I got the smallest size. They come in a bag of 100. 😀
 
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