Wow you guys have a lot of "kids". Hahaha! Thanks a lot for that, very informative.As someone who has almost 200 tarantulas, I will give both the pros and cons that Mackenzie and myself have run into with such a vast collection:
- Your knowledge expands greatly as you learn husbandy and habitat info of each species as well as what they're prone to do, they're attitude and their little quirks
- For me, it's something I'm really proud of. We've devoted a lot of time and money to our Ts and to be able to stand back and be proud of a diverse and well taken care of collection is one of the best feelings
- You're able to help others out more when you have a lot of different species of tarantulas - when someone posts that their T is behaving a certain way you have several species to look upon and see if you can relate and help them out
- Time. I work full-time and Mackenzie works part-time technically, but pretty much has full-time hours. When we both get home from work we're tired, but we know we have a lot of mouths to feed. We used to try and do all the Ts in one night but that is way too much. It's gotten better since we moved everything into a seperate room and bought a huge white board and have basically mapped out a schedule and charts with when we fed which shelf last, and so on, but still, one shelf usually takes about an hour. With the slings, there's more because more fit on a shelf, but they don't have waterdishes so it's just a quick clean, feed, mist sort of thing. The juvies take the longest since quite a few still fit on a shelf but they all have waterdishes that have to be cleaned out and refilled. The adults take the least amount of time since, depending on the size of the enclosure, only a max of 9 can fit on a shelf. They also have waterdishes but there's not as many. We can usually get 2 adult shelves done in the same amount of time as 1 juvie shelf.
- Money. We like getting Ts of different genera so when they become available we obviously want them. Only problem is, now that we have a lot of the common and even the not-so-common genera, when new ones are available, they're usually in limited quantities and not cheap. We've cut back a lot on our T purchases since we've got a lot of what we wanted, but that doesn't mean we've stopped completely.
Mackenzie and I have talked about if we think we'd ever specialize and we don't think so. His favourite genus is Poecilotheria, an old world arboreal and mine is Brachypelma, a new world terrestrial so the chances of us specializing are slim. Even with snakes we're both radically different in what we like, he likes weird species of colubrids and I like big pythons and boas. As much time, energy and money it is for us, I wouldn't give it up for anything unless it was absolutely necessary. I'm happy everytime I walk into that room.