Tarantula cage idea thread

Venom1080

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Title says it all. Post pics of various tarantula enclosures of yours so I and others get a feel for whats working well out in the hobby.

This isn't to show off your fancy bioactive set ups, but I shall allow it if it's really really nice. ;)
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One gallon jars from Walmart. Use them for every arboreal and fossorial I've raised since I found out about them. Great life time home for spiders up to ~5.5". This ones for a A variegata. 15220325616651651768873.jpg
Ex of a Asian "arboreal" set up using these.
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Glass tanks on their side work great. This particular brand has a sliding lid so no mods beyond a barrier are required. This particular set up will work for arboreals up to 10". Unfortunately, I don't think any get there..
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35 dollar acrylic cage off Amazon. 7.5x8x12. (LWH) reasonable vent, still works for avics though. Will warp a little.
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Normal glass tanks. Believe it or not, a Theraphosa can live comfortably with no cross vent.

Feel free to exchange more ideas of enclosures, or show off if you must.
 
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Sergic

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Snap lid containers from a bargain store

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Container with flexible lid from the container store
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Acrylic container that came with a spider from Craigslist
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Multiple medium and large critter keepers for arid terrestrials
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And of course deli cups in various sizes. Some with more poop on the sides than others :rofl:
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MotherofSpiders

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For younger arboreals and smaller MMs, I use the upright plastic storage containers with ring of holes top and bottom. Just thought I would share what I do with the tall container enclosures as they can be a challenge to maintain. Some keepers told me they don't bother with a water dish because they just fill them with dirt. I started to glue in a "shelf" to elevate water dishes, for reason mentioned. But the Ts wanted to use the shelves to lounge around on and even molt on so now I hang a 1 oz. portion cup with a loop of 20 gauge wire from one of the vent holes. Water dish stays clean, the cup holds a lot more water so it never goes dry and is accessible to both T and myself. Over all much less maintenance. The t gets a nice horizontal place to stretch out on, which arboreals seem to really appreciate.
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Wolfspidurguy

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Title says it all. Post pics of various tarantula enclosures of yours so I and others get a feel for whats working well out in the hobby.

This isn't to show off your fancy bioactive set ups, but I shall allow it if it's really really nice. ;)
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One gallon jars from Walmart. Use them for every arboreal and fossorial I've raised since I found out about them. Great life time home for spiders up to ~5.5". This ones for a A variegata. View attachment 270647
Ex of a Asian "arboreal" set up using these.
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Glass tanks on their side work great. This particular brand has a sliding lid so no mods beyond a barrier are required. This particular set up will work for arboreals up to 10". Unfortunately, I don't think any get there..
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35 dollar acrylic cage off Amazon. 7.5x8x12. (LWH) reasonable vent, still works for avics though. Will warp a little.
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Normal glass tanks. Believe it or not, a Theraphosa can live comfortably with no cross vent.

Feel free to exchange more ideas of enclosures, or show off if you must.
Not my enclosure but tarantula Jesus turned whisky into an enclosure
 

Andrea82

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Old fashioned glass enclosures with guillotine opening fronts:
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With occupant:
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The Grym Reaper

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Wham box sling enclosure.
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Lock & Lock arboreal sling enclosures (330ml and 700ml)
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Juvenile arboreal enclosures (4L & 1.9L)
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3L RUB (@EulersK has a tutorial on how to mod the lids but I think they're fine as is tbh)
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Small and mini faunariums
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Medium flat faunarium and X-large Ferplast KK
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Two modded aquariums (not sure how many gallons, they're 18"x10"x10")
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Aedan547

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There's one I hadn't thought of when searching on eBay and in shops. Nice!
All you need is 6 CD cases some hot glue and a Dremmel ☺ I just made one thats 2 stacked ontop of eachother for one of my Arboreals and shes loving it
 

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Grym reaper does thinks a lot like I do.
 

Dave Jay

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All you need is 6 CD cases some hot glue and a Dremmel ☺ I just made one thats 2 stacked ontop of eachother for one of my Arboreals and shes loving it
Ah, I see. Looking at your picture I initially thought it was a pre-made case designed to hold multiple cds. Great idea, I'll have give it a go. :)
I haven't got around to watching the build video yet, but I get the idea now. I modified a little fish tank the other day, and rather than glue the extra doors shut and glue plastic over the holes for power cords etc, I used a soldering iron to plastic weld , that would work with cd cases too I imagine.
 

Dave Jay

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Here are some of the enclosures I'm using for slings/juvies. I use self cleaning fish tanks for most of my scorpions and I have some left so I've used them for the larger slings. They have what is essentially a pre-made false bottom so I use them as such, no water is added to the top of the substrate, just to the bottom via the inbuilt tube. With my desert scorpions the top of the substrate is completely dry but there is moisture in their burrows, this will be good for my Selenotypus species as they too are arid burrowers. The next size are betta tanks I bought from eBay to sell in scorpion kits but they didn't come with the clear vented lids that were shown in the advert so I've just had them sitting around. This is the advert picture, but in reality, no clear lid and the white lid doesn't fit as a base, you can't even stack them! Total rip off at $11 ea($16 now!) but with ventilation added they are serviceable as sling enclosures, just as well because I bought 15 of them!
s-l400.jpg The other containers are from the craft section of a cheap imports store, they are ultra clear and BPA free. They have screw lids and they stack with the lids and base locking together. I set some up for an order of slings but the slings were tiny so I bought the small ones, unfortunately the size in between the two are sold out. The larger ones were $3 for a pack of 3, the small ones $3 for a pack of 6. I will upload pictures of the completed enclosures soon.
 

Dave Jay

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I wish Hobby Lobby was in Australia, I can't even think what the equivalent would be.
 
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