Tarantula sticks to water dish for hours

Belinir

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My Psalmopoeus reduncus seemed alright for a while now. I gave her a much bigger setup after she molted about 4 months ago. In the old setup, which was a simple glass jar with some cork bark and a water dish glued on top for easy refill, I saw her hanging around the water dish every once in a while. Now that she has a much larger tank and an even bigger water dish I sometimes see her bathing in it, dipping her body into the water. She didn't drown yet or anything and she leaves the dish by herself. I just saw her leaving it as I wrote this down and she doesn't seem sluggish at all.

I'm just a bit worried since I could refill her water dish while she was in it and she didn't really care. Has been a while since she took something down too, no signs of premolt though. I suspect that her enclosure might be too dry? It's not like she's in the dish all the time.
 

Bugmom

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If she isn't eating, and she's spending a lot of time in the water dish, I'd be concerned with a nematode infestation.

Try overfilling the water dish (assuming ventilation is good to avoid stuffy air from upping the humidity).
 

G. pulchra

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I'm going to guess the humidity in the enclosure is too low. Try overfilling the dish so the substrate in the area is damp and see how she behaves then.
 

Venom1080

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agree with G pulchra, a tarantula hovering by its water dish is a indicator of low humidity. pour some water onto th sub and see how she reacts in few hours.
 

Belinir

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Yeah, I'll try dampening the substrate now. I don't think it's nematodes, or they don't show just yet. I'll monitor her for that anyway, would suck big time if she had them.
 
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