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Fasting Rose Hair

Discussion in 'Grammostola' started by Team Gomberg, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. kormath

    kormath Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    We had our whole collection in an open closet in the hallway. Fans in each room on each end of the hallway, plus all the traffic back and forth by the closet you'd think would have been enough air circulation.

    Our T's started to become lethargic and not as active as they were before moving them into the closet. When we'd take them out for feeding they seemed to perk up, become more active. The GBB started rebuilding web tunnels. Put them back in the closet later that day and they're back to being lazy. Removed all the Ts from the closet into our respective rooms after that and they perked back up again.

    So even with air circulation in the hall itself, the shelves in the closet blocked the circulation from the spider enclosure. It's easy to test, take the enclosure out of the shelf unit for a couple days and see if it changes behavior at all. if not he should be fine in there.
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    Gotcha, thanks for sharing.

    I took the plastic off the screen lid because condensation was collecting on the glass...and you all say they need it dry.

    Still watching and observing but it seems as though the light, live plant and open screen top are making a difference.
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    Condensation is bad..especially for a dry species. They can "drown" in a wet tank. Their book lungs can't take in enough oxygen if the air is too saturated. I would remove the spider to a tank with dry substrate and adequate ventilation.
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    Yes, The substrate is now dry and ventilation fixed. Thanks!
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    She ate!!!!!!! Finally!! Only took 4 months LOL

    She ate 2 crickets and the whole family gathered around to watch. Hopefully the fast is over and eating will be a regular thing!

    Does giving her 2 crickets a week sound about right?
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    You can see the top 2-3" off coco coir is now totally dry but the bottom 4" is still damp.
    There is no more condensation on the glass and under the log has become her favorite place to hide (instead of sitting on top of it).

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    She's in the log, still holding her crickets from last night.
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    Yes indeed. Sounds like you got her set up right, now. The bottom of the substrate will dry out eventually.
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    Two adult crickets a week is plenty for a G rosea/porteri. She probably will fast again soon. I personally give mine one cricket a week, sometimes one every two weeks. You can look at the abdomen to know if she has enough food or not.


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