1. Are you a Tarantula hobbyist? If so, we invite you to join our community! Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your pets and enclosures and chat with other Tarantula enthusiasts. Sign up today!

When to Introduce a Water Dish to My Enclosure

Discussion in 'Tarantula Enclosures' started by mp3 Andrew, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. mp3 Andrew

    mp3 Andrew New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2015
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Hello everyone. New tarantula owner here. I have a 1" Grammostola rosea (Chilean rose) sling that I bought when it was .5". I keep it in a large pill bottle. This allows the sling space to move, but no room for a water dish. So far I've been misting the enclose occasionally (it hates this) and have assumed the sling gets most of its liquids from its crickets.

    Am I doing this right or am I dehydrating my T? At what point should I introduce a water dish and what kind of dish should it be?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Paul Bowen

    Paul Bowen Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2016
    Messages:
    93
    Likes Received:
    80
    Trophy Points:
    18
    I would wait until 2 or 3 inches. A bottle cap with spraying the substrate and container should suffice.
    mp3 Andrew likes this.
  3. mp3 Andrew

    mp3 Andrew New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2015
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Thanks for your reply. So I should be able to wait until it's bigger to introduce the bottle cap, or should I find a larger enclosure and do that now?
  4. MassExodus

    MassExodus Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2015
    Messages:
    3,511
    Likes Received:
    3,857
    Trophy Points:
    113
    That rosea sling will never want wet or damp substrate. They are the epitome of "dry species" . I would rehouse it in a container big enough for a bottlecap, and hide, and keep the substrate dry. If you want to give it some extra moisture before a molt, just overflow the bottlecap a little.
    Pasodama and mp3 Andrew like this.
  5. mp3 Andrew

    mp3 Andrew New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2015
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Thanks, I'll do that.
    MassExodus likes this.
  6. Enn49

    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2014
    Messages:
    4,926
    Media:
    434
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    7,585
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I give all of mine a bottle cap once they reach half an inch. Slings won't drown.
    Pasodama and MassExodus like this.
  7. MassExodus

    MassExodus Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2015
    Messages:
    3,511
    Likes Received:
    3,857
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Never once have I heard of a sling drowning. They seem to be much smarter than prey, who will commit suicide in a water dish(even dubia, sometimes). Plus ive seen videos of tarantulas swimming in the wild, when they had to... And one where someone put a versicolor in a bathtub, as if it was original and he was showing us something..other than distressing the spider, who seemed quite put out by the ordeal. But unharmed. I was hoping for a bite..no such luck.
    Tricocyst and Pasodama like this.
  8. kormath

    kormath Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2015
    Messages:
    3,271
    Media:
    30
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    3,623
    Trophy Points:
    113
    all T's need a water dish. they rarely drink from them, majority of their hydration comes from prey. I put a water dish in every enclosure, from the 1/4" slings on up. We found out the hard way what happens if your T's don't have water dishes. close call with my son's D. pentaloris "Hobbes"

    If you're worried about drowning of the T or the prey put aquarium gravel or smiliar in the dish that they can stand on. All of my water dishes have that, except the glass cosmetic jars, just cause the roaches can't climb the sides of those to drown themselves.

    That saying you can't kill a roach is untrue, let a lateralis loose in a T enclosure and you'll find it drowned in the water dish the next day lol.
    Pasodama and MassExodus like this.
  9. sedge

    sedge Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2017
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    43
    Trophy Points:
    13
    I am using a small square Lego as a water dish for the sling enclosures. It's Black so you can't even see it.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page