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Enclosure Inspiration Thread

Discussion in 'Tarantula Enclosures' started by yeahhtrue, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. yeahhtrue

    yeahhtrue Active Member

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    Okay, I know tarantulas are perfectly happy being kept in plain old rubbermaid buckets of dirt. But for me, part of the fun of the hobby is setting up 'natural' looking enclosures and displaying my Ts. I know some people on here have gone all out on their enclosures, so let's make a picture heavy thread to inspire our members with future rehouses.

    I'll start with the enclosure I just set up for my GBB using excavator clay:

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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Sweet thread...I'll have to take some pictures of a couple of mine.
    I'll leave this one of my Gbb though. 20180309_115414.jpg
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    PanzoN88 Well-Known Member

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    I don't think I'll be contributing to this thread, as I am getting to the point that if I want to get more adds, I have to stick with space saving enclosures, though I do prefer sterilite tubs over getting fancy. To top it off I'm not very creative at all.
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    Kymura Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    for more permanent enclosures I am going to fix them up nicely, at the moment mine are almost all slings, so its function over form till they get some size,
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    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    Belinda tanks 1.JPG Goliath 1.JPG Goliath 2.JPG Rubiseta.JPG I thought I'd share a couple my wife set up yesterday, not my style but why not have fun with it? We have plenty of natural style enclosures. I have a lot more miniature stuff for her to play with later, even a flock of sheep (including my favourite, Shaun the sheep! ).
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    The first one is Timothy, my OBT (P. Murinus), second is Rose, Chilean rose hair (G. Rosea). Neither of them use their pretty accesories :’)
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    They didn’t upload first time. Here they are, nothing elaborate but still makes nice displays IMO

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    And now they uploaded twice? I hate technology. (WHY DID THEY COME OUT BLURRY?!)
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    This looks awesome! I wonder if I could do something similar for my LP once he's full grown. His humidity requirements might mess with the clay though so I wonder if i could make that work.
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    Thistles Well-Known Member 3 Year Member

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    I don't set them up like this anymore. These are from 2013 right after a break up. We had a spider room when we were together, and I set all the tanks up in a cool naturalistic style. Unfortunately, I don't have pics of the ones he kept, which were most of my favorites. Oh well. Here are a few.
    display tanks.JPG lightning feet.JPG P. irminia no flash 2.JPG P. rufilata tank.JPG P. subfusca tank.JPG 143.JPG 144.JPG 145.JPG
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    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    Great looking enclosures!
    I'm looking forward to setting up a few decent sized enclosures, one of the drawbacks of buying slings is the size of the enclosure you have to work with.
  12. Arachnoclown

    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Here's my Gbbs enclosure. I rehoused her in it about 2 months ago. She's around 4.5" but uses the entire enclosure.
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    Nice to see people using rocks and clay. Me likey.
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Here's my latest creation, moss and all.


    T stirmi Mini me cage 1.jpg

    An added bonus. He likes it so much that getting him out is practically impossible but doesn't seem to mind maintenance if you work around him. :)


    Hissy fit has an actual meaning!!
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    Some really nice enclosures here, really great to get some ideas,
    @yeahhtrue this is exactly what I want to do for mine, very inspiring, I really want to make some attractive vivs so I can enjoy looking at them, can I ask about the excavator clay, you dampen it and form it, and then it dries out and holds the shape or can you add it and they are able to dig for themselves or is it too heavy and dense a substrate for them?
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    Yes, mainly it's good for sculpting a rigid structure like a cave or something like that. I do have a tiny bit of dry, loose excavator clay at the bottom mixed with some regular sand as a substrate. But I don't think this would work for burrowing species...it'd just cave in. And certainly I would only use this for a species that likes it bone dry. The directions say that the hard, sculpted clay will turn soft again if water is added. Pretty much just a niche item for a dry desert species that I wanted to test out.
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    Thanks very much for the info, that’s really useful, not the stuff I need I think but still a very interesting product and thread, thanks
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    Phil Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I may have taken things a bit too far! 190 litre converted aquarium for my A. Geniculata. if you zoom in you can see her flashing her backside as she moves away from the camera. must be her best side :)
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    PHIL!!!! Where you been bro? #GenicLovers hehe great to see you posting again! :)
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    Tabitha, the excavator clay can be used for burrowers, you have to experiment with how much water and sand/dirt you use. I have a desert hairy scorp thats made an impressive series of tunnels in his 10 gallon. The more clay you add, the harder and thicker the finished product is. I ended up using potting soil and clay, minimal water. I dont have exact amounts, sorry :( I believe I used more soil than clay..
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