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Exo Terra Nano

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  1. Rs50matt

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    so I've heard a lot of people talking about these and what they do with them but I find it abit confusing.
    Mine just arrived , I got the 8x8x8. Im going to use it to house my B Vagans and was wondering if I need to do anything to it?

    I've heard a lot of people say they replace the mesh on top and also add cross ventilation. But for a c versi. As my vagans doesn't really climb I don't see the mesh being an issue but I'd rather see what others say
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    I also have a few of these enclosure now. In the past I had both G. pulchra and G. pulchripes pull this type of metal screen apart in a smaller lower cage (Not a Nano). If they don't hang out up at the top and its not easily reached, and they have cover and shelter down low, I doubt it will be a problem. I have a juvie G. iheringi in my Nano wide right now and it has never gone up to the top or touched the screen.

    So to answer your question, the screen top could be a problem in some cases, but probably won't be a problem in most cases. Definitely something to keep an eye on. It took a couple of weeks for my large Grammostola to get through their screens, and they never got the hole big enough to escape, but they eventually would have. Escape will not happen over night and you will see a problem coming and have time to deal it, if it ever happens.
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    Tbh the enclosure my vagans is in atm doesn't give him a chance to climb so I can't garentee it won't but I would think not
    What about cross ventilation? Is it that important for a brachy or grammostola?
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    ExoTerras do have vents below the doors so there is sufficient cross ventilation for both species.
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    I have the nano talls and I remove the screens and replace with drilled acrylic as I keep my Avics in them which are arboreals. Replacing the screen for terrestrials isn't neccessary if they don't climb on the screen and if you don't need to keep the humidity up.
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    I've been a casual tarantula hobbyist since the early 90s. I've never been all that involved or studied much. The cross ventilation thing is a relatively new concept and seems mostly oriented towards arboreals from what I've seen. I've raised a about a dozen Grammostola and Brachypelma over that time and a few others that I'm probably forgetting. Never lost a one, and never had cross ventilation in any of my previous enclosures over that time. All of my enclosures were vented from the tops and in most cases, I covered most of the tops to try to make some moderate humidity in my extremely dry climate here.

    I think the venting at the bottoms of the Nano, coupled with the screen tops would count as cross-ventilation too.
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    Yea when I get my c versi I will get cross ventilation sorted so it's more natural to where they live. But I guess for my brachy I don't need to do anything. I won't be moving it straight away so I have some time to sort it out
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    Cheers for the advice. I'll leave it as is (they look nice) and I'll get it set up and move it when ready.
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    I tend to steer away from mesh with terrestrials and leave it with arboreals. I’ve seen most of my terrestrials climb, but they are much more clumsy at it so when they get up on the mesh they have trouble figuring out how to get back off of it. The arboreal are good climbers and I haven’t seen any of them even begin to get stuck on a screen.
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    This is a 8x8x8 nano
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    Tortoise Tom Well-Known Member

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    Here is mine:
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    And a beauty shot for fun:
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Here's my Versicolor, suspect male Charles, just chilling out.

    C versicolor Charles just chilling 2.jpg C versicolor Charles just chilling 3.jpg

    He likes the upper left rear corner for whatever reason. There's enough room inside for me to comfortably stick my cellphone camera right up next to him.
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