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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Stacey Ryan, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. jackys

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    Hmmm I don't recall an "All about the GBB" thread, but I haven't been here all that long. I *have* seen plenty of scattered mentions... Using the scientific name "Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens" or "C. cyaneopubescens" would broaden your search, though I'm mostly seeing pics and "for sale" posts when I try it. GBB came up in a recent "What T's are next on your list?" thread, but only briefly.

    You could always start a new thread if you can't find one that answers your specific questions- I'm sure it wouldn't take long for someone who has a GBB to chime in!
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    I don't give them substrate, just egg crates. But I usually only get a couple at a time and they're gone within a week or two at most, so I don't know if conditions would have to be different to keep them longer.
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    The box I got has blooming loads of them.
    Should I wait til tonight to feed my T? What time of day do u feed yours?

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    I just do it whenever is most convenient... Often early in the morning, sometimes early evening after work. Time of day doesn't seem to make a difference and they snap the food up as soon as they sense it. I try to drop the food very close, almost on top of them, to make sure I see them eat. B. hamorii will even reach up to grab it out of the air sometimes :)

    I've heard it's "better" to feed them at night, maybe because they're nocturnal, but mine don't seem aversely affected.
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    Think il feed him tonight when the house is quite as he still hasn't came out his hide yet

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    In the US you can buy crickets separately, 2 or 3 at a time but I've yet to find anywhere in the UK where you can do this, they just sell boxes of them. I buy mine on line once a fortnight and can just make them last long enough.
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    Hmm that's interesting, I'm in the US and hadn't heard that before! Pet stores near me usually let you choose what size you want too. I get like 8-10 tiny crickets per week or 4-5 big ones, because inevitably some will die on the way home or within a few hours. They are fragile little things -_- I'm just glad they're cheap.

    Still trying to find the perfect conditions to reliably keep them alive for 2 weeks, but high humidity seems to kill them faster.
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    The supplier I use sells quite a few different sizes:-
    Micro 1-3mm
    Small 4-5mm
    Med/small 6-8mm
    Med 8-12mm
    Standard 12-18mm
    Large 15-20mm
    Ex. Large 20-30mm

    The smaller sizes you get hundreds in but the larger sizes not so many. They come with a substrate which I presume contains a feed of some sort and I can just about keep them long enough to keep the Ts happy until the next order.
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    Haven't seen substrate with feed in it, though I have seen packaged "cricket feed" for sale. I haven't tried it yet, mostly because I have such small batches. I've been giving crickets some combination of dry oats, dry cat food, fresh potato, fresh orange, and fresh banana.
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    Should I crush the heads of these crickets? [​IMG]

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    Nah, that's not necessary. The crickets would only pose a danger if they were hanging out in the enclosure during a molt, or if they were really huge compared to the spider (nobody wants feeding time to turn into a gladiatorial death-match lol).
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    Thank God for that! I really wasn't looking forward to that. I'm worried that it will burrow and hide and then die, hidden away somewhere. Will they do that?

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    Haven't seen a cricket die in the enclosure yet, but I do inspect the cages at least once a week for spot-cleaning (boluses and poop... ew). That's a good time to remove a dead cricket.

    I wouldn't worry too much if they hide. In my experience, when crickets hide they always resurface within a few hours, or by the next day at the latest. If I see them hanging out after 24 hours, I remove them with tongs or a mini catch-cup and wait a week before feeding again. So far, crickets have only escaped being eaten if one of my T's is in pre-molt (at a certain point, they lose interest in food. When they molt, I won't feed again until at least a week post-molt).

    But that's why I try to drop the crickets right next to the T... If she's hungry, they'll probably get grabbed immediately :)
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    Is it still ok to put the cricket in, if the spider is hiding in his hide with a wall of substrate at the entrance?

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    And if i were to use a heat mat where woupd i place it, on th side or top? Because I read that the bottom is a no no

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    If it were me, I'd wait a day or two to see if he comes out. There isn't an urgent need to feed him, and he might just need a little more time to settle in. I know "The Tarantula Keeper's Guide" and the care instructions I got with my T's said to wait 2-7 days before feeding. I ignored it just because they were sitting out in the open, didn't look scared/stressed, and showed feeding response behavior.

    Not sure about the heat mat, haven't bothered with those myself.
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    Ok, I didn't feed him last night. I decided to wait, like u said it is urgent that he gets fed now. And if the crickets die, theres plenty more where they came from lol. Thank you for getting back to me.

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    Isnt*

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