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I'm A Newbie But Got My First Tarantula!

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by KWISE89, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. KWISE89

    KWISE89 New Member

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    Hey everyone, I just got my first Tarantula. I've got a female Avicularia Avicularia. I've done some research but any tips and/or do's or dont's would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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    Hello and welcome!

    Is your new spider a baby or adult?
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    She's a baby, about 1 3/4". I'm curious as to how old she is. Can you tell that by the size or does it vary?
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    It varies a lot.

    I have other different Avicularia and a C. versicolor. Care is the same for all of this type. Here is what I've read and what I'm doing with mine: For smaller ones, I like a damp substrate, but not wet. Have a bottle cap water bowl at the bottom and over flow it a little as need to keep the substrate slightly damp when re-filling. What is most important is ventilation. They need good cross ventilation. Make ventilation holes on opposite sides of the enclosure so air can flow through. Here is how I did it:
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    I also have an Avicularia purpurea, not pictured here with these three arboreals. I made mention of it, but then showed a pic of two Psalmopoeus. Didn't want this to be confusing...
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    Welcome, I am also new and have a Avicularia Avicularia on the way!
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    Thanks Tom, much appreciated!
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    Thanks Inky, I'm guessing it won't be long before I can't resist getting a second one. As soon as I handled her at the pet store (pro supervised) I was hooked.
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    Hello and welcome. :)
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    Welcome to the Group...............LC72UK:):T:
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    Thanks guys, glad to be here.
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    Tom, where would I find enclosures like the ones in your pic? I bought a 12x12x12 Exo Terra for my Avic but would like something smaller for my next T. I'm planning on it being smaller when I get it.
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    Those are called AMAC boxes. I think they sell them at "The Container Store" if there is one near you.
    https://tarantulaforum.com/threads/amac-boxes.22224/
    The ones in the pic are 2x2x5". I also have 4x4x7" ones.
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    Just saw this now, thanks!
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    That can be tricky to determine. Temperature, feeding frequency, number of feeders used and quality used can all play a role.

    Gender of the tarantula also matters because males and females have different growth rates with the males growing faster and living a shorter time.

    What really matters is giving the tarantula a great environment in the present. Roaches are generally considered the best feeders.
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