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I'm Quite Desperate for Some Clarification

Yevrah

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My Mutual had to find a home for two tarantulas, female Chilean rose and male Brazilian salmon pink birdeater. I've offered to take them in due to the neglect they were getting else where. I've asked about how long they've been in the environment and how old they are, which I have no answer to. The Chilean rose looks fully grown and the LP looks tiny and slim. I'm really worried about both. The vivariums I was given are barely filled an inch of soil/ bark, they both have been barely fed or even given water. They both currently have shallow water bowls and only the LP has a hide. Im planning on purchasing better vivariums and a hide for the Chilean rose, additionally a better and much deeper soil. I've never owned a tarantula before, any tips would be helpful. I will also buy food, planning on buying locust and mealworms.
 

Phil

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My Mutual had to find a home for two tarantulas, female Chilean rose and male Brazilian salmon pink birdeater. I've offered to take them in due to the neglect they were getting else where. I've asked about how long they've been in the environment and how old they are, which I have no answer to. The Chilean rose looks fully grown and the LP looks tiny and slim. I'm really worried about both. The vivariums I was given are barely filled an inch of soil/ bark, they both have been barely fed or even given water. They both currently have shallow water bowls and only the LP has a hide. Im planning on purchasing better vivariums and a hide for the Chilean rose, additionally a better and much deeper soil. I've never owned a tarantula before, any tips would be helpful. I will also buy food, planning on buying locust and mealworms.
You have come to the right place for advice and help so things will get better. Do you have any pictures you can share so we can give you more informed advice and help.
 

Yevrah

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You have come to the right place for advice and help so things will get better. Do you have any pictures you can share so we can give you more informed advice and help.
 

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Yevrah

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You have come to the right place for advice and help so things will get better. Do you have any pictures you can share so we can give you more informed advice and help.
I have a good idea of a next step. I'm going to buy acrylic vivariums that are better built and easier to see them in. Along with much better substrate and much deeper as well, about three inches for the GR and 5 for the LP. What do I buy food wise. I have a bout a handful of mealworms right now. Any tips of how to take care of these breeds will be highly appreciated
 

Phil

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The rosea looks to be in good enough shape and I dont really think there is anything to worry about with the LP either.

general advice based on those set ups.

1. replace the substrate with coco fibre if you can and add more depth than what is in there.

2. Water dishes. You have mentioned already but just make sure there is plenty of fresh water for them. I use cooled down boiled water for all my spiders.

3. Cross ventilation. If there aren't any ventilation holes on the side of the enclosures, then they would benefit from some. Just makes sure especially for the LP that the holes are not too large and that it could escape

4. Feeding. Again you have mentioned. General rule of thumb is not to feed anything bigger than the size of the spiders abdomen.

5. Temperature. Just in case you were worried, as long as you feel comfortable in the house with the temps, your spiders will. No need to add heat mats unless absolutely necessary. Air temps of about 20 to 22°C is absolutely fine for those.

6. Humidity. Don't over spray or worry about humidity. In the UK the ambient humidity is about 65% anyway so just alight mist in one side of the enclosure is fine. do not have wet substrate especially for the rosea as they don't like it.

Apart from that general advice/pointers, I dont really see anything for you to worry about. Nice spiders you have. :)
 

Yevrah

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The rosea looks to be in good enough shape and I dont really think there is anything to worry about with the LP either.

general advice based on those set ups.

1. replace the substrate with coco fibre if you can and add more depth than what is in there.

2. Water dishes. You have mentioned already but just make sure there is plenty of fresh water for them. I use cooled down boiled water for all my spiders.

3. Cross ventilation. If there aren't any ventilation holes on the side of the enclosures, then they would benefit from some. Just makes sure especially for the LP that the holes are not too large and that it could escape

4. Feeding. Again you have mentioned. General rule of thumb is not to feed anything bigger than the size of the spiders abdomen.

5. Temperature. Just in case you were worried, as long as you feel comfortable in the house with the temps, your spiders will. No need to add heat mats unless absolutely necessary. Air temps of about 20 to 22°C is absolutely fine for those.

6. Humidity. Don't over spray or worry about humidity. In the UK the ambient humidity is about 65% anyway so just alight mist in one side of the enclosure is fine. do not have wet substrate especially for the rosea as they don't like it.

Apart from that general advice/pointers, I dont really see anything for you to worry about. Nice spiders you have. :)
Thank you so much, I'm autistic and it's really good to have straight forward knowledge which is both plentiful and organised. This is super helpful and I appreciate the time given to respond.
 

Phil

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Thank you so much, I'm autistic and it's really good to have straight forward knowledge which is both plentiful and organised. This is super helpful and I appreciate the time given to respond.
My pleasure :)
 

Phobik1

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Im with Phil. You can start just by getting some coco fiber and putting that in the tubs you have them in w a water dish. You can then take your time on finding the enclosures you want after finding out as much as you can about your 2 species. Both are quite hardy and easy to care for.
 
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