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New tarantula owner, need really good advice on buying bedding/substrate.

Whitelightning777

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Can you get Lugarti's tarantula substrate? It's somewhat overpriced, a bit of a designer product but I don't think it has any peat in it. Some folks have done well with it. I think Amazon was selling it.
 

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Most of the specialised T substrates available over here are expensive and have lumps of wood bark in that are too big for slings. I tried ProRep Spiders Life for out 1st 2 Ts as they were big enough to cope with it but I soon realised that it was a no, no for slings.
 

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All the reviews of Lugarti's indicate that the stuff is very finely ground up and doesn't have any rubbish within. It's ideal for slings.

Anyway, look at a few reviews for it first.
 

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All the reviews of Lugarti's indicate that the stuff is very finely ground up and doesn't have any rubbish within. It's ideal for slings.

Anyway, look at a few reviews for it first.
I've done a search and it doesn't appear to be available over here, not even Amazon have it.
 

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See if you can switch over to Amazon USA website and have it shipped to you. God only knows how long it would take or how much it would cost. I've ordered stud from the UK before that I couldn't get in the states before but it was just region 2 DVDs.
 

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See if you can switch over to Amazon USA website and have it shipped to you. God only knows how long it would take or how much it would cost. I've ordered stud from the UK before that I couldn't get in the states before but it was just region 2 DVDs.
Postage would be ridiculous.
I priced 2 4x4x5" Amac boxes from the Container Store - 2 boxes are £5.99 ($7.64) shipping is £35.29 ($50.10)
 

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Postage would be ridiculous.
I priced 2 4x4x5" Amac boxes from the Container Store - 2 boxes are £5.99 ($7.64) shipping is £35.29 ($50.10)
Wow! Wouldnt it have been cheaper to buy the acrylic sheets and adhesive and make your own enclosures?
 

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Wow! Wouldnt it have been cheaper to buy the acrylic sheets and adhesive and make your own enclosures?
I buy 4" glass cubes with built in ventilation from Poland for £4.00 ea ($5.10). If I buy a few larger ones too the courier only costs me around £40.00 ($50) door to door 2 day delivery and I can include as may Ts as I like at no extra cost.
 

DreadedNeith

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I buy 4" glass cubes with built in ventilation from Poland for £4.00 ea ($5.10). If I buy a few larger ones too the courier only costs me around £40.00 ($50) door to door 2 day delivery and I can include as may Ts as I like at no extra cost.
Oh ok. I thought you paid that much for two small enclosures.
 

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Oh ok. I thought you paid that much for two small enclosures.
The Amac boxes would cost me £6 with no ventilation, I can buy 2 glass ones with metal ventilation strips for £8.
I currently have an order in for 3 12x10x10" terrariums plus 4 4" cubes and a T, for all that 2 day shipping by van door to door will be around £40
 

DreadedNeith

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The Amac boxes would cost me £6 with no ventilation, I can buy 2 glass ones with metal ventilation strips for £8.
I currently have an order in for 3 12x10x10" terrariums plus 4 4" cubes and a T, for all that 2 day shipping by van door to door will be around £40
Oh wow. Thats a good deal. I really want to try and make an arborial enclosure for my avic. I just dont knkw where to find the materials for a decent price.
 

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Oh wow. Thats a good deal. I really want to try and make an arborial enclosure for my avic. I just dont knkw where to find the materials for a decent price.
Ask on here, I know there are members that make their own and I'm sure they'd point you in the right direction.
 

DreadedNeith

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I was looking at the sterilite containers but id have to figure out a good wat to make a door on it as i would be using it as an arborial. I'll definitely have to ask around. I'm using a 10 gallon aquarium that i converted into a vertical enclosure.
 

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I was looking at the sterilite containers but id have to figure out a good wat to make a door on it as i would be using it as an arborial. I'll definitely have to ask around. I'm using a 10 gallon aquarium that i converted into a vertical enclosure.
These are what I use for my arboreals. The drop down door (guillotine style) means you can lift it just far enough for feeding, maintenance and water. The air vents across the top and front give great air flow. These are glass but the same design would work in acrylic.
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DreadedNeith

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These are what I use for my arboreals. The drop down door (guillotine style) means you can lift it just far enough for feeding, maintenance and water. The air vents across the top and front give great air flow. These are glass but the same design would work in acrylic.
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Thats nice and very simular to what i have set up.
 

Whitelightning777

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I wouldn't drill glass. There are conversion kits to make these tanks into arboreal cages.

Still, I'd just do an ExoTerra nano 8x8x12 and call it a day.
 

DreadedNeith

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Yeah i made my own conversion for it. I built a frame for tthe opening. It works good i just get paranoid bout ventilation. I just ended up putting more vent holes in the front and i keep a fan in tye room to circulate the air. If i can confirm that my tank is indeed regular glass and not tempered glass then I'll have no problem drilling it. Im great at building all sorts of things. I could also just pay the glass place down the road to do it. I like building my own stuff though.
i make canes and walking sticks and usually give them away to people in my area that cant walk very well. I also do some blacksmithing, drawing, tattooing, gardening, crochet, electronic builds... im good with my hands and id rather build my own things. I get satisfaction from it. i can sometimes make it hard on myself when ill spend 5 hours forging ormaking a tool that i could buy for 10 bucks but wheres the fun in buying it if you can make it.
 

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