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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Rs50matt, May 14, 2018.

  1. Rs50matt

    Rs50matt Active Member

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    Hi all. My names matt. And I guess here's a lil story of my journey so far

    Around 2 years ago I started watching a few tarantula videos on YouTube. Nothing much came of this other than I started finding them fascinating. Over the last few months I've been watching more and more videos , researching into different species and finally I've decided to go for it.

    I'm waiting delivery but I have purchased myself a brachypelma hamorii (ex smithi)
    It isn't very big but the reason for this is I believe I'll find a bigger spider intimidating (as stupid as this sounds) Hopefully the "we'll both grow together" story will help my confidence.☺️ I am also wanting to get a Euathlus sp. red. But from what I've found so far I've got a better chance of winning the lottery. Maybe someday.

    I'm hoping to be fairly active in the forum and would massively appreciate any tips/advice. I think the learning about the species is almost as interesting as owning them so I'm in no rush to get myself something pretty that'll cause me issues
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    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    Welcome!
    I have found this forum to be very friendly and helpful, just reading old threads will keep you occupied for quite a while!
    I'm fairly new to keeping tarantulas myself but my long experience in keeping "enclosures" has come in useful.
    Don't be afraid to buy a juvenile as opposed to a sling (sling is a contraction of spiderling, a very small baby spider). In most ways something a bit larger is easier to manage, and not as fragile as a tiny one.
    You're starting a great hobby, welcome to the ranks of the infected!
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    Nunua Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome to the addiction!
    It's totally understandable and normal to find a bigger T intimidating, but I can already tell you that several members on this forum are former arachnophobes :D Happy to hear that you have gotten interested in Ts and actually purchased one - I'm sure you'll learn with your upcoming B. hamorii!

    The forum is full of helpful people who are nothing but willing to help - So when in doubt just ask! :)
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Hello Matt and welcome. :) I'm sure you'll enjoy watching your little one grow and develop its adult colours and soon be wantig more.
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    Rs50matt Active Member

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    Thanks all. Enn49 your absolutely right. I wanted to start with an Euathlus sp. red but there not exactly readily available lol. The hamorii from what I've seen and read is a good starter and I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    You need the patience of a saint to raise an E. sp red, mine is over 3 years old an still not 1" dls. The Hamorii is a far better starter T, placid, great feeder and more likely to be visible.
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    The end result will be incredible and worth it maybe I should be more patient thou and wait for the right one to turn up
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    Welcome to the group!!
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    Hello there and welcome, gratz on your first:T:
    What have you got set up for its housing if I may ask?
    Perhaps we can eyeball everything for you pre-spider to help you avoid any issues?
    Also, all of us enjoy LOTS of pictures so don't be shy about sharing them!
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    Thank you :) as it's only small I've got a plastic "jar" effectively. I've created holes for ventilation and around 2" of substrate . I've used a coco fibre brick and expanded it.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    The substrate needs to be dry for B.hamorii, if there is room, a water bowl if not trickle water down the side every couple of days and give it a small piece of cork bark and/or plastic plant to hide under or climb on and it should do fine.
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  12. Rs50matt

    Rs50matt Active Member

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    Yea thanks enn49. I did think that the bricks were a good idea( and they are) but I have been drying it out as I thought it was very moist
    I will get a small hide and maybe even a small water dish.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I never bother with a "hide" as such just a small piece of bark is enough for a little one to burrow under. Save your money for when it's bigger and then you can go to town with the décor.
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    LC72uk Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Welcome to the Group Matt......LC72UK:):T:
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    They are a nice genus with plenty of great looking species therein. What exact size did you get?
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    Rs50matt Active Member

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    I'll be honest I only really got it as I couldn't get hold of a Euathlus sp red (managed to find one now) but it is only a sling really . Realised I said water dish and I shouldn't get as it could drown the poor lil fella. I am hoping to go to BTS tomorrow just to get a feel for the hobby and maybe get people's general opinions and ideas . For now thou I'm sticking to what I got ( I hope lol )
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    If you have room for a water bowl in the container then put one in, a T will not drown in it no matter how small a sling it is. Bottle caps are good, an upturned Lego brick is an option or some people use the blister that tablets are packed in.
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    Ah ok. I'd heard that they can drown in them. I guess that's if it's a pool. A pill blister is a good idea. I'll look see if I have 1
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    They will simply float
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    An animal that can walk up one wall, across the ceiling and down the other one won't drown in a water dish.

    Still, if you're worried, use bottle caps with threads on the inside where they spin on the bottle. They can use those to get out.
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