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Keymond69

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I'm ordering a 10 cm blondi for 95 quid off so many legs, I need some help with the enclosure,substrate and humidity. Could somebody please educate me on the best set up please. UK

Would be very grateful .
 

WolfSpider

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3 Year Member
They require alot of space and substrate. A good option is an exoterra large, terrestrial. If you choose that fairly expensive option, place a towel over half of the meah surface, or replace with an acrylic top. This species is quite fastidious: they require a moist, but not swampy environment. The substrate should remain moist and spongy at all times. They do poorly in drier conditions. Good luck!
 

Oursapoil

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This is my setup :) For my MF. I keep the substrate moist except for the very top thin layer which dries out everyday as I have ventilation going on during the day. At night time I mist the enclosure for about a minute which wets the top layer. This system allows for a good humidity but prevent swampy conditions that would increase bacteria’s and mold. A large water dish and clean water is also needed. I’ve had mine as a sling and she’s been thriving. A smaller tank to start my be better if she is only 10 cm until she molts a few times and can be rehoused in her final enclosure.
Cheers!
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m0lsx

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Tarantula Club Member
I have a probable blondi that is about 3 inches (7-8cm) & a stirmi that is a good 3 inches (10cm - 11cm) & both are in 12 X12 (30 X 30) Exo Terras. I keep both in moist, but not wet, conditions. I also have a bigger Stirmi girl, who is in a 17 X 12 Exo Terra.

I keep a larger than normal water container in with them & keep the substrate moist, but not wet.

The 12 X 12 tank is a little too large for my smallest probable stirmi, but it came with the tank & it's a bio active tank & has a false bottom filled with clay balls, to allow water to sit at the bottom of the tank. So I am keeping them in that tank, as it is so well set up.

Live plants, moss & a larger water bowl are good ways of keeping moisture up. But a false bottom with clay balls & a mesh over it to allow water to sit at the bottom is by far the best method.

My big girl, when I got her, was in a dry enclosure more suited to a Brachypelma, than a Theraphosa blondi, but she had lived there for a couple of years & had molted there too. The poor girl even had a branch from a Christmas tree in her enclosure & anything Fir tree, is a really big no, as pine contains an insecticide. So don't feel you need to be too spot on with them. Just reasonable.

My newest Theraphosa
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My biggest girl
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The tank my biggest girl lives in. The water bowl for size comparison is around 4 X6 inches. (10 X 15cm.)
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A post from last year, on this site about false bottoms.
https://www.tarantulaforum.com/threads/false-bottom.23366/

Edited to add. I use a large (600ml) syringe to push water down into the substrate. Not just for my Theraphosa, but with other species too. I either push a pencil into the substrate & slowly inject some water in. or I pull a small area of substrate back & fill it & let it soak in before covering it over. Even with desert species, this allows me to up the moisture level & not have the substrate too wet on the surface. If you do not use the same place each time, then mold will not be an issue. The syringe is also a great way of topping water bowls up.
 
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