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Upgraded Enclosure For My Adult Female G. pulchra

Discussion in 'Tarantula Enclosures' started by Tortoise Tom, Jun 4, 2018.

  1. Tortoise Tom

    Tortoise Tom Well-Known Member

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    She's been living in a 5 gallon cube for years. I had this 10 gallon tank sitting there collecting dust, so I decided to fix it up and move her into it. Let me know what you think.
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  2. Enn49

    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    That looks great, I hope she'll be happy there :)
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    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    It looks very nice, practical too.
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    She looks happy :T:
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    MassExodus Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Gorgeous spider. I have a pulchra juvie that refuses to molt, eat or grow like a normal spider. Im fixing to go squish her!
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Just raise the temps a bit and keep the water dish full. Raise the metabolism. It can be done safely but that's a different topic.

    Grammys can go on fasts like Rose hairs are famous for doing. It's probably best to go go with nature but increasing metabolism can break a fast in many cases. It might stress the animal somewhat however.
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  7. Tortoise Tom

    Tortoise Tom Well-Known Member

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    For many years all my tarantulas have been kept in my reptile room where the temp seldom drops below 80 and gets into the low 90s on hot summer days. I raised about a dozen Grammostola and Brachypelma at those temps and none of them ever fasted, except the normal amount during pre or post molt, and they all grew to maturity reasonably fast. I fed a steady but varied diet of roaches. My two male G. pulchra lived the normal lifespan of 5-6 years, and the big female is 10 years old and going strong. Eating like a pig after her molt. I gave all the other ones away, so I don't know if my higher temps had any long term effects on them.
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    Kymura Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    She is lovely, looks like she will be very happy in the new digs :T:
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    MassExodus Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I'd like to keep mine at 80, unfortunately they're in my bedroom lining my walls. I keep it at 72 in there. So some will just have to be long lived ;)
  10. Whitelightning777

    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    The enclosure looks awesome. Great looking spider as well.