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PostSubject: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/26/2008, 3:25 pm

yeah I know there are a thousand threads like this, but....

i'm getting my first T from lee at thespidershop.co.uk. I already know it's gonna be a chilean sp. probably a grammostola. I saw a beautiful RCF rosea, and I think that is probably what i will get. then I saw a spiderling Euathlus truculentus. really nice looking T. but it's a spiderling and I hear they are really slow growers. and there a few other adult grammostola T's, "chile red zebra" , and the normal g.rosea.

that Euathlus truculentus is stunning as an adult... but soooo slow. ):

what do you guys think?
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/26/2008, 5:34 pm

I would say, start with something "easy" for your first Tarantula.

The old fave, brachypelma smithi or emilia.

Maybe Grammostola rosea, colour variation doesnt matter.

Nice a doscile and forgiving to human mistakes!

Maybe also dont start with a spiderling since death can just happen randomly. A juvi would be a good place to start...
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/26/2008, 5:38 pm

yeah I was thinking that... i just thought it would be cool to watch them grow. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/26/2008, 5:47 pm

it is sooo cool watching them grow. But sometimes they just randomly die.

Sometimes its nicer and easier for at least the first to be a juvi OR a spiderling but not teeny tiny but about...5 pence piece size at least. that way a bit more of a chance.
Adam lost an Avicularia avicularia as a small spiderling.
But then again ive heard these can sometimes be hard to raise if conditions not 100%

I would say, get a brachy for your first love and then when comfortable and confident you can move on and up the ladder if you so wish.
I wouldnt suggest brachypelma Albopilosum as a first because thse are pet holes. Lovely! I love out little "Anansi" but really is a super pet hole but a fast grower actually!
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/26/2008, 5:52 pm

Ohh come on now... Everybody knows the first T you should get is a P.murinus (OBT) or H.lividium.
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Any Grammestola Sp. is going to be a slow grower but a good first time T. Brachys seem to kick alot more hair then Grammy's G.aerostriata(sp?) Chaco golden knee is another good choice
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/26/2008, 6:13 pm

see.... our Brachy's never raised a hair to us...but the "chile rose" has a few times in a POOF random manner!

I think the best are brachys or grammestolas....

Both I think are good beginner T's
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/27/2008, 12:16 pm

YAY!!! I just bought a g.rosea from the spider shop. it's a juvi i think. i've got the tank all set up, humidity is about 60% but will get dryer. they are really hardy so it should be ok.

god I hope it's a female.
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/27/2008, 12:37 pm

our stigg kinda went in at the deep end, i bought him the chile rose for his birthday and the then pink toe. Then went straight to slings.

We've only lost one and that was to slight over-watering. but all have survived. You just have to be more vigilant with slings. the red knee was barely 1cm when we got it... now its doing well and looking like a proper little T now
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/27/2008, 12:51 pm

dont forget to put pics up once you get him/her
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/27/2008, 1:13 pm

i'll try. Smile

if I can find something to take the pics with. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/29/2008, 11:43 am

yaaaay!!

the T arrived today! shes so cute! and shes still quite small, deff a juvi. so happy! i'll deffinetly be buying more stuff from the spider shop in the future. avic avic is next on my list.

she's red and fluffy! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/29/2008, 12:02 pm

well i just found out she is VERY hungry. i lifted the lid to check on her and a wood chip fell down next too her and she dived for it. so i put in a cricket and she grabed it in the blink of an eye. she does look quite thin so this should perk her up a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/29/2008, 12:06 pm

hehehe Lee will be happy then lol! Cant deny he's a good bloke! Looking forward to meeting him when we can go to shows!

Everything we have had off him as jumped on their food within 24 hours of receiving them.
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/29/2008, 12:22 pm

yes, he's got very health T's! Very Happy

well she spun a big sheet of webbing on the substrate and dumped the cricket on it. i take it this is a "food mat".
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/29/2008, 2:38 pm

Im glad she has arrived safe and sound and seems to be feeding well and settling into her new home nicely

Any pics?
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/29/2008, 2:51 pm

no, sorry! I really really wish i could take pics though... she's so cute! I will be getting a digital camera at christmas though. i know what i will be getting with my christmas money..... What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   8/31/2008, 3:12 pm

right I got a good view of the T's undersides today. I saw a smiley face...

yay she's a girl! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   9/1/2008, 6:03 pm

damn... she seems REALLY active. every time I see her she's in a different position. i've made the hide smaller so it might seem... "snugger" for her. I don't think it's that the substrate bothering her, as she hasn't webbed over it or anyting. and it is perfectly dry.

hmmm.....
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   9/1/2008, 6:22 pm

webbing over can take a while before its really noticable, is she clinging at te side of the tank at all
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   9/1/2008, 6:25 pm

Probably still settling in.

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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   9/1/2008, 6:56 pm

yeah I suppose so. i'll leave her for as long as necesary to settle down.
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   9/4/2008, 4:31 pm

update

ok, she's doing really well so far. I have noticed a little bit of webbing outside the hide, you can see the sheen when light hits of it. she sits on it and waits for prey to wonder by...

she's had 4 crickets this week, i'll feed her again in 2 weeks time. she is a good feeder! What a Face
as soon as she feels the slightest vibration in the ground... BANG, the cricket is dead.


I love this T! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   9/4/2008, 7:58 pm

Probably didn't eat much at the petstore. Don't be surprised if she fasts like an emp.

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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   9/5/2008, 11:20 am

IHeartMantids wrote:
Probably didn't eat much at the petstore. Don't be surprised if she fasts like an emp.


yeah, she was a bit skinny when I got her.
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PostSubject: Re: first T. {oblig ten thing}   9/23/2008, 5:43 pm

update

okay, she is doing fine, webbed the cage up a little bit, I was gonna try to hold her at some point... but it's kinda lost its novelty now. Neutral

she is feeding fine as well, had a locust tonight, and spinned her little food mat thingy What a Face

she's brilliant! and she has put on a little bit of weight on, and has a nice plump abdomen ( not too plump)




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