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PostSubject: Another noob.    7/21/2010, 4:41 pm

Hi all. Im dani 23 from the uk. and but friday i'll be the proud owner of an emp. (called stan) He/she's fairly new born about an inch long (from what i've been told by the guy at the pet store, i've not seen him/her yet) and i was wondering whats easiest to feed them when they are so small.

And also what to look for when selecting a helthy one.

thanks guys Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/21/2010, 9:34 pm

pinhead crickets are what i fed mine and mine was almost to its 3rd molt...
now that its going on its 4th molt, i get slightly bigger crickets
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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/21/2010, 9:39 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/22/2010, 7:37 am

Welcome to the forum! cheers

Any questions, feel free to ask.

Also, you'll learn that most pet shop owners may sound knowledgable but don't know a thing about how to keep scorps. They'll tell you anything to encourage you to buy from them.

For example, at the one I first got mine from, he kept the emperors on bark chips, low humidity, and kept them under a UV bulb. All of which are big no no's.

So take whatever the owner says with a pinch of salt and ask on here if you are unsure of anything.
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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/22/2010, 4:09 pm

Cool, thanks for the reply's.

The pet shop im goin to is highly recommended round here and he knows his stuff so i think he's trustworthy dude. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/23/2010, 6:58 am

just picked up my scorpion and was wondering if it'll be ok with a heat mat under half of its tank and how long it'll need to be misted.

At the moment he's inside a temparary plastic enclosure (inside his full size glass tank) cuz his full size tank is too big for him as he's only 8 weeks old. the heat mat is under the glass tank and the plastic enclosure is half over the heat mat. hope i have described it well enough. and will this be ok?
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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/23/2010, 8:48 am

Stan wrote:
just picked up my scorpion and was wondering if it'll be ok with a heat mat under half of its tank and how long it'll need to be misted.

At the moment he's inside a temparary plastic enclosure (inside his full size glass tank) cuz his full size tank is too big for him as he's only 8 weeks old. the heat mat is under the glass tank and the plastic enclosure is half over the heat mat. hope i have described it well enough. and will this be ok?
I think it is recommended to put the heatmat on the side of the enclosure as some scorpions (including emps) will burrow to escape the heat. If you put the mat under the enclosure it will just get hotter for your scorp as it burrows deeper and deeper and that might be the death of it in the end. Also there's a risc of the bottom glass cracking if you keep the heatmat under glass enclosures.

Personally I would get a thermometer and hygrometer to measure temperature and humidity. (preferrably a digital one). That way you can tell when you need to mist (some people prefer to pour water directly on the substrate so it is damp but not wet) and if you need higher or lower temps for it.

HTH Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/23/2010, 9:23 am

thanks mate. will he/she get the heat ok from the heat mat if its on the side as its in a plastic container inside the glass one?

And also how far should the plastic container be from the heat mat?
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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/23/2010, 9:34 am

Stan wrote:
thanks mate. will he/she get the heat ok from the heat mat if its on the side as its in a plastic container inside the glass one?

And also how far should the plastic container be from the heat mat?
The plastic container will eventually have the same temperature as the surrounding enclosure.

I cant tell you how close you have to put it to the heat mat. This is why I recommend you get a thermometer to monitor the temperature inside the plastic container and enclosure.
I assume you dont have any idea of the temp inside the enclosure either atm?
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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/23/2010, 10:19 am

the glass enclosure is an average of about 75'f. there is condensation on the plastic enclosure also. is that normal?


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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/23/2010, 10:22 am

sorry if i sound like im fretting, i just want him to be happy with his surroundings.
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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/23/2010, 11:29 am

Stan wrote:
sorry if i sound like im fretting, i just want him to be happy with his surroundings.
Dont worry - it sounds fine.
I think the temp is at the lower end of what emps need, but still satisfactory.
The condensation on the plastic enclosure will probably disappear at some point when the 2 enclosures reach the same temperature. That means there's moisture in there but its all good Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/23/2010, 11:56 am

glad to hear it. thanks a bunch dude
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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/24/2010, 11:58 pm

Stan wrote:
glad to hear it. thanks a bunch dude
Post a few pics of your enclosure and some of your plastic container. Im sure some of the experienced people can give some feedback.
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PostSubject: Re: Another noob.    7/26/2010, 4:08 pm

i'llget somepics upas soon as mate
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