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mezzle992
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PostSubject: any tips??   10/12/2010, 6:28 pm

i have 4 heterometrus spinifers comming tommorow and their going to be communual, has anyone got any tips about feeding hiding or tank setup, any infor will be greatly appriciated and what should i do about them fighting or anything like that
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PostSubject: Re: any tips??   10/12/2010, 10:45 pm

make sure you have at least 1 hide per scorp and then a couple extra to avoid any potential territorial issues. Also introduce them all at the same time. Don't put a couple in and then a little later put a couple more in. If you put them all in (one after the other is fine) at the same time it is new to all of them and it should minimize any squabbles. Also make sure they all get fed regularly, I know this is common sense but it is especially needed in any communal set up. If the scorps are not hungry all the time they will not contemplate eating a tankmate. You still need to watch for territorial issues though. I have seen a lot of communal set ups with these and the 4 juvi's I have are all together and doing great. I do keep other species communally as well and some of these principles go pretty much across the board with any communal species.

As commented on the other posts, use a heat mat but put it on the side of the vivarium and if you need to use a lamp to keep the heat up that is fine. The mat will not dry the vivarium out as fast. I'd also recommend doing a false bottom set up if you have the space. Even if it's a smaller amount of gravel. I have a 1.5" or so of medium aquarium gravel down and in the corner I have a gatorade bottle hidden in some bamboo that I cut the bottom off. I can then unscrew the cap and add water directly to the gravel not over saturating the substrate. You will still need to mist a bit but this will help keep humidity up and also for a burrowing scorp it will be a little more natural in the sense that the deeper they burrow the more the moisture increases, they will be happier being able to burrow to their desired condition.

With the high humidity watch for mold though, I have had problems with hides and other wood pieces i have put in my tanks and have switched to all driftwood as it is not as susceptible it seems.

Good luck and post some pics up Smile
I have 3i or so babies too. Was going to get 2 adult females but they were out and only had males so I got 4 babies instead. Anxiously awaiting them to grow Smile

BTW I didn't put any mesh down between the gravel and substrate, I was worried about burrowers getting trapped. It doesn't seem to get too dirty yet either.
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PostSubject: Re: any tips??   10/13/2010, 1:04 am

i have 5 very acssesible hides for the 4 scorps and i really should have done a false bottom, but i can sort that at a later date, the shallowest part of my subsrate is around 5.5 inches and the deepest part is 9 inches. They are 1 year old, hhave you got any idea on what sort of size they will be,

Thanks for the advice, we have the same communual setup so if i have any questions can i pm you?
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PostSubject: Re: any tips??   10/13/2010, 1:12 am

i have 5 very acssesible hides for the 4 scorps and i really should have done a false bottom, but i can sort that at a later date, the shallowest part of my subsrate is around 5.5 inches and the deepest part is 9 inches. They are 1 year old, hhave you got any idea on what sort of size they will be,

Thanks for the advice, we have the same communual setup so if i have any questions can i pm you?
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PostSubject: Re: any tips??   10/13/2010, 10:01 am

Thanks for the advice, we have the same communual setup so if i have any questions can i pm you? wrote:

I'm by far not the most experienced on here and am fairly new at this myself. I just do a lot of research and have kept a lot of different pets through out my life so I often lean on that. You are more then welcome to pm me with any questions though. I used to teach as well and apply my same rules to work by to everything; that is if I don't know or feel confident of the answer to any question I will seek it out. There are a lot really knowledgeable folks on this forum and some with a lot of experience with this species and genus. If you search for through some of my posts you will see a lot of questions that may be of use as I know I have received a lot of quality responses. I guess I'd recommend doing this if you have some time. There is a guy on here, I believe his name is Alex who has shared a wealth of knowledge on this species in particular, not just in response to my questions but to others and his own posts as well. If I get some time I'll search out the one post in particular and post up a link to it from this one.
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PostSubject: Re: any tips??   10/16/2010, 6:44 am

iitomodachi1 wrote:
Thanks for the advice, we have the same communual setup so if i have any questions can i pm you? wrote:

I'm by far not the most experienced on here and am fairly new at this myself. I just do a lot of research and have kept a lot of different pets through out my life so I often lean on that. You are more then welcome to pm me with any questions though. I used to teach as well and apply my same rules to work by to everything; that is if I don't know or feel confident of the answer to any question I will seek it out. There are a lot really knowledgeable folks on this forum and some with a lot of experience with this species and genus. If you search for through some of my posts you will see a lot of questions that may be of use as I know I have received a lot of quality responses. I guess I'd recommend doing this if you have some time. There is a guy on here, I believe his name is Alex who has shared a wealth of knowledge on this species in particular, not just in response to my questions but to others and his own posts as well. If I get some time I'll search out the one post in particular and post up a link to it from this one.


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