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PostSubject: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 9:57 am

Hi all, names jim, I'm from wisconsin, the greenbay area. I currently have an unsexed adult emperor scorpion, who i'm having fun with but, i was wondering if there's another kind that i could get that's less of a pet hole, the only tank i have currently is an empty 55 gallon. so my question is what would be the best non-pet hole kind that i could get reasonably easily? also if the 55 gallon is to big, what would be an easy diy tank to build, i do have experiance in carpentry so that should help out, lol. thanks in advance for any responses.
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 11:09 am

Since youre new to the hobby and want one thats less of a "pet-hole" I would definitely suggest getting a Hadrurus Arizonensis (desert hairy). Theyre relatively easy to care for, quite agressive, and very active. My H. Arizonensis is my most active scorpion and by far my favorite species. Not to mention you can usually get them for a reasonable price.
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 11:37 am

nice, ty for the input, ill do a lil reserch into them now.
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 12:52 pm

and, they are only about as venomous as your emp, but you are more likely to get stung. there a lot more aggressive than an emp, probably because of the tiny claws.
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 5:11 pm

Welcome! I would not waste such a big tank on a scorpion .You can pretty much make an enclosure that is smaller and more managable out of any box type container.If you want something you can keep in groups that is a little hotter I would go with C.gracillis(spelling??) or another Centruiroides.
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 5:43 pm

Hey SilentJim - Welcome to the forum, I'm from Wisco too. I am in Appleton and actually work in GB! If you want to start with scorplings you can have as many Hoffmanius/Vaejovis Spinigerus as you want for free Very Happy When they get bigger they are fun to watch. The are a 2 on the toxicity scale so they pack a slightly larger wollup than an emp but still not medically significant. They are also very fun to watch, a lot more aggressive feeders and they use their sting. They are an arid/semi-arid species too so the set up is much easier to maintain than a tropical species in my opinion. Let me know if you are interested. Otherwise if you find any good shops up by you with scorps let me know. I resolved in online business for all of mine as I couldn't find anything. There are a few other species at a shop in Appleton - Just Pets. The H. Spin babies are from me there, there is also a C. Vittatus which might not be a bad idea for you, they are a 2 on the scale also.
Get some pics up if you have the time too, everyone likes pictures Very Happy and again welcome
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 6:00 pm

lol nice to have another member close by, I acutally got my emperor from a petco on east mason in green bay, they must get the pretty often cuz they had a sub-adult when i went back there for more crickets. The devil scorp's look like they'd be more active, what kind of set up would you recommend for them?and how long do they usually live? i used to have a couple ball python's but an ex-gf took them, so i always like having unusal stuff. I'll put up some pics a little later tonight but its not much too look at.
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 6:13 pm

Welcome to the forum!
You can also try sectioning off the tank you have and keep multiple species in there. Just an idea.
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 6:15 pm

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Welcome to the forum!
You can also try sectioning off the tank you have and keep multiple species in there. Just an idea.

Thats a good idea actually!


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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 6:42 pm

here are some pics of my current set-up for Venom, just a ten gallon i got at walmart

[[url=Image hosted by servimg.com]from the front[/url]

and that's Venom if you look under the log hide on the right.
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 6:51 pm

Looks good but I would move the light to one side or the other.
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 6:57 pm

where is the heat mat (if there is one)? because it cant be on the bottom of the cage.
nice knife too btw.
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 6:59 pm

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where is the heat mat (if there is one)? because it cant be on the bottom of the cage.
nice knife too btw.
There is a red light so there should not be a mat unless you want cooked scorpion. Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 7:08 pm

yea no heat mat, i do have one but its not on the tank because i think the IR blub looks better
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   10/31/2010, 7:51 pm

silentjim wrote:
yea no heat mat, i do have one but its not on the tank because i think the IR blub looks better

Don't start that hat on fire Very Happy

I have found that the heat lamps dry out my tropical set ups and use them as supplementary to a heat mat on the side of the tank. Just make sure you put the mat on the side, or bark and not on the bottom. Also, probably not right next to a burrow either Very Happy I'll see if I can add some links to some pics I have posted on this forum with my H. Spin set ups. For the babies I keep them in condiment containers until they get bigger and if you wanted some I'd just give you the container and all so you wouldn't have to worry about a set up for a little while. Right now they are 2i so they are tiny!

Adults I use sand/coco fiber mix, I keep a water dish in there and fill it up every couple of days. If I keep a lamp on them and keep them around 80-95 degrees and with the lamp the ambient humidity is fine. It usually sits around 40-50% I believe.

Adults get crickets or roaches 1 or 2x a week or as they want, and the babies I feed either 1/2 a cricket or pinhead crickets 2 or 3 times a week and squirt a little water in the cup about 2x a week. I'll post up those links tonight hopefully.

http://scorpionforum.darkbb.com/scorpion-pictures-videos-f13/pics-of-the-new-additions-t5130.htm

http://scorpionforum.darkbb.com/scorpions-in-general-f12/emergency-babies-t5337.htmv

http://scorpionforum.darkbb.com/scorpions-in-general-f12/emergency-babies-t5337.htm


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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   11/1/2010, 7:48 am

wow those are some awesome looking scorplings, if you don't mind parting with a couple they look like they'd be awesome starter desert scorps. Yea the IR bulb does dry it out kinda quick over where the light is but i just add water a lil more frequntly and it seems to do the trick. Just send me a pm sometime i'm usually online anytime after 5 or 6ish. and ty for all the input everyone. and ty its my buck knife for cutting up fake plants an stuff, lol.
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PostSubject: Re: hello, new to the hobby   11/1/2010, 10:03 am

silentjim wrote:
wow those are some awesome looking scorplings, if you don't mind parting with a couple they look like they'd be awesome starter desert scorps.

Definitely, I'll shoot you a pm tonight with contact info. I have to do a count again but only have 5 spoken for so I should have at least 15-18 left up for grabs. I'm assuming that is more than enough, so just let me know whatever you want to start out with. They are easier to house at this stage but splitting up a 5 or 10 gallon tank is relatively cheap and easy.

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