H. incei communal set-up (DUW!!!)

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5 years 2 weeks ago - 5 years 2 weeks ago #59517 by Jake
Evening all.

Got a phone call from my mother in law on Saturday afternoon, asking if I would like 2 fish tanks that was just standing around collecting dust, it is 900mm X 390mm X 325mm and 300mm X 220mm X 225mm.

So here is what I have done with the bigger one.
I had decided to break up my H.incei communal during the week all ready as I had seen one spider eating another spider. I had got two tanks ready to separate, was planned for the weekend.

So the larger tank was perfect, and had come in perfect timing.
There has been some loss in the communal, I had a total of 80 spiders.
7 females 73 odds and ends. :lol:

The new count is 50 H.incei 6 females and 44 odds and ends left.
The get feed once a month, then they get given a tube of crickets, extra small for the smaller spiders and then a hand full of roaches mixed sizes and 15 medium crickets for the larger spiders.

The roaches had even started breeding in the colony which was interesting.

Here are some pictures of the new setup.

The setup and tank.

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Everything in the tank comes from the garden and the farm land.
I just washed and scrubbed the stones and bark.

So the tank has got a theme going :P :whistle: :lol:

Rocky Ridge

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Fallen forest

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Bark alley

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The old setup.
Sea of web.

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I thought this was cool.
Found four H. incei in one burrow.

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So after all the digging around and going through the webbing, I have 50 H.incei.
6 females and the rest are unsexed.

The 6 Females

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The bunch

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You will see all the big stones and maybe worry that they might fall on top of the spiders if the dig under them, I have put supports under every rock to prevent them from falling.
Also compressed and wet the palm peat.


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I have also added some roaches and ooths(roach eggs) and Isopods to the mix.

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5 years 2 weeks ago - 5 years 2 weeks ago #59519 by Jake
Some of the spiders busy exploring.

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One of the females.

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Seems like one spider has decided to upgraded to an arboreal, has started webbing in the grass.

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5 years 2 weeks ago #59520 by Huzaifah
Very cool !
How many generations of incei's are in there ?did any of those females give any egg sacs ?very nice setup ,please update us with some pics when the webbing starts
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5 years 2 weeks ago - 5 years 2 weeks ago #59521 by Jake
Thanks.

I'm not to sure where one would start counting from?
If you count it from my male it is 3 generations of H.incei,
If I'm not mistaken there is 3 or 4 bloodlines in my colony.

My male went on a breeding loan, mated with 3 females.

Got slings from the breeding loan, 30 H. incei went into a communal.

7 matured into females, 5 of them had egg sacks and 4 wore successful with slings.
The ones in the photo.

There is also another blood line from another breeder in the mix of generation.
It all mixed up know, but I had all the blood lines marked and kept track of, but it was taking to much space so I through them all together.

I will do, the setup is in the Lounge right by the couch, so hopefully in the next few weeks there will be some nice webbing, I'm hoping by the way everything was setup they will use it to the fullest.

There are still some smaller slings, which I think one of the females had an egg sack some where along the line, as there are really small slings running around.
Will never know.
So the females should start webbing for the smaller spider to climb around on.
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5 years 1 week ago - 5 years 1 week ago #59823 by Jake
Reason why you never throw the webbing and substrate away until you have sorted through it 5 times over.(Or don't have extra hands helping you sort through all the webbing.)
This little guy was fairly happy in he's mixed home, had made webbing all over and even made himself in and out burrow!

When re-housing H.incei communal I normally leave the the old enclosure as is for a couple of weeks to make sure I have every signal spider out. same goes for the webbing, I normally rub the webbing together in a ball or tear it apart as I'm going through to make sure there are no spiders left behind, and then I still stick it in the freezer and then into dustbin.


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5 years 1 week ago #59826 by Jake
Update regarding the colony. They have all seemed to settle in nicely!

All the spider have found their spots and have started webbing.
There are 3 spiders who stay out in the open all the time!
Also the interaction between the roaches and the spiders are interesting, there is one roach who seems to like teasing the The bigger spiders. :spider: :chainsaw:


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