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3 years 9 months ago #72270 by Leon de Jager
Depends on your area. I know a few guys who stay in the warmer regions that never use them.
I am in Centurion, and last winter only used mine for about a week.
I think it was Uncle Stan that once said if you can stand the temp without putting on layers of clothing, so can the T.
I only use mine if it drops below 8 or 10 degrees.
They are surprisingly hardy guys.

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3 years 9 months ago #72271 by Stanley A. Schultz

jacques wrote: I am new to the tarantulas ...


WELCOME TO THE HOBBY!

WELCOME TO THIS FORUM!

jacques wrote: ... and I am really worried I'm doing something wrong. ...


Yes, yes, yes! You did not do your homework! We can fix that!

Save yourself a lot of stress, work, expense, and maybe even a few dead tarantulas. Go to the Spiders, Calgary webtree and start reading. At least scan through the entire website, picking out topics that catch your attention.

DO NOT FAIL TO READ STAN'S NEWBIE INTRODUCTION !

DO NOT FAIL TO READ THE FOUR BOOKS RECOMMENDED IN STAN'S RANT !

Also be sure to read Relative Humidity ,

...and Care Sheets ,

...and ... Oh heck! Read the whole thing !

The best news is that 90% of the questions you wanted to ask plus a lot, LOT more that you didn't think to ask are all laid out for you for ABSOLUTELY FREE if you read that website and take advantage of your friendly, neighborhood, public library! All you need do is read.

There is a caveat, however. My late wife, Marguerite and I have literally spent decades selling tarantulas to all sorts of people of all ages and from all walks of life. We've massaged and reworked the care suggestions in those webpages and one of those books to make them just about as bullet proof as they can get for novices. Follow the instructions carefully, and ask us before you start experimenting with anything new.

But, those instructions are not necessarily the only ones that will work, and maybe not even the best ones available. (The hobby is still new and in a state of development. We're still discovering and inventing new things about tarantulas almost daily.) Through our experience we only know that those instructions are pretty much bullet proof for novices. After you've had one or more tarantulas for a year or better you can start experimenting with the tricks and techniques of other enthusiasts. Just don't do that yet. FIRST, learn the basics of tarantula care. THEN start experimenting on your own.

jacques wrote: ... I keep my brazilian black and white in a fish tank, have a heating pad, ...


What on Earth for? Do you live in Antarctica? You haven't been reading those care sheets again, have you? OMG, all your hair's gonna fall out and you're gonna go blind! :ohmy:

Go to the Spiders, Calgary webtree and start reading before you do anything else! Start with STAN'S NEWBIE INTRODUCTION and read each webpage in its turn. Download them all onto your hard drive for future reference.

Trust Unca Stan.

jacques wrote: ... humidity gauge, ...


AAAAaaargghhh!

jacques wrote: ... a lot of air hole drilled in the cover ...


Ahh! At last! This is not bad. Congratulations.

jacques wrote: ... but the tank is always fogged up and the humidity only reaches 40%. is this normal????


Your humidity gauge is broken! Throw the accursed abomination into the trash. Or better yet, burn it at the stake! Condensation will not form on the glass unless the relative humidity is pretty near 100%. (Yes, I know this is not entirely true, but what do you want in 250 words or less?)

Spiders have been around for several HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF YEARS, and number in the several tens of thousands of different species. And tarantulas, numbering well over 900 species, have been around for many TENS OF MILLIONS OF YEARS. With a history like that, what makes you think you need to micromanage every facet of their lives? I can answer a large portion of that question, "Those #$%^&# care sheets!"

Sorry, I'm having a little fun with you. But, quite seriously, read that website. Read the books. Stop FRETTING over your tarantula and start ENJOYING it!


We need to learn to view the world from the perspective of a large, fuzzy spider!

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #72272 by jacques
Thanx Uncle Stan I will. I was only still thinking about a tarantula and my got me 1 for my bday by surprise (she meant good). So I was thrown in the deep end and are trying keep my head above water! So far so gud the T is eating atleast.
I did however talk to the pet shop where she got the T from but after reading wat u people have to say on this forum realized that the pet shop doesn't really know wat they're talking about. Thanx for all the help so far I really do appreciate it!!!!!!
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3 years 9 months ago #72285 by Stanley A. Schultz

jacques wrote: ... I did however talk to the pet shop where she got the T from but after reading wat u people have to say on this forum realized that the pet shop doesn't really know wat they're talking about. ...


This seems to be a worldwide disease. And though the cure for the disease is readily available on their very shelves, they still somehow fail miserably at coaching novices on tarantula care.

I know one pet shop that keeps copies of the books right at their tarantula display and the clerks are instructed to not waste time trying to tutor people on tarantula care at the time of sale. They merely sell them a book along with the tarantula.

Why not give a lecture at the point of sale?

1) The clerk cannot by any stretch of the imagination cover all the points of tarantula care in a ten minute lecture.

2) The clerk's not going to get the lecture right anyway.

3) The purchaser certainly isn't going to remember 10% of any such lecture long enough to get out the door. (Sometimes that's a good thing!)

4) A lecture consumes a clerk's expensive time. Sell the customer a good book instead and the shop actually makes a profit, however small.

Now all we need to do is get the shops to sell the rights books, no?


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- S. A. Schultz

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3 years 9 months ago #72286 by jacques
That's why I joined the forum, I would rather ask the people here who have years of experience then the dude at the local pet shop......
Thanx again!!!!

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