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3 years 1 week ago #73832 by Keith
Good day everyone

So i have a feeling my T doesnt like its enclosure, it is a glass enclosure with a glass top and small vent in the middle, inside i have very soft spider peat, a water bowl and in the centre a little fake plant, am i missing anything?



Thanks all
Keith

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3 years 1 week ago #73834 by Stanley A. Schultz
We can't help you very much unless you can tell us why you have this feeling. (I have lots of feelings too. But my therapist insists it's because of an overactive imagination and possibly the drugs I'm on. LOL!) Also, you need to give us some information about the enclosure like dimensions, the size of that magical, mystical hole, and what the plant is made of. A photo would be great.

Is this the Chilean rose, or something else? If it's the rose, did you read Care and Husbandry... as I suggested in an earlier posting? Have you read the other pages on that website? This is called doing your homework. Between that website and the four books recommended in Stan's Rant , about 99% of all the questions you can think up will be answered. Plus a lot more that you never ever thought to ask.

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3 years 1 week ago #73836 by Keith
Hi shaun

Yes this is the chillian rose and i have read the care sheet, i have stopped misting the glass and stopped wetting the substrate.

Ive read that if a T is on the glascdsr2.s and not on the floor its not happy? Or is this wrong?

Also i have done as much reasearch as i could on the spider.

Being known as a "pet rock" its actually very true, the spider almost never moves untill u take her out the enclosure,

But why i wonder is when i take her out and handle her ,once i put her back in the enclosure she tries to get out again.

Will post pics on my enclosure

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3 years 1 week ago #73837 by Keith
Here is my enclosure
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3 years 1 week ago #73841 by Renier
One thing I would add is a piece of bark or some hidy hole.

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3 years 1 week ago - 3 years 1 week ago #73843 by Stanley A. Schultz

Keith wrote: ... Yes this is the chillian rose and i have read the care sheet, i have stopped misting the glass and stopped wetting the substrate...


For a rose the substrate needs to be absolutely dry. No moisture even underneath. This is especially true because you're supplying very little ventilation to allow the cage to dry out. They can get all the water they need from the water dish. If this isn't true in your cage you need to dismantle the cage and dry out the substrate. You can find a discussion of this in Substrate .

Keith wrote: ... Ive read that if a T is on the glascdsr2.s and not on the floor its not happy? Or is this wrong?


Read the discussion towards the end of Substrate entitled "Why does my tarantula hang from the side of the cage..."

Keith wrote: ... Also i have done as much reasearch as i could on the spider.


Beware! As clearly stated in Stan's Rant , there are no limits or controls placed on what anyone can post on the Internet. Any nincompoop can say anything they wish, in good taste or bad, truthful or otherwise. That's why I urged you to at least scan all that pages on the Spiders, Calgary website, then read as many of those four books as you can find.

There are lots of different opinions about proper tarantula care flying around, some very good, most mediocre, a lot really bad. What's contained in those references may not be perfect or above criticism, but none of them should cause you to kill your pet spider. Read and heed! Anything different should be checked with thus group before you try it.

Keith wrote: ... Being known as a "pet rock" its actually very true, the spider almost never moves untill u take her out the enclosure, ...


A tarantula that seldom moves is either very dead or very happy. When most tarantulas start pacing around a lot you should start looking for reasons why.

Keith wrote: ... But why i wonder is when i take her out and handle her ,once i put her back in the enclosure she tries to get out again...


You've disturbed her. She's upset. She still isn't accustomed to you or the cage. Keep the cage in a dimly lit part of the room. Leave it alone. Go away. Don't bother it except to briefly check on it once a day. After a week or two of solitude you can slowly, ever-so-gently begin to touch and handle it. But, read the section on handling in the Tarantula Keeper's Guide first so you don't kill the spider. (Sorry, people, for the self-serving plug.)

Renier has a really good idea. Give it something to hide in so it doesn't feel so exposed and vulnerable.

"We all need to learn to view the world like a large fuzzy spider."
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