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avic avic 4 inch fem adult questions

Discussion in 'Tarantula Enclosures' started by Bshelly101, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. Bshelly101

    Bshelly101 New Member

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    I have Astrid in a 12x12 exo terra glass enclosure and a heating pad on one side underneath I live in nor cal it's cold where I live I can't leave the heater on when I'm gone which is like half the day I'm scared to leave it on all night i don't know what to do?
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    MassExodus Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    What heat mat are you using? Ive used the zilla ones, they dont get real hot. I had them attached to plastic roach bins with no problems. On all the time. Just leave it on and check it occasionaly, it should be fine. Its a good idea to use a thermostat for safety.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    A thermostat will stop the heat mat overheating.
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    Bshelly101 New Member

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    Hi guys I used the reptitherm guys is the brand I got my mini one from my first expo and I always check it and it doesn’t go higher than 72
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    This is what can happen to even a small heat mat without a thermostat. It even burnt a hole in the bottom of a wooden vivarium.
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    This.
    I didnt use thermostats on my roach bins, but I did for my Theraphosa. Just because mine never malfunctioned, doesn't mean they won't. I should have stressed that more, thanks Enn.
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    12x12x12 exo is not a good tank for a avicularia. It will work though if you set it up right. I live in northern Oregon and it's cold here 8 months of the year. Never had to use a heat pad...
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    And she probably doesn't need one either. But..
    Temp plays a huge role in development, and I believe behavior. I keep all my pets in my bedroom. Temp plays a roll in my behavior as well..
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    Bshelly101 New Member

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    I use a heat mat and I check on it on a daily basis I have a thermostat in her enclosure too the breeder recommended that to me for her the 12x12
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    Ask your "Breeder" why he or she recommends a terrestrial enclosure for a arboreal spider??
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    I have two A. avics in Exo Terras. One is in an 8x8x12 and the other is in a 12x12x12. Why is the 12x12x12 not a good tank? They both seem to do fine in their respective cribs. To me, the larger crib is just a little bigger than it needs to be but it seems to work well. Thanx for your input.
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