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Brachypelma got me hooked

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Inventory Full, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. Inventory Full

    Inventory Full New Member

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    Hey everybody, I bought my first sling from a local exotic store just after Christmas. That was my daughter's idea for my present. I opted for a Hamorii because I always liked how they looked and I instantly became hooked. Since then I have picked up a b. vagans and a b. albopilosum, so I guess I'm collecting brachypelmas.

    I came to this thread to see if I could find a better substrate and the replies were so friendly and helpful I decided to join. I look forward to talking to you all in the future and sharing in something we are all passionate about.

    -John
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    RonC Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forums. Good choice for beginner Ts. I started with Grammostollas then got a couple of Brachys. Hamorii, and Albopillosum.Would have had a Vegans but it was DOA. Most use coco fiber for substrate. Others have their special blends. I mix enough water in it to allow it to pack but not be wet then allow it to dry out depending on size of the T. Smaller than one inch I try to keep a little moisture in the substrate.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member Premium Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Hello and welcome :)
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    welcome to the group:T:
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    Mine always brings a smile to my face. Since they're a dry spider, coco fiber is just fine.

    Keep the water dish full & feed it every week if under 2", otherwise I just do mine every 2 weeks with either a small mealworm, roach or cricket.

    Although you CAN handle them, that's always a bad idea with and tarantula. A catch cup, paintbrush and a well fitted lid are your friends.

    B hamorii Samaria settles in 2.jpg
    B hamorii Samaria likes moss 3.jpg

    Another fun genus is Lasiodora species or A geniculata etc. These are very different, great feeding response, huge size and fast growth.

    L klugi Justina post molt 12 18 3rd day 2.jpg

    L klugi Justina molt 12-28-17_1.jpg

    I have since removed the moss from the B hamorii's cage because it was unnecessary.
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    Wow, gorgeous! That is the coloration I am excited to see slowly blooming. Mine is probably about 3/4 to an inch and I have started feeding one a week after I read a post on here and realized I was overfeeding them. Anxious parent here trying to keep them fed and happy.

    I have a moss section with my slings for a little extra moisture and they seem to appreciate it as they hang out on top of it most of the time.

    That blue one is beautiful, I was looking at c. cyaneopubescens because I love the coloration but I'm holding off for the time being. I'll get the experience with my brachys.
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