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The reason I'm asking is because you posted a picture in the gallery. The one with the Avics hands up....That spider is a Avicularia avicularia morph type 1 (original pinktoe) not morph type 6(Metallica). Just want to make sure there isnt two different spiders here.
Can you take some good pictures of its abdomen...With and without the flash. @CEC is the best at identifying Avicularia sp.
I dont know if they even call them metallicas anymore. I think it's just Avicularia avicularia morph 6. If CEC chimes in he will be able to tell you.
Sorry to hear of your loss Kael. It does happen though, they have hundreds of babies in the hope that at least one will survive to maintain the population, we can't expect them all to survive in captivity. As Enn said, don't let it put you off. There's bound to be a member here that can post you a nice plump sling or juvie, it sounds like you started with a skinny sling that wasn't feeding properly, there may have been little you could have done to change things.
Are you using an elevated waterdish? They will NOT often go to the ground to drink. You can also try directly guiding him into the waterdish. If it stops and faceplants itself, you've solved the problem. Obviously make sure that the water is not to hot or to cold. If it doesn't work, no harm done. If it wants to walk away, oh well
In my ExoTerra nano enclosure, I literally user a cheap Walmart wine glass as the waterdish. My versicolor can often be seen chilling out by it.
All avics will come to the ground to drink...this female is in a oversized arboreal tank and has no problem finding water. All my adult Avics and versicolors drink from water bowls on the ground.
Elevated water dishes only aide the keeper. When you have a top loading enclosure you dont have to reach to the bottom. I only glue top water dishs for sling/juveniles in enclosures with screw tops like this
Regardless where your water dish is it needs to have water in it. They will drink from what ever is available. They will even drink from moss and substrate...they dont have dishes in the wild.