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New to Hobbie, hard to pick a specie

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Kuuvang, May 16, 2019.

  1. Kuuvang

    Kuuvang New Member

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    Hey, I have been doing a lot of research on keeping tarantula and have decide to find a specie to buy.
    Right now I have two option of tarantula I would like to get, but I can decide which one though.
    The choices are euathlus sp red or Grammostola quirogai, both are bit pricey since they're a slow growers.
    I could order a Grammostola quirogai, since their more available compare to euathlus sp red. But, I can wait until the reptile expo in July to see if there is a euathlus sp red that is available. Its a hard choice to make and I just need some help to figure out which one I should get. Both are wonderful beginner species and they don't get so big.
  2. Enn49

    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member Premium Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Hello and welcome.:)
    Have you looked at some of the other dwarf tarantulas available? There are some beauties that are very pretty like the Cyriocosmus and not so slow growing..
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    Shampain Well-Known Member

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    I think Grammy Pulchripes is an easy affordable great first T but if you’re really wanting the two you mentioned then I hope you get one :)
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    menavodi Well-Known Member

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    :)If you go to that reptile expo you will see a lot of species that you want to have... so many great spiders out there for beginners. You did also some research, which is a great start! :T:
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    ilovebrachys Well-Known Member

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    Hi welcome to the forum:)
    good luck in your search for a T...whatever you choose its a fantastically addictive hobby so you will have more than one in your collection...
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  6. Kuuvang

    Kuuvang New Member

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    I was wondering? I never went to a reptile expo, but are the prices for T similar to the ones online or are they more fair in price?
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Welcome. Good luck finding Euathlus red...super hard to find and expensive if you do. The Grammostola quirogai is a odd ball to find. I think fear not tarantulas may have one. Good luck
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Depends where you are looking online. If your looking at the big shops with websites your going to pay out the ass for tarantulas plus shipping. If you look at breeder classifieds in forums they are much cheaper but your still paying alot in shipping. Your best bet is expos. You can make deals with the breeders and the prices are cheap to begin with. Many times I've worked breeders @ expos with $200 and walked out with dozens of Ts.
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    menavodi Well-Known Member

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    Very true!
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Any Lasiodora, any Brachyopelma, any Acanthoscurria species or a juvenile C versicolor if you want to do an arboreal will result in a positive introduction to the hobby.

    These are mostly fast growing, with the exception of many brachys, have a great feeding response & you can grow with the spider.

    C versicolor is a bit more delicate & requires NO extra humidity + lots of ventilation, which can be a bit of a hassle to set up, but this was my very first one personally.

    Having said that, they are nothing short of spectacular.

    Some brachys grow slowly so pick the size you actually want. B vagans however doesn't have that problem.

    Versicolor 2molt7.jpg C versicolor Charles chilling 1.jpg

    Versicolor goes through a lot of different colors as they grow. Both males and females are brilliant and fairly similar.

    B hamorii Samaria settles in 2.jpg

    Of course, B hamorii is a classic but Samaria turned out to be a Samuel.

    L Klugi Justina stands tall 1.jpg

    This is Justina, my L klugi. She eats like a garbage disposal, the destroyer!! With Lasiodora species, always give them a larger then normal hide so they don't get defensive. They'll almost never use it, but when they get spooked, you'll be glad they have it.
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  11. Kuuvang

    Kuuvang New Member

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    I'm actually going to pick up a curly hair tarantula next week. At the reptile expo, most likely pick up a another tarantula or a emperor scorpion.
    thanks everyone for your favorite picks for a beginner!
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Curly hairs are awesome, very unique look that you just won't see anywhere else.
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    Kuuvang New Member

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    Should I fill more coconut fiber to half of the container? I have more stuff for the enclosure, but want to make sure this is enough coconut fiber.

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    MassExodus Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Depends how big the spider is. Personally I dont worry too much on the issue, Ive never seen a fall injury, or death from a fall, in my collection. But others feel differently.
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    That's not a fall that would kill a spider...
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    MassExodus Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    But Clown, what about reported injuries from 3" falls?? :D
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  17. Arachnoclown

    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    LMAO!!! I've never had a terrestrial tarantula fall in its enclosure and die. I have had a arboreal fall and die though....mind blower huh???:D
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  18. Kuuvang

    Kuuvang New Member

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    I wanted to be sure lmao
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