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Worried enclosure is too big

Gizalba

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Hi, I got an adult tarantula starter kit to make sure I had everything needed, however the only beginner-friendly spiders they had in stock were juveniles. Now I am worried that the enclosure is too big for her? Will she be able to find the water ok, and crickets when I feed her next week?

Screenshots from when she first came out of the packaging:

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The enclosure set up the day before:

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octanejunkie

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Yep, too big, too much free climbing height

Your sling would be comfy in a 4x4x4 cube with 2" of substrate, a small cork bark hunk, some moss and a bottle cap water dish.

Regarding substrate depth. Fill the enclosures with firmly packed, damp (not wet) substrate to leave 1.5-2x DLS (diagonal leg span) free climbing height.
 

Gizalba

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Yep, too big, too much free climbing height

Your sling would be comfy in a 4x4x4 cube with 2" of substrate, a small cork bark hunk, some moss and a bottle cap water dish.

Regarding substrate depth. Fill the enclosures with firmly packed, damp (not wet) substrate to leave 1.5-2x DLS (diagonal leg span) free climbing height.
Thank you, do you have any recommendations as to where I can get a 4x4x4 cube with fast delivery? And do you mean like 4 inches long/height?
 

Gizalba

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P.s. Alternatively I have this cricket enclosure 16x11x9cm (a bit over 4 inches high), that I am no longer using as I have put the crickets in a big plastic box. The sides have flaps but maybe I could tape over them for now?

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T-Baby

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That’s still too high unless you’re going to pack it out with substrate. Using tape isn’t a good idea either as their toes could get stuck

Bra-plast Tubs are really good as they come with air holes already and can be purchased from amazon/eBay even spidershop!
No need to panic, she’ll find the water and she’ll hunt for her prey until you manage to sort something smaller :)
 

Gizalba

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That’s still too high unless you’re going to pack it out with substrate. Using tape isn’t a good idea either as their toes could get stuck

Bra-plast Tubs are really good as they come with air holes already and can be purchased from amazon/eBay even spidershop!
No need to panic, she’ll find the water and she’ll hunt for her prey until you manage to sort something smaller :)
Thanks!
 

octanejunkie

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I don't use water dishes for terrestrial slings smaller than 1" at this point. A pile of damp moss in a corner will easily suffice

You can use an empty plastic peanut butter jar. Melt ventilation holes in it with a soldering iron and pack it full of substrate leaving about 2" of free height (for your size sling) make a starter burrow with the butt of a pen and throw a clump of damp moss in there.

Be sure to pack the substrate down firm. Easier to do when it's damp. Ts appreciate solid ground and HATE soft, fluffy surfaces.
 

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