Tarantula DIY enclosures part TRES!

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I’m always looking to update or improve on the tarantula housing situation, and I’ve found a really inexpensive way to build out arboreal enclosures using 2.5 gallon Aqueon aquariums. This size is sometimes referred to as a ‘Betta House’, referencing the beautiful Siamese fighting fish.

While I am fond of customizing Zoomed bugariums for fast moving T’s like the beautiful Poecilotheria genus, the front door vertical set up works really well for slower moving tree spiders such as large juvenile or adult Avicularia.

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Four Zoomed Bugariums and some AMAC boxes below left.

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Fish Stuff and such

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So here is the freshwater dirt-planted 40 gallon breeder tank approaching the end of the first year in operation. I couldn’t be happier…well if the fish would quit eating all the plants, that’d be great. But other than that. ๐Ÿ˜€

This type of setup is known as a “Walstad method tank” as it uses a dirt substrate capped with gravel rather than a complex system of filtration. In this method, all of the filtration is done with the plants absorbing the stuff that the fish leave off, giving back oxygen into the water.
In the “pure” method, that is all that is done other than water top offs for evaporation.

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The poor man’s Eels

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Just a quick post up of a fish tank migration. I retired the old 29 gallon and replaced it with a 40 gallon breeder setup. ย This is the living room “FOWLR” tank. ย (Fish Only With Live Rock.) Coral “reef” tanks introduce a level of care that I’m not interested in doing beyond the two smaller tanks I’m managing. FOWLR tanks are far far easier in the maintenance category and much more forgiving of mistakes.

As this tank set up is new, it is still clearing from the motion, new sandbed and rock situating.

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A little reef life

 

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Aquarium update!

The 20 long tank is maturing and becoming much easier to maintenance. (Meaning other than weekly water changes and checking water parameters once a month, the tank has fully stabilized and can accommodate more demanding species .)

The biggest change to the tank has been the upgrade to a COB led lighting system. COB= Chip on Board. This is a newer technology combining a lot of small LEDs onto a single plate with reflectors and lenses to increase the light’s efficiency and spread. ย I’m really REALLY happy with this, as it allows me to control the light via wifi, and set up a “ramping” schedule which mimics morning-day-evening-night unattended.

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The 10 gallon pico is also maturing. I’m dealing with a couple spots of cyanobacteria (red slime) due to a flow issue (meaning that the water flow is missing a couple of areas which then become stagnant, allowing organic material to let the bacteria colonize.) Easily managed, and all part of the hobby at one point or other.

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In the gallery, other than one photo-bomb, this is specifically a coral update. Fish and such will get their own post shortly. ๐Ÿ™‚

This gallery updates and gives a glimpse into the aquatic world that sits on the other side of my arachnid world.

To view, just click the first picture in the gallery and…

Enjoy!

 

Exotic Pet Updates

The Evolution of a reef tank

The Evolution of a reef tank

Tiphane - G. porteri. Mature female. Six inches. "Havin' a snack".

Tiphane – G. porteri. Mature female. Six inches.
“Havin’ a snack”.

There is nothing like a day where the two applications I have for managing my reef tank and my tarantula feeding schedule sync up. That was almost work. ๐Ÿ˜€

Lack of blogging…lack of writing…well, just chalk that up to “I’m DOING” instead of talking about it. Things are finally settling down though. The nano-reef has settled in, and all the chemical tests have been optimal for weeks now even after adding various corals and cleaner crew members. Sub 40 gallon tanks are called โ€œnanoโ€ when a reef tank is involved. (Fish setups as well, but more it is used more in the ‘reef’ side of things.)

Cleaner crews = hermit crabs, snails and cleaning shrimp. They are a necessary part of the reef tank’s life support. They scavenge junk/detritus/dead stuff, and scarf up algae and such. Some of the snails act like the sandworms of Dune and surf around UNDER the sand, eating stuff and with this motion giving vital oxygen to the bacteria that lives ย there.

15 tarantulas. There are times I wonder how folks do it with 3-4 times as many, but usually I only wonder this when the feeding schedule coincides for almost all of em’ on the same day. heh. I’m getting very good at wrangling prey, so it is getting a lot easier, and I have also discovered that I was tensing up every single time I opened an enclosure. Not from fear of the tarantulas, but rather a fear I’d have a runaway. This is part of the ‘noob’ process to veteran tarantula keeper. The T’s LIKE where they are. They would bolt out of fear, but they actually have set their homes up to their liking, and if the Keeper (that’d be moi) gets the environment right, then the whole ESCAPE!!! thing isn’t really an issue.

I’ve got some pictures of the latest goings on in the hobby side of things, and rather than blather on, I’ll post em in a gallery, and stick relevant comments in there.

Work is going well, writing…slow…but that is changing now that I’ve finally gotten all of this zoology stuff in place and running smoothly.

I’ve been asked a few times if that bothers me that I’m not pounding the keyboard every single day lately, and I thought about it…and no, I’m not sussed about it all. I am living my life and doing things that appeal to me. Writing is ONE of those things…not the ONLY thing. (I have never been one of those writers who loses the “mojo” of a story by going away from it for a bit. I always come back refreshed, mental batteries charged, and tend to go like blazes following a break.)

The last couple months have been “setup” for some things I’ve long desired to get involved in or get BACK involved in (aquaria), and now that I have these things in place, I can get back to ‘primary’ which is the writing.

I’m having a blast. ๐Ÿ™‚

And with that, here comes ze gallery!