New shelving going to be needed soonish.
Rehousing Poecilotheria(s). [Indian ornamental tarantulas.]
Just a quick post with some pics of today’s adventures in rehousing a Poecilotheria regalis and a P. miranda.
The P. regalis was fun as it decided to explore the bathtub wall tile, but was easily catch cupped. Tarantulas roll in spurts, and the trick is to let em’ stop before trying to recapture.
The P. miranda on the other hand, waltzed gracefully from the old house to the cup to the new house.
This is the time that I’ve been expecting. Quite a few of my collection are growin’ up, and require better (bigger) accommodations. In the next week, I will have to rehouse seven tarantulas, some arboreal, some terrestrial and one that can’t make up its mind whether it is one or the other. Heh.
A quick note on the large enclosure. A “bugarium” as is mentioned in the pictures is a Zoomed product. A surprisingly inexpensive 8 x 8 x 11″ terrarium of glass construction with a removable top. I custom built the top with acrylic and four 2″ round vents, leaving one of these loose to easily feed and water without major disruption for the tarantula. A rock weight keeps things from becoming accidentally “interesting”. I am very…VERY pleased with this product, and will be using it to house quite a few more specimens going forward. While this doesn’t have “cross-ventilation”, it is ‘airy’, and most adult tarantulas don’t need a breeze to thrive. Another positive for me with these is the uniform appearance. It will be quite simple to shelve these cubes for display without a lot of odd sized enclosures making things look cluttered.
Anyway, here’s the process of rehouse in pictures: (Click the coffee cup for the slideshow and captions.)
Pre-game. Achieving my ZEN before messing with fast movers.
I find this the absolute best place to deal with fast moving tarantulas. More room for shenanigans without real “issue”.
The P. regalis in catch cup after exploring the bathroom wall.
The P. miranda was just fine with the way things were supposed to go. 🙂
P. miranda’s new apartment. This one will get a ‘bugarium’ like the P. regalis in a couple of molts.
P. regalis at home (bottom front poking out from the verge).
P. regalis exploring the new digs.
P. regalis setting up shop.
Two completed rehouse tasks. Pretty happy with how the custom enclosures came out.
Pterinochilus murinus watching TV.
This ‘bits’ is going to focus on the Pterinochilus murinus (OBT) as one of the most interesting and easy to care for Tarantulas in the hobby.
After watching and re-reading Tom’s Big Spiders article on the “best beginner tarantulas”, I teased him a bit with a few of the more “advanced” species that sometimes end up as a beginner T-Keeper’s charges. This of course got me to pondering the age-old debate about the OBT, and thus this post.
Brachypelma smithi in her old clothes
This would have been a “tarantula bits” post, except I liked the title, so hey.
Last night my Brachypelma smithi, a purchase from a local Petco, molted, and Tom Moran posted up a Grammostola iheringi update where the molt had just occurred with one of his 8-legged cats.
SYNCRONICITY! heh heh.
I had photo-documented the process with my B. smithi, so I figured I’d post up about the how, what and whyfores with some most excellent shots to illustrate just how Tarantulas “do”.
One of the interesting facets of the exotic pet hobby (not JUST tarantulas) is the molting process. Reptiles shed, as well as snakes, and almost all inverts as well.
[aside: This includes all of the sea-abiding cousins such as this kid here:]
Just a quick review of an already respected Tarantula vendor who does retail and wholesale work.
Paul Becker has been in the 8-legged cat game for a long time, and with good reason.
I’m not going to go into screaming detail, as these things have been done many times via social media, (A good overview here from Tom’s Big Spider Blog) but as I am 100% pleased with the selection, service and health of the specimens I just received, here’s the post!
Packaging = perfect.
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. 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.
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.
In the gallery, other than one photo-bomb, this is specifically a coral update. Fish and such will get their own post shortly. 🙂
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…
Sarcophyton Coral “Green Leather toadstool” 20 Gallon Long
Capnella Sp. “Kenyan Tree” 20 Gallon Long
Monitpora Digitata “Branched monitpora” This is a rescue/freebie that I’m hoping will come back from the brink. It has polyps near the ends, so we shall see. 20 Gallon Long
Caulastrea Furcata “Candy Cane”. Two new heads on the back branch. The large heads have their feeders out. 20 Gallon Long
Candy cane under actinic light. (Blue with orange filter.) 20 gallon long
Actinodiscus Sp. Green mushroom. 20 Gallon Long
Actinodiscus Sp. Blue mushroom. Currently serving as the living door to my Firefish den. 20 Gallon Long
Center of the tank complete with Samantha photobombing. 20 Gallon Long
Xenia coral “Pulsing Brown” Considered by some to be a “weed” coral, I have been pruning and setting this up as a staircase” in the rock section. One of my favorites, this has the most motion of any coral in the tank(s). 20 Gallon Long
Stylophora “Bird’s nest”. This is the best grower in the 20 long.
Stylophora “Bird’s nest” under blue actinic lighting.
Pachyclavularia Sp. Green “Green Star” This shot is 1/2 extended, 1/2 retracted. Normally this looks like a fluffy green carpet. Was glad to get the shot at this point to show the skeletal structure. 20 Gallon Long
Pachyclavularia Sp. Green “Green Star” Fully extended, under actinic light with orange filter.
Montipora Red Capricornis This is a chalice coral that I knicknamed “potato chip”. It is STILL in the shape I bought it, but about 3x thicker. 20 Gallon Long
Pocillopora -Cauliflower Another “project” that has done far better, far faster than I could have hoped for. Beautiful coral. 20 Gallon Long
Spongodes Montipora -Green. Slow grower, but it has completely encrusted the rock piece. 20 Gallon Long
Purple strawberry zoa (might be mis-ID’d, but it has a purplish head.) 20 Gallon Long
Euphyllia ancora “Wall Hammer”. This is the slowest grower of em’ all, but it is showing budding around the skeleton, and has good extension. 20 Gallon Long
Palythoa “Turquoise”. Another “trash” zoa, but I love the colors and so far it isn’t overrunning everything. 20 Gallon Long
Palythoa “Green”. This one is considered somewhat dangerous as it can emit a deadly toxin. Great color and very pretty, imo. The white/clear heads are tubeworms. Great filter feeders and hitchhikers. (was happy to see em’ in there.) 🙂 20 Gallon Long
Purple Hornets Zoa. Retracted at the moment. (10 gallon pico tank).
Purple Hornets Zoa Extended. These are really tiny at this point. (Max zoom.)
Pulsing Xenia frag from the 20 long, now living in the 10 pico
Zoa sp. orange (not sure on the ID for this one). It has doubled the heads since I put it in. 10 gallon pico.