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    Thread: Which enclosure to use?

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      Which enclosure to use?

      I was just starting research on keeping tarantulas and a juvenile Arizona Blonde wandered into my son's (he's 24) room. He vacuumed it into a small canister vac apparently without injury and I now have it in a critter cage with some Arizona dirt thrown in it with a water dish. It appears to be female and torso is about 1.5 inches long. I have a 2.5 and a 5 gallon aquarium in my storeroom to convert into terrariums. I do plan on displaying it in my aquarium rack with my 5 gal betta tanks and the 75 gal tank on top.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Greylock View Post
      I have a 2.5 and a 5 gallon aquarium in my storeroom to convert into terrariums. I do plan on displaying it in my aquarium rack with my 5 gal betta tanks and the 75 gal tank on top.
      What are the dimensions of the aquariums?

      For terrestrial tarantulas like Aphonopelma chalcodes, you want something low-profile, where there is no more than 1.5 times the tarantula's diagonal leg span in vertical space (the distance between the top of the substrate and the lid). This is because bulky terrestrial tarantulas are vulnerable to falls; even a fall of just a few inches could fatally rupture the abdomen under the worst circumstances.

      Standard aquariums require a lot of substrate to make the height safe. Therefore, they aren't as commonly used by experienced keepers.

      For a tarantula of that size, something like the small Exo Terra Breeding Box (8" x 8" x 5.5") is perfect. I use these for all of my juvenile terrestrials and mature dwarf terrestrials.

      Just fill it with a few inches of substrate and half-bury a slab of cork. If your tarantula wants to dig, it will excavate under the cork. Include a low-profile water dish. (Don't worry; tarantulas won't drown.)
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      a 5 gal. tank wil be fine. i keep most all my T's in somewhat smallish tanks, i find they do better at least for me.
      i keep T's that are much larger then the Arizona Blonde's in less then a 5 gal container.
      i you wanted to do a vivarium type ste up you could go to a much larger tank but the T really would not benifet as much as youu would.

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