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    Thread: New Sling...Brazilian Red...

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      New Sling...Brazilian Red...

      Well, I went down to the Big City (aka Salt Lake) which is a good hour, hour and a half drive from where I live to get a feeder dubia colony and an isopod colony. Before I picked them up, I went to a pet store and found that they have Ts. After I picked up the dubia, I went and got an sling N. chromatus...and not a 1/4 of the way home, I stop for gas and checked on the little guy. And found him deceased.

      The heat did him in even though he was out of the sun completely.

      I took him back to the store since they have a 48hr guarantee and they replaced him with a N. carapoensis. He survived the ride home...the isopods did not and I'm not sure yet about the dubia colony. (There are some wandering around and others that are alive but just sitting there. We'll see. (I tried to get the breeder to meet me half way but she wouldn't so...there was a risk there would be casualties...even though I covered them and got some ice half way home to try to keep them cool.) Anyway, back to topic...

      I want to make sure I house this guy right. The white container in the pic below is what he's going to be housed in:



      My main concern is keeping the container humid enough for him so he doesn't dry out and how much substrate to put in. So any advice is very welcome (advice about anything sling and rehousing is welcome, too).



      I'll get a pic of him soon.

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      Plenty of air flow is needed....but that also dries the substrate...so....check humidity every three days and add water as needed . Nhandu are from South America and the temp should be from the low 70's to mid-high 70's.
      T. stirmi 0.3.18, T. apophysis 6.5" 0.1.0
      N. chromatus 0.1.0, N. coloratovillosus 0.2.0
      G. pulchripes 0.1.0, A. geniculata 0.2.0
      P. regalis 0.2.0, Chilobrachy sai yok 0.1.0, Gorgyrella sp. black Africa 0.1.0
      L. parahybana 0.1.0, L. striatipes 0.2.0, L. klugi 0.1.0, Pamphobeteus sp. Santo Domingo 0.1.0
      Acanthogonatus pi ss ii 0.2.0, Acanthogonatus francki 0.2.0, 1-Linothele fallax 0.1.0, A. vilches 0.1.0, Diplura sp. Sanguinea 1/2"

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      How damp should the substrate be?

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      Sev,
      http://www.petbugs.com/caresheets/N-carapoensis.html

      Here is a care sheet for your species. If it's a small sling, you can keep the sub slightly damp and make sure it has plenty of ventilation. If it's larger you can keep the sub on the dry side and just overflow the water bowl from time to time and mist one side of the enclosure if necessary to keep the humidity up. You should have a temp and humidity gauge in the tank. Add enough sub to come within 1 1/2 to 2 times the leg span of the T to the top of the enclosure.
      If the T is 3" then there should be between 4.5 and 5" of space between the T and the Top of the enclosure as to avoid injury if it should fall!...

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