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      First T

      I'm decided on an Aphonopelma chalcodes for my first T. I've done a lot of research but I want to make sure the info I follow is accurate, and as we all know the Internet is full of misinformation. Does anyone have a care sheet or links for info that they know is accurate? Thanks in advance

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      Hey CrimsonDraggon.

      That sounds like an excellent choice for a first T. I think that is the one Aphonopelma species I would love to have.

      I don't know how much detail it gets into, but you could check out the fan club for this species and see what you can glean. In the future, I would hope we can add a useful care sheet to the home page of this forum.

      The fan club is here: http://www.tarantulasus.com/showthre...elma-chalcodes

      Otherwise, I would say that these are going to be hardy Ts that enjoy drier climates. Have you tried to research their native habitat in Arizona and that region? Hot during the day and cool at night. Though keep in mind that most terrestrial tarantulas will stay hidden away in their cool and maybe even damp burrows during the heat of the day, and come out at night when it is cooler.

      I do understand they are one of the slowest growing Ts, so be prepared to have some patience.

      Hopefully, someone with more experience can pipe in and help answer your questions.

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      Toss the male in, take him out of the water dish in bolus form the next day.

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      Thanks for the link to the fan club I know all about patience in growing things, I'm also into bonsai lol.

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      Awesome!

      When you get one, we would love to see pics.


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      I don't have that species either, but I would assume care would be similar to A hentzi. That's a guess though. Slings will generally need a little more moisture than an adult. What size are you looking to get?

      Oh, and I LOVE bonsai. Pictures of those would be great!

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      Hello CrimsonDraggen

      Although I don't have chalcodes, I have two Aphonopelma species whose care is the same--anax and sp. Cochise. Aphonopelma anax was my first T and I have not been disappointed. I'm sure you will be pleased with chalcodes.

      I echo TGirl's comment that care is different for spiderlings. After deciding species, choosing between a sling or juvenile/adult tarantula is next. Caring for a sling and watching it grow can be very rewarding. Compared to many tropical species the growth of North American Aphonopelma is slow, but it is noticeable.

      Keep us posted with questions and photos.

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      You have chosen an incredibly beautiful first tarantula. I love the taupe colors of this species.

      I would like to reiterate one fact that has already been mentioned. All Aphonopelma species are extremely SLOW growing. If you can find a juvenile rather than a sling, that would be good. Let me give you an example to illustrate why I say this. Around 10 years ago I bought an Aphonopelma bicoloratum that was around 4". Like I said, I have had this girl for at least 10 years. She might be 4 1\2" now. The point that I'm trying to make is that if you buy a 1\2" sling, you're going to have a 3\4" sling in 2 years. That might be an exaggeration but you get the point.

      Just a side point, I have always considered A. bicoloratum to be the Cadillac of the Aphonopelma species. They are considered to be
      extremely rare though. But, A. chalcodes are equally beautiful with their taupe colors. To me, they have always reminded me of a muted version of A. bicoloratum. You should definitely get one.

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      I have an A. anax and an A. new river rust rump sps. I've had the rust rump for4 years and it is only about 2.5 " the anax is 1.5 " probably 6 mos. old. A female of some Aphonopelma species can live for forty years. Much longer than a lot of common mammal pets, what a bargain!

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      So it took a while longer than I planned but I finally got my first T's. I only planned on getting one, but ended up grabbing a second. I got a B. albopilosum sling instead of an A. chalcodes since my reptile store was out. I'll get one at a later date. I also got a T that was labeled an A. versicolor, but the guy said it was mislabeled and was actually an A. avicularia, or even an A. urticans. From what pictures I've seen from pics I'm leaning towards urticans. http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/588582fc...22_230431.jpg?
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