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    Thread: Deciding on what type of enclosure

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      Quote Originally Posted by smc85 View Post
      If I put them in big enclosure would that stress them out well bigger then a normal size for sling just curious
      A terrestrial tarantula (most common beginner species) should never be given more than 1.5-2x its diagonal legspan (DLS) in vertical space (the space between the top of the substrate and the lid). Tarantulas will occasionally climb the walls of the enclosure, and if they fall from a significant height, it can be lethal. (The bigger and bulkier the tarantula, the greater the risk.)

      Horizontally, a tarantula really only needs about 3x its DLS in any direction. Having an oversized cage is not harmful to the tarantula as long as you have the proper cage furnishings (a place to hide, a water dish, and anchor points for webbing if it's a webbing species).

      The downsides of an oversized cage are twofold:
      1. It's harder for the tarantula to find its prey and its water dish.
      2. It takes up more space than needed. (This becomes an issue when you inevitably decide to get more tarantulas, and you start running out of space to house them.)
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      I took this photo as a guideline showing what I personally use for each size tarantula. This is a guideline only and I have found that it works well for me. There are a couple of instances where a put a smaller individual into a larger than normal enclosure, but that is only for ones who seem to explore more than average... like the Euathlus sp. Red. Or if the individual is really fast growing, then I might skip an enclosure.
      These are terrestrial enclosures - not arboreal.

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      Is there any difference plexiglass vs acrylic price wise

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      Quote Originally Posted by smc85 View Post
      Is there any difference plexiglass vs acrylic price wise
      No. Plexiglass IS acrylic, so the same pricing.

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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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      I'm taking my adult smithi to a show tomorrow morning. What kind of substrate can I use that's not too messy?
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      I use Coco fiber I like just try some different stuff till you find what works for you

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      Thanks for that I will keep this in mind

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