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Join date : 2010-01-29
Age : 46
Location : Jewett City, CT.

PostSubject: Another Question re: soil substrate for my Tarantula   Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:45 am

I don't really know if the substrate soil I'm using for my tarantula's that oversaturated! I did take out a few chunks of the soil like you suggested & squeeze any excess water out, but no water poured out. You mentioned having 2 different soils, like topsoil w/ crunched oak leaves (dry) or echoearth works well. Do you suggest I should use a different soil or mix it w/ the soil I'm already using? Also, I have a heating pad underneath my t's 10-gallon tank, but I believe I'm using a heating pad that's only for a 5-gallon tank or so. Should I go out & get a bigger heating pad for a 10-gallon tank? Maybe that'll help in drying up the moist substrate I still have.
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Join date : 2009-03-02
Age : 38
Location : Jacksonville, Fl

PostSubject: Re: Another Question re: soil substrate for my Tarantula   Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:55 am

Ok, then try to mix the top soil with your soil that you allready have, like you mentioned.
Also I checked your profile and you are from CT, that explaines the heatpad (I was wondering why you use one). The thing with the pas is, that they are a little unpredictable, spec. with a spider tank.
If your room temperature is below 72F in the winter and below 79F in the summer, you would have to use a heat source (best is the side of the tank, not so much from underneath, since most spiders will dig to reach a cooler place).

For the next time: try to use a oral syringe (walgreens, cvs,...has them for free when you ask in the pharmacy) or a pipette (a big dropper) to moisturize your tank.
Misters tend to stress spiders, since most of the fine waterspray lands on the sensitive sensor hairs of the spider. I use for all my spiders and scorpions syringes or big droppers. To be on the save side you can wet only one side of the tank, so the spiders can choose.

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