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PostSubject: Humidity/Molting for my Tarantula   Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:47 pm

Tommorow (Thurs), will be 1 week since I last gave my Chilean Rose Hair a cricket that he didn't eat at all & I'm still suspecting that he may be getting to molt soon. Part of me wants to just place another cricket in front of my Tarantula for a few mins. just to see if he'll accept it or not, but yet again I don't want to strss him out! Also, I did place 2 pieces of plastic saran wrap over the top of the tank screen cover to see if that'll help out w/ the humidity issue I'm having, & it did seem to work out well for a while. Lately, I've been playing w/ the heating lamp light too, where I turn it low during the day & the humidity then seems to increase into low to mid 60% range & the temp lowers into the upper 60's, then when I turn up the heating lamp light, the humidity tends to drop down into the high 50% range & the temps increase into the mid-to upper 70's!

Last night, I added more of the eco earth (several 1/3 cups) & mixed it in real good w/ the other soil & esp. turning it around on the way bottom. After a while, the humidity went up into high 60 to low 60% range & the temps went up into the high to mid 70's! I know I'm being really anal about the humidity/temps, but I've read that the temps/humidity has to be at the right spot in order for the Tarantula to molt succesfully! Since this is my first T, I just don't want anything to happen or for him to die while molting.
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PostSubject: Re: Humidity/Molting for my Tarantula   Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:34 am

It is kinda hard to match humidity and temp. with cooler surroundings.
For the molt the levels should be for hum.: 70%-90% and for temp.: mid 70's to low 80's.

Since your temps. are so low (most tarantulas will not do well with mid 60's - thats to cold) I would defenetly try to heat up the tank. The temp. has to stay in the 70's and should not fall below.
Is there a way to partially cover the sides of the tank to hold the temp. ?

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PostSubject: Re: Humidity/Molting for my Tarantula   Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:50 am

Try blocking off the lid partialy to increase humidity. If you have room in the tank, put a wider water bowl.
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