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NikiP
08-05-2010, 01:52 PM
When I first got my V. spinigerus, I had them in an all sand tank. I bought a bag of this substrate (http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2752443). I mixed it with sand so now I have this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/nikipike/Tarantulas/redo001.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/nikipike/Tarantulas/redo002.jpg

Does this look better? When I used my fingers to compact some of it, it felt like it would hold a lot better then just the plain sand did. And yes, the pieces of fake plants are just for the human eye :D And I do have a lid that I use for my mother's peace of mind, so they aren't going to able to use them to get out either.

I've looked up how to sex my particular species & I still don't feel like I have a hang of it yet. There's one of the three that i'm guessing is a male:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/nikipike/Tarantulas/redo005.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/nikipike/Tarantulas/redo007.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/nikipike/Tarantulas/redo009.jpg

Would love to see others weigh in on whether the others are gravid females or just fatties.

This one looks like a well fed tick :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/nikipike/Tarantulas/redo014.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/nikipike/Tarantulas/redo015.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/nikipike/Tarantulas/redo020.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/nikipike/Tarantulas/redo017.jpg


Today I noticed just how fat the other one has gotten, that I also suspect is a gravid female:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/nikipike/Tarantulas/redo024.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/nikipike/Tarantulas/redo023.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/nikipike/Tarantulas/redo025.jpg