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andy83
12-13-2004, 01:22 AM
Well, I just wanted to post a poll on this. I know we all strive to keep our T's in a prime environment, but I was just wondering on HOW clean. This is kindof a broad poll but a good generalization would do just fine I believe.

For example: I have a P. cancerides and a P. lugardi. They are both aggressive species - however, it's a lot easier to clean out my cancerides than it is the lugardi.(I'm fairly new to keeping T's and I just realized that a decent pair of tongs would work miracles :) ) - at any rate...with the 9 current T's that I have, I would say that my cages average around 90-95% clean. 100% being "super ultra mega clean". --and I know we all change our cages every so often as needed.

thanks :)

David Burns
12-13-2004, 01:49 AM
My Haplo species and my C.crawshayi will only get cleaned if I see any food remains on the surface. The rest of my burrowers seem to leave their garbage on the surface more regularly. Otherwise they are all kept fairly clean.

shogun804
12-13-2004, 02:13 AM
very clean

becca81
12-13-2004, 07:05 AM
I try to keep mine as clean as possible to keep down mold, smell, etc.

However, there are some days when I'm extremely busy and can't take the time to clean. Having Ts is nice because they are so low-maintenance!

This would probably depend on how many Ts you have. I have 4 (3 slings and 1 adult), so keeping my enclosures clean is very easy. For those who have 30, 40, etc., it must be quite difficult to keep up with all the cleaning unless that is all you did.

Oh, speaking of cleaning. I was at Wal-Mart yesterday and picked up a pair of kitchen tongs. These are shaped similar to tweezers (a tad bigger), and are about 12 inches long. They are PERFECT for cleaning up and they only cost $1.00. I'll probably go get an extra pair just in case.

Vys
12-13-2004, 07:39 AM
That scale is kind of hard interpret.

Regardless, arboreal enclosures are a lot more work to keep clean, obviously, while terrestrials..well. I clean them about everytime I change an enclosure :) Sometimes I take out obvious food-boluses, but I've never had one such become a problem anyways, as I keep the substrate for every spider I have so far bone dry. Waterbowls are cleaned regularly, but noy more often than once a week.

Sandra
12-13-2004, 08:12 AM
I never find any leftovers or anything in our young G.aureostriata's KK. Goodness knows I check thoroughly. Am I just blind?

I know we'll experience payback though when we get our A.avic! ;)

Bark
12-13-2004, 08:25 AM
I never find any leftovers or anything in our young G.aureostriata's KK. Goodness knows I check thoroughly. Am I just blind?

I know we'll experience payback though when we get our A.avic! ;)

Mine clean their plates too. So does my B Smithi. All of their cages are immaculate.

My H Maculata on the other hand likes to rips its food to shreds :evil: . I can never find ALL of the pieces. Plus it uses some cricket parts in its burrow. I am not about to pull its burrow apart just to get a few small cricket bits. :mad:

chique
12-13-2004, 08:57 AM
Hahahahaha, who reakons they keep their tanks 100% spotless, please gimme some tips!

I voted for 80 - 85% - the main culprit for me not voting higher is my A.Avic, dirty pup! I clean, I remove remains, wipe away poop and what does she do (with a smile I bet) proceeds to splatter the most unaccesable part of her tank again with nice runny poo. Ahh, she's soooo elegant!

My Smithi n Rosea don't seem to create any mess for me to clean, just food balls neatly put away in the same corner every time, the perfect guests.

As for the other 4, once every couple of weeks i do a proper dirt search n just routine maintenence between those times.

I won't go into how clean 'my' tank is! hehe. ;P

metzgerzoo
12-13-2004, 10:45 AM
With mine it depends on the particular T. My slings containers are always very clean as are my more docile Ts. My Hap. "longipedum" doesn't like to take her left overs out of her hide and I don't fancy sticking my hand in there at that angle....I'll wait until she molts! :eek: My C. crawshyi has been in premolt and hiding forever so I can pretty much do anything I want in her tank. Both my blondi are rather nervous right now, my female is always on edge now that she has a new "neighbor". For the most part my Ts are all pretty good about taking out the trash for easy removal and cleaning water dishes is never a problem so my tanks usualy stay in the "90s" I suppose.

jw73
12-13-2004, 12:04 PM
95% clean.
Very clean.

Vanan
12-13-2004, 12:07 PM
Only cleaning is when they get a new enclosure or when there's a noticeable food bolus. Oh yea, and moults get taken out asap. Also, any substrate which came together with a new addition gets tossed out as a quarantine measure.

earthgirl
12-13-2004, 12:30 PM
I top off the water dishes every day or so.
I pick up food boluses, avic window poop, moults and cricket pieces as soon as I see them.
As long as the substrate is kept dry and the above tasks are done on a regular basis, I see no need to "clean" the enclosure.
I think too much interference stresses them.
Just my two cents...

andy83
12-13-2004, 03:36 PM
Alright,

Thanks everybody. That's pretty much what I expected. Sorry about the scaling there but I havn't been sleeping too much lately :wall:

Mattyb
12-13-2004, 05:13 PM
Well how clean can a tank be if you use peat moss as substrate? i mean its basically dirt. I just clean up food remains and then let it be.



-Mattyb

Arachnobrian
12-13-2004, 05:32 PM
I'm waiting for both my "T's" to moult then they will get new "clean" digs.
The current cleanliness would be about 80%, I guess, there is not much left after they eat, and any cricket parts are quickly removed. The viewing surface of the glass is cleaned regularly, and water dishes are cleaned and topped up every couple days. So I guess you could say pretty clean.

USMuscle9403
12-13-2004, 07:59 PM
Well how clean can a tank be if you use peat moss as substrate? i mean its basically dirt. I just clean up food remains and then let it be.



-Mattyb

Yea same here. I believe that as long as the cage smells okay, there are no insect boluses (sp) lying around, no exuvias, mold etc., then the spider is okay. No use in keeping a Ts enclosure spick-and-span, IMO.

Immortal_sin
12-13-2004, 08:58 PM
well, I don't know what to say LOL
I basically NEVER clean my cages, except to remove a bolus every so often. I keep fresh water inthe containers that actually HAVE a water dish, and of course when rehousing they get a nice clean container. However, I let my Ts be, and don't bother them unless I have to. I've never had a mite infestation, and my tarantulas are heathy. So, go figure.....

USMuscle9403
12-13-2004, 09:04 PM
well, I don't know what to say LOL
I basically NEVER clean my cages, except to remove a bolus every so often. I keep fresh water inthe containers that actually HAVE a water dish, and of course when rehousing they get a nice clean container. However, I let my Ts be, and don't bother them unless I have to. I've never had a mite infestation, and my tarantulas are heathy. So, go figure.....

That's the thing, I bother my Ts as LITTLE as possible. They just don't like to be bothered, and if I kept my enclosures 100% clean 100% of the time, I'd stress the Ts unnecessarily and that's definitely what we DONT want.

Deschain
12-16-2004, 07:56 AM
My tanks are 100% as clean as they can be at that time. Most of the "mess" in my tanks are arboreals. Misting the back wall of the tank cuts down on the visible watermarks...but I usually do all my changes and cleaning around the same time. Every 6 to 12 months for a complete cleaning, and daily "fussing"...it doesn't need to be done, but I enjoy it.

arachnophoria
11-04-2007, 04:03 PM
for inverts,the cage is fairly clean on its own,if I use coco peat as substrate and keep it dry.I remove food remains and might replace plants that age or look bad,clean the glass if needed,and change the water every few days,but I usually don't even stress over water marks.Best to let them be and that is part of the joy of keeping them...no large piles of ''waste'' to clean up.

problemchildx
11-04-2007, 04:05 PM
This thread is 3 years old.... XD {D

My cages contain dirt, and pieces of wood.. So they aren't too clean :rolleyes:

The_Thunderer
11-04-2007, 10:03 PM
This thread is 3 years old.... XD {D

My cages contain dirt, and pieces of wood.. So they aren't too clean :rolleyes:

LOL.

My tanks are about 85% clean... especially with the arboreals. They "spray" their poop and pee on the tanks and since I really have only had them in there for a couple weeks, I guess I've got some time before I need to wipe the "windows" again.

For the terrestrial T's... they're pretty clean. My B. smithi, B. boehmei, G. aureostriata, H. lividum and OBT don't leave much mess behind.

Drachenjager
11-04-2007, 11:54 PM
hmm well its old but...
Mine dont get cleaned unless i have a mite outbreak or the like. G. rosea never gonna happen as its bone dry( the substrate not the T lol )
my species i keep moist substrate with have isopods and plants in there to clean up so...

Xamec
11-05-2007, 12:20 AM
For example: I have a P. cancerides and a P. lugardi. They are both aggressive species - however, it's a lot easier to clean out my cancerides than it is the lugardi.(I'm fairly new to keeping T's and I just realized that a decent pair of tongs would work miracles -lol what did you do before, wear gloves?


Im not sure what the scale really is, but I only have a couple T's right now so I always pick out poo and food remains every day, and change water dishes every two days.

Anastasia
11-05-2007, 12:31 AM
This thread is 3 years old.... XD {D

My cages contain dirt, and pieces of wood.. So they aren't too clean :rolleyes:

lol, barely ever, just pick molts on and off
maybe change waterdish when see crikafloater :D

cacoseraph
11-05-2007, 11:23 AM
i'm not sure of the scale eitehr, i just picked the bottom one

my big spiders are in teh same cages with the same sub they were in last year. pretty much the only time i change/clean cages is when there is a need to, as in the bug outgrowing its current cage or a feeder croaking and makign a mess. other than that, you really shouldn't have to clean the cages up, unless you are super AR and feel compelled to constantly mess with stuff. a good, well executed cage should only need spot maintenance once a month or so and that is it.

well, in my super utilitarian world, at any rate

butch4skin
11-05-2007, 11:30 AM
Well, I just wanted to post a poll on this. I know we all strive to keep our T's in a prime environment, but I was just wondering on HOW clean. This is kindof a broad poll but a good generalization would do just fine I believe.



Fairly clean, I'd say, considering they're all boxes filled with dirt.

Truff135
11-05-2007, 11:41 AM
I've got one sub-adult g.aureostriata so it's quite easy to keep her tank clean, especially because right now she's buried in her hide, entrance blockaded, etc. I clean out her water dish about every other day because I don't like having dirt particles floating about from her night-time dirt-shoveling adventures. So far, easy enough! :D