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Paramite
12-15-2006, 04:28 AM
Hi. I got my cambridgei sling few days ago and want to make sure I'm doing everything right.

How often should I mist the enclosure? Care sheets recommend 78-82% but that's almost impossible to maintain without restricting ventilation too much. I know many of you guys think that those RH's are overrated, but I heard there's a few number of species, which require some sort of special care.

Is it OK if I mist mine every other day? My enclosure has very good ventilation, so it dries out pretty fast. I'm also keeping a water dish in there, which is a plastic bottle lid (sides cut off).

Oh and my mine is about 1".

Edit: Eh... Looks like I messed up the title. "Humity"...

jamesc
12-15-2006, 05:46 AM
Try not to mist the tarantula when you are doing your misting. The humidity should be fine. Once it gets bigger you probably wont need to mist at all. Just keep an eye on the critter and you should be able to tell by its actions if the humidity is high enough for it. If it is hanging out in the water dish it is probably too dry.

Brian S
12-15-2006, 11:29 AM
How often should I mist the enclosure? Care sheets recommend 78-82% but that's almost impossible to maintain without restricting ventilation too much. I know many of you guys think that those RH's are overrated, but I heard there's a few number of species, which require some sort of special care.
Hi, I am one who thinks RH is a bit overrated. Besides, how are you going to fin a hygrometer in a small sling enclosure? IME the best thing to do is pour a bottle cap of water on the substrate as it dries out. Make sure it isnt wet though. You might mist the webbing lightly about once or twice a week.


'm also keeping a water dish in there, which is a plastic bottle lid (sides cut off).
If you have a water dish then misting is not neccessary at all

PhilR
12-15-2006, 11:31 AM
Hi, I am one who thinks RH is a bit overrated. Besides, how are you going to fin a hygrometer in a small sling enclosure? IME the best thing to do is pour a bottle cap of water on the substrate as it dries out. Make sure it isnt wet though. You might mist the webbing lightly about once or twice a week.

I agree entirely with you. Published humidity levels are rarely practical or even attainable in captivity.

CedrikG
12-15-2006, 11:51 AM
Hi, I am one who thinks RH is a bit overrated. Besides, how are you going to fin a hygrometer in a small sling enclosure? IME the best thing to do is pour a bottle cap of water on the substrate as it dries out. Make sure it isnt wet though. You might mist the webbing lightly about once or twice a week.


If you have a water dish then misting is not neccessary at all


This, Paramite, is one way that you can keep your tarantula, but you dont necessary have to stop there if you dont want to.

"Psalmopoeus cambridgei lived much longer before the human appears on earths on the Trinidad Island"

picture of the field
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~madeira/N.coast-island.jpg

This is an island to the north east of Venezuela.
http://shakti.trincoll.edu/~charriso/images/trinidad.jpg

reference of the text next : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago


Trinidad and Tobago, well within the tropics, both enjoy a generally pleasant maritime tropical climate influenced by the northeast trade winds. In Trinidad the annual mean temperature is 26 C, and the average maximum temperature is 33 C. The humidity is high, particularly during the rainy season, when it averages 85 to 87 %. The island receives an average of 211 centimeters of rainfall per year, usually concentrated in the months of June through December, when brief, intense showers frequently occur. Precipitation is highest in the Northern Range, which may receive as much as 381 centimeters. During the dry season, drought plagues the island's central interior. Tobago's climate is similar to Trinidad's but slightly cooler. Its rainy season extends from June to December; the annual rainfall is 250 centimeters. The islands lie outside the hurricane belt; despite this, Hurricane Flora damaged Tobago in 1963, and Tropical Storm Alma hit Trinidad in 1974, causing damage before obtaining full strength.

Thinking they probably lived million of year in that tropical rain forest island, you can keep it on a bone dry substrate if you want to.

I dont want to start a debate here, but he must understand that keeping tarantula does'nt stop at this point he if want to. You can study the natural habitat by looking at picture and reading raport like the one I quoted. Representing the type of hide they use in the wild / the dry, rain, warm or cold season / the type of substrate / etc etc etc can be very interesting. With the time and experience you will have no problem dealing with these details.

This said, both way of keeping is up to each keeper, most will go for the bone dry substrate.

Brian S
12-15-2006, 01:03 PM
This said, both way of keeping is up to each keeper, most will go for the bone dry substrate.

Yes and in fact if a water dish is provide there is no need to water the substrate.

CedrikG
12-15-2006, 01:19 PM
Well ... I guess its your decision

6StringSamurai
12-15-2006, 02:37 PM
I've got four p cambridgei at various sizes. For the smaller ones I lightly spray three times a week, once they are big enough for a water dish I give them one and spray once a week. They seem to be doing very well, so you can try that if you like.

Good luck! They are a fun species.

Paramite
12-16-2006, 03:12 AM
OK, thanks for your help. I think I'm going to mist once or twice a week, just to make sure he/she can get enough water.

By the way, I'm getting P. pulcher next week. :)