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    A 20 gallon high should be fine, bigger is always better in my opinion. I just use a 10 cos that's what my shelf is set up for - four 10 gallon verticals side by side under a T5 HO lighting (for the plants).

    But more humidity supplied by live plants and moist soil, more vertical space, a water bowl (they do drink water every day), climbing areas where she can make an aerial nest near the top and steady larger meals should hopefully turn her around. She should definitely be getting bigger and not smaller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Here's a pic of her home anyway:
    Sorry to diverge from the topic - - but Swords, that really is a great tank - beautiful landscaping and a happy 'T' living in the cloud...

    Becca, you can get 10 gal tanks for < $10 @ Wally world ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    It's hard to see in my pic but there is a "tree stump" shaped water bowl in the lower left hand corner Tarantulas do like to drink water so if you don't have a water bowl get one that she can fit over top of and get her "face" down into it.

    Do not put a sponge or cotton wad or any thing like that in the water. Ts drink water straight from the bowl they don't suck it out of a sponge. A wet sponge is an invitation to disease and filthy conditions due to it's attractiveness to crickets, roaches and other animals put in as prey items. It's amazing how many pet shops and even professional sellers like LLL Reptile recommend putting a sponge in the water bowl. Just use pure clean water in a bowl smaller than the diameter of your spider.
    Sorry for the confusion.
    The main reason for the sponge is to add more humidity, not drink from, they always had an open dish. The open dish needs to kept clean, as that is where the dead (drowned) crickets will be. As with all animals, daily cleaning tasks must be done to maintain a clean, disease free home.
    I have always said, the more exotic the pet you own...the more exotic the care must be.
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    thanks for the comments, Swords...I know she should be getting bigger and not smaller that why I was so concerned but definitely your comments are helpful. I mainly am wondering about molting. Do T's molt their entire life or just until their full grown? I've never noticed this spider molt. Maybe it's because the humidity levels are so low...I know they have trouble molting or won't molt when the humidity isn't right. I'll try the 20 g as suggested and we'll see where it goes from there.

    Thanks again!

    PS Ron haha Wally World...you wouldn't catch me in there if it were the last store on earth. I hate walmart. But thanks for the suggestion. I think I'm just going to use my extra 20 gallon.

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    Yeah humidity s a BIG issue when it comes to molts
    If the humidity isn't high enough they can have a bad molt

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    Sorry for the confusion.
    No problem, I'm glad you didn't take offense to my wording, I just wanted to be sure she didn't do what I rescued my poor Ts from at the pet shop. They had water bowls with a nasty pile of cotton batting full of cricket filth. I sure wouldn't wanna drink from that either.

    After I moved my A. avic from her 1 gallon "baby cage" to her 10 gallon she molted within just a couple weeks.

    Thanks for the kind words Ron!

    I buy groceries (and 10 gallon tanks) at wal mart, you may now chase me with torches...

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    well fed?

    I know most of the spiders we had move through the store would extanguanate and devour a pinkie (newborn rat/mouse). They will not molt unless they are growing. Good food is the key here.
    @ swords, it's all good, just wanting to see this animal doing bettter.
    I am no arachnid expert by any means, just kept quite a few through the years.
    Butt, if ya wanna talk Discus and other hard to breed tropical fish...I am yer man.
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