How To Disinfect The Terrarium


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Continuing the article “ Snag for a terrarium, purchase and installation "Today I want to talk about how to make driftwood with your own hands for installation in a terrarium for a tarantula spider. Where is it better to look for snags, which snags are suitable for installation in a terrarium, and how to handle the snag before being placed in a terrarium to a tarantula spider.

I must say right away that I took most of the information on the Internet, on portals dedicated to aquarium fish, lizards and tarantulas, and most of the information was taken from the article “How to process snag for iguana terrarium”, Of course, all information is supported by personal experience, and will be supplemented in accordance with the main theme of the blog. tarantulas spiders.

Where to look for driftwood for a terrarium:

I think everyone understands that the snag for the terrarium as well as any other object that you want to put to the tarantula spider should be taken in places as distant as possible from roads, cities, and in general human life.

How To Disinfect The Terrarium

There are also opinions that it is impossible to take driftwood that was lying in the water, since it could absorb all the muck with the water. But at the same time, if the water is clean enough and flowing, then I think you can not be afraid of it, well, it’s up to you to decide, I boldly took driftwood that lay on the shore and had prolonged contact with water.

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Snags, from which species of wood it is better to take:

As I noted in a previous article, tree species such as alder, oak, bamboo, or fruit varieties of trees, such as cherries, are best suited. It is advised to refrain from snags from coniferous varieties of wood, but I believe that it is the resin that poses the main danger, and dried and non-resinous wood can be safely taken.

Again, I took dried pine roots, where there was almost no tar, and they stand well in the terrarium, are little susceptible to decay and mold. And tarantulas spiders feel good on them, eat, molt and breed.

How To Disinfect The Terrarium

But it’s definitely not worth taking “live” or recently fallen tree branches, there is still a lot of juice in them that will lead to the development of fungi and microorganisms, the driftwood must be “dead” and long dried. It is not recommended to take rotten wood as well, I think there’s no need to explain why.

Processing driftwood before installation in the terrarium:

This is the most controversial issue, there are people on the Internet who generally refuse to treat driftwood, and indeed everything else, referring to the fact that in natural conditions spiders live perfectly on untreated snags infested with mold and parasites, they are ready to bring any branch and immediately put in the terrarium to the spider. But this is their point of view, maybe they are right, but it is worth noting that in natural conditions the spiders have a shorter life span, and survival too.

How To Disinfect The Terrarium

Other people, on the contrary, are ready to process snags for days and weeks, trying to completely eliminate all risk factors. This is most likely due to the fact that they got information of a slightly different plan, namely they read about how to process driftwood for installation in an aquarium, everything is actually a little more complicated there than in our case.

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How To Disinfect The Terrarium

I tried both of these approaches, naturally not going to extremes. And I came to some conclusions for myself, now I will describe the methods for processing driftwood for the terrarium, which I learned about.

Methods for preparing driftwood before installation in a terrarium for a spider:

Mechanical cleaning. the very first and very important process, which boils down to removing bark, and various kinds of pollution from driftwood. This is a necessary step, because under the bark of old snags, there is a lot of living creatures, ticks and other small insects from the forest, which will be superfluous in the terrarium. You can skip this step only if the bark is firmly attached to the wood and you do not want to spoil its decorative qualities.

Heat treatment. like the cleaning of mechanical impurities, this is an important and necessary process. Someone cooks driftwood in salt water, someone heats them in the oven, and someone in the microwave. The method of heat treatment, as a rule, depends on the size of the driftwood. For example, I had to be content with heating the snags in the oven, since they did not fit into the pan.

Disinfection of driftwood. can be produced by different methods, for example, spraying chlorhexidine on a snag from a spray bottle, soaking the snag in potassium permanganate and so on. I do not consider this stage mandatory, but someone does.

Other operations. On the Internet you can find a lot of recommendations on the processing of driftwood from the forest, here are some of them: soak for a long time in hot water (so that the bark and dirt go better), soak the driftwood in salt water for about a week, pour the whitewash in whiteness (for disinfection) and many others.

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My opinion is that the first two steps of processing driftwood are enough if they are made with high quality. over, if the driftwood is correctly installed in the terrarium, they will not have contact with wet surfaces, which will prevent moldiness and rotting of the driftwood.

I almost forgot to say, after finishing the driftwood processing, let it dry, it can take about a week or even more, for especially large driftwood.

Conclusions on the topic:

I can refute the danger of coniferous wood for tarantulas, I think that resin is dangerous, and dried not resinous driftwood from pine roots (like mine) will not harm. I got driftwood from dry pine Psalmopoeus cambridgei from L5 to a mature male, Avicularia sp. Peru and in the roots of one of these snags gave birth Brachypelma albopilosum.

How to determine that there is no resin in the softwood? Very simple, put the snag cleaned of bark and dirt in the oven, and give it 15-20 minutes at a temperature of about 150-200 degrees. If there is resin in the snag, then it will come to the surface of the snag, and a characteristic odor will appear. The timing and temperature may be a bit confusing, it is better to check the snag once every few minutes to avoid incidents.

How To Disinfect The Terrarium