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Exo Terra Glass Terrarium Mini Wide - 30x30x30cm - Default
Exo Terra Compact Canopy - 30cm Single
Exo Terra Glass Terrarium Small Low - 45x45x30cm - Default
Exo Terra Compact Canopy - 45cm Double
Exo Terra Glass Terrarium Medium Low - 60x45x30cm - Default
Exo Terra Compact Canopy - 60cm Triple
White Python Digital Max / Min Thermometer
Select your optional extrasWant to spruce up the place with an extra plant or two?
Reptile Systems Insect Food - 60g
ProBugs Eco Fresh Mealworms 20g - Single
ProRep Spider Life Substrate - 10 Litres
ProRep Bio Life Forest Substrate - 10 Litres
ProRep Bark Chips Fine - 10 Litres
ProRep Cork Bark Flat - Small
ProRep Cork Bark Tube - Small / Short
ProRep Micro Dish Pack (4 pack) - Default
Lucky Reptile Angular Feeding Tongs - 25cm
ProRep VivClean Cleaner Disinfectant 750ml - Default
Heating the Mexican Red Knee Setup
This set up list is designed for terrestrial invertebrates that don't require much additional heating. The opposite side of the enclosure should remain cool but as we aren't using basking lamps and the heat can easily escape through a glass wall or mesh lid you should be able to achieve the correct temperature gradient in a tank as small as 45cm wide.
To provide the basking area simply chose one side of the enclosure (left or right). This will be the warm end and all heating should be kept on this side. Stick your heatmat (flat side down) to outside of the of the glass side panel, the more contact it can make the better it will work. We find this process easiest when using adhesive tape over the corners or along the clear plastic part of the heatmat as these parts shouldn't get very warm.
Controlling Temperatures in the Mexican Red Knee Setup
To control temperatures we use a simple on off thermostat. The thermostat will have 3 wires extending from a central control panel. The first wire leads to a plug, this is plugged into your power source. The second wire leads to a socket, plug your heatmat into this. The third wire ends in a sensor, this can be placed inbetween the heatmat and glass panel on the outside or can be adhered to the glass panel that's being warmed on the inside. On the control panel we set the temperature to 75f.
Lighting the Mexican Red Knee Setup
To light the enclosure we would usually use Exo Terra's matching canopy. This guarantees a seemless fit and high quality finish. We use natural lamps to provide additional lighting and make sure the entire tank is well lit all day. If the enclosure will be featuring live plants you could also use a LED lamp like Arcadia Jungle Dawn to promote plant growth.
The lights should be on all day and off at night. We usually aim to provide 10-12 hours of light per day then complete darkness all night.
If you need any further help setting up the enclosure or caring for the tarantula please let us know.