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Topic Maintenance Software?

Post by High Lord Dee on Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:58 pm

Hello,

Anyone out there have actual experience or recommendations for scorpion/tarantula maintenance.  My collection continues to grow and need some help on feeding, molts, and general maintenance.  Thanks in advance.

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Post by yames on Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:52 pm

I started out using regular graph paper but have since made a spread sheet in microsoft excel.

I print it out and fill in feeding dates. Watering dates. Mating attempts. I left a little room at the bottom for extra notes and I keep all the pages together in 1 file. It has been very useful for tracking molts and scorpion age.
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Post by Mesobuthus on Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:21 pm

Basically what Yames says excel is a easy way to keep it documented
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Post by Shadowfoot on Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:31 am

I keep photos of every major occurrences like mating and births as all of the photos has time stamps. Feeding and molts for 300+ scorpions is a bit too much for me to put into documents but when I started I also just used a spreadsheet. Smile
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Post by ShredderEmp on Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:07 am

I made a spreadsheet that includes name, date of acquisition, species, gender, molt dates, death dates, and instar. I have yet to add on births, length of pregnancies, and date sold/traded but none of those have happened yet.
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Topic Re: Maintenance Software?

Post by High Lord Dee on Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:17 am

Shadowfoot wrote:I keep photos of every major occurrences like mating and births as all of the photos has time stamps. Feeding and molts for 300+ scorpions is a bit too much for me to put into documents but when I started I also just used a spreadsheet. Smile

Well I certainly don't have 300!  Very Happy .  So, a spreadsheet probably will do the trick.  I thought I saw awhile ago some freeware to assist though?
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Post by Shadowfoot on Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:29 am

I've seen free programs for keeping track of reptile maintenance but can't remember their names, if you stumble across one I'm sure it could be used for other animals as well.
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Post by GS on Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:46 pm

Great suggestions have been given above. Especially so for "time stamps" using photos, mentioned by Shadowfoot.

You can sort those pictures into folders (according to scientific name), and in the different captures you wish to monitor for.. feeding.. molting.. mating... you name it. If possible, always try to make regular backups.

Somehow.. using spreadsheet or recording software does not seem to be a long term plan as your collection grow. Most of us will find this thought familiar..

"Ok.. this will be the last batch of scorps.. it should serve my scorp addiction for quite a while.."

And "BAM".. payment made for next batch  Razz

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Post by Shadowfoot on Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:53 pm

GS, those last two paragraphs is the story of my life hahaha.
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Post by DolbyR on Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:53 pm

Shadowfoot wrote:GS, those last two paragraphs is the story of my life hahaha.

The story of our lifes.... sooner or later, any "serious" hobbyist goes through this.

Anyways, for freeware you can check here http://www.allscorpionarchives.com/t299-software-arachnorecord-keep-track-of-your-inverts

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Post by ShredderEmp on Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:53 pm

I downloaded that, and it was really well made, but it stopped working for me for some reason.
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Post by DolbyR on Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:37 am

Exotic Keepers' Record is another free one if you must have a dedicated software.
It's ok for small collections, but it gets tedious to update when you have a larger amount and variety of critters.

The good old notebook and pencil is still the best IMO.

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Topic Re: Maintenance Software?

Post by High Lord Dee on Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:07 pm

DolbyR wrote:Exotic Keepers' Record is another free one if you must have a dedicated software.
It's ok for small collections, but it gets tedious to update when you have a larger amount and variety of critters.

The good old notebook and pencil is still the best IMO.
Looks like the perfect tool for me.  I tried to check it out.  Found it available as freeware on a few sites.  While trying to download it, my anti-virus kicks in.  It looks like it is one of those "free" software packages that blast machine-gun spam at you?  So, I killed it.  Anyone actually use the product on this site?
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Post by DolbyR on Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:25 am

I have used it in the past (maybe 2-3 years ago). Never had issues with spam/malware, but can't guarantee it's still the same.

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Topic Re: Maintenance Software?

Post by High Lord Dee on Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:50 am

DolbyR wrote:I have used it in the past (maybe 2-3 years ago). Never had issues with spam/malware, but can't guarantee it's still the same.
Well, I finally settled for the freeware package: Arachnorecord 2.0.  Not bad at all.  Incredible species listing for both scorpions and T's.  Reminders are okay but you have to have the software open to view the reminder.  I would love an email blast better.  Supports pics and molt info, etc.


Check it out and let me know what you think?  May end up with the spreadsheet as a looking backward tool.  Thanks.
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