Hibernating in the fridge

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LasiusAnts
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Hibernating in the fridge

Post: # 53282Post LasiusAnts
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:39 am

I don't have anywhere cold in my house, so I put my ants (Lasius Niger) in the fridge to hibernate yesterday.

I've put a thermometer in there to check the temperature and it's 3.5°c in there. The thermometer is one of those digital ones that tells you the minimum temperature too, and apparently at some point it has hit 0.5°c. Which is obviously a bit too cold.

Obviously I've been stupid, and should have checked the temperature first. But now that I'm where I am, what do I do?

Do I leave them in the and hope for the best? Take them out and skip hibernation? Or are they just inevitably dead from hyperthermia already?

ClashOwenBash
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Re: Hibernating in the fridge

Post: # 53283Post ClashOwenBash
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:28 pm

Can't you try to raise the temperature? The optimal temperature is around 8°C.
Hibernating Lasius Niger, Lasius Flavus, and Myrmica Rubra. Zzz..

LasiusAnts
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Re: Hibernating in the fridge

Post: # 53290Post LasiusAnts
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:56 pm

You know, I thought my fridge wasn't that fancy, but I've looked closer and I can change the temperature after all...

I'll get it a bit warmer and just hope for the best.

PAants
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Re: Hibernating in the fridge

Post: # 53449Post PAants
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:06 pm

You could also use a small wine cooler. You can get one for not too much money from Amazon, and it might be more convenient.

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