Am i hibernating my ants right?

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PlaylikeSteve
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Am i hibernating my ants right?

Post: # 53273Post PlaylikeSteve
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:45 pm

Hello antlovers.

I have 3 colonies of ants. Two of them seem to be lasius niger and the other one seems to be tetramorium caespitum.
So for the winter i bought a fridge for them and slowly cooled them down.
I build up a raspberry pi with a temperatur monitoring to see if the temperature is right.
Today was the last step by getting them to the desired 6 - 8 degrees celsius.

So my first question is, do they care about the temperature fluctuations? It will stay between the 6-8 degrees celsius now.

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Here you can see how i packed them in the fridge. (the cable is for the temperature monitoring.
And there is my second question. Do they care about the mealworms that i also placed in the fridge (on top of the formicarium)?

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Thank you in advance.

Greetings from Steve

ClashOwenBash
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Re: Am i hibernating my ants right?

Post: # 53299Post ClashOwenBash
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:11 am

6°C-8°C is perfect. Try to keep them at a steady temperature (only differing by around 3°C). They should stay in their nest for the most of the winter so the mealworms won't bother them.
Keeping my eyes peeled for alates!

Ant-keeper going into his 4th year of loving ants!

PlaylikeSteve
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Re: Am i hibernating my ants right?

Post: # 53302Post PlaylikeSteve
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:47 am

Ok. Good to hear.
Do I have to feed them during the hibernation?
Like giving them sugar water or proteins?

ClashOwenBash
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Re: Am i hibernating my ants right?

Post: # 53466Post ClashOwenBash
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:36 am

PlaylikeSteve wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:47 am
Ok. Good to hear.
Do I have to feed them during the hibernation?
Like giving them sugar water or proteins?
They only require water during hibernation.
Keeping my eyes peeled for alates!

Ant-keeper going into his 4th year of loving ants!

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