Southeast asian paludarium

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 62732Post antnest8
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:33 am

The humitidy won't kill the colony (unless they're under water ;) ) but you might want a log or a bit of dry soil for them. The colony will natrually seek the best humitidy area.

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 62742Post MikeCzajson
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:08 am

Alright then, it is decided, the carpenter ants win :D there's still a lot of research waiting for me but now I'm one step closer to realizing the project :D thank you everyone for your help, what a great forum :D

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 62744Post antnest8
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:53 am

Your welcome and good luck! Try to get a wild colony with a queen if you want to skip the long and hard founding process. But if you find rasing a colony from scratch fun there are several scources that can help.

Once again, good luck! :D :D

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 62747Post Hawkeye
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:14 am

You're more than welcome to join our Camponotus Crew (see my signature) if you want to exchange tips/tricks/ideas with other ant keepers.

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 62784Post MikeCzajson
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:05 am

Sorry guys, it's me and my worries again. What do you think of adding camponotus nicobarensis into the paludarium ? As far as I read they are smaller and more calm than the japonicus, but most of the sources say that they prefer low humidity level what makes me a problem because it'll be high humidity tropical forest paludarium. It's rather impossible to make one side very dry but what if I burry a formicarium made for them that'll hold dry soil inside ? Do you think it'll work or is that not necessary and the ants will easily live in high humidity level ?

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 62788Post Hawkeye
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:35 am

MikeCzajson wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:05 am
Sorry guys, it's me and my worries again. What do you think of adding camponotus nicobarensis into the paludarium ? As far as I read they are smaller and more calm than the japonicus, but most of the sources say that they prefer low humidity level what makes me a problem because it'll be high humidity tropical forest paludarium. It's rather impossible to make one side very dry but what if I burry a formicarium made for them that'll hold dry soil inside ? Do you think it'll work or is that not necessary and the ants will easily live in high humidity level ?
Isn't that the ants species which builds their nest inside an ant plant? And if I am not mistaken they like 50 - 70 percent humidity?

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 62799Post MikeCzajson
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:24 am

Yeah I'm sorry my mistake. Every Polish source I've read said they need low humidity but after watching some videos of ant keepers from other countries I know they like the humidity level high.

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 62804Post Hawkeye
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:01 pm

MikeCzajson wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:24 am
Yeah I'm sorry my mistake. Every Polish source I've read said they need low humidity but after watching some videos of ant keepers from other countries I know they like the humidity level high.
No problem, that's what the forum is for. Hey, I assume you will have some automated rain/mist system in mind right? If you set that up to rain in the evenings (which is common nearer the equator) you can have somewhat lower humidity during the day, followed by higher humidity in the evening and at night. Which is actually what happens in nature as well, water evaporated during the days comes back as rainfall...

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 62808Post MikeCzajson
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:17 pm

I thought of designing an automatic raining system that would rain at every evening and morning for a few minutes as the sun (lamp) comes up and sets down and the mist coming from the water part to the land for all night. Also I'm thinking of some night lighting imitating the stars during the night that won't disturb the animals during the night but will allow me to watch the night creatures doing their things. I want this setup to be as natural as it is possible, basically I want to close part of Southeast Asian rain forest in the glass tank. BTW if anyone does not agree about the species we picked for this paludarium project please comment, I'm open for your suggestions about a species that fits this setup better than camponotus nicobarensis.

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 63331Post lankylvolug
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:04 pm

I thought of trap jaws but as far as I know they unfortunately do have strong stingers.

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