New hydrostone casting for nest hub

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New hydrostone casting for nest hub

Post: # 80505Post Gardener
Sat Jul 31, 2021 11:01 pm

I am playing around with stuff to come up with a cheap way to make a sort of next hub. This is my third attempt ( I am learning this stuff). I have been using hydrostone plaster, modelling clay, and acrylic transparent disks. I got the idea on using hydrostone from the youtube ant guy named Miles, who was using hydrostone in petri dishes.

On this nest the idea is to be able to plug in two 15 mm glass tunes in two sides and a 1/2 inch vinyl tube on the third hole for ventilation. The top gets covered with a transparent acrylic disk that is 3" diameter. I also have 2" disks for smaller hubs.

Any thought or ideas? Thanks in advance!

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Re: New hydrostone casting for nest hub

Post: # 80519Post TalANTFlame
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:25 am

is hydrostone absorbent? If not, I'd recommend added a spot to put a kitchen sponge for humidity.
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Re: New hydrostone casting for nest hub

Post: # 80614Post Gardener
Mon Aug 02, 2021 6:54 pm

It is absorbent but I actually hadn't planned to do any moisture management. I was going to dedicate one of the three holes to be attached to a glass tube filled with water stopped by cotton and go from there, observing the behavior of where the ants prefer.

1. 15 mm hole for glass tube for water
2. 15 mm hole for glass tube for 'porting' new founding nests
3. .5 inch vinyl tube for aeration & expansion.

How humid do ants like it? 90%?

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Re: New hydrostone casting for nest hub

Post: # 80622Post TalANTFlame
Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:56 pm

Humidity preference changes from species to species, and even colony to colony, you can see if they pile up in the test tube or not to determine whether or not to water it. All in all, it's a good settup.
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Re: New hydrostone casting for nest hub

Post: # 80703Post Gardener
Thu Aug 05, 2021 11:48 am

My basement is more humid and around 70 in the summer. Should I consider putting my ant nests in the basement?

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