Ant Nursery/incubator

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NKantsalberta
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Joined: Wed May 23, 2018 6:48 pm
Location: Alberta

Ant Nursery/incubator

Post: # 45862Post NKantsalberta
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:05 am

I was having trouble maintaining proper temperatures for my founding queens here in Alberta. ( Air conditioning and the GF not wanting multiple ants in our warmer rooms) :lol: :lol: So I devised this setup, perfect for founding multiple colonies and maintaining a constant temp. I have since added covers for the test tubes as the setup clearly lets in sudden burst of light when the front cover is opened. It was cheap to build, as I salvaged most of the materials from my workplace and garage.

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I will also soon be making my own formicariums so stay posted :ugeek:
Founding 3x Camponotus novaeboracensis, 5x Formica sp

Keeping 1x Myrmica Sp

Thorond0r
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Joined: Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:50 am
Location: Rhenen, Netherlands

Re: Ant Nursery/incubator

Post: # 45872Post Thorond0r
Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:47 am

Wow nice job, looks great!
If you figure out a way to cool this set up as well you can also hibernate them in there :P
First year of antkeeping, already enjoying it!

Currently founding:

Lasius niger
Lasius umbratus
Lasius flavus


Still hoping to find a Formica queen.

NKantsalberta
Posts: 59
Joined: Wed May 23, 2018 6:48 pm
Location: Alberta

Re: Ant Nursery/incubator

Post: # 45884Post NKantsalberta
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:09 am

Thorond0r wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:47 am
Wow nice job, looks great!
If you figure out a way to cool this set up as well you can also hibernate them in there :P
Thank you! Its a little slapstick but for the price cant complain at all :lol: I was thinking about the hibernation factor as well, and depending on where I move it to I may either need that heating cable to keep them above 0c or I could use cryopacs for radiant cooling.
I have two more of those containers... I'm thinking what would mikey do to make them into out worlds :ugeek:
Founding 3x Camponotus novaeboracensis, 5x Formica sp

Keeping 1x Myrmica Sp

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