how hot should the heating cable be

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sardineboy
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how hot should the heating cable be

Post: # 74794Post sardineboy
Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:27 am

hi everyone,
so earlier today I got a heating cable for my hybrid nest mini. but then wondered, how hot should it be? I got a 15 watt cable and I am not sure if that is good enough. do I even need a cable? what if it melts the plastic?
thanks in advance

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Re: how hot should the heating cable be

Post: # 74798Post AM1C39
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:16 am

It should be somewhat warm (5°to 8°degrees)
My current colonies:
The miniature military(formica neogagates)
the power of war(camponotus novaeborecensis)
the black hearts(crematogaster cerasi
the blazing nation(Myrmica alaskensis)

sardineboy
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Re: how hot should the heating cable be

Post: # 74802Post sardineboy
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:38 pm

is that c or f?

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Re: how hot should the heating cable be

Post: # 75191Post AM1C39
Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:44 am

It should not be cold but somewhat warm.
My current colonies:
The miniature military(formica neogagates)
the power of war(camponotus novaeborecensis)
the black hearts(crematogaster cerasi
the blazing nation(Myrmica alaskensis)

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Re: how hot should the heating cable be

Post: # 75193Post NKantsalberta
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:57 pm

sardineboy wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:27 am
hi everyone,
so earlier today I got a heating cable for my hybrid nest mini. but then wondered, how hot should it be? I got a 15 watt cable and I am not sure if that is good enough. do I even need a cable? what if it melts the plastic?
thanks in advance
The 15watt cable should be fine. I use the zoo med one. If your ants are in hibernation they do not require heating. Only put the cable through the slot on the nest, to allow for a heat gradient. If your room temperature is above 20c when the ants are not in hibernation, you wont need the cable.
Raising 2x Camponotus novaeboracensis, 2x Formica podzolica, 2x Lasius neoniger.

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