Emergency ant setup - airflow question

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Serafine

Emergency ant setup - airflow question

Post: # 14689Post Serafine
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:20 am

I made an emergency setup for the Camponotus that should arrive soon, to house them until my proper ant stuff gets here.
It's a sealed food box in which I've drilled 2mm air holes around two sides and on the top of one corner (and one larger hole which is usually blocked by cotton so I don't have to disturb them by opening the box every time I need to feed them).

The ants are known to be very dry-loving, so the water tube is going to be placed under the "ceiling vent"). They are still a very small colony of 5 workers and will stay inside the test tube they came with.

Question is, is this enough airholes (and is the arrangement of them okay) to ensure a sufficient airflow in an otherwise well-isolated box or should I drill some more?

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Serafine

Re: Emergency ant setup - airflow question

Post: # 14690Post Serafine
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:26 am

The air holes are slightly below the "clamps" on the sides so they are not covered and air can freely flow through them.

Serafine

Re: Emergency ant setup - airflow question

Post: # 14699Post Serafine
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:49 pm

Since nobody posted "OMG ur ants gonna die!" I guess it'll do...

Steelbult

Re: Emergency ant setup - airflow question

Post: # 14725Post Steelbult
Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:17 am

I guess its alright i'm not a professional but looks good enough it looks great to be honest! :D

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Re: Emergency ant setup - airflow question

Post: # 14741Post ScaryBuh
Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:50 pm

Looks good to me, maybe a little to much. Ants don't seem to like wind :D Just air.

Serafine

Re: Emergency ant setup - airflow question

Post: # 14752Post Serafine
Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:35 am

Well, they can always hide in their own small tube where it is less "windy" ^^.
Also I overestimated the size of the Nanitics, they're so small they could potentially squeeze through the 2mm air holes. Had to apply some PFTE (Fluon) which will delay their introduction for a few hours.

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