Heating Cord / Cable

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nFectid
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Heating Cord / Cable

Post: # 51246Post nFectid
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:06 pm

Most things sold have a space for a heating element or cable. What is this and do you have an example?
I went to the local pet shop and all they have there are heating pads..
My searches in Amazon and the internet in general were not useful either.

Thank you for your assistance.

nFectid
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Re: Heating Cord / Cable

Post: # 51890Post nFectid
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:43 pm

not many peeps use this side of the forum. lol.


I think I could just use the heat pad.. Cold drafty basement

TheAntChannel
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Re: Heating Cord / Cable

Post: # 52219Post TheAntChannel
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:10 am

Hi there, i am from TheAntChannel. Some farms come equipped with places to put them in. It allows the ants to be warmer if they like it like that but be careful not to overheat them. With quick research you can soon find the temperature the species you are keeping likes. Its always better to have them abit colder than abit too warm. You can use a heating pad by just putting it on one half of the nest, this will allow them to decide whether they want it warm or cold.

Hope this helped you, feel free to ask anymore questions

AntsDakota
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Re: Heating Cord / Cable

Post: # 52307Post AntsDakota
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:07 am

Yeah, I once had 2 Lasius queens I put under a heating pad on low, and they were cooked. I never tried that again. So overheating ants is easier than it may seem.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

nFectid
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Re: Heating Cord / Cable

Post: # 52440Post nFectid
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:59 pm

Thanks for the replies. Yeah, the intent is not to cook, but to get to a outside-like temp.
It's getting cooler here, so I will let them alone to allow for hibernation.
Trying to ID these ladies to better prepare them, wonder if they will co-hab?

https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?t=11165

PAants
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Re: Heating Cord / Cable

Post: # 53003Post PAants
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:51 pm

I haven't tried a heating pad, but I did buy this heating cable from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Reptile-Cable-11-5-Feet/dp/B001LQUZAM?keywords=heating+cable&qid=1540756097&sr=8-23&ref=sr_1_23

It's a low power, 15 Watt cable made for reptile enclosures. I set it up with the AC test tube rack and my Crematogaster queens seemed to like it. As soon as it heated up, they were resting against the cotton facing the cable, as close to it as they could get. The only downside I could see is they seemed to use up their water supply faster afterwards.

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