This formicarium features a plastic/grout hybrid frame and an innovative hydration chamber system; the patterns used resembles the more classic rounded chamber styles, it has deep long, medium and short chambers to accommodate most species and a very texturized surface that ants love
You have the option to add-on a pre-cut high light transmission red film.
Hydration Chamber Instructions
The front glass has been carefully paired with the unit to ensure a perfect seal using magnetic force. Glass is waterproof, and the plastic frame around it is close to being waterproof, this means containing humidity is very easy. Grout, on the other hand, is only water-resistant meaning water does not easily go through it but it does get absorbed in it. The water chamber uses porous grout to transfer humidity to the inside walls of the nest, similar to cotton inside a founding test tube.
OK, so how do we do it? There are two combined methods to control humidity inside the formicarium.
First, rarely should you need to keep the water chamber filled all the way up as this would only be ideal for high humidity species. Watering the chamber quarter to halfway once a week seems to keep the inside humidity around 40% to 50%, but this also depends on temperature and external humidity.
We suggest observing the glass and grout surfaces for condensation, having some condensation early in the mornings is normal (or with any drop in temperature) but if it is always there or it takes longer to disappear as the day warms up this means you need to add less water and less often. On the contrary, if you never see condensation even with quick reductions in temperature then you may need to add more water and more often, you can test this easily with a tiny piece of ice against the glass, do it on an empty chamber or right in front of the water chamber internal glass, pay attention to the times it takes to see condensation form and use that time as reference.
The second method relies on calibrating the gap between the front glass and the frame, doing this allows for more air exchange and less humidity as it escapes easily. You can add 1 little piece of paper in between the glass and frame next to each magnet, the average printer paper measures 0.2 mm so keep this in mind. For example, if the outside air is always at 60% relative humidity, and you are raising a species that needs 50% humidity then you would benefit from having two pieces of paper on all 4 corners (0.4 mm of clearance) allowing lots of air exchange, you would need to add very little water to the chamber in this case.
All of our grout formulations are MOLD resistant, BUT > any leftover food or organic materials as well as excess humidity can result in mold, the key is to provide foods that can not be dragged into the inside, always use feeding dishes and liquid feeding trays, clean up as often as possible, keep humidity to the minimum needs and ensure your colony has a small tight space to ensure they keep it clean.