Por Amor Art Honeycell Formicarium 12x8 cm
Por Amor Art Honeycell Formicarium 12x8 cm
Por Amor Art Honeycell Formicarium 12x8 cm
Por Amor Art Honeycell Formicarium 12x8 cm
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This double glass design features a plastic/grout hybrid frame and an innovative hydration chamber system; the hexagonal pattern used is by far one of the most space-efficient shapes found in nature, allowing us to hold a significant amount of ants in a tiny space while having an incredible view. Each hexagon is capable of holding 12 to 32 mid-sized ant species if they get very close and tight making this unit incredibly efficient at holding a large colony in a small space. 

The inside walls have a very texturized surface that ants love, having a glass on the front and back makes it so easy to observe, learn and photograph your colony. The formicarium has very intricate delicate details that make for a very pleasing visual experience.  

  • Specifications and Instructions

    Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 2.5 cm +/- 3% 

     

    Features on each bottom side a hole to fit approximately 9.5 mm (3/8") or 12.7 mm (1/2") tubing. 

     

    Materials:

    Conservation clear glass (2 mm thick) with 99% UV protection and exceptional clarity mounted with Neodymium magnets, the rear glass is mounted with aquarium-safe silicone. 

    The frame is 3D printed using INGEO PLA 3D850 plastic, it is plant based, recyclable, non-toxic, safe for ants and superior to all other standard brands of PLA.

    The water chamber is made with a special formulation of porous grout to ensure water transport; inside walls have two layers composed of sanded grout and mineral additives. The glass slide for the water chamber uses aquarium-safe silicone to seal in the cavity.

     

    Weight: 180 grams +/- 3%

     

    Instructions:

    Before introducing any species, please fill-up the water chamber with distilled water to its max capacity; we recommend introducing ants 24 hours after hydration. 

    This nest should stand vertical; we do not recommend laying it flat as this will reduce the efficiency of the hydration system. You can use a formicarium stand if you plan on placing the unit on an area where it can easily tip over.

    Avoid intense vibrations or impacts as this can crack the grout and glass.

    • Hydration Chamber Instructions

      The front glass has been carefully paired with the unit to ensure a perfect seal using magnetic force. The rear glass is sealed with silicone to prevent humidity from escaping. 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.

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