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Instructions for building artificial nests and about how to get hold of an ant colony.

Instructions for building artificial nests and about how to get hold of an ant colony.

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Instructionsfor building artificial nestsand about how to get holdof an ant colony.
 
Necessary material:
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Plaster
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modelling clay
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plastic tubes
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rubber mat
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wooden frame
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sheet of pane
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plastic terrarium
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marbled lacquerThe rubber mat is placed on an even surfacewith the sheet of pane right in the middle.Then the wooden frame needs to be putaround the sheet of pane. Out of the modellingclay you need to form small square blocksthat have to be arranged on the pane accordingto the drawing. The individual blocks are connec-ted to those adjoining through the plastictubesthat are pressed into the individualblocks. Awider block (marked W in the drawing)is not linked to the adjacent ones and serves aswater collecting tank. The plaster is mixed accor-ding to the directions and poured into the mould.When the plaster has become solid, the com-plete construction needs to be turned and therubber mat removed. Plaster mixture betweenthe rubber mat and the pane should be removedcarefully with a knife. After removal of the sheetof pane, the modelling clay - still soft - is scrapedout with a spoon.The rubber tubes are takenout with a small pair of pliers or tweezers .Then the finished formicary is freed of the remai-ning modelling clay with cold water. For thoseant species that are able to bite through theplaster the nest should be painted with marbledlacquer. The pane is cleaned and placed into thedepression formed through the cast. Into theside of the formicary a hole of the diameter of aplastic tube needs to be drilled. Then a rubbertube is inserted and connected to a plasticterrarium serving as food reservoir. In order tokeep the plaster humid, you may pour water intothe big chamber. Thus those chambers close tothe water chamber contain more humidity thanthose that are further away.
Plaster nest for different ant species
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Necessary material:
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2 big plastic terrariums (60 x 40 x 40)
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1 smaller plastic terrariumserving as waste chamber
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transparent tubes with a diameter of 4 cm
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drainage material out of clay balls
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heating mats (garden supply)
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outside and inside thermometer/hygrometerFor Leafcutter Ants like
Atta 
and
Acromyrmex 
long surfaces (more than 2.5 m) are needed.The basins are to be arranged in a row. Thewaste chamber should be placed slightly lowerso that the created gases that are detrimental tothe fungus may not get into the fungus basin. Inorder to insert the tubes through which the antscan reach the individual basins, holes need to bedrilled into the terrariums. The big basins serveas food and nest chamber. The fungus basinshould be placed in the middle. The small basinis kept dry and served as waste chamber. Theants can be trained to use the basin accordinglyby putting some of their waste into the tube. Theground of the fungus basin is covered with clayballs (3 cm). As a result of this small puddles donot form on the bottom. By using heating matsthe temperature in the nest basins is maintainedbetween 22 to 25°C. The food and waste basinare covered with a 7 cm-wide frame respec-tively the undersides of which should be greasedwith paraffin oil to prevent the ants from leavingthe basins. The fungus basin needs to be keptclosed, dark and damp by spraying the sidewalls (80 % humidity and more). An opening of10 x 10 cm in the cover (closed with wiremesh ) will ensure air circulation. In case of abigger colony it is recommended to use a clay orwooden cover since otherwise the fungus can bedamaged through excessive condensation. Atthe level of the clay balls a hole should be drilledand connected to a tube to let out surplus water.Since
Atta 
and
Acromyrmex 
colonies may reachenormous sizes, it is appropriate to provide thefungus basins with additional tube openings rightat the beginning so that further basins may beadded. Until then these openings should be keptclosed.
Nest for Leafcutter Ants (Fungus-growing Ants)
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