Our Foundation Nest is perfect for a single queen ant, or a queen ant with up to 100 workers depending on the species. This small foundation nest allows your new queen ant to feel comfortable in a small space and keeps the nest nice and dark. In the wild a queen ant, after mating, will dig a small hole or chamber to start her colony, and this nest replicates this. A natural looking plaster piece, to which water is added, provides the essential moisture needed within the nest, and also provides a moisture gradient for the queen and colony to raise their brood.
- Strong 3mm clear acrylic and red acrylic tops
- Natural looking plaster piece to add moisture to the nest
- Standoffs for heat cables supplied
- Easily add our temperature and moisture monitor to this nest
- 10mm ID/13mm OD Tube Connector included
- Utilises our new magnetic connectors
- Ships with a blanking plate to cover the hole the temperature and moisture monitor would normally use.
The foundation nest is supplied with a strong 3mm clear acrylic lid for to view within the nest, but also comes with a dark red acrylic lid to keep the nest dark.
If you have purchased and queen ant, or have found one, we recommend keeping the her in a test tube setup initially. This can then be connected to this foundation nest via our 4 Way Connector using a test tube connector.
A PVC tube connector is supplied with the foundation nest to connect it to an outworld or an arena. The tube connector is designed for tube which has an outer diameter of 13mm and an inner diameter of 10mm. Tube can vary slightly in dimensions, but the tube connector is designed to fit the tube in our shop perfectly. The tube also has no writing on it for an extra clear view of the colony.
What makes this nest, and all our nests special, is the ability to attach our temperature and moisture monitor to it. This is an optional module that can be purchased for the nest, and simply attaches to the formicarium with the use of powerful magnets.
Each species of ant has its own temperature and moisture requirement within the nest. For example, Lasius Niger ants prefer a moisture level of between 10-50% and a temperature of between 20-27°C. In order for your colony to be happy and for your queen to lay eggs at an optimal rate, you should keep the nest within these moisture and temperature ranges. Our temperature and moisture monitor makes this job easy. If the nest is too dry, and a few drops of water and watch the humidity within the nest increase. Or, if the nest is too cold, use a heat cable to raise the temperature. No longer do you need to guess if your nest is at the correct temperature or humidity.
We recommend using a heat cable rather than a heat mat to heat the nest, because a heat cable can be used to heat a certain part of a nest to provide a temperature gradient for your ants. A heat cable can also be used to heat more than one nest at a time. We actually have one of our heat cables heating eight formicariums over a number of shelves.
All of our 3D printed nests are supplied with heat cable standoffs. Care must be taken when using a heat cable, and only very low wattage cables should be used. We recommend using these 15w heat cables which we have tested with our nests.
|Can use a heat cable?||Yes|
|Included Connectors||PVC Tube Connector|
|Nest Dimensions (without connectors)||60mm x 46mm x 23mm (L x W x H)|
|Temperature and Moisture Monitor included||No|
|Module to Module Connector Version||Magnetic|