AntHouse Acrylic/Sand Model T Kit
- 1x Acrylic sandwich 150 mm x 150mm x 15 mm with a lid.
- 1x 250g Mixed sand/clay for the Sandwich.
- 1x 50g Stone granules as decoration for the foraging box.
- 1x Plastic pipette.
- 1x Trough.
The AntHouse Acrylic Model T Kit is an acrylic sandwich with a foraging box on the upper side to put the food and as a dump for the ants. It has a movable lid and a hole in one side to connect another nest or an auxiliary foraging box.
Installation: Installation is easy. Put the sand into the sandwich. Don't forget to wet the sand before you put the ants inside the nest.
Caution: You don't have to wet all the sand, just a part of it, as we run the risk of getting a muddy place for the ants if we moisten it all. For example, about 10-15ml of water would be enough, depending on the time of the year (higher temperatures involve more vaporisation). The amount of water needed may vary because of the temperature. You must control it in a logical way. Don't forget to keep, at least, part of the sand wet.
Once you have the kit ready, you can make a small hole in the sand with a stick to make easier for the ants the construction of the galleries. Then you can put the ants inside the ant nest, pouring out the content of the test tube directly into the sandwich. Everything done with maximum care and, if possible, near the hole you previously made. This way when they fall over the sand they have a refuge.
It's very important to put the food near the ants. Don't hesitate to put the food as close as possible to the hole or area where the ants are. Be careful and prevent the sand from getting dirty. You can check if the ants eat by observing whether its gaster (backside) is swollen or not, because ants store food as a reserve inside a social stomach.
You can use extra sand (a very thin layer) and stones as decoration in the foraging box.
If the colony is small the ants might not use the foraging box. That's because small colonies, by nature, don't go far away from the ant nest to prevent being attacked. So, if the ants don't use the foraging area, take a small and flat piece of aluminum paper, put it over the sand to keep it clean and put food and water on it. Place it as close as possible to the ants. Easy access to food and water is vital for the ants. Keeping the sand clean is very important too because organic debris can get rotten and cause diseases.
Food (generic data): Ants do not eat solid food, only watery food. All substances such as honey, protein syrup, pasta, etc... must be well mixed with water before giving it to the ants. This food must be removed the next day. Don't forget ants need protein to live. They can find protein in insects, meat, animal products, etc... or in seeds for the seed eater species.
Warning: Maintenance of the ant nest is under responsibility of the customer. The wear and tear of the materials is not covered by warranty.
CAUTION: Don't clean with alcohol or any other productother than soapy water. The acrylic material could be weakened. Don't even use talcohol (talcum powder dissolved in alcohol). If still used, it will be under the responsibility of the customer.