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Humidity/condensation in hibernation mini-fridge


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#1 Offline Lazarus - Posted December 31 2018 - 10:54 AM

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Got myself a mini-fridge over the summer to make things easier to hibernate this winter.

 

Checked a few weeks after I put them in and everything seemed OK but today I noticed that some of the tubes and formicaria had quite a bit of condensation.

 

Reading were 67% humidity, temp 7.3C

 

I was actually worried that using fridge this year may have been the opposite problem with me having to worry more about keeping them hydrated as I thought fridges were prone to dry out.

 

I have most C. Novae and Formica spp.

 

Should I try to get that humidity lower. I can try to swab some of the test tubes but that would of course disturb them.

 

Should I try desiccants? (I've got lots of those silica packets you get with shipped items.)

 

 

 


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#2 Offline Canadian anter - Posted January 1 2019 - 9:29 AM

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The humidity is fine for any species in hibernation right now

#3 Offline Lazarus - Posted January 1 2019 - 2:51 PM

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I'm more worried about the condensation in the tubes and formicaria than the actual humidity level.

 

Through in a bunch of those desiccant packets yesterday but it hardly made a difference after 24 hrs.

 

Do others here experience condensation from fridges?

 

Last year I had no fridge so what I did was use a cooler and TWICE A DAY or so I would swap in Ice packs. It was a real drag but worked fine. A lot less work with this mini-fridge but more worrisome.


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