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[Poll] How do you heat your colonies?

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Poll: How do you heat your colonies? (18 member(s) have cast votes)

How do you heat your colonies?

  1. Heating cable(s) (13 votes [54.17%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 54.17%

  2. Heated room dedicated to ants (2 votes [8.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  3. Heating pad(s) (7 votes [29.17%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 29.17%

  4. Incubator setup (2 votes [8.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  5. Heat tape (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Other (leave a reply!) (0 votes [0.00%])

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#1 Offline soulsynapse - Posted July 10 2018 - 1:26 PM


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Was reevaluating my setup and was curious as to what everybody else does :)


I personally use an incubator set up for queens

  • Insulated box I keep my queens in
  • Heat lamp set to low pointed away from colonies
  • Thermostat that automatically turns off the lamp once it reaches 83F


And for my colonies I use heating cables to provide a gradient. I spot check temperatures using a heat gun.


What do you use?

Edited by soulsynapse, July 10 2018 - 1:28 PM.

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#2 Offline Dotdispenser - Posted July 10 2018 - 1:33 PM


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I have a dedicated ant room that I keep at an ambient daytime temperature of 81°F-84°F, and an ambient nighttime temperature of 72°F-75°F.

Seems to work well for my Tetramorium and Formica species. My Camponotus still take time to progress, but they are definitely quicker than without the heat.

However, I’d be more than willing to take some advice from others and see what everyone else does. Nice thread!
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• 1 Camponotus castaneus

• 1 Formica incerta

• 2 Formica subsericea

• 1 Unknown Formica
• 1 Tetramorium immigrans

• 2 Crematogaster cf. ashmeadi

• 1 Crematogaster missouriensis

• 3 Pheidole bicarinata

#3 Offline Trythis22 - Posted July 10 2018 - 9:28 PM


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I use a heated incubation box for now. 


A plastic tote with rockwool insulation on the bottom and all sides; glass on the bottom and sides; one more "floor" of glass 2.5" above the first floor; all glass glued together with high temp epoxy; 15W heating cable zig zagged and held in place with electrical tape on the other side of the lower glass bottom; empty space filled with sand. 




It's barbaric but when room temperature is 67-79 F, there are three zones based on proximity to the sand where test tubes can be placed for heat. 73-83; 84-88; 88-93. The last temp is if the tube is sitting on the sand - if buried, temps will increase although I'm not prepared to do that until the colony grows to a point I can move them to a vertical formicarium allowing for heat relief. I do quality control with a dummy test tube with a temperature probe in it. Its range is room temp to 130+ degrees F. 


I wish there was a way to keep the temperatures more steady. The sand was the only way I could think of that could possibly mimic the natural temperature "delay" underground tunnels experience and I definitely noticed the same effect happening after I placed the sand. I had a lot of plans for this box, but will most likely switch to an entirely different setup for more control over heat. Maybe vertical walls of sand encased between glass? There needs to be some way to trap heat without the entire setup blowing up. The right mix of ventilation and controlled heat, if you will. 


If you're interested in collaborating with me, send me a message. We can bounce ideas off of each other and maybe create something cool. 

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