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How to connect test tube to mini-hearth


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#1 Offline Dry_Twig - Posted July 30 2020 - 8:08 AM

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So right now I have a test tube with my ants in it and I have my the mini-hearth I bought a few years ago. Thing is, when I bought my mini-hearth, I decided to choose the worst possible connection size(3/8''). I don't think there are any test tubes that small so I don't really know what I was thinking.

The test tube is standard(15ish mm) and I have two pieces of tubing, one that fits over the test tube and the other that is only a tiny bit bigger than the 3/8' connection and fits the test tubes inner diameter. Could I just hot glue the test tube to the mini-hearth? How do people normally do these things?

Right now they are in an outworld, but I want to move them so it's a more manageable setup.


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#2 Offline TechAnt - Posted July 30 2020 - 8:16 AM

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So right now I have a test tube with my ants in it and I have my the mini-hearth I bought a few years ago. Thing is, when I bought my mini-hearth, I decided to choose the worst possible connection size(3/8''). I don't think there are any test tubes that small so I don't really know what I was thinking.
The test tube is standard(15ish mm) and I have two pieces of tubing, one that fits over the test tube and the other that is only a tiny bit bigger than the 3/8' connection and fits the test tubes inner diameter. Could I just hot glue the test tube to the mini-hearth? How do people normally do these things?
Right now they are in an outworld, but I want to move them so it's a more manageable setup.

Wow, you are in the exact scenario I was in with my Camponotus vicinus, I used the moving method from TarHeel Ants AntDesk series (video: https://m.youtube.co...1z&index=5&t=0s ). He mentions in there small ants should have around 30 workers(?) before using this dump method in order to not stress them out. I advise you watch the video before trying any other moving method.
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(x1) Tetramorium immigrans ~lots and lots of brood / 20 workers, 1 Queen
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#3 Offline Dry_Twig - Posted July 30 2020 - 8:31 AM

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I'm not really in much of a hurry to move them, but they are kinda running out of water. He says for small ants/ colonies it's better to let them move on their own and since they are in an outworld already, I would rather just leave them there.  Also I doubt I could move all those teeny tiny eggs without crushing any.


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#4 Offline Roy3 - Posted July 30 2020 - 9:41 AM

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You can always get different size tubing and keep connecting them to match the size of the TH setup. That's what I do to match whatever I am doing. I also used scotch tape to stop a gap between a loose tubing connection. You can also use a lot of tape to build up the smaller tubing end to get a snug fit into the test tube or other bigger tubing.

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#5 Offline Dry_Twig - Posted July 30 2020 - 9:56 AM

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I may do this but I would have to buy some extra tubing, which is fine. Is hot glue toxic to ants? Could I just glue the tub on?


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1x 10 worker Solenopsis sp. colony.

 

 


#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 30 2020 - 10:17 AM

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You can stick the whole tube on to the mini-hearth using clay, mounting putty (best route), or tape. No need for tubing. Hot glue is fine, too. Remove the tube as soon as they move in.

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#7 Offline Dry_Twig - Posted July 30 2020 - 10:30 AM

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Thanks to everyone for their help! I think that I'll just glue the tube on.


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My ants:
1x Solenopsis sp. queen (infertile)

1x 10 worker Solenopsis sp. colony.

 

 


#8 Offline DJoseph98 - Posted July 31 2020 - 7:55 PM

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You could always use vinyl tubing to connect the mini hearth to the test tube and tape the test tube securely to the back. I am actually waiting for some mini hearths and this was my plan.


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1 x Camponotus nearcticus (Monogynous), 1 x Crematogaster cerasi (Monogynous), 1 x Formica subsericea (Polygynous Two-Queen), 1 x Myrmica spp. (Monogynous, orginally Polygynous), 2 x Tetramorium immigrans (Monogynous)

 

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1 x Formica cf. pallidefulva (Monogynous), 1 x Formica subsericea (Monogynous) 2 x Lasius cf. americanus (Monogynous),

1 x Lasius cf. americanus ("Polygynous" Two-Queen), 1 x Solenopsis molesta (Polygynous Two-Queen), 1 x Solenopsis molesta (Polygynous Nine-Queen)

 

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#9 Offline DDD101DDD - Posted August 1 2020 - 5:14 AM

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You can dump them.


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