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Bill P.'s Camponotus Herculeanus (Dark Morph) Journey & Journal

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#21 Offline BillPisechko - Posted May 23 2022 - 5:04 PM

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Update - 5/23/22 - NEED ADVICE!!

So my Wakooshi stuff arrived today!! What a kick in the butt putting it together. LOL!!
It's all so small and cute but I should have paid someone to put it together.

My dilemma is as follows. Outworld is too small for test tube.

I only have queen and 3 or 4 workers so even though nest is only approx. 3" x 4", I don't have enough to put them in nest right?

Should I hook tube to outworld and let them grow numbers like that?

Another question, what size or wattage heat cable should I buy? I definitely think they are cold. My current living arrangements are not optimal and where I keep them is too cold I think.

Take a look at pics in link or see attached and give me some advice. Thanks in advance for any tidbits off wisdom you may provide.

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#22 Offline ZTYguy - Posted May 23 2022 - 6:29 PM

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You can probably ge5 away with putting them in the nest but hooking them up to the outworld via tubing would work perfectly as well. 


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#23 Offline Dumpling - Posted May 23 2022 - 6:38 PM

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You can probably buy a heating cable like this: 

https://www.amazon.c...317&sr=8-2&th=1

Just make sure that you are not cooking them by giving a temp gradient. So only heat one side of the nest, and they can choose where they want to be based on tempurature.

 

edit: The hole for hydration in the pics looks like it should be filled with a sponge? Correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like that is where a sponge goes for hydration.


Edited by Dumpling, May 23 2022 - 6:40 PM.

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#24 Offline BillPisechko - Posted May 24 2022 - 6:01 PM

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You can probably buy a heating cable like this:
https://www.amazon.c...317&sr=8-2&th=1
Just make sure that you are not cooking them by giving a temp gradient. So only heat one side of the nest, and they can choose where they want to be based on tempurature.

edit: The hole for hydration in the pics looks like it should be filled with a sponge? Correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like that is where a sponge goes for hydration.

I'm not sure about the sponge. One did not come with the kit. That part is Gypsum which I think holds some moisture. I'll ask Wakooshi though. Good eye! ;)

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#25 Offline OiledOlives - Posted May 25 2022 - 3:53 AM

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That nest is too big for the colony. At 1 queen and 1 worker, I would highly recommend continuing to keep them in a test tube.


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#26 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted May 26 2022 - 10:49 AM

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That nest is too big for the colony. At 1 queen and 1 worker, I would highly recommend continuing to keep them in a test tube.

Agreed. You can put them in a simple tubs and tubes setup if they are getting cramped in the tube. A good way to tell if they need an outworld is if workers escape when you open the test tube (take off the cotton). All you need is a small tub and that'll do. Just make sure it is natural and doesn't have any harmful chemicals.


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#27 Offline BillPisechko - Posted May 28 2022 - 4:16 PM

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Update - 5/28 - Interim Home, Thoughts?

Okay so I've been alternating every 2 or 3 days, a little tiny piece of superworm and then a dab of Agave Nectar.

Nobody has died lately!! Good thing.

Here is setup I just rigged. Queen and workers are all huddled up after the "disturbances".

Tube diameter matches the outworld opening diameter. A bit of electrical tape and voila!!
I have a little protein in one bowl, some nectar in another and water in the globe.

The setup sits in a small plastic container and when put away, I have old t-shirt over them to darken whole thing.

Gimme your thoughts, comments, criticism whatever. I take it all as help!!

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#28 Offline Dumpling - Posted May 28 2022 - 8:05 PM

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Looks pretty good! If you have a liquid feeder you can have their sugar source (in this case agave nectar) available 24/7, and feed protein every other day or at most every 3-4 days. Good luck!


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#29 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 29 2022 - 2:06 AM

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That blue gravel will make cleaning more difficult.
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#30 Offline BillPisechko - Posted May 29 2022 - 7:56 AM

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Looks pretty good! If you have a liquid feeder you can have their sugar source (in this case agave nectar) available 24/7, and feed protein every other day or at most every 3-4 days. Good luck!


Thanks for that. I'm put second liquid globe in full of nectar! :)
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#31 Offline BillPisechko - Posted May 29 2022 - 7:57 AM

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That blue gravel will make cleaning more difficult.


Hmmm... Didn't think of that. Good catch.
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