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Best nest for Tetramorium immigrans

tetramorium immigrans nests acrylic nest wood nest plaster/grout nest naturalistic setup

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Poll: Best nest for Tetramorium immigrans (9 member(s) have cast votes)

What nest do you prefer for Tetramorim

  1. Acrylic (2 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  2. Plaster (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Grout (2 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  4. Voted Tubs and Tubes (4 votes [44.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.44%

  5. Wood (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Terrarium (1 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  7. Other (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#1 Offline JustabirdfromFlorida - Posted August 12 2023 - 2:17 PM

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So my mom ordered a Tetramorium Immigrans colony for me from Buckeye Myrmycology. Which nest should I use acrylic, wood, plaster, grout, naturalistic, or tubs and tubes.

They will live in a tubs and tubes setup till at least the fifty worker point.


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#2 Offline AntsTopia - Posted August 12 2023 - 2:56 PM

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I have had a lot of experience with Tetramorium and I’m going to say in my experience with these they always die in plaster. I tried different moisture levels but it never worked. Acrylic works the best for me. 


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#3 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted August 12 2023 - 2:59 PM

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I'm currently doing a tub and tubes setup for mine until they reach a mature size, just so I don't need to buy a new nest every other week.



#4 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted August 12 2023 - 3:45 PM

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Tubs and tubes will be the easiest and cheapest since you can just add more tubes when they need more space, although it isn't the greatest for visibility and fastest growth.

I would think acrylic would suit them the best all around, and it likely has the best visibility and is the easiest to heat.
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#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted August 12 2023 - 4:57 PM

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The very best setup for Tetramorium is a simple tub and tube setup. Buy a good escape proof box and line the bottom with a very thin layer of dry sand. Make sure your tube is covered to keep it dark and make only a tiny entrance hole to the tube using a straw or drilling a small hole in the cap of the tube. Keep the box at least 80 degrees.
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#6 Offline JustabirdfromFlorida - Posted August 13 2023 - 2:16 PM

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So I know how to make a tubs and tubes setup. But where should I get acrylic nests from for when the colony is to hard to contain in a tubs and tubes setup

#7 Offline ANTdrew - Posted August 13 2023 - 3:02 PM

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An AC hybrid nest would work well with some modifications like adding substrate or gypsum plaster and sealing the glass with silicone.
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#8 Offline JustabirdfromFlorida - Posted August 13 2023 - 4:12 PM

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Can I use hot glue to stick it or do I need silicone. If so does normal silicone work or do I need aquarium safe silicone.

#9 Offline ANTdrew - Posted August 13 2023 - 5:08 PM

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They will chew through hot glue eventually. Any 100% silicone will work. Loctite clear silicone is a cheap brand I buy at Home Depot. Aquarium silicone is exactly the same, but twice the price.
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#10 Offline JustabirdfromFlorida - Posted August 14 2023 - 2:58 AM

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Okay. Thanks

#11 Offline Invix - Posted November 27 2023 - 7:08 PM

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I have a 1000+ worker Tetramorium Colony and they are housed in a small AC hybrid nest with a small outworld. They never get through the glass.







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