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Termitat (termitarium for Zootermopsis angusticollis) Review

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#1 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted January 4 2018 - 11:04 AM

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I'm not sure where I should put this review, but I'm pretty sure that the market place is a good spot.

 

Overall, the termitat is great and I would recommend buying one if you have the money and the interest in termites. However, the following must be considered:

-The hydration system is problematic, because the water sometimes floods the chambers and leaks out of the termitat itself.

-Alates which leave the nest often die and fall outside of the log, and leaking water can cause these corpses to rot

-Secondary reproductives and primary reproductive nymphs sometimes get stuck in pre-made passageways, and opening the termitat is necessary to free them.

 

Otherwise, the termitat is perfect.

 

Here is the list of Pro's & Con's, with some of the rarer problems excluded.

Pros: Easy viewing, harmless species of termite included, fast shipping, fairly easy to open for alate corpse maintenance (if you have the right screwdriver), beautiful design

 

Cons: Occasional hydration problems, minimal beneficial fungus growth, no way for the colony to recycle dead alates (if they try to fly out of the nest), no good cover for well-lit areas, very expensive


Edited by Connectimyrmex, January 4 2018 - 12:14 PM.

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#2 Offline T.C. - Posted January 4 2018 - 11:13 AM

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I don't know, I'm thinking it belongs in a termite subforum. Anyways, where did this "termitat" come from?



#3 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted January 4 2018 - 12:03 PM

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https://termitat.com

 

I think that FSTP has one.

Termites were on kickstarter for some time, but now they're being sold on a website. They're escape proof, but there are microscopic gaps for ventilation.


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Miniature Labradoodle
Baby Wolf Spider
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Solenopsis Geminata
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Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#4 Offline T.C. - Posted January 4 2018 - 12:10 PM

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https://termitat.com

 

I think that FSTP has one.

Termites were on kickstarter for some time, but now they're being sold on a website. They're escape proof, but there are microscopic gaps for ventilation.

 

Yeah, for $125 I don't know.  :thinking:  I could build it for a quarter of that.



#5 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted January 4 2018 - 12:14 PM

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Yeah, but I had the money and I wanted the termites  :lol: 

 


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Mud Dauber wasp larvae
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Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
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Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#6 Offline Martialis - Posted January 4 2018 - 9:30 PM

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Yeah, but I had the money and I wanted the termites  :lol: 

 

Aren't termites plant pests?


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#7 Offline Vendayn - Posted January 4 2018 - 11:27 PM

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Yeah, but I had the money and I wanted the termites  :lol: 

 

Aren't termites plant pests?

 

You can buy termites from termitat (with the termitat of course) or https://www.wardsci....g_number=876160for just workers

 

Need a permit to sell workers (like Pogonomyrmex for Uncle Milton antfarms)

 

Unlike Pogonomyrmex and other ants, Dampwood termites don't have a true worker caste and "false workers" can become reproductives. They say they don't sell reproductives, but they actually do, just not the actual queen.

 

Subterranean termites are the same way, any of the nymphs or very young workers can become secondary reproductives (though seems actually rarer for them than Dampwoods).

 

So they are pretty much legally (I guess if they have a permit) selling reproductive termites with the Dampwoods :P


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#8 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted January 5 2018 - 9:08 AM

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Yeah, but I had the money and I wanted the termites  :lol: 

 

Aren't termites plant pests?

 

Apparently Zootermopsis sp. isn't a "high risk" termite invasive, which is why selling them with permits is a bit more safe than selling Coptotermes sp.


 

 

Yeah, but I had the money and I wanted the termites  :lol: 

 

Aren't termites plant pests?

 

You can buy termites from termitat (with the termitat of course) or https://www.wardsci....g_number=876160for just workers

 

Need a permit to sell workers (like Pogonomyrmex for Uncle Milton antfarms)

 

Unlike Pogonomyrmex and other ants, Dampwood termites don't have a true worker caste and "false workers" can become reproductives. They say they don't sell reproductives, but they actually do, just not the actual queen.

 

Subterranean termites are the same way, any of the nymphs or very young workers can become secondary reproductives (though seems actually rarer for them than Dampwoods).

 

So they are pretty much legally (I guess if they have a permit) selling reproductive termites with the Dampwoods :P

 

Exactly! My termitat now has a whole bunch of 2ndary reproductives, and a few primaries coming along.


Hawaiiant (Ben)

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Miniature Labradoodle
Baby Wolf Spider
Mud Dauber wasp larvae
Ochetellus Glaber
Solenopsis Geminata
Brachymyrmex Obscurior
Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps





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