This Por Amor Starter Set includes the Jumbo formicarium and the mini glass outworld!
Ideal for a young colony in need of a small space and foraging area, its compact nature makes it very practical, easy to use and simple.
The nest features a hydration chamber located at the top center; has an all rounded inner chamber, it is modular and expandable, the textured interior provides an ideal substrate. The design of the chamber and how the glass sits on it, allows for great visibility, and when you put two or more of them together, the glass seems to keep extending.
Tubing size of this unit is 9.5 mm (3/8 inch).
The red film is a 0.36 mm thick light transmission film, a very good choice to protect from natural light, it only allows red light to pass, you can see into the formicarium without touching it, furthermore, its an economical nice looking easy way to keep your ants in low light conditions.
The black plastic lid, is a black matte 3D printed plastic lid, with the same cutout as the red film, but 1 mm thick and with a small handle at the center to lift easily. A great option to offer complete darkness which ants love, the only downside is the vibrations you may produce while trying to remove the lid every time you want to see inside as well as the drastic change in light every time you remove it, so be gentle.
The “Accessories pack” gives you, one plastic tweezer, one 3 ml pipette, one nano dish, one small dish with handle, one small 5 ml liquid feeder (New featured design).
Specifications and Instructions
Dimensions: 13 x 5 x 5 cm +/- 3%
Features on each side of the formicarium and on the back a hole to fit 9.5 mm (3/8-inch) tubing, height is compatible with our plastic and glass outworlds tubing location.
Clear glass (2 mm thick) with exceptional clarity mounted with Neodymium magnets.
The frame is 3D printed using PLA pro plastic.
The water chamber is made with a special formulation of porous grout to ensure water transport; inside walls have multiple layers composed of sanded grout and mineral additives.
Weight: 150 grams +/- 3%
Before introducing any species, please fill-up the water chamber with distilled water to its max capacity; we recommend introducing ants 24 hours after hydration.
Avoid intense vibrations or impacts as this can crack the substrate and glass.
Hydration Chamber Instructions
- Always use distilled water, this helps diminish mineral build up.
- It is ideal to wait 24 to 48 hours after the water chamber empties before adding even more water.
- When adding more water, only fill the chamber to a % similar to the relative humidity % your species requires, (it is rare to need a full fill).
- If water droplets are present on the glass or substrate, or if it looks wet, do not add more water; even if the water chamber is empty, unless you know what you are doing and are dealing with a high humidity species, remember to much water can cause mold outbreaks and also such water will look for ways to escape and evaporate.
The front glass has been carefully paired with the unit to ensure a perfect seal using magnetic force. Glass is waterproof, and the plastic frame around it is close to being waterproof, this means containing humidity inside is very easy. The substrate, is only water-resistant meaning water does not easily go through it, but it does get absorbed within the material. The water chamber uses porous grout to transfer humidity to the inside walls of the nest, similar to cotton inside a founding test tube, but we are capable of controlling the amount of liquid on the other side.
OK, so how do we do it? Measuring how much water goes in and how often is the best and most common method:
When water is added to the chamber, it is expected to slowly absorb into the rest of the inside walls. How quickly the water disappears is an indicator of how dry the nest is, rarely should you need to keep the water chamber re-filled all the way up, as this would only be ideal for high humidity species.
Watering the chamber quarter to halfway once a week seems to keep the inside humidity around 40% to 60%, but this also depends on temperature and external humidity. The water chamber slowly distributes the liquid through the entire nest, this creates a gradient in humidity, the water may disappear from the chamber, but it is now stored within the walls of the nest and will slowly evaporate as it is sealed inside by the plastic frame and glass. If you overfill the nest the walls will become soaked, the water will look for ways to evaporate and most possibly leak through the glass, or crevices in the plastic frame, as well as increasing the possibility of a mold outbreak and or mineral build up.
We suggest observing the glass and substrate surfaces for condensation, having some minor condensation early in the mornings is normal (or with any drop in temperature) but if it is always there or it takes longer to disappear as the day warms up this means you need to add less water and less often. On the contrary, if you never see condensation even with quick reductions in temperature then you may need to add more water and more often, you can test this easily with a tiny piece of ice against the glass, do it on an empty chamber or right in front of the water chamber internal glass, pay attention to the times it takes to see condensation form and use that time as a reference
All of our grout formulations are MOLD resistant, BUT > any leftover food or organic materials as well as excess humidity can result in mold, the key is to provide foods that cannot be dragged into the inside, always use feeding dishes and liquid feeding trays, clean up as often as possible, keep humidity to the minimum needs and ensure your colony has a small tight space to ensure they keep it clean.