Plaster "bamboo" test tube
€4,99 – €5,99
These test tubes contain separate chambers separated by plaster walls. The bottom is also covered with plaster and mixed with substrate. This ensures proper distribution of the water in the test tube and provides a moist environment for your ants. The water reservoir consists of a water-absorbing substrate that can be easily refilled.
Test tube nests are the perfect environment for young (or even larger) colonies. It is a solid but above all stable environment for your ants. These test tubes contain separate chambers separated by plaster walls. The bottom is also covered with plaster and mixed with substrate. This ensures good distribution of the water in the test tube and provides a moist environment for your ants. The water reservoir consists of a water-absorbing substrate that can be easily refilled. These test tubes are better suited for species that prefer a high humidity level and / or like to have substrate in the nest compared to regular test tubes. Humidity can also be adjusted by dosing water in the reservoir. Ideal for all our ant species! Strongly recommended for small colonies. PS: often these test tubes are called “bamboo” test tubes. However, the “real” bamboo tubes are only available in larger sizes as no bamboo fits into the 15mm diameter tube. However, they are very similar in terms of functionality.
15×100 mm, 15×150 mm
Nests are shipped assembled. All our nests have a humidification system. A syringe is supplied with each nest that can be used to refill the water reservoir.
Our acrylic nests have one or more moisture chambers with a sponge. This absorbs the water and releases it slowly to provide the nest with moisture for a longer period of time. At the top of each moisture chamber there is a small opening in which you can add water to moisten the nest again. After a long period of drying (and therefore also during the first use) it is sometimes more efficient to open the nest, remove the sponge and immerse it in water for a while.
After adding water, it will be absorbed between the acrylic plates by capilarity and thus spread throughout the nest.
The nest can be taken apart by removing the screws. You can do this by loosening the nuts at the bottom.
3D printed nest
There are two types of 3D print nests.
The first option is the mushroom nests. These nests are on a water reservoir. The water reservoir can be refilled on the side through the opening provided.
The bottom of the nest contains an opening in which the so-called “mushroom plug” is placed.
This plug just fits through the opening and extends to the bottom of the water reservoir. This draws moisture from the water reservoir upwards, so that the nest is moistened and ants also have access to it.
The second kind, just like the acrylic nests, has a moisture chamber. This is connected to the nest by a grid. After adding cotton wool or a sponge, this room can be moistened (photos not available at the moment).