deansies Atta cephalotes

Re: deansies Atta cephalotes

Beitragvon deansie26 » 2. Okt 2014 09:07

Few problems had arose recently.
•Ants struggling to scale diagonal pipe with larger leafs
•Mist in foraging tank pipe.

possible causes.
•Recently tried them with pine nuts as they love almond but they degrade to quickly and there is one at foot of diagonal pipe, may be it's affecting there grip.
•Warmer air from viv condensing in cooler foraging tank pipes at cooler night temps.

•Solutions???
• Remove nut and clean pipe.
• Improve insulation and connect the heatmat to work independantly of the viv stat which it currently is on so should be warmer.
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Re: deansies Atta cephalotes

Beitragvon AntsNational » 10. Okt 2014 15:49

Hey !,

Don't worry about the mist being in the foraging tank pipe, the ants benefit from higher moisture levels. As for the diagonal pipe, I would coat the side of it with plaster, let it dry, and then your ants have a surface to climb. Leafcutter ants will devise their own method of a micro-climate and will create their own ventilation system with what they have available. Don't worry too much, as long as they're healthy and consuming plant matter then you're completely fine. Any garbage or mold that isn't in the designated "dump" will be moved there eventually. Leave it to the ants!

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Re: deansies Atta cephalotes

Beitragvon deansie26 » 13. Okt 2014 08:28

Removed pine nut and cleaned pipe, though I don't think this was the cause as it didn't feel greasy. I managed to remove heatmat from the base and mount on the side, made adjustments to celotex insulation so it fits really tight against the glass and also added an extra layer under the top panel in the form of an old quilt ha ha.
Once it gets colder the light will come down for the winter and top sealed.
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Re: deansies Atta cephalotes

Beitragvon deansie26 » 13. Okt 2014 08:31

Thanks for the reply Vasile, they do seem to be doing really well, second garden has flew up and queen moved into it. I prefer less humidity in the pipes asy Acromyrmex started fungus in them which was annoying an I'm keen to prevent this. Thanks for the plaster idea, they seem to be doing better now so see how they go plus I do like the pipes clear.
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Re: deansies Atta cephalotes

Beitragvon wyh19991214 » 17. Okt 2014 14:20

I come from China,I have a Atta cephalotes community with more than 500 worker,and they have a fungus garden Like a big plate.
We can communicate about Atta.This is my e-mail :635428281@qq.com :D
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Re: deansies Atta cephalotes

Beitragvon deansie26 » 9. Nov 2014 23:37

Hi, short update as requested and has been a while.
Changes that have happened are-

*light unit removed for winter to seal and retain heat better.
*Two heat mats on foraging tank controlled by a thermostat.
*New garden started.
*Re-arrangement of the pipe system.

One the ants stated the new garden it was constructed very quickly and the queen moved in, they where letting their initial garden deteriorate-well that's what it looked like to me. I could only surmise that they prefer that kind of tub with less ventilation.
As a result I relocated there waste dump to the middle chamber and moved there old fungus to the similar tub.

I have noticed that the soldiers can not climb the vertical plastic pipe so I have rearranged them on a slant so the gradient isn't so steep and they can venture out to the table/ water bowl. Not ideal but it will do till I build a new foraging tank next year.
Can anyone tell me do the soldiers need to get to the water bowl? They seem to do ok not getting out.

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Re: deansies Atta cephalotes

Beitragvon deansie26 » 27. Jun 2015 23:15

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Re: deansies Atta cephalotes

Beitragvon deansie26 » 19. Jul 2015 22:34

Hi folks, ants are doing well- just a wee update, built a new dump and added more pipe work so the ants are travelling 11 feet for there leaves now, isn't a lot but not bad for a small exo-terra cube lol. Done a brief commentary, hope you can understand ha ha. Thanks for watching! :)
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