Features of the Hybrid nest:
Each nest has different chambers of varying depths and sizes.
Each Nest has a 3mm clear perspex viewing lid, which is placed on top of the nest. The viewing lid can easily be removed and is not secured onto the nest.
*You may decide to use marine silicone for a more secure fit, but we feel that is only necessary when you have small colonies such as pheidole or an aggressive species. Be careful when moving your nest around.
Nest Area Dimensions: L×180mm W×180mm H×27mm
Hydration system: Simply add your moisture medium into the hydration chamber on the top left and the moisture will pass through the holes. The hybrid nest comes with a black sponge, but you may choose to use your own medium.
* This is a formicarium, your ants will also need an outworld to explore and forage.
Connectivity: The ant nest can easily connect to an outworld with a clear 12mm or 16mm pipe using either one of the holes. You may also connect a test tube to the nest for extra hydration. As your colony grows you may connect another nest to your existing nest for expansion.
The Hybird ant nest comes with:
1 x Hybrid Nest, including 3mm perspex lid
1 x 16mm test tube
1 x 16mm test tube adapter
How to clean:
Did you know, every ant colony has different hygiene habits. Some ants love to keep their nest area clean, and other ants fill their nest up with soil or other ant species use a section of their nest to dump their trash.
Once you make your hybrid nest their home, it is their home and they own it, their housekeeping may not be up to your standards but that is the way they like it.
When the time comes to move your colony to a bigger nest, you may give your hybrid nest a wash in warm soapy water. Do not make the water too hot. The PLA plastic does have a melting or bending point and should not be exposed to heat above 80 to 90 Degrees Celsius.
Where did the Barabara name come from:
Barabara is not South African, it actually comes from the indigenous people of the Aleutian Islands. It was the traditional, main or communal dwelling used by the Alutiiq people.
The Barabaras could hold many families as well as food storage. They had a roof doorway to enter and exit. Apparently, they used to use urine to wash their hands and soaking raw hides, it did not smell very pleasant.
When I was young, we used to build similar little houses on a small scale to house any insects or bugs, frogs, and the like, much like a bug hotel nowadays. We built ours with sticks as bases and then covered it with moss or grass with an opening on the top, we used to call them Barabaras (they R was always pronounced with a brei)
|Dimensions||18 × 18 × 2.7 cm|
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If you live in the Durban area, you may collect.
Address: 55 Dunville Road, Grosvenor, Bluff, Durban, South Africa, 4052