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1x ANTCUBE – Arena 20x20x10 – flat
1x ant arena frame 20×20
1x ant arena cover 20×20
4x fixing point for arena cover
2x ANTCUBE – ant farm – M – 20×20 – standing
2x ant farm cover
4x Formicarium plug 4mm
2x ANTCUBE – Digfix plate 20×20 – M
1x 1m tube transparent 14/10 mm
2x ANTCUBE – Red foil 20×20 – self-adhesive
1x Substrate – desert – 1 Kg
2x grid insert – 50mm – stainless steel
1x grid insert – 27mm – stainless steel
1x grid cap – 10mm – stainless steel
1x Basin connector for hole 27 and hose 10-16mm – M25
1x Formicarium nut M25 – grey
1x Feed dispenser 2ml – dosing
1x drinker 2ml – 360 degrees
1x bowl clear 1×20 – sponge
1x Mini thermo hygrometer analog – display – hanging
1x Ant escape protection oil 10ml
1x tweezers spring steel – wide – soft
1x tweezers plastic transparent
1x Plastic pipette 3ml
1x Hand magnifier – 2x – 30mm
1x Food Mix Set – for grain collectors (10 parts)
1x foam wiper 150x18x2,5mm
1x Photo back wall – desert – 20×10
This starter set is specially designed for various species of the genus Messor. One of the two farms is intended for the storage of grains and ant bread and should therefore be kept completely dry to prevent grains/seeds stored there by the ants from germinating or becoming moldy.
The “Digfix plates” can be inserted into the fully transparent farms. Alternatively, however, the “Substrate – Desert” can be used to fill the farms. Additional modules can be connected via the 50mm holes in the cover if required, such as the separately available foggers, fans or lights. Alternatively, matching grid inserts are included to close the openings. Depending on your preference, the formicarium can also be operated open by simply placing the removable frame on top and applying ant escape protection oil to its rim. The “Drinking trough 2ml – 360 degrees” is intended for water, the “Food dispenser 2ml – dosable” for the grain mixtures as well as carbohydrate and protein powders. The “Mini Thermo- Hygrometer” can be attached to the frame or the cover and shows the climate values.
Important: Please moisten the substrate before use so that the mixture can bind and develop a firm hold in the ant farm. In addition, too dry and dusty substrate can lead to blocking the respiratory tract of the ants and in the worst case the animals suffocate.
Recommendation: We recommend a soil layer of 2 mm height, so that the animals cannot burrow into the arena and instead use the farm provided for them. We also recommend lightly pricking the nesting material in the farm (sand/clay, digfix, etc.) at one point to make it easier for the animals to dig in.
Notes on production
The glass is cut according to DIN 1249 with a tolerance of +/- 1mm. In case of extremely small ants an additional breakout protection is essential.
Note on the farm
When attaching or detaching hoses, please note the following:
If the tubing is very difficult to fit onto the connector bushing, the bushing should be lightly rubbed with a drop of our breakout protection oil or powder. The hose should then be pushed onto the bushing by twisting or screwing movements without stressing the bushing with up and down movements. The same applies when removing the hoses from the connection socket of the farm. Please do not simply pull them off!
Note on Digfix: The natural color shade can vary between green / gray-brown and earth brown. The shade does not affect the quality.