Apologies the video's have not been released... I was caught up in a car crash, my car is wrecked, but, I'm ok!
Updates have been a little slow!
Bare with my written update on the Acromyrmex Octospinosus Colony.
I know many of you following have been eager to catch up.
Having ordered some piping to fit the connecting tubes together!
I've had to abandon the water heater, it was just not working, no matter what i tried!
Incomes the heat light & heat cable!
The light a 60w green reptile light keeps the set up between 23°c at the rooms coldest and 24.8°c at normal room temperature with a maximum climb of 26.8°c with the heating on!
Spot testing the substrate the temperature varies less a low of 23°c with a high of 25.4°c
If the temperature falls below 24°c the heat cable will come on, to keep the set up environment stable.
The set up, falls to 95% Humidity if opened for a while, then rises to 99% with the lids in place.
Despite all my efforts the Acro's are determined the pipe on the far right of the set up, is their nest! Its easy for them to control the micro climate to care for the fungus, so for now until they cultivate more fungus, i shall leave them, the cap has been secured, using some blue tac, on the other end i have used a j cloth, over the pipe and then secured the cap.
We are through trial and error getting it right!
Their recent diet has been bramble leaf & rose leaf, they enjoyed half a grape upon arrival which i removed after a few hours, this was a boost for the workers after their journey.
In the picture you can see the set up has changed slightly in decoration.
The far left pod, the refuse pod, orchid bark substrate, a central small pot filled with coco-fibre, this is the pot the refuse is moved to, it will allow them to create a landfill and burial site that can be removed and cleaned as required.
The central pod is the intended fungus chamber, i believe another factor of their move to the harvesting pod, was to be closer to their food source, so for this reason i now place their food source in the fungus chamber, in the centre of the pod is a small pot, covered with red acetate, this is to allow them to move in the fungus and create another micro climate.
On the far right, this is the harvesting chamber, decorated to allow them, to feel as though they are trecking further, a requirement of health for this species, not so important at founding, but certainly as they develop, it is decorated with orchid bark and coco fibre substrate with a root log decorative piece.
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