After keeping ants in test tubes for years we are always looking for ways to keep ants happy and healthy, while at the same time making ant keeping easier and more fun!
But as great as test tube are, they are not without some challenges.
Feeding... removing cotton to feed the colony can result in escaping ants which are near impossible to get back in!
Water changes... trying to connect the colony to another tube and encourage the move can be a long and challenging essential process.
Cleaning... old food and ant waste becomes much harder to remove as the colony grows in numbers resulting in bacteria and other nasties growing inside the tube.
Heating... due the the round shape it can be tricky to securely heat test tube.
Solution?.. The Venus.
Feeding becomes a breeze with a mini outworld allowing easy introduction and removal of food.
Water changes are no longer a problem with 3 test tubes for the ants to accommodate and use as a water supply. when one runs out the ants will relocate to one of the tubes with water allowing the empty tube to be easily swapped out and refilled. The removable red light shield had a cut out to see the water levels in each tube.
Cleaning is also much easier with the ants having the option to dump waste outside the test tube into the outworld area. and with the smooth acrylic floor cleaning is a simple wipe away.
Heating is also now very easy if required. The nest has removable heat cable guides built in. Simple snap of the tabs on the sides to allow a cable to be fed directly under the middle of the test tubes. this provides a heat gradient inside the tubes so the ants can select the correct location to place brood.
Features a twist lock lid for the outworld to allow a secure but easy access.
Also a rim to apply escape prevention if required.
More description to follow soon.
Oh.. we forgot to mention..
On a future update is a Venus Carry Rack!