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Fourmiculture® Minora 2.6 [Model 3]
Hybrid nest with striking design. Replacable Mineral humidification system, bioplastic and matte black Plexiglas® with fluorescent red edging. For optimum growth of your colonies.
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Limited edition of 22 Minora nests!
White flooring for the contrast with the ants.
Red fluorescent edging (incredibly bright in daylight) and matte black Plexiglas®.
Delivered in a black recyclable packaging.
The success of this edition will rule the definite approval of this version.
Fourmiculture introduces its new creation : Minora [2nd Generation].
Loyal to our philosophy, we have created a durable Ant Habitat in which every detail was thought out to offer excellent living conditions to ants and allow the observation of their behavior. Minora was drawn in 2010 and refined for 9 years before introducing this new generation in 2019.
The name of the Habitat comes from small workers called "minor" as it is intended to succeed in the installation and development of a young ant colony of any species. Also effective over several years thanks to its advanced design, it can follow the evolution of the colony and enlarge over the needs thanks to its brand new liaison system.
Natural rooms for the ants to feel home.
Inspired by natural ant nests to optimize their use, the rooms are cut in food-grade Plexiglas®. They are sufficient to let a small colony grow for about a year.
A mineral layer is cast on the surface of the rooms for an effective management of humidity. It also brings a natural environment to the ants and a proper bacteriological equilibrium. The habitat remains sound on the long run and ants grow in an optimal way. The material is based on natural stone powder and is extremely smooth, absorbent and resistant.
All the activity of the ants - usually invisible inside subterranean rooms - reveals through the perfectly-transparent glass and their secret organization freely unfolds : storage of food, laying of eggs, care to brood... The height of about 1cm fits large species (up to 16mm long) as well as the smallest.
The materials we have chosen offer a fantastic design : the red fluoresent edging brings an incredible light and style. This fluorescent red Plexiglas® absorbs the invisible UV rays and turns them to a bright, visible red light.
The matte black Plexiglas® on top gives a smooth and luxury finish. Finally, the laser-cut top ensures cristal-clear observations. Of course, the flooring is our unique mineral humidification system which brings a perfect contrast with the ants.
An effective humidification system.
Essential characteristic of a well designed Plexiglas habitat, Minora receives a humidifier in which to inject water. Humidity will be transfered to the mineral layer inside the rooms. Three of them will become humid and five will remain dry. Thereby, ants can choose the humidity they need and where to live which allows Minora to adapt to almost any species. For very special needs like Myrmica rubra, we make a free adaptation on request.
Any excess of humidity is evacuated by blowholes on the top of the nest and by laser-cut micro-grids on the lid.
The humidity level is easy to watch thanks to the darker tint of the humid rooms. This absorbent mineral layer also ensures a long range to Minora : it reaches 10 days.
New Smart Liaison System. Open or closed?
The space is usually sufficient for a year of growth. What next? Minora 2nd Generation is equipped with a smart and original liaison system : two 9mm holes allows to connect another habitat to the first one when fully colonized (even though ants adapt to the available space) or add a remote foraging arena such as one of our Observation Spaces.
This reliable and practical factory-made liaison system works with partitions which have 2 positions (Open or Closed) replacing the usual rubber plugs.
This system actually gives the chance to manage the circulation of ants without unplugging the connected accessory (foraging arena, tube...) : simply turn the partition upside down to allow or forbid the way!
Presentation suggestion : Minora connected to a 25x15cm Observation Space (sold separately)
Built-in Foraging arena.
You will have the possibility to place food for your colony inside the foraging arena which is closed with a laser-cut lid. Its effective ventilation evacuates moisture and renews the air so the ants feel free, just like outside their anthill. A small décor is hand made for every Minora using natural elements. A laser engraving authenticates our work.
To go further, an extra Observation Space can be connected to Minora such as presented above. It offers a spacious environment to the exploring workers searching for food without letting them escape in spite of its openness to the outside : a non-stick frame makes any escape definitely impossible.
The know-how of an expert.
Minora concentrates years of experience that Fourmiculture aquired in the design of high-quality ant habitats. Its manufacturing allies human talent to the presision of robotic cutting for an exceptionnal finish, assisted by profesionnals of acrilyc machinning and designers. The materials are chosen for their technical qualities and combine an eye-pleasing result to durability.
Wishing to make sure that Minora surpasses your expectations, it receives a meticulous attention before leaving or workshop located in the French Alps to accompany the life of your ants.
Durable, reparable and advantageous.
Minora is simply bolted and can be taken apart. Its foraging arena is easy to access to for cleaning. We offer spare parts and a refurbishment service if you want to restore all of its shine after a few years.
Replacable parts :
Stress-free Hyperfilter (optional).
The ants live confortably in ambient light. In case of strong light, we have designed an innovative filter made of fluorescent Plexiglas® to darken the rooms.
The material absorbs the light and emits some of it by the edges with a strong, captivating red effect. The remaining light that reaches the rooms is softened and less disturbing for the ants which are naturally unable to see the red light, and thus feel protected. The activity of the colony remains observable.
Satisfied or refunded :
After 30 days of test in actual condition, if you weren't fully satisfied, send this product back to us for a refund! (see conditions) !
Any question about Minora ?
Dimensions of the Minora Ant Habitat :
16cm diameter (200cm²) - enough for about 1000 Lasius workers,
Height of the rooms : 8mm, adapted to all species measuring less than 17mm long.
- Two 9mm liaison holes.