This page presents the stages of creating the laboratory for the ExplorEcolab project.


  • Support
    • Aquarium and white Osaka furniture bought : tank 155 L 61 x 45 x 61 cm, furniture 72 x 45 x 70 cm
    • Plates
  • Environmental conditions
    • Programmable misting system Exo Terra MD 8 liters
    • LED Aquarium Lighting
    • Red film
  • Substratum
    • Soil
    • Sand of organic agriculture 

Steps of creating the laboratory

Creation of the ants vivarium :

  • cutting the plastic plates for the creation of the Lasius niger observation vivarium
  • gluing the plate supports.

The plates were glued on two sides of the aquarium allowing the creation of the vivarium and the ants observatory.

  • substrate sterilization step
  • installation of red film to create darkness conditions for the nest because ants do not see the red (Martinez, 2013)
  • incorporation of sterilized substrate

Creation of the living space of the butterfly Polyommatus icarus and its host plants

  • incorporation of clay balls
  • incorporation of sterilized compost
  • Setting up the lighting and the misting system
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