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Firebrick Formicarium

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#41 Offline Rstheant - Posted December 2 2018 - 12:54 PM

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Wow! This looks great! Just a suggestion for next time: you may want to use magnets in a Tarheel Ants style to connect the acrylic. It makes cleaning and moving in and out very easy. May I ask where you bought the Firebrick? I plan on making a Formicarium myself. Here are the crude designs, but the explanation helps compensate for it. It's a bit of a read though haha. http://www.formicult...-for-tiny-ants/
I would definitely move the Camponotus into this. It would be better for their first hibernation.


I purchase my k23 firebrick from Clay Planet @Major. It has a lot of pottery supplies too, like terra-cotta.

Wow! This looks great! Just a suggestion for next time: you may want to use magnets in a Tarheel Ants style to connect the acrylic. It makes cleaning and moving in and out very easy. May I ask where you bought the Firebrick? I plan on making a Formicarium myself. Here are the crude designs, but the explanation helps compensate for it. It's a bit of a read though haha. http://www.formicult...-for-tiny-ants/
I would definitely move the Camponotus into this. It would be better for their first hibernation.


I purchase my k23 firebrick from Clay Planet @Major. It has a lot of pottery supplies too, like terra-cotta.

#42 Online ANTdrew - Posted June 21 2019 - 9:50 AM

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Reviving this thread! How did this formicarium work out in real time? Update, please!

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#43 Offline Yosigi - Posted June 21 2019 - 10:50 AM

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The formicarium seemed to work well, but the queen never laid after hibernation and died about 6 weeks after I took them out.  I've made some smaller nests in the meantime, and I wanna make another large one with smaller tunnels and chambers for a multi queen Myrmica colony, since those will be flying for me soon.  I did catch roughly 40 Camponotus queens this season so far, so once they've gotten enough workers I can move one of them in; the rest I don't sell will get other nests once I've made them.


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My current colonies:

1x queen Myrmica colony, roughly 30 workers

 

My current queens:

5x Camponotus Pennsylvanicus

1x Camponotus Nearcticus

34x Camponotus Novaeboracensis

 

My 1st firebrick formicarium: http://www.formicult...ck-formicarium/


#44 Online ANTdrew - Posted June 21 2019 - 10:55 AM

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Thanks! Would love to see photos of the nests you made when you get a chance.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#45 Offline Dukagora - Posted June 23 2019 - 7:23 PM

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Has anyone tried K26 firebrick? I just finished carving a k23 but still need to gather some stuff to finish it. It really is quite soft and I was surprised when I was washing it after carving as it was soft enough that I was rubbing tiny pieces of it off with my fingers. didn't even realize it until checked. I just thought I had a lot of loose debris from carving.

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