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Greg's Formicariums

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#21 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted February 25 2015 - 9:30 AM

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... which can hold water well, but takes forever to soak up the water.

 
That's a good description of Hydrostone.
Interesting. The Hydrostone that Ray Mendez showed us readily soaked up water.
It does, just painfully slowly.

#22 Offline dean_k - Posted February 25 2015 - 10:33 AM

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Gregory2455 is a younger version of dspdrew.

:D :D :D

 

 

You are following his footsteps. Give it 10 or 20 years and you will have a house full with ant test tubes, spiders, lizards, and some aliens as well as pink bacteria.



#23 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 25 2015 - 11:12 AM

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I wish I had a house. :P I live in more of a glorified cardboard box.



#24 Offline dean_k - Posted February 25 2015 - 11:48 AM

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Well, you live in CA which is a highly congested city.

 

In Canada, some condos are even more expensive than houses themselves. Even in my city, condo is about the same price as house.


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#25 Offline Miles - Posted June 9 2015 - 4:33 PM

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And here is a bare experimental nest module showing off its nice sandy walls. :D I figured out a way to get sand to stick very firmly to hydrostone, and have explained it in chat, and will show it later on this thread.

Were you going to do this?


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#26 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted June 9 2015 - 9:02 PM

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And here is a bare experimental nest module showing off its nice sandy walls. :D I figured out a way to get sand to stick very firmly to hydrostone, and have explained it in chat, and will show it later on this thread.

Were you going to do this?

 

Yeah, sorry this was a while ago. I should be bringing this thread back to life within a month or so.



#27 Offline Miles - Posted June 9 2015 - 9:24 PM

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And here is a bare experimental nest module showing off its nice sandy walls. :D I figured out a way to get sand to stick very firmly to hydrostone, and have explained it in chat, and will show it later on this thread.

Were you going to do this?

 

Yeah, sorry this was a while ago. I should be bringing this thread back to life within a month or so.

 

Alright. I look forward to reading what you found on that subject.


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#28 Offline Tspivey16 - Posted June 10 2015 - 4:52 AM

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I have stuck sand to the walls in a grout formicarium that I have made as well

 

Sand

Current Colonies:

                               Aphaenogaster tennesseensis (50 Workers)

                               Formica subsericea (5+ Workers)

                               Tetramorium caespitum (50+ Workers)

                               Parastic Lasius (15 Accepted Host Workers)

                               Crematogaster cerasi (10 + Workers)

                               Temnothorax sp. (70 + workers)

 


#29 Offline Foogoo - Posted June 10 2015 - 8:16 AM

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Really curious to see any T0 ideas. Details of how you get the sand to stick would be helpful too! How did you make the tunnels? Modeling clay or something different?


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Camponotus vicinus, Crematogaster 1, Crematogaster 2, Formica francoeuri, *, *, Myrmecocystus testaceus, Novomessor cockerelli, Pheidole hyatti, Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, Solenopsis invicta


#30 Offline Tspivey16 - Posted June 10 2015 - 9:27 AM

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Yeah, I used clay- using Crystals method with a frame. To get the sand to stick - After the mold was done, I brushed a very thin liquid layer of grout into the tunnels, and then filled with sand. I let it dry and dumped the rest of the sand out before attaching to the glass.


Current Colonies:

                               Aphaenogaster tennesseensis (50 Workers)

                               Formica subsericea (5+ Workers)

                               Tetramorium caespitum (50+ Workers)

                               Parastic Lasius (15 Accepted Host Workers)

                               Crematogaster cerasi (10 + Workers)

                               Temnothorax sp. (70 + workers)

 






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