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Rock Formicarium V2

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#1 Offline SuperFrank - Posted December 19 2018 - 6:01 PM

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This is the second version of a rock themed nest i have been working on, The material is plaster with a small amount of portland cement, as well as vermiculite for texture/color difference, iron oxide was used to get the color. It uses a tha style water tower, i also cut the glass and made the enclosure myself b/c i couldn't find a good sized box.
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#2 Online FSTP - Posted December 19 2018 - 6:17 PM

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That looks amazing! love the the riverrocks in that chamber.


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There are videos of my ants here: https://www.youtube....bN5yYK2KWXA0vQ?


#3 Offline GeorgeK - Posted December 30 2018 - 3:38 PM

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Hey, when you said iron oxide was used for color, did you literally scrape rust from iron and add it to mixture?



#4 Offline neoponera - Posted January 13 2019 - 8:44 AM

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 i think that a chamber that big will only keep atta and acromyrmex fungus growers calm

 

i fin colonies like pheidole or camponotus prefer chambers at least 5 times bigger than the queen maximum



#5 Offline SuperFrank - Posted January 30 2019 - 3:43 PM

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Hey, when you said iron oxide was used for color, did you literally scrape rust from iron and add it to mixture?

 

No you can buy iron oxide as a powder or premixed with water to make a liquid dye



#6 Offline SuperFrank - Posted January 30 2019 - 3:45 PM

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 i think that a chamber that big will only keep atta and acromyrmex fungus growers calm

 

i fin colonies like pheidole or camponotus prefer chambers at least 5 times bigger than the queen maximum

this is actually more of a prototype/case study type thing, i made others with smaller chambers as well but i wanted to see what one giant one would look like



#7 Offline Jean - Posted January 30 2019 - 3:59 PM

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Very cool, especially because the water tower kind of blends in and looks like another rock. Reminds me of a cave. Is that silicone holding it against, the glass, or some kind of glue?



#8 Offline AntJohnny - Posted April 1 2019 - 11:16 AM

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That is really cool. I've been wanted to make my own formicuirms so I've been looking at alot of DIY and professional builds. This build you did is amazing looking and a practical design.very cool😎





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