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#1 Offline NickAnter - Posted January 3 2019 - 6:47 PM

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So, I am looking to build some formicariums similar to Drew's dirt box for my own use, and need some recommendations on ant-safe glues to use. I mostly intend to use these on Myrmecocystus and do not have enough money to buy as many as I would like. Open to all recomendations.
P.S. I will not sell these so do not accuse me of trying.

Edited by NickAnter, January 3 2019 - 6:52 PM.

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#2 Offline Kevin - Posted January 3 2019 - 10:30 PM

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Epoxy resin is used by many people to build formicaria. It generally requires up to 2 days to setup fully and be ready for ant-safe use in my experience, but some have suggested waiting ~1 week or so before use with ants after pouring epoxy.

 

Epoxy is extremely sticky uncured (it will make a mess) and cures into usually a clear durable plastic-feeling material and is good for coating preexisting containers with sand, casting formicaria, or gluing joints together.


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#3 Offline NickAnter - Posted January 5 2019 - 7:41 AM

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Thank you so much for the detailed reply, it was very useful. I am glad that Epoxy would work because my dad has a large supply of it, as he basically uses it every day.

Edited by NickAnter, January 5 2019 - 7:43 AM.

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.





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