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#161 Offline Ants4fun - Posted March 4 2016 - 7:08 AM

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Also curious as to how to interchange them.



#162 Offline drtrmiller - Posted March 4 2016 - 7:13 AM

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Interchange? GroTube has female connectors, arena has male connectors. They just hook up.


#163 Offline Ants4fun - Posted March 4 2016 - 7:17 AM

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Oh,cool.
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#164 Offline Ants4fun - Posted March 4 2016 - 7:53 AM

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Do you still plan on selling them separately on amazon? If so, I would be interested. I believe Tspivey talked about how his was an early version. Will the newer backdrops work with that version? Or do they have new connectors?

#165 Offline drtrmiller - Posted March 26 2016 - 10:18 AM

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Came across some interesting unboxing videos, thought I'd share them here.  Not sure if the poster is a member here, but let me know if you are!

 

Part 1:

 

Part 2:

 

There were a few inaccurate claims made in the second video (identification of components).  I addressed everything in the comments on YouTube :)

 

Subscribe to SoulSlicer 9000 on YouTube


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#166 Offline PTAntFan - Posted March 27 2016 - 12:12 PM

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You know, that kid has a life memory now of something he had when he was young that made the hobby special for him.  Way to go, Dr. T.


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I use GroTube XL Formicarium with GlassBox Arena—Check it out!

I also use the $3 Tower I made up.  See it here.


#167 Offline drtrmiller - Posted April 10 2016 - 3:21 AM

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Only ONE of the Small size remains, as of this edit!

 

Visit http://grotube.byformica.com to get yours today, before they're all gone!

 


With Ant Season coming in full swing, I'm closing out all existing inventory for the current GroTube / GlassBox Arena formicarium!
 
There has NEVER been a better time to buy a GroTube, since I've gained so much experience in making these compared to when they were first released over 9 months ago.


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Inventory, especially in the smaller sizes, WILL NOT LAST.  Once it's gone, it's gone!  If you're looking for a good deal on the most beautiful formicarium ever made, this is it. Period.

REMEMBER, all orders of a GroTube/GlassBox Combo also receive a 4-pack of our GUZZLER Liquid Feeders, with NEW glass tubes and organizer case, SUNBURST Ant Nectar, and a FLUON marker—a combined $47 VALUE on their own!

 
Visit http://grotube.byformica.com to get yours today, before they're all gone!

For anyone who purchased recently, sorry—I can't honor a price match on this sale, because it is a Closeout/Discontinued model; however, I may issue an Amazon coupon or other store-credit equivalent on request.


Edited by drtrmiller, April 15 2016 - 3:24 PM.


#168 Offline PTAntFan - Posted April 10 2016 - 4:49 PM

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My Formica are outgrowing the XL.  Suggestions? 


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I also use the $3 Tower I made up.  See it here.


#169 Offline drtrmiller - Posted April 11 2016 - 3:44 AM

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My Formica are outgrowing the XL.  Suggestions? 

 

I'd love to see a photo!

 

This may not be a very popular opinion, but I believe more antkeepers should adopt the option of culling colony workers when a colony starts to outgrow a formicarium, as opposed to having the goal of making the colony as large as possible.  Dried Formica workers would likely make an attractive food for harvester ants.

 

As the number of workers grows, so does the communal stomach (macro colony-level nutrition).  Not simply a matter of space, large colonies need increasing amounts of, and more diverse food options, more stable environmental conditions, and perfectly-planned escape prevention.  It pains me to see antkeepers make or purchase a gargantuan formicarium, only to have it sit empty because their flagship colony didn't adjust well to the habitat.

 

There is simply no evidence, as far as I can tell, that lightly culling workers has the potential to hurt a colony in any way, and it avoids the stress and expense of moving a colony from a proven habitat, to one that is unknown.


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#170 Offline drtrmiller - Posted April 15 2016 - 3:26 PM

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Only ONE of the small sizes remain ($64 + S/H).

 

After this last one is sold, the remaining sizes will be Medium ($84 + S/H) and Long ($114 + S/H).

 

http://grotube.byformica.com


Edited by drtrmiller, April 15 2016 - 3:41 PM.


#171 Offline CoolColJ - Posted March 11 2018 - 10:54 PM

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This is a Small Woodlands foraging area with standard gloss white backsplash and grey nest housing.
 

 

 

 
Reserve yours today at http://grotube.byformica.com


Oh man, this is sweet, I'd buy this.... guess I'm a few years too late

Really like the grey tone and grooves, gives it a carbon fiber effect :)

Edited by CoolColJ, March 11 2018 - 10:55 PM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
9mm queen red head Phediole sp, 7mm queen all black Phediole, 2x Phediole sp. red head/black body 8mm queens
Polyrhachis rufifemur and femorata, Camponotus suffusus and humilior
Journal = http://www.formicult...sp-furnace-ant/

Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal = http://www.formicult...ournal/?p=96808


#172 Offline drtrmiller - Posted March 11 2018 - 10:57 PM

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Yeah, these were notoriously difficult to make. Too much complexity, too much labor, and too little demand.

Edited by drtrmiller, March 11 2018 - 11:02 PM.


#173 Offline Ants4fun - Posted March 12 2018 - 6:03 AM

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True, but the attention to detail was pretty sweet. Would love to see even the old base 3d printed models go back on sale. They worked really well.

Edited by Ants4fun, March 12 2018 - 6:04 AM.





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