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#1 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 14 2015 - 1:47 PM

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This is a list of the most commonly asked about items and where to purchase them or what specifications to get.
 
None of these companies or websites are advertisers here. These are just the places that most of us have found to have the best product at the best price.
 
If anyone has any items to add or other purchasing locations, OR disagreements, this would be the place to discuss it. We will continue to add on to this list.
 
Anting equipment:
 
Aspirators
http://www.roseentom... Aspirators.htm
 
 
Ant keeping equipment:
 
Test tubes (Glass is recommended, as it does not scratch and fog after repeated cleaning. 16mm diameter will be fine for most ants. 150mm length is recommended to give most ants the space they need, and a large enough water reservoir to last until their first workers eclose)
http://www.lcmlab.co...s_p/41a20-w.htm
 
Foam that can be used as test tube holders
https://www.amazon.c.../dp/B00TP7C9YY/
https://www.amazon.c...e/dp/B01LVW3F0I
 
 
Formicarium building materials:

Hydrostone
http://www.ebay.com/...=item259d814500

BoxBox Stackable Containers
http://www.container...ductId=10032168
http://www.container...ductId=10035360
 
Amac Boxes
https://www.containe...ductId=10028594
 
Test Tube Foraging Containers.
http://www.maplecraf...pack-of-12.html

Mesh (100 micron mesh will keep ants of any size contained)
http://www.ebay.com/...ef sieve filter
 
Grout (Polyblend brand works well)
 
 
Food:
 
SUNBURST Ant Nectar
http://www.amazon.co...d/dp/B0101TS4IO
 
The Complete Ant Juice Ant Food Supplement
http://tarheelants.c...food-supplement
 
Rainbow mealworms.
http://www.rainbowmealworms.net
 
Pesticide-free Kentucky Bluegrass seed
http://www.amazon.co...duct/B0000CGPNY


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#2 Offline William. T - Posted August 14 2015 - 1:56 PM

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Food:

 

Add Rainbow mealworms. The best price at quality for mealworms. Mealworms are an ideal protein staple. Plus, they give you a lot of overcounts.

 

http://www.rainbowmealworms.net

 

 

Test Tubes:

 

Buy glass test tubes at LCM Labs for the best price, quality. 20mm or 18m is a good size. 

 

http://www.lcmlab.co...ts.asp?Cat=1120


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Species I keep:

 

2 Lasius cf. Neoniger 30 workers

3 Camponotus Pennsylvanicus 35 workers

1 Camponotus sp. 35 workers

20 Tetramorium SpE 30 workers

10 Pheidole Sp. "Brown' 30 workers

9 Crematogaster cerasi 35 workers

1 Pheidole sp. 25 workers

1 Tapinoma Sessile 1300 workers

1 T. Sessile 220 workers

3 Lasius Interjectus 15 workers

3 Formica sp. "Metallic" 

4 Formica sp. "Dull"

1 Pheidole sp. "Red" 25 workers

2 Crematogaster sp. 25 workers

15 Lasius Neoniger

1  Tapinoma Sp.


#3 Offline AntsTexas - Posted August 14 2015 - 1:59 PM

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i go to, family dollar ($20.00 and under) , dollar tree (everything's a dollar) and lowes for my stuff


Ant Queens found:

 

Solenopsis Invicta,  Solenopsis xyloni,  Brachymyrmex depilis/Sp,  Myrmecocystus Mimicus,  Pogonomyrmex barbatus,

Forelius pruinosus,  Camponotus sayi, Dorymyrmex insanus, crematogaster ashmeadi,

 

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camponotus sayi, solenopsis invicta, Myrmecocystus Mimicus, Forelius pruinosus

Pogonomyrmex barbatus, and some others (no i.d.)

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#4 Offline Subverted - Posted August 14 2015 - 3:24 PM

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 Ant keeping equipment
 
Test tubes (Glass is recommended, as it does not scratch and fog after repeated cleaning. 16mm diameter will be fine for most ants. 100mm length is recommended to give most ants the space they need, and a large enough water reservoir to last until their first workers eclose)
http://www.lcmlab.co...s_p/41a20-w.htm
 

 

I really think that 150mm length is better for keeping ants...?


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#5 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted August 14 2015 - 3:34 PM

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 Ant keeping equipment
 
Test tubes (Glass is recommended, as it does not scratch and fog after repeated cleaning. 16mm diameter will be fine for most ants. 100mm length is recommended to give most ants the space they need, and a large enough water reservoir to last until their first workers eclose)
http://www.lcmlab.co...s_p/41a20-w.htm
 

 

I really think that 150mm length is better for keeping ants...?

 

Yeah, 16x150 Pyrex is the best. The three on the list there that are basically on the bottom over the single bottom one are ideal.


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#6 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 14 2015 - 4:05 PM

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 Ant keeping equipment
 
Test tubes (Glass is recommended, as it does not scratch and fog after repeated cleaning. 16mm diameter will be fine for most ants. 100mm length is recommended to give most ants the space they need, and a large enough water reservoir to last until their first workers eclose)
http://www.lcmlab.co...s_p/41a20-w.htm
 

 

I really think that 150mm length is better for keeping ants...?

 

 

Sorry I meant to put 150. :facepalm:


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#7 Offline William. T - Posted August 15 2015 - 4:51 AM

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What about Skewers? I find that some of them don't snap off with little strands that stick on the cotton.


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Species I keep:

 

2 Lasius cf. Neoniger 30 workers

3 Camponotus Pennsylvanicus 35 workers

1 Camponotus sp. 35 workers

20 Tetramorium SpE 30 workers

10 Pheidole Sp. "Brown' 30 workers

9 Crematogaster cerasi 35 workers

1 Pheidole sp. 25 workers

1 Tapinoma Sessile 1300 workers

1 T. Sessile 220 workers

3 Lasius Interjectus 15 workers

3 Formica sp. "Metallic" 

4 Formica sp. "Dull"

1 Pheidole sp. "Red" 25 workers

2 Crematogaster sp. 25 workers

15 Lasius Neoniger

1  Tapinoma Sp.


#8 Offline LC3 - Posted August 15 2015 - 10:12 AM

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What about Skewers? I find that some of them don't snap off with little strands that stick on the cotton.

Maybe it's the way you snap them?


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What about Skewers? I find that some of them don't snap off with little strands that stick on the cotton.

I use long handled q tips made from wood where there's only cotton on one side.  I don't even need to break the q tip to get cotton to wrap around the end



#10 Offline prettycode - Posted August 20 2015 - 7:14 AM

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Formicarium building materials

Hydrostone
http://www.ebay.com/...=item259d814500
 

 

Regarding the Hydrostone Gypsum Cement, what colors is it? 

 

I've seen sites like TarHeelAnts (THA) make their formicaria available in different colors.

 

If I were to get this Hydrostone Gypsum Cement you've linked, how might I color it, like THA does? 

 

In my mind, I'd prefer everything be as light of a color as possible--so the ants have a higher contrast against it, making them more easily spottable.


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#11 Offline Crystals - Posted August 20 2015 - 8:49 AM

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Nice thread.  I have added it to the List of Handy Links thread, near the bottom (pinned in the General Section).

 

I use 18mm x 150mm test tubes, but I usually target the larger species like Formica and Camponotus.  I buy them from Fisher Scientific or off of Ebay.

I use acrylic test tubes for in the field (they are actually shooter tubes from the dollar store in the party section).

 

For Grout, I use a Polyblend brand, and usually get mine from Home Depot. Most stores with floor tiles will have grout of some type.

 

For Firebrick, I get them from Canadian Tire (in the indoor fireplace section), or from local pottery suppliers who sell kilns.

 

For Feeder cultures, I tend to get them from local aquarium, reptile, or frog hobbyists.  Or I just post a wanted add on the local online Kijiji.ca or Craigslist.

 

For glass, I buy cheap picture frames from dollar stores.

 

For foraging areas, I can find some small cheap clear containers from certain dolalr stores, but I tend to buy those cheap acrylic fish tanks, like those betta tanks from Walmart or various pet stores.  I get small 4x4x4" foraging areas from uline.ca as they sell in bulk.  25 containers for $51 + shipping (about the best I can seem to find in rural Canada with our limited selection).

 

For steel mesh for ventilation holes, because I am in rural Canada, I cannot buy the plain mesh in stores and shipping is killer.  I buy those frying pan splash covers from the dollar stores and simply use that mesh.  I double layer it for Lasius and Crematogaster.

 

For ant keeping supplies, I consider static free tweezers and featherweight forceps mandatory.  I use the strong static free tweezers to work in the foraging areas of larger colonies, and the featherweight forceps whenever I need to manually move/catch ants or brood.  I get these off of ebay, although I sometimes get the featherweight forceps from other science supply companies.

 

I also get small scissors to cut up insects from the dollar store.


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#12 Offline William. T - Posted August 20 2015 - 4:01 PM

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Buy distilled or bottled water if you can. Removes all the problems you get with tap water.


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Species I keep:

 

2 Lasius cf. Neoniger 30 workers

3 Camponotus Pennsylvanicus 35 workers

1 Camponotus sp. 35 workers

20 Tetramorium SpE 30 workers

10 Pheidole Sp. "Brown' 30 workers

9 Crematogaster cerasi 35 workers

1 Pheidole sp. 25 workers

1 Tapinoma Sessile 1300 workers

1 T. Sessile 220 workers

3 Lasius Interjectus 15 workers

3 Formica sp. "Metallic" 

4 Formica sp. "Dull"

1 Pheidole sp. "Red" 25 workers

2 Crematogaster sp. 25 workers

15 Lasius Neoniger

1  Tapinoma Sp.


#13 Offline klawfran3 - Posted August 20 2015 - 4:59 PM

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What size vinyl tubing do you guys use? I'm getting all the supplies together so I can make some little formicaria but I can't seem to find the appropriate size tubing. is 3/4" too big?


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#14 Offline Mannomorth - Posted November 23 2015 - 8:16 AM

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Would love if we cleaned up some threads so the top comment is all links combined. And perhaps shipping info aswell?

 

 

Website: Antstore.net

 

Content: Pretty much anything antrelated

 

Shipping: Only Europe



#15 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 23 2015 - 10:09 AM

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To keep from ultimately making an index of half the internet, I was just planning to list specific exceptional deals, or places to purchase hard-to-find items. Mainly I created this as an FAQ for purchasing so we have something to link to instead of answering the same questions over and over.



#16 Offline Kwitzats - Posted May 13 2016 - 6:02 PM

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I need some tubes the plastic ones I ordered are cloudy, are the lcm ones really 4 or 5 bucks for a 25 pack? How fast do they ship?

IMHO of course.


#17 Offline drtrmiller - Posted May 13 2016 - 6:42 PM

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I need some tubes the plastic ones I ordered are cloudy, are the lcm ones really 4 or 5 bucks for a 25 pack? How fast do they ship?


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#18 Offline Confrere - Posted May 13 2016 - 7:05 PM

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I need some tubes the plastic ones I ordered are cloudy, are the lcm ones really 4 or 5 bucks for a 25 pack? How fast do they ship?

 

I'd suggest getting the 150mm tubes, 100mm won't hold a lot of water and will dry out long before they run out of room. There's more room for the ants as well.



#19 Offline EstuaryAnts - Posted June 19 2016 - 8:05 PM

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So only $2.68 for 25 test tubes? damn.



#20 Offline Kwitzats - Posted June 22 2016 - 7:28 PM

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Btw as far as plastic tubes, pc ones which are very clear, break easily and are not very clear after they rattle around in a cargo pocket for hours. Still i prefer plastic for catching.

IMHO of course.






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