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#21 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 22 2016 - 11:47 PM

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Yeah, carrying around PS test tubes would result in clouded up junk. I find it worked best to use small collection containers, and to keep the test tubes in the car. Once I ran out of collection containers, I would transfer them to test tubes. Now I have a cooler that is designed to hold my collection containers, so I don't even take test tubes with me anymore when I go out collecting.



#22 Online Canadian anter - Posted July 14 2016 - 11:09 PM

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for test tubes,you can uae water picks from florists.
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#23 Offline ParaStatic - Posted August 11 2016 - 3:06 PM

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for test tubes,you can uae water picks from florists.


This, I have recently started using them as temporary containers. Super small, would be extremely hard to break. And they hold a small amount of water with a queen for about 2 months.
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#24 Offline sgheaton - Posted August 12 2016 - 5:07 AM

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for test tubes,you can uae water picks from florists.

Having worked in a green house for four years...between there and the floral department... ..

I NEVER thought about these. Test tubes ...for some reason. Darn chemistry profession.. But the water picks, they have caps built ONTO THE tube.. and they are already plastic. Colored plastic even ...ugh..I'm daring to say that with the right model of pick, they are soo much better prepared than anything else that you don't have to make. Well done. I'm fully on board with these.


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#25 Offline VoidElecent - Posted February 4 2017 - 10:48 AM

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What do you guys recommend for a test tube rack or holder?



#26 Offline ANC - Posted March 3 2017 - 6:29 AM

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Are there any material types that you should never use in a formicarium because it is harmful for the ants if ingested? I saw some rubber grommets that I could use to connect boxes, but wasnt sure if rubber was okay to use. What about PVC, vinyl, nylon, or any of these materials that are dyed black?



#27 Offline BMM - Posted March 3 2017 - 7:10 AM

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It might depend on the type of rubber, but I've used silicone grommets to connect tubes with no negative effects. I always clean them thoroughly before using them.



#28 Offline ANC - Posted March 8 2017 - 10:20 AM

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Is there a way to sterilize hydrostone after you have had a colony in it? 

Before putting a different colony in it, I want to make sure to get rid of any pheromones the last colony has laid down.



#29 Offline CamponotusLover - Posted March 8 2017 - 10:46 AM

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i found this great offer for 100 high quality glass test tubes for only 15 dollars! :DDDDDDD


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#30 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted March 8 2017 - 12:29 PM

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i found this great offer for 100 high quality glass test tubes for only 15 dollars! :DDDDDDD

This was needed why????  :/


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#31 Offline T.C. - Posted March 8 2017 - 12:31 PM

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i found this great offer for 100 high quality glass test tubes for only 15 dollars! :DDDDDDD

This was needed why????  :/


Why not? No harm done.
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#32 Offline Works4TheGood - Posted March 19 2017 - 1:54 PM

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What do you guys recommend for a test tube rack or holder?


There was a pretty unique setup on this site! http://www.formicult...ould-this-work/

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#33 Offline nurbs - Posted March 20 2017 - 10:00 PM

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Hey Drew want to add these to the list?

 

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Been using them for years. Works great for stacking test tubes and the foam gives a nice cushion when you move it around.

 

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#34 Offline dspdrew - Posted March 20 2017 - 10:06 PM

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I added them along with the foam egg crate that I've always used.



#35 Offline soulsynapse - Posted March 21 2017 - 12:25 PM

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you messed up the links, they go to the test tube site


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#36 Offline soulsynapse - Posted March 21 2017 - 12:31 PM

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also, I know this was made as a "where to find hard to find things" list but why not just have the 'hard to find things' separate from the 'not so hard to find' things?

 

a general resource for finding materials for anting would be very helpful


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#37 Offline sgheaton - Posted March 21 2017 - 3:30 PM

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Am I the only one that loves amazon? Prime buy for life!


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#38 Offline dspdrew - Posted March 21 2017 - 7:46 PM

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you messed up the links, they go to the test tube site

 

Oops. Not sure how I did that. It's fixed now.



#39 Offline Antking117 - Posted March 31 2017 - 3:05 AM

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How long does the hydrostone last? (how many formicariums can it create?)



#40 Offline xTNxANTMANx - Posted April 2 2017 - 9:06 AM

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How long does the hydrostone last? (how many formicariums can it create?)


Yes, I am curious as to what hydrostone is exactly? I know I've seen 'drew use it in the bottom of his nests so I guess what I'm saying is why use that instead of grout or something? What's the pros/cons of the hydrostone?
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