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ytong hydrostone aspirator containers boxbox test tubes mesh plaster grout

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#41 Offline soulsynapse - Posted May 16 2017 - 1:09 PM

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I've seen a bunch of people with small little snap cap containers for catching queens-- where are you guys getting those?


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#42 Offline Antking117 - Posted May 16 2017 - 8:43 PM

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I've seen a bunch of people with small little snap cap containers for catching queens-- where are you guys getting those?

https://www.amazon.c...ds=pill bottles

 

or

 

https://www.amazon.c...B06ZYBV5K8?th=1

 

1.) go to amazon.

2.) search the name of any small container.

3.) find one cheap and what you want.

4.) purchase it.


Edited by antking117, May 16 2017 - 8:48 PM.

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#43 Offline soulsynapse - Posted May 16 2017 - 9:13 PM

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looking for a specific one

 

which do you guys use?


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#44 Offline Antking117 - Posted May 30 2017 - 2:35 AM

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This looks promising : http://www.lcmlab.co...a_p/w-209m1.htm



#45 Offline soulsynapse - Posted June 7 2017 - 4:01 AM

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the test tube foraging containers warp btw, need to secure the lid if you plan to use them


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#46 Offline noebl1 - Posted June 7 2017 - 5:37 AM

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Anyone have any suggestions for what sponges to use for hydration?  I have a natural cellulose sponge underneath my hydrostone, but not sure if there's better/worse types to use.

 

EDIT: I got one of these and have been cutting off pieces as it's huge:

https://www.amazon.c...e?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Edited by noebl1, June 7 2017 - 5:42 AM.


#47 Offline Ants4fun - Posted June 14 2017 - 1:01 PM

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http://m.ebay.com/it...6.c100408.m2460

Not a bad deal on test tubes.

#48 Offline StopSpazzing - Posted August 3 2017 - 1:33 PM

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 As per forum rules, shouldn't this topic should be moved to General Ant Keeping ?

 

All discussion related to formicaria, ant diet & nutrition, captivity conditions, and supplies & materials.


Edited by StopSpazzing, August 9 2017 - 8:26 AM.

> Have you been to the Ant Keeping Wiki?

 

> Ants I keep/kept

 

> Adopt my ants
 
> Legality of shipping & transporting ants in US

 

It is illegal on a boat. It is illegal in your coat.
It is illegal in a plane, car, and train. Why must you be such a pain?
I do not care if it is in your hair. Do not put your queen ants there!


#49 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 9 2017 - 9:16 AM

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 As per forum rules, shouldn't this topic should be moved to General Ant Keeping ?

 

All discussion related to formicaria, ant diet & nutrition, captivity conditions, and supplies & materials.

 

 

No, because there are materials and equipment used in anting as well as ant keeping, not only ant keeping.



#50 Offline StopSpazzing - Posted August 31 2017 - 9:24 AM

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So wanted to let everyone know, I purchased 24 (blue, no clear anymore) Test Tube Foraging Containers and was at first worried, because only had a confirmation email from paypal that order was placed. I tried emailing the sales email provided on site and it doesn't exist, get a bounce back; Phone # keeps ringing. But, after 2 weeks, finally received them via USPS and can say I am very happy with the purchase. Lids are kind loose, but noticed if you rotate them they snap on. Seems great for my Pogonomyrmex californicus so far.


Edited by StopSpazzing, August 31 2017 - 9:41 AM.

> Have you been to the Ant Keeping Wiki?

 

> Ants I keep/kept

 

> Adopt my ants
 
> Legality of shipping & transporting ants in US

 

It is illegal on a boat. It is illegal in your coat.
It is illegal in a plane, car, and train. Why must you be such a pain?
I do not care if it is in your hair. Do not put your queen ants there!


#51 Offline soulsynapse - Posted September 19 2017 - 5:41 PM

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Any other test tube foraging containers you guys use? I use the ones linked in the original post but I can't help wishing they were about half a cm wider and the lids were more secure


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#52 Offline nurbs - Posted September 19 2017 - 9:02 PM

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Any other test tube foraging containers you guys use? I use the ones linked in the original post but I can't help wishing they were about half a cm wider and the lids were more secure

 

 

I use these, Soul:

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Pencil Case and Test Tube Formicariums

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#53 Offline Zegorzalek - Posted October 8 2017 - 6:36 PM

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I am looking for a small amount of seed blend for my Veromessor colony and founding Pogonomyrmex.

 

Does anyone have a good contact for a trusted Kentucky bluegrass seed or other mixture besides the one listed here? The seeds in the OP have been out for some time now.

 

Thanks!



#54 Offline StopSpazzing - Posted October 8 2017 - 7:06 PM

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I am looking for a small amount of seed blend for my Veromessor colony and founding Pogonomyrmex.

 

Does anyone have a good contact for a trusted Kentucky bluegrass seed or other mixture besides the one listed here? The seeds in the OP have been out for some time now.

 

Thanks!

Yes, actually. I use:https://www.amazon.c...uct/B00B5D0D58/. I talked to someone else who purchased another one; I believe the person said: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GGSM6FM/


Edited by StopSpazzing, October 8 2017 - 7:12 PM.

> Have you been to the Ant Keeping Wiki?

 

> Ants I keep/kept

 

> Adopt my ants
 
> Legality of shipping & transporting ants in US

 

It is illegal on a boat. It is illegal in your coat.
It is illegal in a plane, car, and train. Why must you be such a pain?
I do not care if it is in your hair. Do not put your queen ants there!


#55 Offline Zegorzalek - Posted November 14 2017 - 8:05 AM

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These seeds are doing well for me.

 

https://www.amazon.c...uct/B00B5D0D58/



#56 Offline Bugdaddy - Posted December 5 2017 - 7:18 AM

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So only $2.68 for 25 test tubes? damn.

 

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 ordered some 18MM x 150MM test tubes from there. They crack a lot easier than other ones I've purchased. Just make sure you don't man-handle them


Edited by Bugdaddy, December 5 2017 - 7:19 AM.

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#57 Offline anttics - Posted April 17 2018 - 1:19 PM

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Any body has a link to a good cheap if possible flu on seller. on eBay they go for like 40 to 80. my ants reach a point where I can not contain them with out flu on when i.open the lid. baby powder. breaks and falls after it dries up.

#58 Offline StopSpazzing - Posted April 18 2018 - 12:21 PM

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Any body has a link to a good cheap if possible flu on seller. on eBay they go for like 40 to 80. my ants reach a point where I can not contain them with out flu on when i.open the lid. baby powder. breaks and falls after it dries up.

Then you aren't mixing the rubbing alcohol and baby power right, mix ratio is off, or you're in a really humid area.

 

Fluon is expensive in general, don't see many sellers online for it. https://www.bioquip....t.asp?pid=2871A

 

You could try pure talcum powder + rubbing alcohol instead of whatever you are using. Is there a specific brand you are using? Maybe it's a cheap Walmart brand?


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> Have you been to the Ant Keeping Wiki?

 

> Ants I keep/kept

 

> Adopt my ants
 
> Legality of shipping & transporting ants in US

 

It is illegal on a boat. It is illegal in your coat.
It is illegal in a plane, car, and train. Why must you be such a pain?
I do not care if it is in your hair. Do not put your queen ants there!


#59 Offline anttics - Posted April 19 2018 - 9:14 AM

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maybe. I have been thinking maybe is the material. it's a bit flexible. I'll check the brand. thx for the help. what is your ratio of powder and alcohol?

#60 Offline Straywolf94 - Posted July 4 2018 - 12:25 PM

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Did you guys consider using microfuge tubes for catching queens?  Very compact, and most have attachable cap.  Very cheap at  100 to 500 tubes for under $10.  I don't think they are airtight, but would put a needle-hole at the top just in case.  Can add in tube racks or cases for organization. :)

 

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https://www.amazon.c..._rd_i=318099011

 

Also cheaper from Lake Charles (500 pack for $9.56):

https://www.amazon.c...f=biss_dp_t_asn


Edited by Straywolf94, July 4 2018 - 3:50 PM.






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