For a while now I have been trying to come up with the perfect formicaria for myself. I'm basically designing a whole series of completely customizable, interchangeable, and reusable, laboratory style formicaria. I plan to make these as simple, compact, and uniform as possible, and with a hydration system that can last at least one month before needing to be refilled. I am starting with some that will hold fairly small colonies, and have the capability of holding very tiny ants also, ants as small as Brachymyrmex. This seems to be something absent from most of the formicaria being built today. It basically means these can't be built sloppily; they'll need to be made with precision and with very little slack.
In this thread I'm going to keep a journal of all my designing, researching and testing. I have not actually designed this in a computer drafting application yet, because at this point, I really have no idea if some of my ideas and concepts will even work the way I'm thinking they will. I'm a very logical person with a good understanding of how a lot of things work, but I am not an engineer, so there will still be a lot of trial and error, and of course a lot of learning along the way.
So far I have made this prototype to use for all of my testing (and of course to put my Myrmecocystus sp. colonly in once I retire it, because they desperately need a new home). I was jsut winging it as I made this, so of course there's a lot of obvious mistakes, but none of which should have any effect on its use in testing.