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#281 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted Yesterday, 10:50 PM

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Hey Guzzer, I used tea on the first couple of fish tank style ones but it has since faded. It still looks naturally weathered though.

All of the newer models are clay coated.



#282 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted Today, 2:55 PM

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Just thought I'd post some shots of the crocodilian as it looks today.

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It's looks as though it keeps ants quite well. I have lost two workers since it all began leaving four workers and two queens still inside.

The moss has anchored to the hebel but hasn't spread any further that I can tell. If anything it has probably pulled back a bit from the dryer edges.

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Not sure if I've posted shots of the back since I upgraded to black acrylic covers. They are much more aesthetically pleasing and make less noise than velcro strips.
The problem I have with these designs is the degree of difficulty in picking it up. It's a little awkward to move around. Displaying it on top of a Lazy Susan would be beneficial. Otherwise it needs to be displayed in the centre of a room for 360 degree access.
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The tea stain has faded a little but the hebel is still in good condition.


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#283 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted Today, 3:14 PM

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There is still quite a pile of odds and ends in the unused part of the nest but no serious mould issues have arisen.

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The only mould I can see is actually growing within the clay perimeter seal.
Crocodilian short End 280417
The winged queen is in the lower right chamber with two workers.
The other wingless queen is on the other side of the nest with the soldier caste right behind her.
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She is actually the smaller of the two queens so I hope they don't decide to go to war with each other.
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I will be removing whichever queen I see wandering around in the outworld but neither have left the nest while I've been on duty.

 

 

 


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