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Dirt Shack Starter Formicarium v1.0 (7 mm, for Medium-Size Ants)


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#21 Offline antking117 - Posted June 30 2017 - 3:49 AM

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I got to be honest, i did not and could not read that. i need pictures xD I am a child xD


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#22 Offline Antony - Posted July 18 2017 - 7:45 AM

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does it come with digging media?



#23 Offline drtrmiller - Posted July 18 2017 - 7:46 AM

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does it come with digging media?


Yes, exactly as pictured, but shipped in a bag that you add yourself.
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#24 Offline T.C. - Posted July 18 2017 - 11:06 AM

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It said it was out of stock on amazon when I went to buy one.
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#25 Offline drtrmiller - Posted July 18 2017 - 11:17 AM

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It said it was out of stock on amazon when I went to buy one.


It was out of stock a couple days ago for a day or two, but it is back in-stock now.

#26 Offline soulsynapse - Posted July 18 2017 - 11:20 AM

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I don't find the metrics posted useful to quantifying viability other than a basic mechanical explanation, but the product looks great and is vetted by some of the best keepers around and that's enough for me


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#27 Offline drtrmiller - Posted July 18 2017 - 11:23 AM

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I don't find the metrics posted useful to quantifying viability other than a basic mechanical explanation, but the product looks great and is vetted by some of the best keepers around and that's enough for me


Can you elaborate on that?

Have you understand my Technical Explanation of a Self-Regulating Hydration System?


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#28 Offline T.C. - Posted July 18 2017 - 11:31 AM

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It said it was out of stock on amazon when I went to buy one.

It was out of stock a couple days ago for a day or two, but it is back in-stock now.

Alright, thanks. I'm gonna get myself one or two of these.
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#29 Offline drtrmiller - Posted July 18 2017 - 11:33 AM

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Fantastic! Happy to help.

The smallest (1 ml) Galileo Liquid Feeders work great in these boxes if you have them already.  Few other feeders will fit, given the less than 2 inches of clearance.


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#30 Offline T.C. - Posted July 18 2017 - 11:45 AM

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Oh nice. Also just noticed free shipping. Now I'm happy. :D
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#31 Offline soulsynapse - Posted July 18 2017 - 11:57 AM

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Yes I have. It explains that the dirt moisture is regulated by the contrasting saturation and maximum absorbency of each material with the gypsum acting as a semipermeable transit medium. The problem I have with the explanation provided is that the inner tank and outer tanks aren't free floating materials so fluid mechanic principles don't apply.

 

Unless I'm missing something, won't water in the inside material will seep to the bottom over time (distorting osmotic pressure), and moisture in the dirt will be higher at the bottom in a non linear gradient extending towards the top since water can't make jumps in the gaps that ant tunnels create?

 

I think the idea is fantastic though, and a huge step forward in perfecting formicariums. Nobody claimed there aren't problems left to resolve anyway.

 

I didn't want to comment more because I don't have constructive criticism or suggestions, I'm not entirely certain I have a full understanding of the construction itself, and it's fun watching drew and yourself push the boundaries of the hobby.

 

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#32 Offline drtrmiller - Posted July 18 2017 - 12:01 PM

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The vermiculite holds onto water similar to a sponge.  If you were to add water to the top, it would stay at the top instead of falling to the bottom.  As you add more water, gravity pushes the water further down, but the top will continue to stay damp.

 

So no, it doesn't "seep to the bottom" quite like you'd expect, unless you add additional water, in which case gravity forces it down due to the added weight of water on top.


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