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


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#41 Online T.C. - Posted November 28 2017 - 11:38 AM

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I pulled the vermiculture out of one of mine. I had a few ants go into the hydration spot and die which I believed to be causing mold issues. Would filling it with cotton be fine?


How were they getting inside it? You should contact Drew via PM or chat with him.

 

I had took the lid off. They started spilling into the hydration tube as soon as I did that.


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#42 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 28 2017 - 10:22 PM

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I pulled the vermiculture out of one of mine. I had a few ants go into the hydration spot and die which I believed to be causing mold issues. Would filling it with cotton be fine?


How were they getting inside it? You should contact Drew via PM or chat with him.

 

I had took the lid off. They started spilling into the hydration tube as soon as I did that.

 

 

You had mold issues inside the inner hydration container? How many ants went in it?



#43 Online T.C. - Posted November 28 2017 - 10:41 PM

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I pulled the vermiculture out of one of mine. I had a few ants go into the hydration spot and die which I believed to be causing mold issues. Would filling it with cotton be fine?


How were they getting inside it? You should contact Drew via PM or chat with him.
I had took the lid off. They started spilling into the hydration tube as soon as I did that.
 
You had mold issues inside the inner hydration container? How many ants went in it?

I don't know that there was mold in it, however about five ants did. Maybe a few more. I forgot to oil up the tubes when I was doing the sides. I was taking the lid off for feeding and cleaning. The species was formica so they where real quick.

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#44 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 28 2017 - 10:53 PM

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I pulled the vermiculture out of one of mine. I had a few ants go into the hydration spot and die which I believed to be causing mold issues. Would filling it with cotton be fine?


How were they getting inside it? You should contact Drew via PM or chat with him.
I had took the lid off. They started spilling into the hydration tube as soon as I did that.
 
You had mold issues inside the inner hydration container? How many ants went in it?

I don't know that there was mold in it, however about five ants did. Maybe a few more. I forgot to oil up the tubes when I was doing the sides. I was taking the lid off for feeding and cleaning. The species was formica so they where real quick.

 

 

In a situation like that, I would get something to put in the tubes while the lid is off. I would imagine two nails would work great.



#45 Online T.C. - Posted November 28 2017 - 10:58 PM

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Oh, I learnt from that mistake. A little bit of vegetable/olive oil works great as a temporary barrier. They can't get up the tubes.

Edit: I also learnt there is a water amount limit. :P


Edited by T.C., November 28 2017 - 11:03 PM.

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#46 Online YsTheAnt - Posted November 30 2017 - 6:40 PM

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Are the large versions of the one on Amazon available?

#47 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted November 30 2017 - 7:28 PM

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Would Camponotus Noveaboricensis be able to live in these? :thinking:

#48 Offline drtrmiller - Posted November 30 2017 - 9:15 PM

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Are the large versions of the one on Amazon available?


Not at the time of this writing. They will be available on Amazon in the future.

Would Camponotus Noveaboricensis be able to live in these? :thinking:


Since this is a species that typically nests in wood, I would recommend only experienced antkeepers attempt this.

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#49 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 1 2017 - 4:40 AM

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Would Camponotus Noveaboricensis be able to live in these? :thinking:

 

I would not try to house a wood-nesting species in a dirt nest.



#50 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 1 2017 - 4:45 AM

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Are the large versions of the one on Amazon available?

 

Until they are, you can purchase it directly from me if you want. I just haven't really listed my formicariums on the forum yet.






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