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Dspdrew's Formicarium 08 Research and Design (Updated 8-5-2016)

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#161 Offline AntsCalifornia - Posted February 8 2018 - 5:54 PM

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What about the dirt shacks, they absorb lots of water.



#162 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 8 2018 - 8:31 PM

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What about the dirt shacks, they absorb lots of water.

 

I haven't seen it happen to them yet. One difference is that all the water isn't moving through in one small spot. I'm sure that given enough time it could probably happen. Most likely by then it would be very old and probably no longer used.



#163 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted February 14 2018 - 8:01 AM

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What about the dirt shacks, they absorb lots of water.


I haven't seen it happen to them yet. One difference is that all the water isn't moving through in one small spot. I'm sure that given enough time it could probably happen. Most likely by then it would be very old and probably no longer used.
Oh, what do you use now?

#164 Offline AntsCalifornia - Posted February 14 2018 - 8:57 PM

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I was wondering that too. Do you use plaster that doesn't absorb water or cement?



#165 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 15 2018 - 3:16 AM

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What about the dirt shacks, they absorb lots of water.


I haven't seen it happen to them yet. One difference is that all the water isn't moving through in one small spot. I'm sure that given enough time it could probably happen. Most likely by then it would be very old and probably no longer used.
Oh, what do you use now?

 

 

"it" was referring to the Dirt Box, not Hydrostone.



#166 Offline AntsCalifornia - Posted February 15 2018 - 5:57 PM

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I was talking about your other formicariums, not the dirt shack



#167 Offline CoolColJ - Posted June 21 2018 - 6:33 AM

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Where can I get these type of containers with lid in a small size?


Edited by CoolColJ, June 21 2018 - 6:34 AM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
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#168 Offline FernandoCunha - Posted August 26 2018 - 11:28 AM

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drew, i couldn't read all to know if someone already talked about that, and seeing some what of an evolution in your LF nests, all LF in the genuses Acromyrmex and atta present in USA are dry/desert species, you may have come across ppl saying they need crazy ammounts of humidity, that's far from right for NA species, compared to what i keep (i live in southern Brazil, in the state with the most species of Acromyrmex, curiously) they need quite high humity, but not as much as for example, for what i've seen, froma constant source that is always keeping the plaster moist, plaster by itself will hold humidity well enough to get them going, even hydroballs slightly humid will do, Acromyrmex versicolor, atta texana, atta mexicana, all are desert species and even gather often dead matter, i've seen your personal setups, your acromyrmex versicolor setup, i can't disagree that is somewhat hard to get some food source that is relliable for them, but variaty seems to be really important too, you probably already know that, but if not, just some addons, thanks

 



#169 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 30 2018 - 11:14 PM

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drew, i couldnt read all to know if someone already talked about that, and seeing some what of an evolution in your LF nests, all LF in the genuses Acromyrmex and atta present in USA are dry/desert species, you may have come across ppl saying they need crazy ammounts of humidity, thats far from right for NA species, compared to what i keep (i live in southern Brazil, in the state with the most species of Acromyrmex, curiously) they need quite high humity, but not as much as for example, for what i've seen, froma constant source that is always keeping the plaster moist, plaster by itself will hold humidity well enough to get them going, even hydroballs slightly humid will do, Acromyrmex versicolor, atta texana, atta mexicana, all are desert species and even gather often dead matter, i've seen your personal setups, your acromyrmex versicolor setup, i can't disagree that is somewhat hard to get some food source that is relliable for them, but variaty seems to be really important too, you probably already know that, but if not, just some addons, thanks

 

I have been told specifically by Dr Rebecca Clark who studies Acromyrmex versicolor, that they need as close to 100% humidity as possible. I have measured the humidity in my latest formicariums, which have all worked just fine, and it is only around 75% at around 80 F. I'm not sure she is right about that.



#170 Offline Leo - Posted September 30 2018 - 11:35 PM

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When I heard 100% I immediately had the image of leafcutters living under water.



#171 Offline AntsCalifornia - Posted October 12 2018 - 9:15 PM

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...I mean...your colonies did have dying fungus all the previous times..right?







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