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#1 Offline Del - Posted May 22 2018 - 1:28 AM

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-EDIT- The Aeacus webstore has been taken down until further notice. If anyone is still interested in these please just message me. Otherwise, I believe Ant Keeping Depot has a small selection.

 

https://www.aeacusants.com.au/

 

Some point in early 2016 I became frustrated with the formicaria available on the market at the time. I wanted something that a] did not have to be watered every few days b] could be adjusted to house a range of species and c] was nice to look at. This is what I came up with. 


These nests feature:

  • Long lasting water tank (up to a month)
  • Replaceable hydration tiles to fine-tune nest humidity
  • Hand sculpted tunnel structure

 

All prices are in AUD

 

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#2 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 22 2018 - 6:31 AM

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Wow. I have to say that in my opinion, these may be some of the best looking formicaria so far. Do you plan on making larger ones? And do you plan on selling outworlds like the one pictured?



#3 Offline T.C. - Posted May 22 2018 - 6:39 AM

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Very nice, I may consider buying one in the near future. :)



#4 Offline Del - Posted May 23 2018 - 6:02 AM

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Wow. I have to say that in my opinion, these may be some of the best looking formicaria so far. Do you plan on making larger ones? And do you plan on selling outworlds like the one pictured?

 

Thanks, I'm definitely going to have to make some larger ones the rate my colonies are growing. Unfortunately outworlds are a pain to do properly, so no plans on anything like that yet



#5 Offline skocko76 - Posted June 3 2018 - 1:08 PM

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Great looking formicaria!
Can the ants drink from the hidratation tiles, or a water source needs to be provided in the outworld? I am asking primarily for the queens in claustral founding stage. It would be convenient not havin an outworld in that stage.

#6 Offline Del - Posted June 5 2018 - 1:17 AM

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Great looking formicaria!
Can the ants drink from the hidratation tiles, or a water source needs to be provided in the outworld? I am asking primarily for the queens in claustral founding stage. It would be convenient not havin an outworld in that stage.

 

Many thanks! And yes, ants can drink from the hydration tiles no problem



#7 Offline skocko76 - Posted July 10 2018 - 6:18 AM

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Hi! I got your Corinth small formicarium from antkeepingdepot and I have to say I am impressed with the looks and the fact that ants love it!

I had my queen with nanitics move to it within hours of connecting it to the AntKit founding chamber, which they simply did not like.

If you don't mind, I would like to give my comment on some things I think could be improved.

Functionality-wise, it is nearly perfect. 

The only thing I would like, is a way to refill the water tank without lifting/disturbing the nest.

There are a few nitpicks execution-wise, and those are all unavoidable consequences of making them by hand, so I shouldn't complain.

Did you have issues with the resin getting warped? Mine does not sit plush on the water tank. Three corners are in contact, yet the fourth is in the air.

The glass is a tad too small (or the resin expanded). If I slide the glass all the way to the edge, the opposite side makes a tiny opening, enough for the ants to try to get through.

The sponge holder tube broke off with touch, as it was too lightly glued. And lastly, the 3d printed connector looks pretty rugged and low quality, with tiny gaps between filaments, bringing the aesthetic appearance down a notch, especially for the pricetag attached.

 

These are all minor things, but having them resolved would add a lot to the "premium product" feeling that I believe these formicaria deserve.

The ants are giving it six thumbs up, and that is the most important, but due these imperfections, I am lifting only one.

 

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#8 Offline Del - Posted August 9 2018 - 2:07 AM

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Hi shocko and thankyou for your comments, feedback is always appreciated.

 

All nests are checked thoroughly prior to sale, so I am sorry you have been having some issues! In reference to the glass size- there is a gap designed to go around the edge of the glass to accommodate slight variations in manufacturing, but not to allow a gap to form. The neodymium magnets will hold the glass in a central position, too. Despite this, I would recommend *not* pushing it to one side as far as it can go in an attempt to create a large gap. I should also mention that these nests are not recommended for species with workers <3mm as mentioned on the product listing.

 

I would be more than happy to post you a new water tank to replace the broken sponge holder! Just PM me your address and I will send one on the way for you :)



#9 Offline skocko76 - Posted August 22 2018 - 10:45 PM

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I received the new water tank in the mail! Thanks Del!

Will definitely buy more of your nests in the future!



#10 Offline skocko76 - Posted September 14 2018 - 5:46 AM

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Got an Aeacus Corinth medium nest from AKD - ON SALE!

Super cool nest! Arrived with an extra tile (blank) I did not expect - great!

I tested it with M.barbarus and they seemed to enjoy it. I won't keep them in it, as they get exponentially destructive with colony size.

They chew on everything and I fear they may destroy the beauty of the nest.

I will have to pair it with an outworld and move a dedicated colony in!

Excited!

 

One minor thing, the tile holding bracket is flimsy, but adequate for the job it's meant to serve.

 

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