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#1 Offline William. T - Posted January 24 2015 - 4:21 PM

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When I was scouring the web for formicariums, I had found the anthills.net, which sells rather nice looking formicariums at very competitive prices made out of gypsum. They look like TarHeelAnt quality formicariums. Any thoughts? Thanks.


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#2 Offline Miles - Posted January 24 2015 - 4:28 PM

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I reviewed one of these formicariums a couple of years back. I'm not sure if the business is still running or not. The nest I received was nice, but the material was plaster and it was soon covered by mold. The nest also relied on a lot of vertical connections and my ants had a hard time walking on them while carrying anything. The plaster did not stay moist long.

Otherwise, the nests were well designed and definitely had a lot of time put into them.

They are not Tar Heel Ants quality, but a step below.


Edited by Miles, January 24 2015 - 4:29 PM.

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#3 Offline William. T - Posted January 24 2015 - 5:04 PM

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Thanks!


Species I keep:

 

1 Lasius cf. Neoniger 30 workers

1 Camponotus sp. 15 workers

20 Tetramorium SpE 30 workers

1 T. Sessile 200 workers

 


#4 Offline drtrmiller - Posted January 24 2015 - 6:13 PM

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The owner, Ingus, was great when I had a problem.  He offered a full refund, but I declined, and asked him to use my money to further his research.

 

It appears the business has kind of stagnated, however, with very few updates over the years.  It's a shame, considering how much art and detail went into his setups.


Edited by drtrmiller, January 24 2015 - 7:15 PM.


#5 Offline Miles - Posted January 24 2015 - 6:20 PM

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To be fair, the species that you had in that formicarium (Same design as the one I got) is inherently destructive and was quite a large colony. Not making excuses, but maybe a little context is helpful.


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#6 Offline drtrmiller - Posted January 24 2015 - 6:52 PM

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To be fair, the species that you had in that formicarium (Same design as the one I got) is inherently destructive and was quite a large colony. Not making excuses, but maybe a little context is helpful.

 

Yes, the same colony chewed through an old Tar Heel Ants "Inn" setup multiple times before I put epoxy all over the exterior.



#7 Offline William. T - Posted January 25 2015 - 7:23 AM

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So, is anthills.net the only formicarium vender that ships to the US other than Antsnationals, TarheelAnts, and Antscanada?


Species I keep:

 

1 Lasius cf. Neoniger 30 workers

1 Camponotus sp. 15 workers

20 Tetramorium SpE 30 workers

1 T. Sessile 200 workers

 


#8 Offline dean_k - Posted January 25 2015 - 8:04 AM

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http://www.antkit.uk/

 

Note: I don't have first hand experience with them. I am not sure he will ship to US but his items on Ebay ships worldwide.


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#9 Offline William. T - Posted January 25 2015 - 8:22 AM

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Thanks. Any more?


Species I keep:

 

1 Lasius cf. Neoniger 30 workers

1 Camponotus sp. 15 workers

20 Tetramorium SpE 30 workers

1 T. Sessile 200 workers

 


#10 Offline drtrmiller - Posted January 25 2015 - 11:40 AM

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http://www.antkit.uk/

 

Note: I don't have first hand experience with them. I am not sure he will ship to US but his items on Ebay ships worldwide.

 

I emailed them a few weeks ago and never received a reply.

 

Thanks. Any more?

 

Have you not heard of byFormica?  They are based in the US.  

 

They don't have a whole lot more than accessories and small formicaries right now, but I hear they're coming out with a really nice formicarium in the next few weeks.



#11 Offline Miles - Posted January 25 2015 - 1:18 PM

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http://www.antkit.uk/

 

Note: I don't have first hand experience with them. I am not sure he will ship to US but his items on Ebay ships worldwide.

 

I emailed them a few weeks ago and never received a reply.

 

Thanks. Any more?

 

Have you not heard of byFormica?  They are based in the US.  

 

They don't have a whole lot more than accessories and small formicaries right now, but I hear they're coming out with a really nice formicarium in the next few weeks.

 

To be clear, Pheidole, the "they" that Drtrmiller is referring to is himself - his business. Just wanted to clear up any confusion that could result here.


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#12 Offline drtrmiller - Posted January 25 2015 - 1:21 PM

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To be clear, Pheidole, the "they" that Drtrmiller is referring to is himself - his business. Just wanted to clear up any confusion that could result here.

 

What kind of confusion?


Edited by drtrmiller, January 25 2015 - 1:24 PM.


#13 Offline Miles - Posted January 25 2015 - 1:23 PM

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You are referring to your own business/project as "they" instead of "we" or "I", when you're a representative of said business.


Edited by Miles, January 25 2015 - 1:23 PM.

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#14 Offline drtrmiller - Posted January 25 2015 - 1:25 PM

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You are referring to your own business/project as "they" instead of "we" or "I", when you're a representative of said business.

 

They have nothing to do with me.  What are you talking about?



#15 Offline Crystals - Posted January 25 2015 - 1:30 PM

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Check ebay and amazon and even browse through various ant forums, as there are a number of individuals who sell a couple of nests here and there without an actual website.  I have noticed that the different ebays (ebay.ca and ebay.com) often carry different things.

I have sold some spare nests here and there. 

 

The main groups mentioned in the US are usually AntsCanada, TarHeelAnts, and ByFormica.  There are a few other individuals that sell quite a few, but they are quite scattered around the internet on ebay, amazon, craigslist, kijiji, etc.

 

 

They don't have a whole lot more than accessories and small formicaries right now, but I hear they're coming out with a really nice formicarium in the next few weeks.

 

Terry, when referring to "they" are you referring to ByFormica or http://www.antkit.uk/?


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#16 Offline dean_k - Posted January 25 2015 - 3:40 PM

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I fired up an e-mail to Antkit this morning and received a reply in about 8 hours. Good response time, I'd say.


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#17 Offline drtrmiller - Posted January 25 2015 - 3:57 PM

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I fired up an e-mail to Antkit this morning and received a reply in about 8 hours. Good response time, I'd say.

 

How did you contact them?



#18 Offline dean_k - Posted January 25 2015 - 4:01 PM

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Their e-mail found on contact us under Advice & support.

 

Their new "Ytong Vertical Nest" looks quite interesting. They claim to add a free lasius queen on all formicarium orders but I doubt I will take that free order...


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#19 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted January 25 2015 - 5:59 PM

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You are referring to your own business/project as "they" instead of "we" or "I", when you're a representative of said business.

 

They have nothing to do with me.  What are you talking about?

 

Kindly read rule #6. ;)



#20 Offline drtrmiller - Posted January 25 2015 - 7:06 PM

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You are referring to your own business/project as "they" instead of "we" or "I", when you're a representative of said business.

 

They have nothing to do with me.  What are you talking about?

 

Kindly read rule #6. ;)

 

 

"Thou shall not murder."

 

Kindly...

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