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#721 Offline steelplant - Posted April 27 2021 - 10:20 AM

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I spent the winter carving formicaria for my hibernating ants, but they're all way too big for my colonies, who are all essentially still founding. So I've been making some tiny ones, just a cave at one end of the outworld really. There's a cave entrance at the back, leading to an ear, thence into an eye, along the mouth, and round to the other ear and eye. The idea is to be a dry cave for the pupae, but you can hydrate with drops of water on the grass hair for eggs and larvae. Probably inspired by Japanese culture, like Shadow of the Colossus. I might do some with more open mouths, to have another chamber.

 

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#722 Offline gs5248 - Posted April 29 2021 - 8:55 PM

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#723 Offline madbiologist - Posted May 2 2021 - 8:08 PM

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It's been a long while, but I've got some more nests to post here! First picture is an 8" by 8" large nest, with around 440 cubic centimeters of living space. The second one is a Temnothorax/other small wood loving sp nest that I'm testing right now. So far, they love it! Even laid a new batch of eggs inside since I caught them!f50b359d3793a833749b016fa1f1bad1.jpgf49ba9bd29b022578228e6ef31575266.jpg30c6e2634f85ab8d89cb98ba058cd412.jpg

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#724 Offline ZTYguy - Posted May 2 2021 - 8:13 PM

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Awesome! Can’t wait to see the results.


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#725 Offline PogoQueen - Posted May 31 2021 - 9:38 AM

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I spent the winter carving formicaria for my hibernating ants, but they're all way too big for my colonies, who are all essentially still founding. So I've been making some tiny ones, just a cave at one end of the outworld really. There's a cave entrance at the back, leading to an ear, thence into an eye, along the mouth, and round to the other ear and eye. The idea is to be a dry cave for the pupae, but you can hydrate with drops of water on the grass hair for eggs and larvae. Probably inspired by Japanese culture, like Shadow of the Colossus. I might do some with more open mouths, to have another chamber.

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Shadow of the colossus is an amazing game, good job on these formicariums they look great!
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#726 Offline steelplant - Posted June 3 2021 - 1:18 PM

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Thanks PogoQueen! I love how antkeeping is both science and art.

#727 Offline KadinB - Posted June 14 2021 - 9:04 PM

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Here’s a fire brick nest I made my self. What are your thoughts on it? I have house Formica moki and camponotus hyatti In nest I have made and they have done great in them.


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#728 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted June 15 2021 - 4:23 AM

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That looks great! Personally, I would paint it, but that's just because I prefer colorful nests. I would probably sand down the corners to make them rounded, but that's just another personal preference.


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#729 Offline cap_backfire - Posted June 15 2021 - 6:37 AM

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It's been a long while, but I've got some more nests to post here! First picture is an 8" by 8" large nest, with around 440 cubic centimeters of living space. The second one is a Temnothorax/other small wood loving sp nest that I'm testing right now. So far, they love it! Even laid a new batch of eggs inside since I caught them!f50b359d3793a833749b016fa1f1bad1.jpgf49ba9bd29b022578228e6ef31575266.jpg30c6e2634f85ab8d89cb98ba058cd412.jpg

 

 

These are so interesting!   How did you craft these?   I love how crisp they look and the red really highlights the entire thing.   Bravo!  



#730 Offline gs5248 - Posted June 15 2021 - 5:04 PM

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Here’s a fire brick nest I made my self. What are your thoughts on it? I have house Formica moki and camponotus hyatti In nest I have made and they have done great in them.


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#731 Offline madbiologist - Posted June 16 2021 - 9:22 AM

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These are so interesting!   How did you craft these?   I love how crisp they look and the red really highlights the entire thing.   Bravo!  

 

Thanks! The nests are made of laser-cut pieces of acrylic that are then assembled together.


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#732 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted June 28 2021 - 5:37 AM

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I might have to buy one for my temnothorax they look so cool!
Edit: And there’s free shipping WOW

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#733 Offline cap_backfire - Posted July 1 2021 - 6:14 AM

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Since my ants FINALLY moved into their actual tunnels I crafted, painstakingly, for them in their formicarium, I intend to post a video of them or just some pics, tonight.   I've reset their entire setup with their moss carpet and driftwood, as well as some neighbors in the form of isopods, which they utterly leave alone.   
These girls are HUNGRY so I'll try to get a feeding shot or two as well-super worms seem to be the food of choice.   
Anyway, at least pics forthcoming tonight.   



#734 Offline cap_backfire - Posted July 1 2021 - 7:22 PM

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OK FINALLY some pics of my camponotus vivarium.   This is for my Discolor colony who, in the last pic, you can see the chambers they have FINALLY moved into.   They make some use of the entire side there and I haven't seen them on the other two sides at all.  They tend to stick VERY close to the nest despite being there for over a month now.   They are equipped with a waterfall, isopod neighbors, and tons of springtails and 'lawn shrimp."  I think they're doing VERY well and you can't see it in these pics but they have a pretty solid brood pile in the bottom left of the last pic.  Their nest entrance is where the heat cord is most condensed.   Once they're comfy I plan to move the heat around a little bit to get them farther into the nest.   I feel like this will keep them more where I want them.   I JUST replaced the moss into the vivarium a few days ago so hopign they don't move back out but if they do this time... Ugh.   Fingers crossed, anyway.   They ahven't moved yet.  

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#735 Offline Stormsky - Posted July 4 2021 - 10:54 PM

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My first Firebrick Formicarium

Made my first formicarium, but right now it's just the queen and some eggs,(Camponotus pennsylvanicus) so I need to wait for some workers before they can move in...


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#736 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 5 2021 - 3:16 AM

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Made my first formicarium, but right now it's just the queen and some eggs,(Camponotus pennsylvanicus) so I need to wait for some workers before they can move in...

Looks nice. Is that firebrick?
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#737 Offline Stormsky - Posted July 5 2021 - 3:38 PM

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Made my first formicarium, but right now it's just the queen and some eggs,(Camponotus pennsylvanicus) so I need to wait for some workers before they can move in...

Looks nice. Is that firebrick?

 

Thanks. Yep, K-23 Firebrick. It was surprisingly easy to carve, except for insetting the window. I'm not sure how to make a perfectly flat inset ledge so it probably wouldn't hold tiny species, but since it's for Camponotus, it should be fine, lol.



#738 Offline DaAnt - Posted July 7 2021 - 12:49 PM

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Do you need to hydrate a Camponotus founding formicarium that is made of wood?


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#739 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 7 2021 - 2:28 PM

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Do you need to hydrate a Camponotus founding formicarium that is made of wood?

Yes, or provide drinking water in some way.
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#740 Offline DaAnt - Posted July 7 2021 - 4:30 PM

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Ok, thanks!







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