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#1 Offline steam_funk - Posted May 13 2020 - 10:10 AM

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I have a 4 x 8 x 12 block of ytong. My brother owns a cnc and we both have access to CAD software. If it machine cut the ytong and a glass plate would it be secure enough to hold fire ants or pheidole.



#2 Offline CheetoLord02 - Posted May 13 2020 - 10:43 AM

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as long as you secure down the glass with epoxy or some other nontoxic adhesive, then yeah, it'll make a nice formicarium. As for what it will contain, Pheidole are known to do excellently in ytong nests, but Solenopsis are capable of chewing through the ytong, destroying it and potentially escaping, so I wouldn't recommend using a ytong nest for them



#3 Offline steam_funk - Posted May 13 2020 - 11:16 AM

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My pheidole have one ants australia medium nest and one ant tower they settled in. They won't move to the ytong nest no matter what I do. Will they move in if there is new space?

 

as long as you secure down the glass with epoxy or some other nontoxic adhesive, then yeah, it'll make a nice formicarium. As for what it will contain, Pheidole are known to do excellently in ytong nests, but Solenopsis are capable of chewing through the ytong, destroying it and potentially escaping, so I wouldn't recommend using a ytong nest for them






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