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Firebrick Formicarium


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#41 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 23 2022 - 2:16 AM

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I have not.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#42 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted June 23 2022 - 6:47 AM

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I have not.

 

How long did you use it? Why did you stop using it?


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#43 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 23 2022 - 9:46 AM

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Hydrating is the issue. It’s a big guessing game. It is much better to learn how to make mesh covered water towers.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#44 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted June 23 2022 - 5:07 PM

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I already have made those, that’s easy πŸ˜ŽπŸ€™πŸΌ
So how long did you use your firebrick formicarium?
What species did you keep in it drew?

#45 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 23 2022 - 6:17 PM

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I kept a Camponotus chromaiodes colony in one for about six weeks.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#46 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted June 23 2022 - 6:52 PM

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Oh ok. And they didn’t do well in it? You had deaths?

#47 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 23 2022 - 6:55 PM

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They freaked out every time I watered the thing and chose to live in the outworld. I said, screw it, and move them into a THA mini-hearth. I have a journal on here about it somewhere.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#48 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted June 23 2022 - 9:36 PM

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Oh dang. Ok interesting and good to know. I will update with my results working with it πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

#49 Offline UtahAnts - Posted June 25 2022 - 11:50 AM

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This thread is couple years old so curious, have you guys had any long term success with a firebrick formicarium? 

 

I've made a couple over the years from K-23 and most ants just simply prefer other materials. I've kept Crematogaster and Formica species in Firebrick, and both colonies did better in other formicaria. As the ants live in the nest, silica dust (which is harmful to the workers and certain stages of brood development) will accumulate, eventually leading to a sluggish colony with no brood. The low humidity of the material is also another factor contributing to low brood development. 
 
I would also advise against soaking the brick with a live colony inside to hydrate the nest. Any water in the brick will be saturated with the aforementioned silica particles, which will harm or even kill the workers who drink the water. Because of this, I would recommend a water tower over direct hydration for FireBrick. Providing additional water sources in the outworld may allow species who don't chew the nest up to be kept long term in K-23 FireBrick.
 
One possible solution to the loose silica dust would be to coat the interior of the firebrick chambers with grout or something similar in order to limit direct exposure to the dust. I wish you luck with your colony. Your formicarium looks amazing!

 

Here's a guide for K-23 nests for future readers


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#50 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted June 25 2022 - 10:35 PM

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Excellent information Utah Ants. I really appreciate it and noted! I will have to experiment and see what solutions I might be able to come up with. Hmmmmm πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜Ž




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