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#21 Offline Spazmops - Posted December 5 2020 - 7:21 AM

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They are pretty similar. I tried to improve on his idea, because his version causes the ants to be disturbed when watering. Thanks for all of the positive feedback!


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Ants I have:

1 Formica fusca group- 0 workers

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-20 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 1 queen, used to have workers

 

1 large P. occidentalis colony- around 50 workers, plenty of brood

 

 


#22 Offline NickAnter - Posted December 5 2020 - 9:19 AM

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If you could solve test tube floods, that would be even better. ;)


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Hi there! I went on a 6 month or so hiatus, in part due, and in part cause of the death of my colonies. 

However, I went back to the Sierras, and restarted my collection, which is now as follows:

Aphaenogaster uinta, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus modoc, Formica cf. aserva, Formica cf. micropthalma, Formica cf. manni, Formica subpolita, Formica cf. subaenescens, Lasius americanus, Manica invidia, Pogonomyrmex salinus, Pogonomyrmex sp. 1, Solenopsis validiuscula, & Solenopsis sp. 3 (new Sierra variant). 


#23 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 5 2020 - 9:49 AM

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Those look super cool, and I’m sure they would work excellently. You very well may have reinvented the wheel here, but it doesn’t roll!
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#24 Offline Devi - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:03 PM

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We have pics up of the small biochamber.  They aren't super amazing, it is hard to get the tunnel depth with good lighting.  I think you'll get the gist?  Sorry about that!  Feel free to PM me with any questions about it!  Also, I am not positive I'll be able to sell these, so think of this as an, "are people interested, here is a pic" post.  The plaster took about 2.5-3 weeks to dry, and the dremel bit is already worn out so I'd have to replace it every one I made.  It's still possible, just not too feasible for me.  Let me know what you guys think!



#25 Offline Guest_StrickyAnts_* - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:17 PM

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how much would the biochambers be?



#26 Offline Devi - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:22 PM

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how much would the biochambers be?

Well, they were kinda material-cost heavy...  I'd probably sell them for somewhere in the 20-30 dollar range, most likely 25 if I sold them.  I'd have to have people that actually wanted them if I was to sell them.  



#27 Offline Guest_StrickyAnts_* - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:30 PM

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damn that's expensive haha, maybe sell them in parts? like sell the hydrostone alone and they make it on their own? maybe like a formicarium pack?



#28 Offline Guest_StrickyAnts_* - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:32 PM

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and make tutorials on how to make them? that would be pretty cool.



#29 Offline Devi - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:34 PM

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damn that's expensive haha, maybe sell them in parts? like sell the hydrostone alone and they make it on their own? maybe like a formicarium pack?

Yeah, unfortunately it is.  I thought about that, but I couldn't sell a dremel, and that is necessary to make it.  (I mean I could, but it'd be like ridiculously expensive) Also, some people want it totally done, and don't wish to have to build it and stuff.  This could work for a different type of formicarium possibly...



#30 Offline Guest_StrickyAnts_* - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:37 PM

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wait, what are you using the dremel for?



#31 Offline Devi - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:39 PM

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For carving out the tunnels.

#32 Offline Guest_StrickyAnts_* - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:42 PM

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Oh. 


Edited by StrickyAnts, December 5 2020 - 3:42 PM.


#33 Offline SleepyAsianAnter - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:42 PM

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Or you can avoid having to carve by casting it with sand or clay



#34 Offline Devi - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:44 PM

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Or you can avoid having to carve by casting it with sand or clay


How would you cast it with sand? I don't see how that could work...

#35 Offline SleepyAsianAnter - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:45 PM

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Or you can avoid having to carve by casting it with sand or clay


How would you cast it with sand? I don't see how that could work...

 

wet the sand and then shape it to your desire



#36 Offline Devi - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:47 PM

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Huh. That's actually not a bad idea. Would that stay together though? I feel like it would fall down and not work very well. Clay is most certainly an idea...

#37 Offline mmcguffi - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:56 PM

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Very neat! What's the function of the second little piece of tubing that sticks out of the plaster?



#38 Offline Devi - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:57 PM

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Very neat! What's the function of the second little piece of tubing that sticks out of the plaster?


That's so air can travel through so the water can take its place. Otherwise it creates a vacuum effect and you can't put any water in.

#39 Offline Spazmops - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:57 PM

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Very neat! What's the function of the second little piece of tubing that sticks out of the plaster?

That's a vent to allow air to escape, but you can also use it to put water directly onto the floor for larger ants to drink from.


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Ants I have:

1 Formica fusca group- 0 workers

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-20 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 1 queen, used to have workers

 

1 large P. occidentalis colony- around 50 workers, plenty of brood

 

 


#40 Offline Devi - Posted December 5 2020 - 3:59 PM

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Very neat! What's the function of the second little piece of tubing that sticks out of the plaster?

That's a vent to allow air to escape, but you can also use it to put water directly onto the floor for larger ants to drink from.
  

Very neat! What's the function of the second little piece of tubing that sticks out of the plaster?


That's so air can travel through so the water can take its place. Otherwise it creates a vacuum effect and you can't put any water in.

Oops, I guess you got the same answer worded two different ways. Lol





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