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UtahAnts' Formicariums and Outworlds

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#181 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted January 2 2023 - 6:48 PM

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Looking great! Always wanted to mess around with LEDs and ant nests

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#182 Online UtahAnts - Posted January 31 2023 - 4:51 PM

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It's been a bit since this thread was updated. I wanted to try making a cavernous formicarium for my growing Myrmecocystus mexicanus colony who will likely outgrow their dome formicarium within the next few months. This one features a large double sided chamber, with sandstone from southern Utah jutting from the walls to provide hanging space. The top viewing section should illuminate the repletes hanging from the rocks and walls below. To make this nest I used the same technique found here, with a few obvious modifications.

 

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#183 Offline UrbanOrganisms - Posted February 1 2023 - 8:37 AM

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Absolutely lovely design, I can't wait to see your colony in there. Do you have any pictures of the mexicanus colony in their current dome nest?



#184 Online UtahAnts - Posted February 1 2023 - 8:19 PM

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They are featured in my main journal for now, found here. The plastic cloche dome of the nest, while offering 360 degree visibility, falls short when it comes to pictures. The plastic limits the clarity, something I hope to solve with this new design. Below are a few images of the repletes and the colony's pupae piles. 

 
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#185 Online UtahAnts - Posted February 24 2023 - 10:02 AM

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2.0 version of the Olive wood nest is for a large Camponotus Colony. The twine creates the possibility for the formicarium to be displayed vertically from a wall. I tried to create a layered formicarium, inspiration from an image of a wild carpenter nest. 

 

 

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#186 Offline T.C. - Posted February 24 2023 - 9:26 PM

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Awesome, have you considered adding water towers in any of them?

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#187 Online UtahAnts - Posted February 24 2023 - 9:44 PM

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I tried it a few years ago, but I just don't see the value of humidity systems inside wooden formicariums. Seeing as most wood dwelling species, especially large colonies, don't need an artificial sources of humidity in the nest coupled with the affect of the extra humidity on the wood leads me to keep these designs pretty simple. Never had problems with housing Camponotus colonies in these drywood formicariums given the colony has a drinking water source in the outworld.

 

However maybe if I was trying to house a species (something like Formica) which required high humidity in a wood formicarium I would consider water towers. Then again, cement-based nests may be better suited for high levels of humidity over a longer period.


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#188 Offline T.C. - Posted February 25 2023 - 4:11 PM

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I tried it a few years ago, but I just don't see the value of humidity systems inside wooden formicariums. Seeing as most wood dwelling species, especially large colonies, don't need an artificial sources of humidity in the nest coupled with the affect of the extra humidity on the wood leads me to keep these designs pretty simple. Never had problems with housing Camponotus colonies in these drywood formicariums given the colony has a drinking water source in the outworld.
 
However maybe if I was trying to house a species (something like Formica) which required high humidity in a wood formicarium I would consider water towers. Then again, cement-based nests may be better suited for high levels of humidity over a longer period.


I agree, but in the back of my mind I worry about hibernation and humidity in these nests.
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#189 Offline Rrar - Posted March 20 2023 - 1:17 PM

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Nice nest I want some



#190 Offline ben - Posted April 26 2023 - 3:43 PM

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Huge fan of the formicariums you’ve designed and built! I especially like your dome cloche ones, love the idea of a 360 degree view.

Will you be making any more domes in the future but with glass? If so, I’d love to see a video as it’s hard for me to picture and imagine how the layering works for that one!

#191 Online UtahAnts - Posted April 26 2023 - 6:46 PM

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I might make another dome nest, and glass is a great idea, but I have yet to find a glass cloche dome with a plastic base. The dome nests are pretty labor intensive and a lot goes into them, especially with LEDs. I'll keep a video tutorial in mind if I make another one.


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#192 Offline ben - Posted April 27 2023 - 6:57 AM

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Yeah I haven’t seen any glass with a plastic base yet either. Might have to resort to 3D printing to pair glass with plastic for those type of domes.

#193 Online UtahAnts - Posted April 29 2023 - 1:51 PM

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Here's a 5 by 7 horizontal formicarium featuring two seperate sets of chambers. Each side could be connected via tubing or alternatively two separate colonies could be housed in the same setup.

 

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#194 Offline ben - Posted May 1 2023 - 1:44 PM

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Amazing nest as usual!

Btw, I am getting into 3d printing. So if you’re looking for a plastic base to use with a glass dome, let me know!
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