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DIY sand/clay molded gypsum formicarium Guides

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#1 Offline kiedeerk - Posted July 24 2021 - 12:09 PM

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Hello Everyone

My name is Kiedeerk, some of you may have seen my post in the general market place selling my DIY formicariums.
I am also active on the ant keeping discords especially in the DIY section.
I have been keeping ants for many years and have gotten into DIY last year after finding out how expensive some of the other brand products like AntsCanada and Tarheel ants are.
I have gotten pretty good at making DIY nests. I have written some guides in the past but decided to do an overhaul and start a guide series on all the styles of formicariums
I make. I will still be selling some of my DIY formicariums for reduced prices on the general market forum for those who do not want to get into DIY. Trust me, DIY will save you hundreds/thousands of dollars if you are currently buying from the brand names above. My guides are open to public however, if you are going to share it please ask and give me credit thanks. Please reach out to me for any questions or comments or find me on discord @kiedeerk


Ok now for the actual fun part:

I will be updating this post as I make my guide series. Right now, I have made these guides below:

Please see attached word documents

Enjoy DIY

Best,
Kiedeerkants

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Edited by kiedeerk, September 13 2021 - 5:28 PM.

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#2 Offline kiedeerk - Posted July 28 2021 - 5:23 PM

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Guides updated. Include chamber and all in one style formicariums



#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 28 2021 - 5:33 PM

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This is great, man! Would love to chat with you some day about all, especially since you’re local to me.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.


#4 Offline kiedeerk - Posted August 1 2021 - 2:47 AM

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If anyone want to see a type of nest made. If I can I will make it and update the guide. Next on list is probably a multilevel/sided nest

Edited by kiedeerk, August 1 2021 - 2:47 AM.


#5 Offline kiedeerk - Posted August 2 2021 - 5:48 AM

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I have included picture of all the nest I made in the past month or so. Let me know which one would you guys want to see a guide for

#6 Offline kiedeerk - Posted August 12 2021 - 5:46 AM

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Is it possible to pin this post. I feel this is prob helpful for many ant keepers here
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#7 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted August 12 2021 - 8:17 AM

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Is it possible to pin this post. I feel this is prob helpful for many ant keepers here

Agreed.



#8 Offline mantisgal - Posted August 12 2021 - 11:04 AM

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This is amazing, thanks!

Edited by mantisgal, August 12 2021 - 11:08 AM.


#9 Offline MysticNanitic - Posted August 12 2021 - 11:09 PM

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These guides are excellent. I would enjoy seeing the process for a large horizontal nest big enough for a mature colony. How brittle is this material? Are you cutting your own glass for these?

#10 Offline kiedeerk - Posted August 13 2021 - 3:03 AM

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These guides are excellent. I would enjoy seeing the process for a large horizontal nest big enough for a mature colony. How brittle is this material? Are you cutting your own glass for these?


This material is very strong like concrete. I do cut my own glass with a cheap glass cutter

#11 Offline smares - Posted August 13 2021 - 10:20 PM

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I can't get these guides to open on my phone. Anyone else having trouble?

#12 Offline kiedeerk - Posted August 15 2021 - 9:31 AM

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I can't get these guides to open on my phone. Anyone else having trouble?


I don’t have issue opening the files. Just tried all of them

#13 Offline Formiga - Posted August 28 2021 - 1:58 PM

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Kudos for doing this, dude!

 

I made my 1st formicarium and enjoyed doing it a lot.

Soon I'll have to do some nesting chambers and your documents couldn't have arrived at a better time!

 

Can I give you 2 little suggestions?

- Save the document as a PDF, it's the universal file for this type of things. Someone above couldn't open this on their phone, and the PDF would solve this. I'm using Linux so I don't use Microsoft Office, the software I use is good enough but sometimes things get weirdly out of place.

It's also harder to adulterate, no one will modify it unintentionally, by mistake, and share it altered.

 

- Add to those documents some contact of yours so it's easier to find you and contact you for questions, corrections and suggestions. Credit to whom it is very due! ;)

 

But in general, this is very well done and absolutely precious! Many thanks once again!! (y)

 

 

Edited to add: I'm not seeing the attached files any longer. Could the OP have removed them, or could it be server side problems?


Edited by Formiga, September 23 2021 - 6:55 PM.


#14 Offline Andrengo - Posted September 17 2021 - 11:18 PM

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Am I missing something? I don't see any attached files.


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#15 Offline AntsLA-1 - Posted September 18 2021 - 8:09 AM

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Am I missing something? I don't see any attached files.

Same, no attached files for me.


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Ants are cute, that's that.

 

 

Currently Keeping:

 

Camponotus Vicinus (low altitude) x2

Pogonomyrmex Californicus

 


#16 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted September 18 2021 - 11:57 AM

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There used to be, not sure why they aren’t on here anymore.
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