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Moving Acorn Ants to a DIY formicarium

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#1 Offline Ants101 - Posted January 16 2022 - 6:02 PM

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I have hand built this nest out of hydrostone which was a long and pricey effort to do but I enjoyed it.

 

This is a THA inspired nest! :yes: (A respectful bow). 

 

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Here is the nest in a little acrylic container. Very small for the small acorn ants.

 

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I never put ants in hydrostone before so I put a few acorn ants inside for a day or so to see if they will be ok.

 

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After a day or so, the ants appear well so I decided to move the entire acorn ant colony out of their old nest and into the new (on Jan. 15, 2022).

 

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I put them in the new DIY formicarium and hoped for the best.

 

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They eventually moved into the new nest and are now, so far, are doing well.

 

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Thanks!

 

 

 

 


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#2 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted January 16 2022 - 7:10 PM

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wow that's a really good nest! I'm sure the ants love it!!


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#3 Offline T.C. - Posted January 16 2022 - 7:24 PM

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Good job getting them moved. Not alot of people get it right.


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#4 Offline antgallery - Posted January 17 2022 - 9:23 AM

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Beautiful nest!


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#5 Online ANTdrew - Posted January 17 2022 - 9:33 AM

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Beautiful nest!

I agree! How did you mold the round nest?
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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.

#6 Offline AleeGuy - Posted January 17 2022 - 10:53 AM

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Damn, sexy setup!
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#7 Offline Ants101 - Posted January 17 2022 - 1:10 PM

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Beautiful nest!

I agree! How did you mold the round nest?
I found a silicone mold (white in color) at the Michaels store. It had a round cup and square cup mold meant for resin stuff.

Here is a picture of it. It was modified (trimmed and drilled) for the nest build.


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#8 Online ANTdrew - Posted January 17 2022 - 2:23 PM

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That’s genius!
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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.

#9 Offline Ants101 - Posted January 23 2022 - 1:17 PM

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Here is a quick video on their progress. Hydrostone appears safe for them.

 

https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing


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#10 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted January 23 2022 - 2:28 PM

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Nice video! Too bad my queen died :(. The workers are laying eggs which is really weird.

Edited by AntBoi3030, January 23 2022 - 2:29 PM.

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Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#11 Offline Ants101 - Posted January 24 2022 - 12:41 PM

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Nice video! Too bad my queen died :(. The workers are laying eggs which is really weird.

Sorry to hear that. I have heard about workers being able to lay eggs before. 

That is rare find.


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