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Byformica Grotube XL (Version 2.1) review

byformica grotube xl 2.1 review formicarium

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#1 Offline Ants4fun - Posted July 11 2015 - 8:30 PM

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Rating: 9/10 The Grotube the sleek new face in formicarium. It has all the features. From hydration to circulation it has it all. Perfect for queens and small colonies, it's a great start to a promising line of formicariums. 
 
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Price  At just $35 for the nest itself, it is a very affordable formicarium. For larger ant sp. I estimate that it can hold around 30-50 ants. for smaller sp. it can hold hundreds. For it's price, you're getting the most bang for your buck.  http://www.amazon.co...ding=UTF8&psc=1
 
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Features When I first opened my grotube, the first thing I thought was, "Wow, it's tiny." Yes, yes it is tiny. However tiny is a good thing. at 4.5 X 3 inches, it is basically a test tube replacement.
 
 The first thing I notice is the clear gel stuff. These hold water that will supposedly hold it a good while and protect against over watering, however don't think you can't over water it. Because you can. And it stinks. I had to evacuate the whole colony and suck up the water. Whoops... Other than freak accidents such as that, it is recommended that you only put about 1-2 milliliters of water at a time. Other than that, the water distributes well with the plaster that doesn't mold. 
Another feature is circulation. It has tiny air holes that go right to the outside of the formicarium, allowing you to completely shut the formicarium, and not worry about air. 
 
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Next you have visibility. This formicarium was designed for maximum visibility, and that's what you got. The nest is made for viewing with crystal clear acrylic and the fact that's it's horizontal. 
 
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Now we come to aesthetics. This formicarium is one of the nicer ones regarding how it looks. it is very symmetrical and clean looking, with a variety of color's to suit your choice.  You can put it on a coffee table, and not worry about it being an eyesore. 
 
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The part that this formicarium is sort of odd, for me, is the connection ports. They work great if you want to spend an extra $40 minimum on the smallest out world, but other than that, it is hard to use that small side. Herdo on formiculture said that 3/16 tubing fit's inside it, but if you have really large ants, I just feel that's it's a waist. It would be fine it there is a stopper for it, but for now I just have to watch my ants slowly chew through the cotton...

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#2 Offline Herdo - Posted July 11 2015 - 10:11 PM

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I do not have a colony to test mine out with yet, but I agree with pretty much everything you've said.  My initial shock at how tiny it is quickly went away once I started to realize how well designed it is.  And yeah, the small 5mm hole is a bit odd.  3/16" = 4.7625mm and the 3/16" OD tubing I've purchased from Amazon fits nice and snug.

 

Here is a link to the tubing I've purchased for anyone who wants some:

 

http://www.amazon.co...ailpage_o03_s00

 

It's 60 cents a foot.  Just add more to the quantity and they will send you that many feet. It's 3/16" OD and 1/8" ID.

 

Also, Terry has said in the future he was thinking about enlarging the smaller hole to something bigger and more standard like 1/4".

 

Great review Ants4fun and great product byformica!


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#3 Offline Ants4fun - Posted July 12 2015 - 5:55 AM

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Thanks for the info, and I'm glad you appreciated the review!

#4 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 12 2015 - 6:13 AM

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Nice pictures and nice review.


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#5 Offline Ants4fun - Posted July 12 2015 - 6:24 AM

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Thanks!





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