I will quickly show how the DIY formicarium is made for the tiny ant colonies I keep.
All materials are bought online or in store at Amazon (online), Michaels Craft Store and the Container Store.
This is a very basic explanation of everything, mostly in the form of pictures.
Please understand that I am a basic ant hobbyist who have watched many DIY videos from YouTube and is still learning.
Here are some links to the supplies that were used.
Some items may need to be purchased in store.
The Hydrocal Plaster-
Mix 2 parts of plaster to 1 part (or more) of H20 (You can adjust the thickness by putting less or more water)
Use a plastic fork (prefer this than a spoon) to stir well.
Wear a good face mask (too much air born plaster dust can be breathed into your lungs!)
Use a silicone measuring 2-cup size (flexible) for mixing plaster mix-
Amazon.com: OXO Good Grips 2-Cup Squeeze & Pour Silicone Measuring Cup with Stay-Cool Pattern: Home & Kitchen
The acrylic container formicarium/outworld that I used was the 4.375" W x 1.4375" H (many sizes out there, it depends on what size you want to make) -
https://www.amazon.c...product_details <--- Try using a taller outworld like the 6" W x 2.5" H.
The Acrylic lids for the nest (depending what size you are planning to make)-
Small Magnets to hold acrylic lid (keep in mind that the magnets do rust when in contact with water/moisture. I am still looking for a rust-free magnet)-
Amazon.com: DIYMAG 200PCS Refrigerator Magnets Premium Brushed Nickel Fridge, Office Magnets, Silver, 6X3 mm : Industrial & Scientific
White Sand (Surely there are cheaper options out there but make sure they are Ant/Insect safe)-
PTFE Tubing (1mm x 2mm)-
Blunted needles with syringe for adding water in PTFE tubes:
Steel hole puncher-
Amazon.com: Hole Puncher, Long Handle Manual Plug Rubber Stopper Perforator Experimental Drilling Tool for Laboratory Experiment : Tools & Home Improvement
Stainless Steel Woven Wire 120 Mesh-
Amazon.com: TIMESETL 304 Stainless Steel Woven Wire 120 Mesh - 12"X40" Filter Screen Sheet Filtration Cloth : Industrial & Scientific
Wood burning tool (Never leave unattended) –
The Resin Silicone Mold (many versions out there) - I used a small version (2 inches or 6 cm wide) at the store called Michaels Craft for $19.99 (not cheap!)
Here is another version but are slightly larger, therefore you will need larger acrylic lids for the nest and maybe a larger outworld container:
Amazon.com: SILIVO Round Cake Pans - Set of 4 Silicone Molds for Baking, Nonstick & Quick Release Baking Pans for Layer Cakes, Cheese Cakes, Rainbow Cakes and Chocolate Cakes - 3+5+7+9 inch: Home & Kitchen
Edited by Ants101, February 19 2023 - 12:04 PM.