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#1 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 4 2024 - 3:30 PM

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I found an interesting tutorial on using plaster to make ant nests and decided to cast my own formicaria. I'm planning to use PerfectCast for this purpose. My first design is a 4" x 6" shaped formicarium, with a pretzel shaped carving. In the middle of it, there is a central chamber. I imagine some harvester species would use it to store to store seeds. To the side of the nesting area, will be a standard hydration chamber with foam which you could pour water into. I'm going to make a prototype as soon as I can, although this will be my first time using PerfectCast to create a formicarium.

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#2 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted April 4 2024 - 3:55 PM

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looks like a good design, but I would add two ports to go in and out.


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1.Camponotus vicinus. 5 workers
2.Camponotus modoc. 5 workers
3. Camponotus hyatti. 1 worker
4.Veromessor pergandei. founding
5 Linepithema humile. 70-100 workers 5 queens
6. Pheidole Californica. 65 workers
I want: Atta,Myrmecia,Myrmica,Myrmecocystus


#3 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 4 2024 - 4:37 PM

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looks like a good design, but I would add two ports to go in and out.

There are already two ports. Any other problems you see with this design?


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#4 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted April 4 2024 - 4:48 PM

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I would make the tunnels a little wider 1-2cm wider.



Currently keeping
1.Camponotus vicinus. 5 workers
2.Camponotus modoc. 5 workers
3. Camponotus hyatti. 1 worker
4.Veromessor pergandei. founding
5 Linepithema humile. 70-100 workers 5 queens
6. Pheidole Californica. 65 workers
I want: Atta,Myrmecia,Myrmica,Myrmecocystus


#5 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 4 2024 - 5:48 PM

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I would make the tunnels a little wider 1-2cm wider.


Got it.

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#6 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted April 5 2024 - 11:43 AM

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Just a little tip (I made this mistake before). Make sure the water reservoir is next to the hydration chamber (not that the design lacks that of course). Good luck!
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2x - S. molesta (colonies)                1x - C. nearcticus (founding)  (y) New!

1x - C. chromaiodes (colony)           1x - C. subbarbatus (founding)  (y) New!

2x - F. pallidefulva (colonies)             1x T. sessile (mega colony)

2x - C. cerasi (founding)  workers are here!  :yahoo:

1x - B. depilis (founding but no eggs)

2x - P. imparis (colony) 2x P. imparis (founding)  Unfortunately no multi queen P. imparis colonies as all of the queens died due to fungus infection (assumed). RIP  :( 

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#7 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 5 2024 - 2:55 PM

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Just a little tip (I made this mistake before). Make sure the water reservoir is next to the hydration chamber (not that the design lacks that of course). Good luck!


Thanks! I’d hate for the poor ants to dry out!

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#8 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 6 2024 - 9:24 AM

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I do not recommend directly watering nests. Make water towers with mesh and plastic cups instead.
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#9 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 6 2024 - 9:27 AM

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I was intending on using some sponge or foam or something. Does that still count as direct hydration?

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#10 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 6 2024 - 4:24 PM

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Yes. Direct hydration is a very antiquated and inconsistent hydration method. Making water towers is very easy and far more consistent.
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#11 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 6 2024 - 7:02 PM

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Yes. Direct hydration is a very antiquated and inconsistent hydration method. Making water towers is very easy and far more consistent.

I'll look into it.


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#12 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 7 2024 - 4:50 AM

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Yes. Direct hydration is a very antiquated and inconsistent hydration method. Making water towers is very easy and far more consistent.



How exactly do the towers work? Are they removable, or is there a hole for syringes?

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#13 Offline Flu1d - Posted April 11 2024 - 5:44 AM

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Yes. Direct hydration is a very antiquated and inconsistent hydration method. Making water towers is very easy and far more consistent.

How exactly do the towers work? Are they removable, or is there a hole for syringes?
You basically put it into the nest where you want it, and pour the Plaster around it. Yes, you can make a tiny hole for a syringe, which is what most folks do.

I use a 1/16 in bit for my syringe holes, syringes fit perfectly.

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#14 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 11 2024 - 11:25 PM

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Yes. Direct hydration is a very antiquated and inconsistent hydration method. Making water towers is very easy and far more consistent.

How exactly do the towers work? Are they removable, or is there a hole for syringes?
You basically put it into the nest where you want it, and pour the Plaster around it. Yes, you can make a tiny hole for a syringe, which is what most folks do.

I use a 1/16 in bit for my syringe holes, syringes fit perfectly.


Thanks! I think I’ll try adding water towers to one of my other designs (a Mini Hearth looking thing).

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