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Dspdrew's Formicarium 13 Research and Design (Updated 5-30-2016)


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#1 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 30 2016 - 11:04 PM

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This formicarium is going to be designed for Myrmecocystus and I'm going to make as natural looking as I can. I plan to make this one look very nice, like something you would want on display. It's going to be built into a cabinet with the out world sitting on top. This should keep the nest in the dark and out of site, while the out world (desert terrarium) is in full view all the time.
 
Before I do this, I'm going to start with a simple version of it just to see what works and what doesn't, then once I get all that down, I'll design the final version.
 
I picked this cabinet up from a thrift store for 10 dollars. It's the perfect size for the 10-gallon aquarium I'll be putting on top as the out world.
 
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As always, I'll be posting pictures of this project from beginning to end.


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#2 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 31 2016 - 10:13 PM

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This is going very slow now that I'm so busy with my job. :(
 
Got it painted and made the holder for the aquarium. I removed the backing too since I'll need to have access in the back for maintenance and refilling the water tank.
 
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#3 Offline honourable - Posted June 1 2016 - 7:25 AM

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looking good, but hurry up   :)



#4 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 1 2016 - 10:47 PM

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All painted and the aquarium fits perfectly.
 
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I had to modify the hinges to get the doors to open all the way up.
 
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Next step, the actual nest. I have to remove that stupid shelf in the middle though first.
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#5 Offline antnothinglikeit - Posted September 25 2016 - 7:43 PM

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Any new stuff on this project?

#6 Offline NightsWebs - Posted September 25 2016 - 7:57 PM

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Another project awaiting time.  maybe I need to design something similar for Novomessor Cockerelli with a desert setting


Current Colonies;

Acromyrmex Versicolor

Dorymyrmex Bicolor

Pogonomyrmex Californicus
Pogonomyrmex Rugosus

Pogonomyrmex Tenuispinus
Novomessor Cockerelli
Myrmecocystus Mexicanus

 

Last Update: 08 Jul 2016

 

 


#7 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 26 2016 - 12:17 AM

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Yeah this one is waiting right now. I have too many other things that have to be done NOW.



#8 Offline sgheaton - Posted September 26 2016 - 5:04 AM

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Hah...you know when you said you had the week off.....it was THIS SPECIFIC project that came to mind to see if you were finishing :P.


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#9 Offline AntsCalifornia - Posted November 19 2017 - 4:16 PM

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Are you ever gonna finish this, I'm interested in seeing where your first natural nest goes, and I really like Myrmecocystus.



#10 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 20 2017 - 3:20 AM

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I definitely will, just not right now.



#11 Offline AntsCalifornia - Posted May 6 2018 - 5:51 PM

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Update?



#12 Offline EthanNgo678 - Posted March 19 2019 - 7:40 PM

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I gotta ask, update?






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