Hello ant peoples.
I am not new to formiculture as I experimented with ants my whole life. However it has been a while since I had a colony. Things have changed a lot it seems, I had no idea there was even products beyond Uncle Milton lol. This will definitely be the most "advanced" formicarium I have ever done. I did a lot of reading the last week or so and set out the other day to build my new project. A modern formicarium is something I've wanted to do for a long time so this has been a fun experience so far. Hope my plans work out. Will definitely be open to any suggestions or advice, like I said its been a while.
I always seemed to have the best luck with Camponotus in the past. They are really plentiful and easy to find here in the Sierra Nevada as well. Plan is to build the formicarium and then see what happens. It is late in the year so no new queenies till spring.
I already had most of this stuff. Hence why I went the all-in-one 10 gallon vs smaller plastic set ups.
10 gallon terrarium w/lid
14 lbs Sanded grout - to build colony and provide a dig proof base
Saran wrap - for molding the grout to the shape of the container
No-dry model clay - for designing the tunnels in the grout
Aquarium glue - sealing once finished
Substrate - I'm using sand. This will be thinly layered to add texture and "landscape" as well as provide materials for the ants to make modifications to the nest if they want
Non toxic paint - painting the grout to make the tunnels stand out
Stick on reptile heating pad - provide heat
At least one test tube - to provide water
Micropipet - will function as a water port in theory
Fake aquarium plants - decorations
Edited by fortysixandtwo, January 8 2017 - 1:26 AM.