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How to build a formicarium out of a bead storage container

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#21 Offline antgenius123 - Posted January 15 2017 - 3:45 AM

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Is it advisable to use soil as a substrate?


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#22 Offline MrUrrutia - Posted January 15 2017 - 10:55 AM

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I will use sand, to keep organic material that can generate mold out of tge equation.
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#23 Offline antgenius123 - Posted January 15 2017 - 11:02 AM

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I will use sand, to keep organic material that can generate mold out of tge equation.

Cool, thanks.


 
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#24 Offline Ilija Mitrevski - Posted August 2 2017 - 12:23 PM

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Are you planing on fixing the pictures? I'm planing on making one of these out a screw sorting box I bought so this is very helpful. Also would plaster work instead of grout? I heard it might mold.

 

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#25 Offline sgheaton - Posted August 2 2017 - 12:35 PM

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Having done this, I used dirt and ran into issues. Talked about it in my journal, check it out. Moving forward, I wouldn't put dirt in the containers. 


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#26 Offline Crystals - Posted August 2 2017 - 4:48 PM

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Are you planing on fixing the pictures? I'm planing on making one of these out a screw sorting box I bought so this is very helpful. Also would plaster work instead of grout? I heard it might mold.

 

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I just fixed them.

I have found grout to be easier for me. plaster would likely mold.

Lose dirt or sand poses problems as well.

Hydrostone would probably work though.

You could even just avoid substrate altogether, but you would have to keep a close eye on condensation and stuff.


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#27 Offline SofaKingCold - Posted August 27 2017 - 6:08 PM

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Thank you for keeping this thread up to date. I've been having trouble finding nesting options for my Crematogaster colony. I think I am going to try this one and the $3 tower with some modifications.



#28 Offline AntPhycho - Posted August 31 2017 - 6:55 PM

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Is grout absolutely necessary, could you use just soil at the bottom?

Founding (for myself):              

Solenopsis invicta Experimental 2 Queen Colony                   

 

Lots more in the founding process that will be available on my shop soon!                                                                  

                                              

                                                  

 

 

 


#29 Offline Crystals - Posted August 31 2017 - 7:23 PM

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Is grout absolutely necessary, could you use just soil at the bottom?

You could tamp some sand or gritty soil into the grout.

You don't really want anything loose though, or the ants will use it to block the light (and your view).

Grout also has slow hydration/evaporation properties compared to dirt.


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#30 Offline Naturenut1233 - Posted September 1 2017 - 7:17 AM

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Several months ago I bought this exact container from the dollar store with thoughts of doing something like this but haven't quite figured out what I want to do just yet. This tutorial gives me a few ideas. Also useful are those little magnetic tins at the dollar store for founding queens. I have found my camponotus queens do great in those with a little plaster and sand put on the bottom and a small plastic cap put in there with a wet cotton ball in it. I usually put in a pile of dry rotted wood chips as well, they love those. I keep them just slightly moist. Some moist spots, some dry. I know it breaks the traditional rules but it works for me. I poke small holes in the top of the tins for air. It's nice that you can just peak in the to and see the queen and put her back with little disturbance and seems more natural with the bits of sand and plaster, than just a plastic or glass test tube. Dollar store is a handy resource, and of course you can't forget about their picture frames. :D


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Temnothorax longispinosus.

#31 Offline AntPhycho - Posted September 4 2017 - 9:53 AM

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Do you need a watering chamber? I was just going to attach a water test tube, and change it out whenever necessary.

Founding (for myself):              

Solenopsis invicta Experimental 2 Queen Colony                   

 

Lots more in the founding process that will be available on my shop soon!                                                                  

                                              

                                                  

 

 

 


#32 Offline AntPhycho - Posted September 4 2017 - 9:55 AM

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Do you need a watering chamber? I was just going to attach a water test tube, and change it out whenever necessary.

Founding (for myself):              

Solenopsis invicta Experimental 2 Queen Colony                   

 

Lots more in the founding process that will be available on my shop soon!                                                                  

                                              

                                                  

 

 

 


#33 Offline Crystals - Posted September 4 2017 - 10:33 AM

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Do you need a watering chamber? I was just going to attach a water test tube, and change it out whenever necessary.

Depending on the species, it could work very well.

The moisture loving species may move all of their brood into the test tube though.


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#34 Offline AntPhycho - Posted September 4 2017 - 12:47 PM

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Is solenopsis invicta a moisture loving species? I honestly don't know.

Founding (for myself):              

Solenopsis invicta Experimental 2 Queen Colony                   

 

Lots more in the founding process that will be available on my shop soon!                                                                  

                                              

                                                  

 

 

 


#35 Offline AntPhycho - Posted September 4 2017 - 12:54 PM

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Is solenopsis invicta a moisture loving species? I honestly don't know.

Edit: Sorry for some reason my device is double posting everything I say.

Edited by AntPhycho, September 4 2017 - 12:57 PM.

Founding (for myself):              

Solenopsis invicta Experimental 2 Queen Colony                   

 

Lots more in the founding process that will be available on my shop soon!                                                                  

                                              

                                                  

 

 

 


#36 Offline AntPhycho - Posted September 4 2017 - 3:09 PM

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Would this bead storage container work? It is very clear plastic and I think I can even just leave the lid on.

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Edited by AntPhycho, September 4 2017 - 3:19 PM.

Founding (for myself):              

Solenopsis invicta Experimental 2 Queen Colony                   

 

Lots more in the founding process that will be available on my shop soon!                                                                  

                                              

                                                  

 

 

 


#37 Offline Crystals - Posted September 4 2017 - 4:57 PM

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Is solenopsis invicta a moisture loving species? I honestly don't know.

I am not sure. It isn't a species I have in Canada (thankfully).

It really depends how humid the container itself gets and how many air leaks there there.

 

I can't open the link, my virus protection is protesting. But almost any container will work.


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#38 Offline AntPhycho - Posted September 4 2017 - 8:57 PM

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Is solenopsis invicta a moisture loving species? I honestly don't know.

I am not sure. It isn't a species I have in Canada (thankfully).
It really depends how humid the container itself gets and how many air leaks there there.
 
I can't open the link, my virus protection is protesting. But almost any container will work.

Huh, I don't know about you but aggressive fast growing solenopsis are one of my favorite species. What more could you want? lol I'm sure solenopsis are an acquired, well, taste.

Founding (for myself):              

Solenopsis invicta Experimental 2 Queen Colony                   

 

Lots more in the founding process that will be available on my shop soon!                                                                  

                                              

                                                  

 

 

 


#39 Offline Diesel - Posted September 5 2017 - 3:43 PM

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This is the one I made out of bead containers. 3 contain grout the other soil sand combo substrate.

Ant Species kept

 

Temnothorax Longispinosus.-Journal(discontinued)-(formerly)

Camponotus Noveboracensis (formerly)

Camponotus Nearticus-formerly

Tetramorium sp.-formerly

Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Queen & brood.-formerly

Tapinoma Sessile-Journal (3 queen colony)-formerly

​Tapinoma  Sessile #2 (2 queen colony)-formerly

Aphaenogaster Picea-Journal-active

Crematogaster sp.(Cerasi or Lineolata) Queen with 3 workers and brood-formerly

​Crematogaster sp. #2 (Cerasi or Lineolata) Queen with brood-formerly

Formica sp. polygenus-active 300+ workers-active

Formica Subsericea-active 25+ workers-active

Myrmica Rubra 400+ workers 3 queens-active


#40 Offline AntPhycho - Posted June 18 2018 - 5:32 PM

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I am sure this would work for Veromessor Pergandei. Or would they reject it?


Founding (for myself):              

Solenopsis invicta Experimental 2 Queen Colony                   

 

Lots more in the founding process that will be available on my shop soon!                                                                  

                                              

                                                  

 

 

 






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