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Dspdrew's Formicarium 08 Research and Design (Updated 11-26-2023)

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#181 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 14 2023 - 1:42 AM

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I was just reading through this whole thing and I’m kind of confused. Do the versions of the formicarium now have tile at the bottom or hydrostone or both?

 

Yeah, there's been a lot of changes over the years. If you are talking about the full sized chambers, they have a large round tile with Hydrostone covering it. The Starter Formicariums have never really changed. They don't have any Hydrostone; just a tile.

 

I sell both of them, even though I don't have any fungus-grower formicariums listed on my Market Place thread.


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#182 Offline CAantz - Posted January 15 2023 - 7:45 PM

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Yah I was wondering about the ones for the leafcutters if there is even a different version specifically made for them. I am making my own version and just wanted to know.

Edited by CAantz, January 15 2023 - 7:46 PM.


#183 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 26 2023 - 12:57 PM

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Retrofitting with good Hydrostone contact.

 

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#184 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 26 2023 - 1:39 PM

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Pouring resin floors in the starter formicariums.

 

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#185 Offline Full_Frontal_Yeti - Posted November 27 2023 - 8:35 AM

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^ It looks like a fresh experiment at the cheese lab is underway.
You got the control group cheese, the test group, and the placebo group there.


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#186 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 27 2023 - 9:45 AM

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^ It looks like a fresh experiment at the cheese lab is underway.
You got the control group cheese, the test group, and the placebo group there.

 

Yeah the floors are made of cheese now. They're delicious.


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#187 Offline 100lols - Posted November 28 2023 - 2:58 PM

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Andrew, I want one!! I’ve been dying to try one of your new designs.

I have a quick question, I noticed the starter formicarium I have from you doesn’t seem to be wicking water through the hydrostone anymore. Could this be from age? I’ve been dying to use it but I haven’t figured it out quite yet :embarrassed:

#188 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 29 2023 - 10:22 PM

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Andrew, I want one!! I’ve been dying to try one of your new designs.

I have a quick question, I noticed the starter formicarium I have from you doesn’t seem to be wicking water through the hydrostone anymore. Could this be from age? I’ve been dying to use it but I haven’t figured it out quite yet :embarrassed:

 

Are you talking about the tile in the center? There shouldn't be any Hydrostone in those formicariums.



#189 Offline 100lols - Posted November 29 2023 - 11:11 PM

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Andrew, I want one!! I’ve been dying to try one of your new designs.

I have a quick question, I noticed the starter formicarium I have from you doesn’t seem to be wicking water through the hydrostone anymore. Could this be from age? I’ve been dying to use it but I haven’t figured it out quite yet :embarrassed:


Are you talking about the tile in the center? There shouldn't be any Hydrostone in those formicariums.

My mistake! Yes, the tile in the center that wicks up water through the sponge. It’s bone dry no matter what I do.

#190 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 30 2023 - 5:23 PM

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Andrew, I want one!! I’ve been dying to try one of your new designs.

I have a quick question, I noticed the starter formicarium I have from you doesn’t seem to be wicking water through the hydrostone anymore. Could this be from age? I’ve been dying to use it but I haven’t figured it out quite yet :embarrassed:


Are you talking about the tile in the center? There shouldn't be any Hydrostone in those formicariums.

My mistake! Yes, the tile in the center that wicks up water through the sponge. It’s bone dry no matter what I do.

 

 

Well that's weird. The only time I have seen that happen is when I used to use addition-cure silicone in some of the production tools and it was leaching liquid silicone or oil into the tile, effectively sealing it. Is your tile perfectly smooth on the bottom side, or does it have an uneven surface?



#191 Offline 100lols - Posted December 12 2023 - 10:51 PM

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Andrew, I want one!! I’ve been dying to try one of your new designs.

I have a quick question, I noticed the starter formicarium I have from you doesn’t seem to be wicking water through the hydrostone anymore. Could this be from age? I’ve been dying to use it but I haven’t figured it out quite yet :embarrassed:

Are you talking about the tile in the center? There shouldn't be any Hydrostone in those formicariums.
My mistake! Yes, the tile in the center that wicks up water through the sponge. It’s bone dry no matter what I do.

Well that's weird. The only time I have seen that happen is when I used to use addition-cure silicone in some of the production tools and it was leaching liquid silicone or oil into the tile, effectively sealing it. Is your tile perfectly smooth on the bottom side, or does it have an uneven surface?

It has an uneven surface. Sorry for the delay! Is there a fix for this issue?

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