Homemade test tube and formicarium setups

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Antsinohio
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Homemade test tube and formicarium setups

Post: # 25504Post Antsinohio
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:23 pm

I want to see what homemade test tube and formicarium setups you make so i will have ideas on formicariums and test tube setups i could make for my ants
Hello everyone


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Re: Homemade test tube and formicarium setups

Post: # 25544Post idahoantgirl
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:33 pm

Antsinohio wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:23 pm
I want to see what homemade test tube and formicarium setups you make so i will have ideas on formicariums and test tube setups i could make for my ants
you can watch mikey bustos's video he made on this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zs8RRsF9TM
Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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Re: Homemade test tube and formicarium setups

Post: # 25551Post Jadeninja9
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:55 pm

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This is a test tube portal I made. I took a small plastic Tupperware and drilled a hole in the side to put the test tube in, and a hole in the lid so so they could breathe. In hindsight, I would have drilled another hole on the opposite side, so if I needed to, I could connect another test tube to it, or some tubing.
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I had to put that cotton there since the hole was too big, and I didn't want the ants escaping.
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Re: Homemade test tube and formicarium setups

Post: # 25555Post Kibs76
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:20 pm

Antsinohio wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:23 pm
I want to see what homemade test tube and formicarium setups you make so i will have ideas on formicariums and test tube setups i could make for my ants
I am new to this whole ant colony stuff but i have watched and caught myself up on most of the Ants Fam videos and I saw in one of the videos they used a Rose holder thing that keeps roses fresh. I used that for two days till my glass test tubes came in this morning. Moved my two queens into the glass test tubes this morning with my other three.

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The one on the left is the current glass test tubes I am using for my first 5 queens. The one in the middle is actually the rose bud thing that i had in my house as a holder till I got the glass ones. Which the glass ones i got 10 for 10 or so on amazon. then the vial holders. I got a set of 30 of those for 10 again off amazon. Not sure if this helps on what I have. Its just starter stuff and what I chose to use.
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Re: Homemade test tube and formicarium setups

Post: # 27955Post xTNxANTMANx
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:27 am

I have a thread on a homemade test tube portal I make that's very cheap and effective. I'll see if I can post the link here for you...

I will have to repost it because of Photobucket. They changed their membership stuff and my pictures aren't showing anymore but I will fix it and post it again for you.
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Pheidole sp. x4
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