Where to find AAC in US

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LilCthulhu
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Location: Lansing, Michigan, USA

Where to find AAC in US

Post: # 33682Post LilCthulhu
Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:48 am

I'm looking to build a new nest using AAC. I saw this material being used in a lot of nests but I can't find it at all. I go to all my local home improvement stores near me and I get a puzzled look. I call my local concrete suppliers and they won't even talk to me because I'm not a business or contractor. I live in Michigan and could really use some help or advice.

YSTheAnt
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Re: Where to find AAC in US

Post: # 33754Post YSTheAnt
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:57 pm

Do yourself a favor and use firebrick. It is softer then aac by a tiny bit and is found in places where people do clay work, kiln stores and such. If you are keeping a species such as Veromessor, messor, tetramorium, or pogonomyrmex, coat the inside with a grout-sand mixture to prevent them from chewing through it (ytong needs this as well). Anything formicarium that can be done with ytong can be done with firebrick as well, at least from what I have seen
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LilCthulhu
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Re: Where to find AAC in US

Post: # 33766Post LilCthulhu
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:02 am

Thank you. I will look into it

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