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by breather
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Building a Formicarium, thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 367

Re: Building a Formicarium, thoughts?

Oh there is plenty of room if it’s going to be 15” tall and 15” wide. Especially if you house a small species. That is actually huge for ants. And it would take years for them to grow big enough to even expand to all three sides. Probably going to have Messor Barbarus, not that tiny. Well, I guesse...
by breather
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Building a Formicarium, thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 367

Re: Building a Formicarium, thoughts?

You could still use dirt it would just have to be a very thin layer. Y-tong is a lot better for viewing the inside of the nest. Check out Tar Heel ants, they use y-tong and you could copy some of their designs. If I have only a thin slice around the three wall I don't know If they would have enough...
by breather
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Building a Formicarium, thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 367

Re: Building a Formicarium, thoughts?

Oh ok, well.... I have thought of having ytong instead of dirt.
by breather
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Building a Formicarium, thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 367

Re: Building a Formicarium, thoughts?

Also, I’m probably gonna have Messor barbarus in there.
Are the nest walls to thick (6cm)? Will I see them build and dig there?
by breather
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Got Ants and Questions (beginner)
Replies: 9
Views: 406

Re: Got Ants and Questions (beginner)

Well that makes sense, such small body parts should thaw pretty quickly. I´we had them for 5-6 days now and they are still in the test-tube, I have given them honeywater and some protein gel right outside the tube, but I have yet to see them eat anything. I know I should be patient and give them spa...
by breather
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Got Ants and Questions (beginner)
Replies: 9
Views: 406

Re: Got Ants and Questions (beginner)

I did check, and they do have crickets and mealworms.

You just freeze them alive and thaw them out in some hot water?
by breather
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Building a Formicarium, thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 367

Re: Building a Formicarium, thoughts?

I’m thinking 4mm for the outer walls, and maybe 2 mm for the rest.
Too thin?
by breather
Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Building a Formicarium, thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 367

Building a Formicarium, thoughts?

Hi there. So, I’m new too this whole ant keeping thing, but I have caught the bug and I’m hooked. I’m already planing to build a Formicarium from scratch using acrylics (plexiglass). I have made a rough sketch and it would be nice to get some feedback on it. Should there be access holes, drainage, v...
by breather
Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Got Ants and Questions (beginner)
Replies: 9
Views: 406

Re: Got Ants and Questions (beginner)

Well, I don’t have any “fresh” insects for them. A little too cold for those at the moment. Maybe I’ll see with my local petstore and see if they have anything.

I’ll mix honey and water and give them.

Thanks
by breather
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Got Ants and Questions (beginner)
Replies: 9
Views: 406

Re: Got Ants and Questions (beginner)

Yes, it’s quite exciting. They are all still in their tube, but the tube is in the outworld which is connected to a nest for when they are ready. I don’t know if she has eaten, there is water and some dried up crushed insects in the outworld (water in the tube too obviously). I have also put one fat...