Critique my homemade formicaria!

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WillWithAnts
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Critique my homemade formicaria!

Post: # 1668Post WillWithAnts
Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:25 pm

I made these formicariums myself, and I wanted to see if there are any issues you guys can point out or any troubles I may expect.

1. I poured a block of plaster and then carved the tunnels and chambers with a baby knife.
2. I made entrances that I fit tubing into so I can connect it to anything with the same tubing in the future.
3. I then filled it with sand (I know this can be a problem) I repeatedly washed in very hot water.
4. Finally I put some Plexiglas on it with holes for water. The glass is not sealed but more like adhered; the seal is open and breathable.
Both have very simple out-worlds with plaster ground.

Here I are some pictures.
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Second one
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If there is anything I will have to look out for, please let me know!
Keeper of Lasius neoniger and Crematogaster cerasi :D. Woke ants January 10th
2015 Journal: http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=169
2016 Journal: http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=821

Mauritaniants

Re: Critique my homemade formicaria!

Post: # 1672Post Mauritaniants
Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:02 pm

Awesome formicarium, Will!
I always like to see sand in formicariums, as long as they were properly sanitized, because they help to retain more moisture and humidity.

Depending on whether you have a small species or not, I would probably check if you have properly sealed the glass so they can't crawl through the dead space but otherwise a great set up!

Rovvov99

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Post: # 1683Post Rovvov99
Fri Aug 07, 2015 5:04 pm

Looks good !
What are the measurements ?

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Re: Critique my homemade formicaria!

Post: # 1761Post WillWithAnts
Sat Aug 08, 2015 1:38 pm

Depending on whether you have a small species or not, I would probably check if you have properly sealed the glass so they can't crawl through the dead space but otherwise a great set up!
Thanks Mauritaniants! I'm keeping some large camponotus species in them, so I won't have to worry to much about contortionist escapees :lol:! I'll keep my journal updated!
What are the measurements ?
They are both about 8.5"x6"x2". The outworld is a tilted 6" circle. Thanks guys!
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2015 Journal: http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=169
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Re: Critique my homemade formicaria!

Post: # 1796Post Ants4fun
Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:55 pm

Awesome! very nice formicarium!

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Re: Critique my homemade formicaria!

Post: # 1836Post WillWithAnts
Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:06 pm

Awesome! very nice formicarium!
Oh my gosh, Ants4fun, you are from South Dakota!!! I live in Rapid! :o
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