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Miniformicarium

So, I found a small picture frame for next to nothing. This is the result:

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The formicarium is about right for a first founding chamber, I think. One lesson is that I found out that cooking oil is a much better mould release than soap water. This formicarium won’t open up for cleaning but the entrance is quite large and I think I’ll be able to clean it when I have to.

Since this is an old frame the glass is slightly domed. I wonder if this will help viewing the tiny ants.

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Formicarium

So we need a formicarium. It’simportant to get the right look and feel för the budding commune. What’s the ultimate commune architecture?
Concrete. Lots of concrete!

I got a cheap photo frame and some clay. The idea is that the Lasius Flavius especially is a small and shy species I thought I would make her a small cave for her first home but also use the entire glas plate. So I have a small room and a corridor at the bottom of the formicarium. There is a an exit to the out world at one end and another that will be blocked to start with but that can easily be connected to the rest of the rooms with a short tube. There is also a water reservoir at the bottom left side. I dusted the area with crushed expanded clay to try to increase the moisture in that corner.

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This is he negative, that is the clay mould on glass. It was surprisingly easy to separate the mould after the concrete hardened.You can see how I tried to shape the tunnels into a triangle cross section so that there is a flatish floor and a sloping roof.

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I’m thinking, this is a nice first try. I’m not sure if I’ll use it or if I’ll redo it from scratch. After all, she wont have a cadre large enough for some months.