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Re: Any one here giving away a antscanada omni nest Or starter kit

 by Dan ¦  Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:16 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Any one here giving away a antscanada omni nest Or starter kit ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 873

I wouldn't have thought AntsCanada's formicaria would be the most recommended. Anyhow yeah, difficult to get in Europe due to the insane shipping prices.

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Dan ¦  Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:38 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26020

Well I'm under a lot of pressure right now with school, but I've been trying my best to come online every now and then. I still have a few ants left but I've been slowly giving them to 2 friends who've picked up the hobby.

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Dan ¦  Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:11 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26020

I just approved a guest post from the 17th of February.

Re: Camponotus nicobarensis questions Topic is solved

 by Dan ¦  Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:10 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Camponotus nicobarensis questions Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 851

Taken from
"This species is polygynous and as the colonies increase in size they will allow newly mated queens to enter the nest. Once the new queens have been fully accepted they will frequently move around at night between the different nest sites."

Re: Troubleshooting failed Lasius Niger colonies

 by Dan ¦  Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:08 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Troubleshooting failed Lasius Niger colonies ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 969

I just approved Bootless' post from the 14th of February, but you need to make an account in order to make posts.

Re: How does this work? Topic is solved

 by Dan ¦  Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:06 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: How does this work? Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 570

I have gone through and approved your posts, so they should now show up. You do need to make an account though.

Re: How does this work? Topic is solved

 by Dan ¦  Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:03 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: How does this work? Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 570

You have a username but not an account.

Re: What Species Next?

 by Dan ¦  Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:35 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: What Species Next? ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 502

Well Manica rubida is certainly a wonderful species, as long as you take on Luke's advice.

Re: Messor barbarus hibernation first year

 by Dan ¦  Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:45 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Messor barbarus hibernation first year ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 666

I moved this to its own thread as there is no short answer for this. I think it's always better to let them hibernate as they would in the wild, as there are no negative effects of that. It also gives you a break! However, if you really want to continue watching their progress through the winter, I ...

Manica rubida

 by Dan ¦  Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:39 pm ¦  Forum: Dan's Journals ¦  Topic: Manica rubida ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 645

I have a Manica rubida queen and worker and 2 massive larvae nearly in hibernation. I've been giving most of my ants away to a friend who's starting ant-keeping, but I think I'll hang on to these as I really like them and because their sting unnerves my newbie friend! I'll take them out next spring.

(Closed) Myrmica ruginodis III

 by Dan ¦  Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:17 pm ¦  Forum: Dan's Journals ¦  Topic: (Closed) Myrmica ruginodis III ¦  Replies: 0 ¦  Views: 461

I rescued this colony from a patio project months ago, and they've grown immensely. They're going into hibernation, and then going to a friend in March. I think this must be the first one-post journal on the forum, sorry! My friend may join the forum and do this journal, in which case I'll include n...

Re: Myrmica ruginodis II

 by Dan ¦  Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:12 pm ¦  Forum: Dan's Journals ¦  Topic: (Closed) Myrmica ruginodis II ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 1271

This colony was given to a friend of mine who's new to ant-keeping, they may join the forum and continue the journal in the future, but for now, this journal is closed.

Re: My situation.

 by Dan ¦  Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:49 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: My situation. ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 667

Have you dealt with the seller?

Re: newbie

 by Dan ¦  Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:39 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: newbie ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 635

Which Starter Kit are you looking at? 0, 2 or 4? I'd definitely recommend Lasius niger.

Re: Mould in test tube.

 by Dan ¦  Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:57 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Mould in test tube. ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 799

Hogy-Bear wrote:I've never had any problems with mould before this so I don't really know what classifies as dangerous.

The ants do, though. :-)

Re: 1000101010's camponatus ligniperdus

 by Dan ¦  Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:24 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: 1000101010's camponatus ligniperdus ¦  Replies: 18 ¦  Views: 2007

Your photo links were broken, you had an extra img tag each side of the links.

Yes, formicarium is the singular and formicaria is the plural. I don't imagine ants would particularly like or dislike pine cones, but it gives a nice natural look.

Re: Antkit vertical nest pictures?

 by Dan ¦  Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:10 am ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Antkit vertical nest pictures? ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 397

There are no vertical nests for sale, so I think Cursico has got you sorted.

Re: Mould in test tube.

 by Dan ¦  Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:26 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Mould in test tube. ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 799

Don't force a move. Let them decide when to move. If the mould becomes dangerous, they will know and will move the queen and brood. Keep the new test tube as dark as you can (if you aren't going to wrap it in tinfoil), and expose the other one to light. This is difficult to do in your situation. @ve...

AntsCanada's shipping to the UK is very expensive, so I'd recommend AntKit.

Re: VIDEO: Jack's second video, his first Queen

 by Dan ¦  Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:10 am ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: VIDEO: Jack's second video, his first Queen ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 1048

Great video, very entertaining ending! Although I think you can agree with Andavane's suggestion to keep the non-video stuff concise (so you wouldn't be waving your hand for so long, you poor soul!). Yeah, you don't need to open it up until way after spring. I saw someone on YouTube comment to keep ...

Re: Protein Jelly

 by Dan ¦  Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:56 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Protein Jelly ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 728

Completely agree with what Serafine said, but a good starting amount is probably the equivalent of a pea size.

Re: Good Introduction to Ant Keeping Book

 by Dan ¦  Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:52 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Good Introduction to Ant Keeping Book ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 971

I don't know of any antkeeping books apart from AntsCanada's, but I know of two very interesting books about ants. The Ants, and Journey to the Ants. I got Journey to the Ants from Santa last year. It's much more concise and cheaper than The Ants, which is for the more scientific.

Re: Camponotus barbaricus Refusing to move from dirty mouldy test tube.

 by Dan ¦  Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:41 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Camponotus barbaricus Refusing to move from dirty mouldy test tube. ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 748

Usually, if the workers haven't moved the brood out of the test tube, there any no dangerous substances in the test tube. They're pretty intelligent.

Re: Infrared heat gun

 by Dan ¦  Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:38 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Infrared heat gun  ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 503

Cool, would have thought these would be £50+!

Re: Veektooru's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Dan ¦  Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:22 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 17822

Wonderful to watch such a successful and beautiful colony.

Re: 1000101010's camponatus ligniperdus

 by Dan ¦  Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:18 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: 1000101010's camponatus ligniperdus ¦  Replies: 18 ¦  Views: 2007

0-15C is the ideal temperature. Don't feed ants honey, unless diluted. The best thing is sugar water (3 part water with 1 part sugar dissolved in it). It's also better, as you have workers, to attach a small outworld or place the test tube into a small outworld so you are not placing food directly i...

Re: Cheap local honey

 by Dan ¦  Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:22 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Cheap local honey ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 726

Great idea. Bees and ants do have a lot in common, as do beekeepers and antkeepers.

Re: Camponotus pennsylvanicus question?

 by Dan ¦  Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:21 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Camponotus pennsylvanicus question? ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 424

Sorry nobody was able to help you. What did you do?

Very good!

Re: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony

 by Dan ¦  Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:10 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony ¦  Replies: 47 ¦  Views: 4575

Very professional.

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