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Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:31 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26133

Some sugar water will be appreciated, then a small amount of protein too.

Re: YTong Nests by LC Ants

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:40 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: YTong Nests by LC Ants ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 396

Mesothelae wrote:They look really nice! :-)


Thank you. There's still a lot of work to do but they are coming along nicely :).

YTong Nests by LC Ants

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:14 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: YTong Nests by LC Ants ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 396

After a long time without YTong nests in the market, I've started producing CNC milled YTong nests. LC Ants will formally open in September. At the moment I am still prototyping and playing around with ideas, but expect big things to come... http://i.imgur.com/EeENoPE.jpg http://i.imgur.com/wZW7RHY....

Re: How long can anta survive without food

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:43 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: How long can ants survive without food ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 356

Make sure there is a water source, ants can go a long time without food, but will die quickly without water.

Re: Milant's Solenopsis geminata

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:47 am ¦  Forum: Milant's Journals ¦  Topic: Milant's Solenopsis geminata ¦  Replies: 29 ¦  Views: 2546

I have some Queens with brood if you want to try this.

Re: Ytong nests

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:19 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Ytong nests ¦  Replies: 17 ¦  Views: 1413

Yes, I have a few sizes in the making but this size will be perfect for a founding Camponotus colony, for example.

Re: Ytong nests

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:54 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Ytong nests ¦  Replies: 17 ¦  Views: 1413

Prototype nest: https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/19667526_822945557872406_6485271913932459555_o.jpg?oh=805855b4ec82b06585992eaac27e51e5&oe=5A0F0A66 https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/19787134_822945604539068_6196747002812379122_o.jpg?oh=b7720d035f1430fda64ff088db0c4df9&...

Re: Messor Cephalotes wanted.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:21 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Messor Cephalotes wanted. ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 717

Hogy-Bear wrote:Yeah, sure dinomyrmex gigas are like €1500 + shipping

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The normal rate for D. gigas was about 850€ for a Queen but at the moment Antdealer have 1 small colony for sale for 1600€.

Re: Messor Cephalotes wanted.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:35 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Messor Cephalotes wanted. ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 717

Gamergate is the cheapest! My Myrmecia pavida were over 1 grand!

Re: Messor Cephalotes wanted.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:18 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Messor Cephalotes wanted. ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 717

Solenopsis geminata are a fast growing, aggressive species. I have some colonies which will be available for sale at the end of July, after the quarantine period.

Re: Messor Cephalotes wanted.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:14 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Messor Cephalotes wanted. ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 717

Messor cephalotes are like gold dust. Messor arenarius is probably the closest you'll get :D.

They are easy to keep sure, but you can get Pogonomyrmex a lot more readily than Messor cephalotes.

For interesting species why not Myrmecia, Neoponera or Carebara?

Re: Messor Cephalotes wanted.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:38 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Messor Cephalotes wanted. ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 717

This species is extremely rare, Queens of Messor cephalotes won't be found for less than 500€ each. Plus they are not great in shipping from what I've heard so it's a bit of a gamble. The main European stores don't stock M. cephalotes. A small colony was 850€ a couple of years back from a German sel...

Re: Ytong nests

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:59 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Ytong nests ¦  Replies: 17 ¦  Views: 1413

I'm starting production of Ytong nests in a few weeks, there is a real lack of them on the market so I've taken this up to start mass producing them myself.

Re: Dubia Roaches Arrived Topic is solved

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue May 23, 2017 4:39 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Dubia Roaches Arrived Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 1054

They haven't matured yet into males or females.

Re: Ant selling

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun May 21, 2017 2:25 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Ant selling ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 588

Re: Create your own "Ant Nectar" and "Formisazine"

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:00 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Create your own "Ant Nectar" and "Formisazine" ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 1243

Let's get back on topic about the Ant Nectar and Formisazine please...

Re: Create your own "Ant Nectar" and "Formisazine"

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:32 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Create your own "Ant Nectar" and "Formisazine" ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 1243

As interesting as this formulation is, the next thing you know, we will be told to replace our drinking water with this stuff and be charged extra for it! All joking aside, I'd buy this if I was a beginner because it looks appealing and does eliminate the annoyance of changing test tubes, but as I'v...

Re: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:55 am ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 17927

So lovely to see the colony is doing well, good job Veektoor.

Re: Journals

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:28 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Journals ¦  Replies: 21 ¦  Views: 2782

I've created a sub-forum anyway ;).

Re: Journals

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:06 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Journals ¦  Replies: 21 ¦  Views: 2782

Joe, do you have any journals at the moment?

Re: Camponotus fulvopilosus

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:54 am ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Camponotus fulvopilosus  ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 554

Looking good. I'd say white would look best for taking photos of these. You've probably seen my journal and the Ytong nest I used. This species requires no hydration of their nest. Of course provide water in the outworld, but they are good in dry conditions.

Re: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:43 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 17927

Glad the recovery went well. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a pesticide free plant. Good thing you took action quickly.

They look to be doing very well and the brood in all stages is a very good sign of productivity. Expected no less from the Queen.

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:47 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26133

I've disabled Guest posting and accounts have to be activated by myself or Luke as a temporary measure while the spam stops.

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:43 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26133

Yeah I'm on it. Just having a wave of spam recently, I'm trying to keep up with deleting the accounts.

Re: Can anyone help fund my ant keeping hobby?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:18 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Can anyone help fund my ant keeping hobby? ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 697

TheAntLover 334 wrote:Hi guys, I just wanted to know is anyone here kind enough to help fund my ant supplies, hope this isn't wrong to ask if, so I apologize. Thanks in Advance.


I've sent you a PM :).

Re: Sugar water / Syrup

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:37 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Sugar water / Syrup ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 403

There is no set method, just as long as the sugar water isn't thick, it should be water-like consistency.

Re: Sugar water / Syrup

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:27 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Sugar water / Syrup ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 403

Teaspoon of sugar mixed with a cup of warm water to help it dissolve. Simple as that :).

These ant jump and really do need an open natural formicarium. An acrylic nest doesn't sound like a good option for these ants in my opinion. They are predators and you will not be able to witness their hunting behaviour very well in an acrylic nest. It's entirely up to you though.

Re: Identify this species please?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:47 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Identify this species please? ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 238

Please can you login to post or sign up for an account.

Re: Heating Messor Barbarus

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:31 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Heating Messor Barbarus ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 439

The best way to achieve a constant temperature without heating the nest itself too much is to have an incubator or heated room. The incubator may just be a small vivarium but using a heat cable attached to the inside back of the incubator controlled by a pulse thermostat is a good way to go. You sim...

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