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Re: Hibernation questions

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:36 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Hibernation questions ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 289

Hi, i would like to know abit more about hibernation as well. I also have Lasius Niger and Messor Barbarus. I have read 5 - 10 degrees for the Lasius and anything from not below 15 and between 12 - 15 degrees for the Messors. I also read the the Messors only need 6 weeks of hibernation. So sorry not...

Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:16 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

09/09/2017 Wow this colony is growing, at last count I was at 90+ workers. Its getting impossible to get accurate count now. I rarely see the queen now, she is normally deep inside a mound of workers all pushing together at the far end of the test tube. I have read that this is a sign they are prepa...

Re: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:46 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony ¦  Replies: 47 ¦  Views: 4621

09/09/2017 I didn't realise it had been so long since I updated this one. They are now in their new small set up, a test tube with a robj mini outworld. I took the antkit nest out of the set up as they weren't visiting it at all. Growth is still happening, not sure [emoji848] if it's at a normal pac...

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:34 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26131

How often should we feed the nanitics?


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Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:03 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

10/08/2017 I finally got round to decorating the messors outworld, not bad for a first attempt. I made it out of the outworld by making a acrylic tray the same size as the outworld. I filled the tray with grout, topped with a small stone, a twig, a plastic plant and sand. Once set I removed the acry...

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:12 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26131

I wanted to secure sand to the grout. I applied the sand when the grout was wet, but there are a few bold patches. I was going to look at a non toxic kids version of pva. But maybe a watery grout mix maybe worth a try.


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Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:10 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26131

Is pva glue safe to use in an outworld?


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Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:58 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

So queenie didn't stay in the size two nest. Is it because it's to small? Is it worth me putting my spare size four on instead. As I said I think there is about 50-60 workers.


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Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:59 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

Ok thanks, that's a shame was getting excited. What's the role of the median workers within the colony?

Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:49 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

29/06/17 Great news today, I think I have my first majors. It also looks like I'm up to 55+ workers now, finding it hard to count them. Also while I was trying to photograph the majors queenie decided she didn't want to be in n the picture and moved to the outworld. After doing a lap of the out wor...

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:55 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26131

Thanks I will check the package for defrost times [emoji12]

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:52 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26131

I'm going to try feeding dubia roaches to my lasius and messors. I have bought a tub containing 15 baby roaches. My plan was to just put them all in the freezer tonight, and feed them to the ants when needed. Is this ok to do or is it better to keep them alive?


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Re: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:58 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony ¦  Replies: 47 ¦  Views: 4621

16/06/2017 Well the colony has kept to themselves for abit, and boy have they been busy. They are now at 37 plus workers and still with a massive brood pile. I have left them alone since the last update. Partly because i was getting bored with nothing happening with them. I have still been feeding ...

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:31 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26131

Sorry if this is the wrong place to put this. Does anyone know of any where i can get test tube to pipe adaptors?
I love the one Antkit sells but i never seam to catch them in stock.

Cheers in advance.

Re: Ants MyNala

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Mon May 22, 2017 9:29 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Ants MyNala ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 689

Yes you can trust them. I got my messor barbarus from them. Arrived quickly and with more workers than advertised.

Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Wed May 17, 2017 3:41 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

I have noticed a new strange behaviour. each morning they move the brood from the test tube in to the first 90 degree connector. But by the end of the day they have moved it back to the test tube.

Re: Advice Needed, Decorating Antkit Modular Arenas

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Wed May 17, 2017 3:35 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Advice Needed, Decorating Antkit Modular Arenas ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 492

Any news on this instruction video?

Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Fri May 12, 2017 2:09 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

I have been thinking about Dubai roaches for a while, just unsure of the size to get. Might try some small ones first.


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Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Thu May 11, 2017 6:20 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

1/05/2017 The Messors are still very aggressive feeders, within a minute of dropping in honey or a fly the workers are at it. I'm finding these fun to watch as they are alot more active than my lasius nigers. I have noticed a vast range in size of workers too. The smaller ones will work together to...

Re: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Thu May 11, 2017 6:04 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony ¦  Replies: 47 ¦  Views: 4621

11/05/2017 I haven't done much in this journal for a while, mainly because they have been quiet recently and not up to much. I came to try another test tube change last week and cleared out their pile of stones blocking the entrance. After 30 minutes of trying to get them to move to a new test tube...

Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:53 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

Ok thanks, maybe they filled up on the honey for now. I'm sure I read somewhere they didn't need it. What do you think honey once, twice a week or just leave sugar water test tube in there?


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Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:26 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

Just want to check that messor barbarus don't need sugar water?
Just the way they took that honey the other day say to me they do.
I have had a small test tube of sugar water in the out world and they have shown no interest the couple days it's been there.

Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:46 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

So i have just placed two curly wing flies in to the Messors food bowl, they were instantly set on by a dozen workers. One fly was transferred to the test tube/nest, the other fly was dragged around the outworld by a solo worker. I'm amazed at how strong the Messors are. One worker carrying a fly tw...

Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:23 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

Ok thanks, I will go do that right now. How do I identify the majors?

Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:09 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

21/04/2017 A quick update to say I placed a pile of seeds in the outworld last night and they had been moved to the nest within the hour. I have just put the head of a cotton bud soaked in honey water into the empty food bowl. Within minutes a single worker found it. With 5 minutes there was a feedi...

Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:24 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

20/04/2017 So my antkit order arrived today. Size 02 nest and modular out world. Very impressed with the set up. The set up was put together within no time and the only problem I found is the test tube they were in wasn't big enough to use the antkit test tube adapter. So I had to transfer the messo...

Re: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:34 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

17/04/2017 So this morning I checked on the messors. I found 4 workers pulling at the cotton wool plug. Another worker had got stuck trying to squeeze past that same plug. The rest of the workers were at the other end of the tube with the queen. So I figured they wanted more room and I wanted to fre...

Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:50 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Messor Barbarus Colony ¦  Replies: 31 ¦  Views: 2471

12/04/2017 So the day has finally come and I have my second colony. This time I went for a colony of Messor Barbarus (red heads). I purchased them from AntsMynala Monday evening just gone and the arrived Wednesday. Really impressed with the shipping and packing. I ordered a queen plus 21-30 and got...

Re: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:26 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony ¦  Replies: 47 ¦  Views: 4621

So I have had these since October last. But the colony hasn't gone above 20 workers. Is this normal? What sort or numbers should I expect?


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Re: Advice Needed, Decorating Antkit Modular Arenas

 by Cyrus01 ¦  Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:03 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Advice Needed, Decorating Antkit Modular Arenas ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 492

Great I look forward to watching that. You mentioned something about insert bases for the arena a couple weeks ago. Any news on them?


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