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Plaster vs ytong vs grout

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:46 pm ¦  Forum: Nesting Mediums ¦  Topic: Plaster vs ytong vs grout ¦  Replies: 0 ¦  Views: 245

What are the pros and cons for each one of these? (for formica rufibarbis and fusca)

Plaster is the easiest to get for me and grout is the hardest :)

How long can ants survive without food

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:42 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: How long can ants survive without food ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 555

Hi i will be leaving tomorow for 7 days and i dont know how long can formica survive without food. Do you have an answer?

Re: Formica rufibarbis

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:38 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Formica rufibarbis ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 883

Awfull pic incomming :)

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Re: Formica rufibarbis

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:29 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Formica rufibarbis ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 883

Nothing has really happened queens has laid some eggs and all the pupa has hatched (12 workers i think) I feed them chicken,tuna and honey. I have added an outworld to their setup so i can feed the easily, they try to drag everything i feed them into the testube. I will be leaving tomorow for 7 days...

Is tuna in olive oil safe for ants?

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:54 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Is tuna in olive oil safe for ants? ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 495

Hi i have some tuna in olive oil and i dont know if olive oil is safe for ants (formica rufibarbis,tetramorium caespitum)

Thanks in advance

Re: Formica rufibarbis

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:07 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Formica rufibarbis ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 883

(midweek update!)

Worker count has increased to 10 or 11.
Queen has laid a batch of egg.
They like everything i feed them (cooked chicken,honey)

Re: Formica rufibarbis

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:04 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Formica rufibarbis ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 883

Squimbles wrote:I see the basic setup. Looks good. Hatchlings after 3 weeks are brilliant!


Thanks for your opinion:)

Re: Formica rufibarbis

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:36 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Formica rufibarbis ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 883

I am sorry but this is the best as i can get :(

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What do you think about brood boosting?

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:40 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: What do you think about brood boosting? ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 653

What do you think about brood boosting?

I dont have any problem with it but it has some risks:). I am just curious about what do you think.

Re: Formica rufibarbis

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:22 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Formica rufibarbis ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 883

Gh0st SK wrote:.I was really surprised that this colony has workers sooner than my tetramorium.


First tetramorium worker hatched today !+ my formica colony now has 6 workers

What do you feed to your formica colonies?

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:39 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: What do you feed to your formica colonies? ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 571

What do you feed to your formica colonies?
I have few spiders in my house that i want to freeze and feed to my formica rufibarbis.for how long should i freeze the spiders and how long should i let them to defrost.

Thanks in advance

How long can antkit protein jelly last unopened?

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:13 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: How long can antkit protein jelly last unopened? ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 370

I have heard it can last 1 year whats true about it?

Re: Formica rufibarbis

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:55 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Formica rufibarbis ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 883

i have caught her with her wings wandering around :D.I am keeping them in a test tube setup.Sadly currently i cant post any pictures because my phone camera is really bad.I will post some pics as soon as i can with another camera :).I was really surprised that this colony has workers sooner than my ...

Re: Giant ants

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:30 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Giant ants ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 394

Paraponera, Camponotus gigas, Carebara diversa/affinis,

Formica rufibarbis

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:26 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Formica rufibarbis ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 883

3 weeks ago i have caught 2 formica rufibarbis queens, i have tried merging them but i failed one of the queens died in the process. Both queens had a brood so i ajve decided to brood boost the queeen that survived with the brood from the queen that died. 18.7.2017 (5 pm): i have decided to look at ...

Re: Formica rufibarbis merging.

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:37 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Formica rufibarbis merging. ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 817

Well i tried merging them and they were fighting :(. Both are alive

Re: Formica rufibarbis merging.

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:41 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Formica rufibarbis merging. ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 817

Thanks! Do you think cotton would work?(i dont have any mesh.

Re: Formica rufibarbis merging.

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:51 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Formica rufibarbis merging. ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 817

Both of them were caught in my garden so they should be related

Formica rufibarbis merging.

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:58 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Formica rufibarbis merging. ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 817

Hello i have 2 queens of formica rufirbarbis they both have 2-3 pupa nad few larvae. can i merge them?how should i go about it?

Re: Anthouse question

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:33 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Anthouse question ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 537

I heard they stopped shipping to the UK but i haven't confirmed this yet. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk They still ship to the UK they had a problem? i think it was about 1 customers invalid paypal but i am not sure. Usually he just does 1 per order (which I think is fair) but I have managed...

Re: Are they queen or prince help me please.

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:54 am ¦  Forum: Experiments and Ants in the News ¦  Topic: Are they queen or prince help me please. ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 1008

How big are they? Where do you live?

Tetramorium and formica rufibaris egg to worker time?

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:41 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Tetramorium and formica rufibaris egg to worker time? ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 385

What is egg to worker time for formica rufibaris and tetramorium?

Tips on keeping camponotus cruentatus

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:36 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Tips on keeping camponotus cruentatus ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 450

Hello do you have any tips on keeping/raising camponotus cruentatus from queen?
I will be probably getting it in next few weeks

Anthouse question

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:51 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Anthouse question ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 537

Hello i am thinking of buying from ant house but i have a question.
How can you order more than 1 ant colony?do you need to buy something else?if so for what price?

Camponotus cruentatus or barbaricus queen?

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:32 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Camponotus cruentatus or barbaricus queen? ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 354

Hello i want to get a new queen of camponotus but i cant decide between C barbsricus and cruentatus.
What are the differences between them?(like activity,egg to worker time,how fast do their colonies grow,etc.)

Thanks in advance

Re: How to keep nest humid for 3 days

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:30 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: How to keep nest humid for 3 days ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 613

Sorry for my mistake its actually 2 days ( from friday night to sunday)so if i cover the hole for hydration it should last 2 days :)

Re: How to keep nest humid for 3 days

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:54 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: How to keep nest humid for 3 days ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 613

I have only 80mm testtubes.

How to keep nest humid for 3 days

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:03 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: How to keep nest humid for 3 days ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 613

So i will be leaving my house for 3 days and i need to ask yu how to keep antkit acrylic nest size 2 humid for that amount of time. (i have 30 tetramorium queens with eggs in there)

Please help :)

Re: Tetramorium polygine?

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:52 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Tetramorium polygine? ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 530

Hogy-Bear wrote:Woah! I haven't managed to see anything flying near me yet. I've got plenty of test tubes ready though.

Sent from my ONEPLUS A3003 using Tapatalk


My garden was full of them yesterday! I have also caught 2 formica queens 1 winged 1 without wings

Re: Tetramorium polygine?

 by Gh0st SK ¦  Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:20 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Tetramorium polygine? ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 530

Yes, some dealers even sell polygyne colonies but I think it's generally accepted that you can't merge founded colonies. If you wanted to try it would probably require newly caught queens from the same area. Sent from my ONEPLUS A3003 using Tapatalk Yesterday i caught 30 queens :P they are now in a...

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