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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...
I personally recommend not moving ants into any nest until there are at least 20 workers. I tend to keep my colonies in test tubes until they are large enough, I've also kept ants in boiling tubes which are larger and will allow more more ants to live inside. A test tube setup is great for most Camp...
Is this normal or should they be more active? My lasius niger colony is the same Most colonies would still be in their diapause (hibernation) state now so espcially as M. rubra and L. niger as they are european species, it seems normal. Even if you provide a heat mat, their natural instincts will r...
A few weeks depending on the species, I'm not sure with Messor capitatus. The best thing you can do is provide a quiet, disturbance-free environment for them, Messor Queens that get stressed can really have a negative impact on colony growth.
Most antkeepers will agree that feeding ants to ants is not good practice morally. We want to keep ants and observe them, not kill them. There are plenty of insects that ants will eat more readily than other ants.
A polygynous colony is where multiple Queens exist at the same time. Simply adding a new Queen if the founder Queen dies is not polygyny. Depending on the species, introcuding a new Queen is possible but risky as ScarletAsh says.
I've been busy and seems the mods haven't been online much either. Luke is busy with AntKit as it reopens on the 6th March.
Popularity I think, people have been wanting Ytong nests for a long time since the production stopped. I myself have been after one for ages...
What a fantastic idea! I will surely try those out. How about an outworld? How would you do that? Also, on a side-note: Read in the rules that there should be no discussion about keeping Formica rufa in the forum, but I could not see why. Why is that? From the rules: The discussion of keeping Formi...
Clearly shows this guy doesn't care about the ants, he's perfectly fine with eating them! Sound to me like his colonies are growing too quickly for him so he decides to put a nice healthy price on them to sell as food :D.
Dried mealworms do not have the same nutritional value that the ants need. They essentially have all the goodness sucked out. The ants won't as readily eat dried mealworms as they would live mealworms.
I've seen a few Camponotus workers from my old C. maculatus colony which drank too much sugar water, their gasters expanded loads and then they died :(.
I can't fault Habistat Thermostats even though they are in the region of £40, I think the On/Off ones are cheaper though.
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