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Simon's Messor aciculatus Journal

 by jonthefish ¦  Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:04 pm ¦  Forum: Simon's Journals ¦  Topic: Simon's Messor aciculatus Journal ¦  Replies: 25 ¦  Views: 4213

Great news Simon, if those ants even sneeze wrongly let us know fella. :D

introducing new queen to colony

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:31 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: introducing new queen to colony ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 805

If you need a replacement Myrmica ruginodis queen we may have some in stock at Antkit.uk Nile Antboy.

My next colony

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:27 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: My next colony ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 1123

Just say the word fella and i'll post them to you ;)

Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis

 by jonthefish ¦  Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:56 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis ¦  Replies: 259 ¦  Views: 22558

Crickets are great at swimming Slimey arnt they. lost a few feeding Butterflyfish and a few frogs.

New and need your wisdom :)

 by jonthefish ¦  Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:59 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: New and need your wisdom :) ¦  Replies: 38 ¦  Views: 2624

I would give them a small selection of seed, Messors like to have a little storage of eggs, a teaspoon quantity is more than enough. Then add seed as they reduced down in numbers. i would start offering an insect once or twice a week. With 10 workers, i would of thought there would be more larvae al...

New and need your wisdom :)

 by jonthefish ¦  Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:12 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: New and need your wisdom :) ¦  Replies: 38 ¦  Views: 2624

This particular species of Messor will drink sugar water, but yes give them seeds as well Slimey. Small seeds like grass seed, poppy seeds, and budgie or canary or finch seed as well.

my Camponotus nicobarensis on route!

 by jonthefish ¦  Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:48 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis ¦  Replies: 259 ¦  Views: 22558

I have never worried about the humidity with any of Camponotus. They all thrive, as long as they have contact with a source of water or moisture they thrive. If the container of sugar water is too deep , there is the odd chance a particular species of ant may get stuck and drown, so yes by adding so...

my Camponotus nicobarensis on route!

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:09 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis ¦  Replies: 259 ¦  Views: 22558

Tiny bit of blutac on the underside of the test tube.

New and need your wisdom :)

 by jonthefish ¦  Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:24 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: New and need your wisdom :) ¦  Replies: 38 ¦  Views: 2624

They do have a look on my journal http://antkeepingforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=259

BA Atta Journal

 by jonthefish ¦  Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:19 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: BA Atta Journal ¦  Replies: 28 ¦  Views: 2819

Looking good, watching this journal with interest.

Completely off topic, have you had those Reindeer pajamas on all day?

New and need your wisdom :)

 by jonthefish ¦  Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:15 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: New and need your wisdom :) ¦  Replies: 38 ¦  Views: 2624

I keep both the Messor aciculatus and the Camponotus nicobarensis, both for me are easy species to keep. This Messor you can have more than one Queen and cool to see them collect seed and see the different sizes of workers. This Camponotus is a faster ant than the Messor, with certainly more colour,...

my Camponotus nicobarensis on route!

 by jonthefish ¦  Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:22 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis ¦  Replies: 259 ¦  Views: 22558

Geo I would leave the ants alone until you can move them to their new home. They wont need feeding, if you do go and open the test tube to feed them, please film it... i need a giggle ;)

Live food supplier

 by jonthefish ¦  Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:10 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Live food supplier ¦  Replies: 17 ¦  Views: 1862

Very impressive!

myrmica sabuleti

 by jonthefish ¦  Sun Oct 11, 2015 3:44 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: myrmica sabuleti ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 1100

How about letting the soil gradually dry out and keep the Ytong slightly damp (more appealing) and then just be patient? I'm sure they will eventually move.

New need advice (:

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:37 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Beginner's Advice ¦  Replies: 67 ¦  Views: 10037

I snapped the crickets in half and just feed half a cricket, or for variety half a house fly.

New need advice (:

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Oct 10, 2015 10:06 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Beginner's Advice ¦  Replies: 67 ¦  Views: 10037

If you get the ants early before the tank arrives. I think it would be an idea to not open the test tube and attempt to feed the ants. I in vision ants running out of the tube whilst your trying to place food into it lol. Its not like its going to be weeks before you get the ant tank. I would be tem...

New need advice (:

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:16 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Beginner's Advice ¦  Replies: 67 ¦  Views: 10037

Havent been bitten yet, had quite a few on my hands, they tend to actually stay away. Mind you I am a bit of a wuss and really try not to get bitten or stung.

New need advice (:

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:08 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Beginner's Advice ¦  Replies: 67 ¦  Views: 10037

If you cant get hold of RO water, bottled water maybe be better, if your tap water is hard and alkaline.

Leafcutter's Atta cephalotes

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:56 am ¦  Forum: Leafcutter's Journals ¦  Topic: Atta cephalotes ¦  Replies: 159 ¦  Views: 21508

I''ll have mcvites chocolate hobnobs please.

New need advice (:

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:01 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Beginner's Advice ¦  Replies: 67 ¦  Views: 10037

Brown crickets are ready available, when you get the crickets, 'gut load them', meaning feed the crickets of any veg or fruit, then freeze the crickets and use them as necessary.

New need advice (:

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:00 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Beginner's Advice ¦  Replies: 67 ¦  Views: 10037

These ants have had no heating so far as they are kept in a warm room. Maybe worth using a thermometer if you go ahead with it. Also possibly checking the room temperature first in the room you plan on placing your ants.

New need advice (:

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Oct 10, 2015 10:46 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Beginner's Advice ¦  Replies: 67 ¦  Views: 10037

New need advice (:

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:02 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Beginner's Advice ¦  Replies: 67 ¦  Views: 10037

Hi Geo, Lasius niger, would be a great first ant to keep. I would not worry about hibernating them the first year. If you are looking for something with a bit more colour and in my option just as easy go with http://www.antkit.uk/product/camponotus-nicobarensis/ They grow pretty fast and have lovely...

Golden Ants

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:46 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Golden Ants ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 643

Lovely looking ants.

Getting started

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:27 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Getting started ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 849

I would not hibernate L. niger, keep them warm and let them build up in numbers and hibernate them next year and to be honest if I had just purchased a colony as my first ant I would want them moving around and watching them for ages each day.

Getting started

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:12 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Getting started ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 849

Welcome to the forum Knightjar. A great ant to start with. i would say be patient and allow the ants to move when they are ready. If you keep the test tube in a slightly more lit area and the Ytong chambers are dark you may speed up the move. Good luck.

AES who's going?

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:52 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: AES who's going?  ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 738

Bikini ones ;)

AES who's going?

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:36 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: AES who's going?  ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 738

I'm going. I have offered to help on the stand :D

Camponotus turkestanus Gold

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:38 pm ¦  Forum: Camponotus sp. ¦  Topic: Camponotus turkestanus Gold ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 1165

Apparently they have only one colony of these for sale so Tony told me, but hes getting more soon.

Camponotus turkestanus Gold

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:01 pm ¦  Forum: Camponotus sp. ¦  Topic: Camponotus turkestanus Gold ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 1165

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