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Re: Cooper's First Lasius Niger Journal

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:12 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cooper's First Lasius Niger Journal ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 1073

I moved your 'ants have moved into the nest' post into this journal. Please just post your updates in the journal, and not the General Ant Keeping board.

Re: Y-Tong Blocks UK

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:05 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Y-Tong Blocks UK ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 394

Oh yeah, and they have lots of names, ytong is just aerated, so any of those aerated things are what you're looking for. I wouldn't buy them online though, obviously.

Re: Y-Tong Blocks UK

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:03 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Y-Tong Blocks UK ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 394

I got mine in a hardware yard, where they sold tiles, bricks, tools, etc. Places like B&Q might have them.

Re: Ant photography

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:22 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: Ant photography ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 749

It's the macro feature that's most important. I have a 70-300mm SIGMA lens that has a macro feature that allows you to take photos at 200-300mm of subjects at a minimum distance of 1 metre, but I discovered that it was unable to produce quality photos of ants, and I had to buy that Optek macro exten...

Re: Lasius emarginatus

 by Dan ¦  Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:06 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: VIDEO: Lasius emarginatus ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 798

Sorry to hear this, you did the best you could for them.

Re: Ant photography

 by Dan ¦  Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:02 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: Ant photography ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 749

What lens are you using? The problem is not zoom but how close the camera will allow you to be to the subject. A proper lens that will allow you to get up close will be expensive, £200+, which is more than your camera is worth. You could also use a macro extension, but you'd need to find the diamete...

Re: Parasitic caterpillar tricks ants.

 by Dan ¦  Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:55 pm ¦  Forum: Experiments and Ants in the News ¦  Topic: Parasitic caterpillar tricks ants. ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 453

Interesting, thanks.

Re: Lasius Queen ant weak Topic is solved

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:39 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Lasius Queen ant weak Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 386

It's a waiting game, I'm afraid. I'd moisten it every 3 days. You need a drinking water supply.

Re: VIDEO: 4K Close Up Test

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:12 pm ¦  Forum: RobJ's Media ¦  Topic: VIDEO: 4K Close Up Test ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 572

4K video buffers so slowly for me, but I've got 20 seconds buffered so far.

Re: Ants Russia Formicarium

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:08 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Ants Russia Formicarium ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 528

Just cross your fingers that it'll arrive before Putin starts WWIII.

Re: ant in my pant's camponotus nicobarensis

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:04 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: ant in my pant's camponotus nicobarensis ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 304

Oh, this is such a pretty species. You're very lucky!

Re: Antkit, Lasius Niger/Flavus, YTong etc. for a beginner

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:00 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Antkit, Lasius Niger/Flavus, YTong etc. for a beginner ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 342

AntKit stock isn't too great at the moment, I believe they're under a lot of pressure.

Re: Antkit, Lasius Niger/Flavus, YTong etc. for a beginner

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:59 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Antkit, Lasius Niger/Flavus, YTong etc. for a beginner ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 342

I recommend Lasius niger as flavus are very shy and niger are just such a good beginner species.

The starter kit will probably take you right up to 50+ workers.

I fill the sponges with 2 or 3 pipettes every 2 or 3 days.

Re: Lasius Niger enviroment control

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:47 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Lasius Niger enviroment control ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 671

The humidity inside their nest will be quite different to the general humidity in the room.

Re: Lasius Niger will not move

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:46 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Lasius Niger will not move ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 591

If they're still residing in the old test tube, it is not poisonous. If it becomes dangerous, they will know to move, but that black mould is usually harmless.

Re: Queen ant paralysed? Topic is solved

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:37 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Queen ant paralysed? Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 350

Sorry, I hadn't 'approved' your post yet, I've been inactive. You said one of the worker'a died but then came back, but then you say your queen is without eggs or colony? If she has food, water and worker, she should recover okay. Remember, to move her to a new test tube, you simply connect the new ...

Re: Thinking about making a nest

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:55 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Thinking about making a nest ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 280

A ytong would be the easiest in my opinion, if you can find a block nearby. B&Q sometimes sell them.

Re: HOW TO STERILISE ANT FOOD.

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:20 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: HOW TO STERILISE ANT FOOD. ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 2028

If you're boiling them, a dip for about 6 seconds is fine.

Re: Need help what do Lasius Niger eat??

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:13 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Need help what do Lasius Niger eat?? ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 701

Protein jelly.

Re: Bought my first Ants :)

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:12 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Bought my first Ants :) ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 1060

Lovely backing audio to your video.

Re: Bought my first Ants :)

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:11 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Bought my first Ants :) ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 1060

Didn't see your 'Ants have arrived' thread. I've merged them now, but you might wanna start a journal.

Re: Cupit's Lasius flavus

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:59 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cupit's Lasius flavus ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 649

Yeah, Lasius Flavia are polygamous.

Re: Bought my first Ants :)

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:56 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Bought my first Ants :) ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 1060

Well Cooper, how's she cuttin? I'm too from wee Norn Iron, so t'would be good to hear more about your wee ants.

Re: Photos: Unknown Species

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:53 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: Photos: Unknown Species ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 710

I'm afraid I can't identify you, I would have thought someone else here could have. You could try using AntKey's Lucid Key?

Re: Camponotus pseudoirritans

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:33 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Camponotus pseudoirritans ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 322

I have a queen, although I am having some problems with her. If you look at the species on AntKit they have lots of information.

Re: Ptfe liquid

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:29 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Ptfe liquid ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 458

Did you get sorted? AntKit sell a small 15ml bottle for £4.95.

Re: Icelander looking for advice on geting a ant colony

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:28 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Icelander looking for advice on geting a ant colony ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 597

There are no GAN farmers in Iceland, and because of Iceland's no-ant status, I would assume it would be illegal to import them.

Re: Fire Ants formations getting played with

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:23 pm ¦  Forum: Experiments and Ants in the News ¦  Topic: Fire Ants formations getting played with ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 638

So cool! Watched a documentary on these once.

Re: Help identifying an ant?

 by Dan ¦  Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:21 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Help identifying an ant? ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 539

Did you ever identify them? (Sorry, I've been inactive for a month.)

New ant species

 by Dan ¦  Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:10 pm ¦  Forum: Experiments and Ants in the News ¦  Topic: New ant species ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1083

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This is from Snapchat, so there's a whole article.

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