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