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By milant
#18510
i bought a queen and a few workers from Che on here and their growth is absolutely insane. from what ive noticed as soon as the brood is no longer eggs the queen lays again. the time it takes from egg to worker is also really short, around 2 weeks. they eat so much (2 mealworms a week) and a tonne of honey. theyre very active and soon as i remove the cotton bung to feed them or remove old food theyre very aggressive and will sting you if you just go close to them.
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By milant
#18999
Serafine wrote:Solenopsis geminata queens can lay up to 11000 eggs per week at full capacity so fasten your seatbelt, you're in for ride.

i know. i have the money and space to support them even at max size so should be fun
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By milant
#19028
HazeAnt wrote:How many workers do u have now because i have about 50-100 now and feed them a live meal they took it down in about 10-20 mins

theres about 20 ish atm. tonnes and tonnes of brood. probably be around 60 ants once these hatch
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milant wrote:
HazeAnt wrote:How many workers do u have now because i have about 50-100 now and feed them a live meal they took it down in about 10-20 mins

theres about 20 ish atm. tonnes and tonnes of brood. probably be around 60 ants once these hatch


post some photos :-D
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By milant
#19035
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images of the colony currently. supplied with a tube of honey water that they all seem to enjoy. most of the workers are at the other end of the test tube but you can see the queen, nursery workers and brood
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By HazeAnt
#19038
Nice pics i don't get why i have a lot more workers than you we both started with the same amount of workers. what do you use as your heating source and how often do you feed new fresh killed insects
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By milant
#19041
HazeAnt wrote:Nice pics i don't get why i have a lot more workers than you we both started with the same amount of workers. what do you use as your heating source and how often do you feed new fresh killed insects

heat mat and every day or so
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By milant
#21277
Probably around 500-700 workers now with about 200ish total brood. They can consume an adult cockroach within about 2 days and go through a small test tube of water a day. There's quite a lot of major workers too but they mainly reside inside the nest
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By milant
#21457
After going to cinema and coming back these ants managed to find a way through 2 different layers of containers coated in ptfe. Looks like a moat is the only way to contain these :devil:
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By milant
#21465
Serafine wrote:Except that Solenopsis geminata can swim and dive. You'd need to fill it with oil or something nasty (tar?)

I've heard of people using diluted bleach
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By milant
#22612
Well. What can I say. Disaster struck with this colony. They managed to cross my escape prevention so now they're stuck in the outworld with the lid on but now the outworld is getting super dirty and anaerobic bacteria has truly set in. Does anyone have any tips on how to get them out the outworld so I can clean it?
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By scarletAsh
#22615
milant wrote:Well. What can I say. Disaster struck with this colony. They managed to cross my escape prevention so now they're stuck in the outworld with the lid on but now the outworld is getting super dirty and anaerobic bacteria has truly set in. Does anyone have any tips on how to get them out the outworld so I can clean it?

A small vacuum with a gentle sucking power might do well. Alternatively and probably for the better you could use a pooter set up to easily collect and then contain them all within it and afterwards open the pooter and place it into the out world.
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By milant
#22711
Days like today make me hate ant keeping. These silly things decided to bury behind the cotton wool and totally flooded the outworld killing about 50 ants. Ugh
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By Squimbles
#23056
Is Solenopsis not polygenic? If not, you might as well buy a new queen and give her all the brood. Risky but could be a good idea at this moment in time. You are making me worried for my Myrmica Rubra now xD!

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