Discuss keeping ants in here. Including what to feed them, hydration, development, disease and everything in between.
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By milant
#21093
That'll be why she's digging. You might want to try and move her into a test tube setup (don't force her) and offer her high protein foods and maybe some diluted honey. She's probably spent her muscle reserves so will need you to feed her instead of her workers now
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By antybob
#21115
L. niger queen will not move out of original test tube :-( She has been in the about four months, the cotton wool is turning black and has very little water behind it.
It is connected to a lovely AntKit 1 starter kit with nest and a few of the workers regularly explore, but most stay with the queen (about 10 workers or so). There are about 10 or so pupae maturing with the queen as well.
When shall I give up and tip them all into the AntKit arena??? I know I shouldn't do that but the test tube is getting bad, and it too big to fit into the arena. Or tip them into another test tube at least?
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By 1000101010
#21116
once the pupa hatch they will probably move themselves. ants aren't stupid they know if the test tube is too bad for them and they are seldom wrong.
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By milant
#21117
They'll move when they need to. If they're not moving it's because they don't need to. Wait for the test tube to dry up and then you'll have some lovely ants waiting in the nest
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By Squimbles
#21144
Idk actually, my ants wouldn't budge when their wool went as black as ink. A good 30-40 workers that would not forage at all. It maybe best if you shine a light over their tube and cover the nest that you want them to move into. However 10 workers isn't much, I always recommend keeping them in their tube for as long as possible. But its your choice.
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By 1000101010
#21158
are white mosquito larvae as good as the red ones?
#21378
So my Messor Barbarus queen is running out of water and I need to move her into a new tube this weekend when I am back from work. Do I need to provide a third hole stuffed with cotton wool ball for air to get in? And the internal diameter of the current tube (supplied with queen from antsuk) is 16mm What size do you recommend and where should I get it from?
Thanks,
Luke
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By antybob
#21440
L. Niger: had eggs around Christmas, then larvae about 2-3 weeks later but no change since then. They haven't gone to cocoon stage. Given the length of time should I assume the larvae have died for some reason? If so will they be thrown out? Will she start laying new eggs when she is happy. Just Queen and about 15 workers at the moment.
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By Serafine
#21445
Lasius niger has an endogenic biorythm and is most likely in hibernation mode (and no, you can't trick them by keeping them warm, they will hibernate anyway as they run on biological clocks). Ants usually do not hibernate eggs (they either hatch or get eaten), but many species do hibernate with larvae.

My Camponotus had small larvae for three months during hibernation/diapause (they were kept at room temperature at about 20°C) until they started to develop (eggs layed in November, larvae started to develop in February). Larvae can stay in a semi-frozen state for up to six months.

Unless they dispose the larvae they are still good.
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By antybob
#21513
She's moved!! First of all the workers moved all the pupae. Then I put her and cotton wool into direct sunlight - everything else shaded. Cool room so no over-heating. She didn't like direct sunlight and quickly joined the rest in the nice new nest. All settled into their new home.

antybob wrote:L. niger queen will not move out of original test tube :-( She has been in the about four months, the cotton wool is turning black and has very little water behind it.
It is connected to a lovely AntKit 1 starter kit with nest and a few of the workers regularly explore, but most stay with the queen (about 10 workers or so). There are about 10 or so pupae maturing with the queen as well.
When shall I give up and tip them all into the AntKit arena??? I know I shouldn't do that but the test tube is getting bad, and it too big to fit into the arena. Or tip them into another test tube at least?
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By antybob
#21518
I have some Myrmica rubra arriving soon. I read that they need higher humidity (70%?) and wondered how to control this with the AntKit nest and arena? Or should I be thinking of a different setup? Thanks
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By Serafine
#21520
You can put a thin layer of sand-clay mix to the bottom of the nest chambers. This forms an extremely good water conductor and will spread humidity through the entire nest. It also prevents water from evaporating instantly and helps you to see how humid the nest is as it changes it's color when it is soaked (it gets darker when wet and brighter when dry).
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By antybob
#21670
Anyone found a replacement for the AntKit Water Feeder? They look great but aren't available any more. Replacements anyone?
Yes, I can just put a tube in with cotton wool but liked the look of these! Thanks
#21685
veektoor wrote:
antybob wrote:Anyone found a replacement for the AntKit Water Feeder? They look great but aren't available any more. Replacements anyone?
Yes, I can just put a tube in with cotton wool but liked the look of these! Thanks

Byformica water towers are pretty cool.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B010Q2 ... ref=plSrch

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I keep a range of test tubes, and make water feeder out of them at whatever angle and size fits the tank. The thing with water feeder is the feeder outlet tends to get clogged up and dirty, at least I have found this to be the case.

PS: Oh, and I see various ones on eBay from time to time.
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By andavane
#22056
When you go for a picnic in the woods, think of the things you'd take with you.
Mymrima rubra will eat almost anything – well the crumbs from it, as I learned from painful experience: OUCH!
On a more serious note, these days I share a piece of apple, plum or raisin with them, also a small piece of prawn
or a tiny sliver of my friend's chicken (I don't eat meat!)
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