Cyrus01 wrote:What is the minimum colony size for the acrylic nest size 04?
I have a Antkit starter kit 04 and Lasius Niger Queen and workers arriving this week and I'm now worried it may be too big.
I may just put the test tube in the Outworld without the nest connected for now.
You should not move your ants into a formicarium AT ALL before they have 20-50 workers. Putting the test tube into the outworld is the best thing you can do. Once they have 20+ workers you can attach the nest and they will move when they feel ready (which may take a while). If the test tube gets moldy offer them a new one (there should be one with water anyway, so if the original tube gets moldy they will most likely just move into that).
Better start with a small formicarium and (size 1 or 2) and keep the size 4 nest stored until they really filled out the smaller one. The size 4 isn't wasted, they will DEFINITELY need it at some point but that's maybe in a year or two (or a half if they grow as fast as for example Solenopsis RIFA/RTFA like to do). If the ants live in a nest that's too big they can't properly control air flow, humidity and temperature and might suffer. Don't forget to add some sand to the outworld so the ants can build their own walls for nest climate control.
scarletAsh wrote:Does anyone have any experience feeding blood worms to ants? The ones you typically buy frozen from an aquarium shop to feed to fish. Always have been curious but not even sure if they're safe. I'm sure they would be but I suppose an ant and midge fly larvae really ever come into contact.
I'd say just try it. Camponotus and Tetramorium (and to a lesser extend the more generalistic Lasius subspecies) are known for eating pretty much everything, some people are sharing burgers, sandwiches, cooked chicken or boiled eggs with them. If they don't like the worms they just won't touch them, easy as that.