Discuss keeping ants in here. Including what to feed them, hydration, development, disease and everything in between.
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By Xc220009
#21554
In the summer im away for 8 days!
I cant get anyone to look after them so does anyone have any ideas how i can feed!
I thought maybe ant nectar out of a feeder?
Thanks

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By milant
#21555
Feed them so they're stuffed a few days before you leave then on the day you leave leave them double what you normally give them. What species are they?
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By Serafine
#21556
Depends on the species, but 8 days should not be a problem if you start to overfeed them a few days before you go away and leave them a bit of food there. Most ants can store tons of foods in their gasters so they can easily survive 2 weeks without additional food.
Water is critical though, just make sure they have enough water for the entire duration (large water test tubes plugged with cotton and an access straw should last quite some time) and some feeders/tubes with sugar water.
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By Xc220009
#21559
milant wrote:Feed them so they're stuffed a few days before you leave then on the day you leave leave them double what you normally give them. What species are they?

They are a Lasius Niger colony with 6 workers and brood
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By Serafine
#21560
Such a small colony can live off a few fruit flies and a drop of sugar water for a week. I assume they're in a test tube so water should not be an issue at all.

Just add a feeder with some sugar water (doesn't have to be a big one, 1ml will be entirely sufficient, makes sure they cannot drown in it) and leave them a few fruit flies before you leave. In the wild they'd have to deal with a week of bad weather as well, so this should not pose an issue at all. And even if they get into real trouble they can still recycle a few eggs or a larva.
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