I am planning to start my own ant colony soon, but I have a few questions.
I was planning to get lasius niger(they hypernate) or camponotus nicobarensis because they dont hybernate and are easy to keep.
First of all, I am not sure which type of nest to get. I would like to get this one:https://www.antstore.net/shop/de/Ameisen-Starter-Sets-Ameisenfarmen-antfarm/Starter-Sets---S/Ameisen-Starter-Set-S---30x20---Combi-5158.html because it has sand as nest area. And since I am not sure what size I should get, especially for a new colony with just 20 workers. I think that sand is good, because they can dig in it an get as much space as they require. Because I've heard that too much space is bad.
I would actually love to get this one:https://www.antscanada.com/shop/new-all-you-need-lasius-hybrid-2-0-gear-pack/ But I think it is too big. :C
Or this:https://www.antkeepingdepot.com/collections/kits/products/antkit-beginner-kit-2 (Isnt that too small after a few weeks/month?
Could you recommend any starter kits? And should I use sand/soil for the nest area?
Secondly, do I have to wet sand as nest area (like the first kit(Antstore.net))? Because on the website they say: "Can be used dry or little wet."
Thanks for the replies in advance. :)