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By RobJ
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Hey fellow ant keepers last night I was browsing antkit.uk and I ended up getting some Camponotus Herculeanus 5-10 I have also ordered a antkit large tub/arena that am going to do a mini project on. I have ordered the grout and some zoo-med moss and I already have a selection of artificial grasses a little plants and even some spare airplants and the antkit natural sand ect so I will be posting photos of that and for ant safely antkit do not post live ants after Wednesday so I believe my order will be fulfilled Monday so I will keep you updated.

I will be moving to more exotic ants in the future but am holding off waiting for Luke's environment controller and antkits new smart nests ect as I will feel way more happy housing the in there.

Mini build outworld photos to come soon as equipment arrives;)


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Mini update:

Today I got my grout and made the outworld for them and added PTFE and set up the nest for there arrival tomorrow

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I think the out-world has turned out really nice on the whole. The ivory grout has helped a great deal. Now just the ants. They where posted by @jonthefish today so I will be waiting for the post man to come around 11am like a stalker out of my upstairs window . :)


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#9169
Dan wrote:Outworld looks very slick and professional, Rob. Like the slant.

Cheers @Dan I really do love making the out worlds.


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#9179
Just installed a temperature and humidity monitor as I found the probe fits into the 13 mm expansion port (or at least the new type) so I stuffed to edges with cotton wool and on the out side I blu tack and taped the probe into place so I can not get knocked out by the cat ect
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ANTS!! :)

I just got my new ants and I ended up with 9 healthy workers and a great looking queen and eggs.

After adding water and foods to the out world I added there test tube. And 2 workers are exploring the area And one found the nest in seconds ;).

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Am really happy with these ants. They look great!
Thanks antkit once again....


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Update: The workers encourage the Queen to move into the plastic tubing where she remained for about four hours I close the curtain and left them till now just had a look in and I can see the Queen has just entered into the chamber but her eggs look like they'd already been moved into their ready for the move

So that's the Queen into her new nest without me interfering which is always the best approach

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As you can see in one of the photos the workers have been putting sand around the entrance tubing-I like to see this as I find its a sign of them settling in


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My girlfriends 2 year old little sister was round today. Casualties one mealworm container (see photo)

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An nice high energy lunch for my new ants. Grape and honey ;)

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Just heading to bed and I see that they have filled the entrance corridor of the acrylic nest with sand. little sand ants lol


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#9316
Today I noticed that the eggs and larvae have been separated where the Queen looks after the larvae and 2 to 3 workers are looking after eggs in a different chamber
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#9354
Strawberry protein jelly is a hit with them they love it
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#9368
Update:

Hey ant-keepers,
After trying them on different foods i have found so far that they are not interested in tiny crickets but the ones that are nearly half the ants size or equal is a totally different story they happy kill and eat fully.
Yesterday i tried egg yoke but they never touched it but the strawberry jelly was a hit so today i tried more jelly and apple and we have a winner they spent all day eating both so we have sugars and protein so am happy (But so far have not seen them drink from any of there water towers)


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Great video above to see The ants practising Trophallaxis with each other


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#9698
New eggs !?!?!?

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#10295
Update:

Hey guys. I have now named these ants as my most messy ants I have buy leaps and bounds lol. But they are also thriving. With 20 odd eggs. And about 5-8 larvae But I don't see any cocoons yet. Really can not wait to see a ant be born. :)

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#10296
I have now started only using bottled water for all my ants


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think i have my 1st pupa

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My 1st new ant of this colony. :D
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So glad there doing well


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andavane wrote:That looks like a live Tillandsia you have in your Outworld!
Am I right?
Regards
andavane

Yes it is :)
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2 of my ants playing on there airplant. They really do seem to like it ever since I got them

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#11394
Shotgun water feeder setup. Image


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A few days ago I had 10. 1 up from the 9 I got from antkit. Well over night 2 new workers. Awwwwwww ImageImage
Look under the queen for the youngest of the 2
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Now 12 workers


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These girls are now in hibernation and will return in march


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