Aphaenogaster sp. Got my first ant colony

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Jiptoant1
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Aphaenogaster sp. Got my first ant colony

Post: # 18595Post Jiptoant1
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:56 pm

First question is how much space do I need for this type of ant?

Second what kind of food is best?

How fast does the species grow their colonies size?

And how wet do I need to keep their environment?

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Re: Aphaenogaster sp. Got my first ant colony

Post: # 18608Post JackPayne
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:37 am

hey mate! congrats on your first Ant! Im not sure about this specfic species but i do know that mealworms, crickets and cockroaches are very good protien sources for your ants, sugar water or honey is also a great sugar source.

Remember you should have a regular:

Protien Source
Sugar source
Water source

i will try and find some info on your species though. :P
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Re: Aphaenogaster sp. Got my first ant colony

Post: # 18609Post JackPayne
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:44 am

hi again, i've done a tiny bit of googling and i have found this,

Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects
Hibernation: Yes
Temperature: 20 - 28 °C
Humidity: dry
Nest building: Soil nests, also under stones
Planting: nothing specific
Class: easy
Specifics: Haired ant with longish heads

I also read that they can be aggressive so be careful!
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Re: Aphaenogaster sp. Got my first ant colony

Post: # 18610Post Jiptoant1
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:57 am

Thanks for the information. I will now begin make their next home since right now its just a samll plastic cricket holder

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Re: Aphaenogaster sp. Got my first ant colony

Post: # 18617Post JackPayne
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:59 am

Jiptoant1 wrote:
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:57 am
Thanks for the information. I will now begin make their next home since right now its just a samll plastic cricket holder
No problem bud, goodluck!
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Re: Aphaenogaster sp. Got my first ant colony

Post: # 18631Post Batspiderfish
Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:58 am

You probably got this information about the desert Aphaenogaster. The forest-dwelling ones would actually prefer some moisture. Do you have a formicarium for them?
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Re: Aphaenogaster sp. Got my first ant colony

Post: # 18638Post JackPayne
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:45 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:58 am
You probably got this information about the desert Aphaenogaster. The forest-dwelling ones would actually prefer some moisture. Do you have a formicarium for them?
Oh, that makes sense,
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Re: Aphaenogaster sp. Got my first ant colony

Post: # 18645Post Jiptoant1
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:26 pm

Yea i got the forest kind

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Re: Aphaenogaster sp. Got my first ant colony

Post: # 18648Post xTNxANTMANx
Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:18 pm

I was gonna say something but forgot to get back on here :). The kind you have will like moisture. The ones I have come across and the colony I have all lived in real moist rotten wood. Mine love termites as well as prekilled (frozen then pulled apart kinda) wood roaches that I find in the logs as well when collecting termites. They have eaten some seeds that I crush as well somewhat. I get those from wild bird seed you can buy at the store but they prefer the other sources of protein a lillte better. If I can remember, I'll post a pic of my setup once I get off work.
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Crematogaster ashmeadi
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Lasius sp x2
Pheidole sp. x3
Tetramorium immigrans x2
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Re: Aphaenogaster sp. Got my first ant colony

Post: # 18649Post Jiptoant1
Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:25 pm

Thanks i will need to change a few thing now

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