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Camponotus subbarbatus questions

Post: # 18760Post xTNxANTMANx
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:07 am

So I have three Camponotus subbarbatus queens in test tubes and two of which have workers already. My question is when should I start giving protein and sugars? I think I should be since there are workers now but I am just wanting to make sure. One has three workers and the other has 5 or 6 i believe. Also does anyone have any suggestions what I should offer them? I have termites atm I use to feed my Aphaenogaster colonys. Would those work since there are so few workers?
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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus questions

Post: # 18766Post JackPayne
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:32 am

Definitely feed them something, because your queen ants energy banks will have all but run dry.
Either protein or sugar is fine as far as I know just give them something for some sustainance. :D :idea:
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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus questions

Post: # 19024Post xTNxANTMANx
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:59 pm

Ok so I have yet another question :), as you know, 2 of these have workers already...I have been reading/researching and my question is, should I put these in a foraging area to feed them or feed them directly in the test tube as I have been? They are doing great as is but I know they will want a place to dump their garbage...so yea. What would be the better solution? I have been cleaning their waste up out the test tube but also know it may cause the queens a little stress by doing so. Thanks again everyone.
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Pheidole sp x5
Formica pallidefulva x3
Colobobsis impressus

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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus questions

Post: # 19025Post JackPayne
Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:12 pm

xTNxANTMANx wrote:
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:59 pm
Ok so I have yet another question :), as you know, 2 of these have workers already...I have been reading/researching and my question is, should I put these in a foraging area to feed them or feed them directly in the test tube as I have been? They are doing great as is but I know they will want a place to dump their garbage...so yea. What would be the better solution? I have been cleaning their waste up out the test tube but also know it may cause the queens a little stress by doing so. Thanks again everyone.
D you have a test tube portal? If you do use that if not, just use a little plastic container to place food.
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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus questions

Post: # 19026Post xTNxANTMANx
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:10 pm

I have homemade test tube portals :). Roughly the same size but only $0.88! Can't beat that lol. Though they require like 15 mins of drilling and all that (they are thin clear plastic containers). I shall post pics when I get home later. I was thinking of using one tho.
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Formica pallidefulva x3
Colobobsis impressus

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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus questions

Post: # 19027Post JackPayne
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:33 pm

xTNxANTMANx wrote:
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:10 pm
I have homemade test tube portals :). Roughly the same size but only $0.88! Can't beat that lol. Though they require like 15 mins of drilling and all that (they are thin clear plastic containers). I shall post pics when I get home later. I was thinking of using one tho.
That's a good idea. I'd also like to see them, they seem like a good cheep alternative for portals.
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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus questions

Post: # 19028Post JackPayne
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:50 pm

xTNxANTMANx wrote:
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:10 pm
I have homemade test tube portals :). Roughly the same size but only $0.88! Can't beat that lol. Though they require like 15 mins of drilling and all that (they are thin clear plastic containers). I shall post pics when I get home later. I was thinking of using one tho.
That's a good idea. I'd also like to see them, they seem like a good cheep alternative for portals.
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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus questions

Post: # 19029Post Jadeninja9
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:17 pm

xTNxANTMANx wrote:
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:10 pm
I have homemade test tube portals :). Roughly the same size but only $0.88! Can't beat that lol. Though they require like 15 mins of drilling and all that (they are thin clear plastic containers). I shall post pics when I get home later. I was thinking of using one tho.
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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus questions

Post: # 19031Post xTNxANTMANx
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:57 pm

:), sure thing. I need roughly...4 hrs till I get home from work and I'll take pics of b4 and after. I'll let you guys know what I did and where I got them. The only thing I still need to do is the lids...I've got to find/buy screen small enough. I have found some on eBay but still looking to make sure I get the best. I like the screen AC uses on the bottom of their nests but can't seem to find anything like it.
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Tapinoma sessile
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Founding:
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus castaneus
Pheidole sp x5
Formica pallidefulva x3
Colobobsis impressus

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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus questions

Post: # 19038Post xTNxANTMANx
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:40 am

Hey guys, if you check out the tab "Formicariums and Setups" you will see my homemade test tube portals... Hope you guys like it and hope it helps with your ant setups :-). Tell me what y'all think too
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Tapinoma sessile
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Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Founding:
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus castaneus
Pheidole sp x5
Formica pallidefulva x3
Colobobsis impressus

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