ooper's Tetramorium sp. E colony -- not Monomorium minimum (#6)

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Re: ooper's Tetramorium sp. E colony -- not Monomorium minimum (#6)

Post: # 12998Post Martialis
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:56 am

ooper01 wrote:I thought I would journal one of my Monomorium minimum colonies. These ants are quite small (2mm in length), so I designed a Hybrid nest just for them with narrow and shallow passages and chambers. The shallowness of the passages and chambers allow for better viewing of these smaller ants as it puts them right up next to the viewing glass.

This colony is about 1 year old with one queen and at last count (2 weeks ago) had a little over 200 workers. I suspect the colony size is approaching 300 now as the colony has a huge number of brood. I have been feeding them crushed dry cat food, crickets, and cookie crumbs. Due to their small size, they have been a little problematic to keep contained. I think I have plugged all the holes now though.

I kept them in a test tube until they had 50 workers or so and a large brood then connected them to the new Hybrid nest. The outworld (damaged) is from an Omni Nest Large and has worked out perfectly for them. A few pictures for your viewing pleasure.

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I really like that hybrid nest design. Is there any way I could get it at all?
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Re: ooper's Tetramorium sp. E colony -- not Monomorium minimum (#6)

Post: # 13035Post ooper01
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:11 pm

Martialis wrote:I really like that hybrid nest design. Is there any way I could get it at all?
This is a custom-made nest design I created just for my Monomorium errrr, Tetramorium, bringing them closer to the surface of the glass since they are so small. We may be bringing something like this to the AC Store within a few months.
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Re: ooper's Tetramorium sp. E colony -- not Monomorium minimum (#6)

Post: # 13409Post Austheboss
Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:31 pm

ooper01 wrote:Discovered today, with the help and input of Canadiananter and Batspiderfish, that this colony is in fact Tetramorium sp. E rather than Monomorium minimum. Thanks guys!
Wow, that's pretty funny that you raised a colony the whole time thinking it was tetramorium! :D
Hope you have luck with other colonies too!

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Re: ooper's Tetramorium sp. E colony -- not Monomorium minimum (#6)

Post: # 23139Post idahoantgirl
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:00 pm

ooper01 wrote:
Wed May 04, 2016 11:32 am
I thought I would journal one of my Monomorium minimum colonies. These ants are quite small (2mm in length), so I designed a Hybrid nest just for them with narrow and shallow passages and chambers. The shallowness of the passages and chambers allow for better viewing of these smaller ants as it puts them right up next to the viewing glass.

This colony is about 1 year old with one queen and at last count (2 weeks ago) had a little over 200 workers. I suspect the colony size is approaching 300 now as the colony has a huge number of brood. I have been feeding them crushed dry cat food, crickets, and cookie crumbs. Due to their small size, they have been a little problematic to keep contained. I think I have plugged all the holes now though.

I kept them in a test tube until they had 50 workers or so and a large brood then connected them to the new Hybrid nest. The outworld (damaged) is from an Omni Nest Large and has worked out perfectly for them. A few pictures for your viewing pleasure.

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Re: ooper's Tetramorium sp. E colony -- not Monomorium minimum (#6)

Post: # 23152Post ooper01
Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:35 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:00 pm
How are they doing?
Thanks for asking. I need to upload some new pics and or video of this colony. They are doing quite well! I would estimate the colony size to be 2,000 to 3,000 strong. Their setup consists of a Hybrid large (6" x 6") and a prototype of our new Hybrid large (8" x 8") along with one outworld. They could probably use another outworld soon as well.
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Re: ooper's Tetramorium sp. E colony -- not Monomorium minimum (#6)

Post: # 31026Post ooper01
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:05 pm

Here's the latest update on my Tetramorium colony. This colony is about 2 1/2 years old. They are doing great! I now have them in a couple prototypes of our new Formica Hybrid Nest. Just testing it out...

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