Sand?

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Gazman73
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Sand?

Post: # 25723Post Gazman73
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:36 am

Hi, I was just wondering if sand is suitable for my Lasus niger out world? The sand is approx 1 inch deep
Many thanks. :roll:

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tiger01vincent
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Re: Sand?

Post: # 25741Post tiger01vincent
Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:44 am

Dont know if its suitable for that species, could eb (probably is, ant are not that picky) but make sure the sand is bone dry, otherwise they will build a home there instead...... Actually, I would say yes, sand is suitable for them, put soe air plants in there as well just for some terrain. (I think sand is okey because the Lasius niger is a pavement ant and it builds nests in sand between blocks commonly, if I have gotten my species info right)

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Gazman73
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Re: Sand?

Post: # 25755Post Gazman73
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:37 am

Thank you for your help and info, I will get some air plants and a small rock to place in the out world. Whenever I see ant nests in the pavement there is always sand at the entrance and I will make sure it's dry
I will place a water/cotton wool test tube in there for their water but it will be a while yet, just want to be ready and prepared.

idahoantgirl
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Re: Sand?

Post: # 25757Post idahoantgirl
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:41 am

Just to let you know, they will drag large amounts of sand into the hybrid... This will make it difficult to see them.
Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Gazman73
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Re: Sand?

Post: # 25796Post Gazman73
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:18 pm

Many thanks for the advice and I will take that on board. Maybe I will use some gravel instead.

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