For how long can i leave my ants?

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AntFin
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For how long can i leave my ants?

Post: # 15999Post AntFin
Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:53 pm

Will my ants survive if I leave them for a week when I´m away? I would fill all their test tubes and feed them before i leave.

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Re: For how long can i leave my ants?

Post: # 16000Post Ants4life
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:35 pm

How many workers do you have?

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Re: For how long can i leave my ants?

Post: # 16002Post AntFin
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:07 pm

Ants4life wrote:How many workers do you have?

I dont have ants yet but Im thinking of getting Camponotus ants. But I will have to leave them for a week sometimes and I just wanna make sure that ok before i get them.

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Re: For how long can i leave my ants?

Post: # 16003Post Batspiderfish
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:52 pm

That should be fine.
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Re: For how long can i leave my ants?

Post: # 16004Post Batspiderfish
Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:14 pm

The primary concern is water.
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Re: For how long can i leave my ants?

Post: # 16019Post Serafine
Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:20 pm

Camponotus are growing super slow, reaching 200 workers after about 2 years (year 3+ they grow a lot faster though). As long as you leave them some sugar water, some food and a large tube of water it should not be any issue.

If you want to be super sure take multiple very large test tubes, plug them with cotton and put in a large cocktail straw in as entrance - that way the ants can carry the eggs and larve into the test tube in case the formicarium should dry out (pupae and adult ants are fine with room humidity).
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