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by Hunter36o
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: HELP! Lasius Niger colony won't move from dried test tube to acrylic setup
Replies: 6
Views: 149

Re: HELP! Lasius Niger colony won't move from dried test tube to acrylic setup

Do not buy cheap setups from apps like wish or other cheap sites from China. I have BAD experience with these setups. I prepared and cleaned them exactly the same way I did with my AntsCanada products and after I eventually got the ants to move the whole colony, queen included died within 24 hours. ...
by Hunter36o
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Inactive workers
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Inactive workers

The ants will also use substrate to reduce ant drafts in the test tube. This will also reduce activity because it has reduced the small amount of stress in the nest because it was too exposed. I have several set ups with different substrates and all of the ones in use have done the exact same. It is...
by Hunter36o
Wed May 15, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Are plaster of paris nests ok?
Replies: 7
Views: 200

Re: Are plaster of paris nests ok?

Messor Barbarus are from hotter areas and tolerate dryer nests as a result so the plaster should be okay and should not mold as quick since it's moisture levels do not need to be too high.
by Hunter36o
Wed May 01, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Nesting
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: Nesting

Well to be honest you kinda answered it for your self. The nest is way too big if only one chamber is being used. The fact you have a grave site and the number have seemed consistent plus there is plenty of brood would suggest that their reproduction and mortality are at the same rate. Try examining...
by Hunter36o
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Ant barriers in a Paludarium
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Ant barriers in a Paludarium

It's more into the earlier days of the paladariums when he is moving the ants into it. Try the fire nantion's introduction to their one as I think that is the one. If not it is the golden empire one. As for the second question I do not recall a video where he covered this and it is something I worry...
by Hunter36o
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Prevent lasius niger escaping
Replies: 7
Views: 247

Re: Prevent lasius niger escaping

I keep Lasius Niger and to date I have had no issues with baby powder on its own.
Regardless of size (nanitic or fully developed) it works great.
If it helps I left an ant tower open for an hour and the colony was active and no one could get out.
by Hunter36o
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: New Forum Members
Topic: New Ant Keeper from Ireland.
Replies: 26
Views: 1188

Re: New Ant Keeper from Ireland.

Lasius Niger actually see red lights better then most species according to wiki, care sheets and documents. So they do become a bit more unsettled over other ant species. It would actually be more effective on your carpenter ants. You can try arts and crafts shops first but if not, online is your be...
by Hunter36o
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Lasius ants that sting
Replies: 13
Views: 811

Re: Lasius ants that sting

I still do want to try it if I am honest but I am waiting for even higher numbers from the colony just to be safe and I breed the worms as a free feeder source so I am thinking of grabbing a smaller one that is pale and soft from a fresh molt.
by Hunter36o
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Multiple Myrmica sp Queen Help
Replies: 4
Views: 302

Re: Multiple Myrmica sp Queen Help

It's a tricky one that is a hit and miss. You can gather 7 queens from the same area and 3 or 4 might survive. Not sure why they do this but it is like they have some sort of standard the other queens did not seem to meet. That and Myrmica species are almost impossible to tell apart by looking at th...
by Hunter36o
Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: Affordable Protein
Replies: 16
Views: 702

Re: Affordable Protein

Hi, does anyone gut load the mealworms? If you do, what with? Yes, I personally always make sure there is fresh fruit, potato peels and oat meal. I mean always. This also reduces the risk of them eating each other from starving. When I really want to gut load them tho I crush up high vitamin and pr...