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by PAants
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Ants won't leave moldy test tube
Replies: 29
Views: 4171

Re: Ants won't leave moldy test tube

Just posting to see if anyone has any other suggestions for this situation. I'm having a similar issue with a colony of Camponotus. They have an Ant Tower attached, but won't move into it, and the cotton in their two water tubes has turned almost completely black. It's occurred to me to pull the tub...
by PAants
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: When to Attach Outworld or First Formicarium
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: When to Attach Outworld or First Formicarium

I'll figure something out. Hard to believe how fast carpenter ants are. :lol:
by PAants
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: When to Attach Outworld or First Formicarium
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: When to Attach Outworld or First Formicarium

The problem with the feeding chute is getting their garbage back out. My tweezers won't fit in there, and even if they did, it would require the ants to pile their trash right under it, and I'm afraid they're not that cooperative. :lol: My other thought is to put the food in a spare test tube and th...
by PAants
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: When to Attach Outworld or First Formicarium
Replies: 4
Views: 332

When to Attach Outworld or First Formicarium

Ok, so I have two colonies of Camponotus right now, both with 5-10 workers. I've been feeding them every few days and they seem to be doing well. At the moment, I have them in test tubes attached to an AC test tube portal (one for each, so they're separate, of course). I've been dropping their food ...
by PAants
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: Dry cat food for Laius Niger?
Replies: 7
Views: 2344

Re: Dry cat food for Laius Niger?

Interesting. In the wild, I've always found ants go crazy for dry dog food. I've not tried feeding it to a captive colony, though.
by PAants
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: Raw honey, bad for ants?
Replies: 24
Views: 11950

Re: Raw honey, bad for ants?

I think it was organic which means pesticides free right? Organic means nothing. It's a buzzword companies use to market products because they know it's popular right now. If anything, organic could well mean there's less quality control, not more (at least as far as human health goes). In terms of...
by PAants
Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: First Workers and Feeding?
Replies: 12
Views: 2070

Re: First Workers and Feeding?

Thanks, guys. I'll try that.
by PAants
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: First Workers and Feeding?
Replies: 12
Views: 2070

Re: First Workers and Feeding?

First of all, I recommend you check up on your ants a lot less. Sounds like you checked at least 3 times in one day? You can easily leave the food in there for 3 days without it growing any dangerous molds. Dragging the leg into the nest is not uncommon, they might actually want the queen to help t...
by PAants
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: First Workers and Feeding?
Replies: 12
Views: 2070

Re: First Workers and Feeding?

Update: So, both colonies have four or five workers now. As far as I can tell, they ate the honey I provided, so I waited several days, then offered them both a cricket leg (canned crickets from a pet store), dipped in a small amount of honey again. I'm not entirely sure what to do now, though. I'll...
by PAants
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: First Workers and Feeding?
Replies: 12
Views: 2070

Re: First Workers and Feeding?

Well, I went ahead and fed them. I attached two AC test tube portals, one to each of the tubes, with the other entrances plugged, and put a little drop of honey near the exit of their tubes. I was hoping to see them venture out to check out the honey, but they didn't emerge while I was watching. I a...