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by AntChuck
Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:59 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Been a while
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Been a while

Well its been several months since my last update. My Lasius Niger colony has failed. I caught a young colony with a queen and brood boosted however she refused to lay eggs for whatever reason despite ample amounts of proteins/honey etc. There are a handful of workers and the queen still alive so I ...
by AntChuck
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Near Disaster...
Replies: 1
Views: 308

Near Disaster...

Well my formerly 5 queen Tetramorium colony imploded. Nanatics were around nearly 2 months before they decided to cull the queens. I had hoped that the day wouldn't come of course as the colony had reached 60+ nanatics by the time the battle began. The queens did not fight one another thankfully. Th...
by AntChuck
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: The dreaded moment for my Tetramorium
Replies: 0
Views: 330

The dreaded moment for my Tetramorium

Well the moment I was hoping wouldn't happen started today. My 5 queen Tetramorium Immigrans colony did 2 things... 1) finally began moving to the fresh test tube and 2) Began attacking queens. I have had nanatics for nearly 2 months, the colony has around 60 workers and a giant brood pile so each p...
by AntChuck
Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: 5 Queen Tetramorium Immigrans Colony
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Re: 5 Queen Tetramorium Immigrans Colony

Oh also has anyone here actually had a multi-queen colony of this species remain multiple queens for 6 weeks?
by AntChuck
Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: 5 Queen Tetramorium Immigrans Colony
Replies: 2
Views: 396

5 Queen Tetramorium Immigrans Colony

Well 10 days since my last update... Still 5 queens. The colony is around 40-50 Nanatics currently and the brood pile is growing larger. All queens appear to have swollen gasters too which is a good sign. My current problem is likely going to be real estate related as they are quickly outgrowing the...
by AntChuck
Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: DIY Acrylic Formicariums... DO NOT
Replies: 2
Views: 618

DIY Acrylic Formicariums... DO NOT

So trying to be thrifty I chose to look for cheaper alternatives like the one in the title... I am here to warn you while it may look cool the design is seriously flawed. They use a sturdy rubber band to fasten the outworld which creates spaces. I started to transfer my Lasius Flavus colony in not r...
by AntChuck
Sun Aug 23, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Against the odds. 5 Queen Tetramorium Immigrans
Replies: 1
Views: 323

Against the odds. 5 Queen Tetramorium Immigrans

So 16 days ago I gave an update on my colonies. Included was a group of 5 Tetramorium queens who raised a large batch of brood together. At the time of update they had already had nanatics for a couple of weeks around 20 or so. I went on a 10 day vacation out of state in which I was extremely concer...
by AntChuck
Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Update on my Ants
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Update on my Ants

Sadly my once flourishing Tetramorium Immigrans colony has basically disappeared... Down to 6 workers. Planning on releasing them soon. My 3 queen Lasius Flavus colony is doing well with around 200 workers. My Lasius Niger have stalled likely because I brood boosted and accidentely introduced a numb...
by AntChuck
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Disaster in my set-up
Replies: 2
Views: 512

Re: Disaster in my set-up

My tetramorium colony is in peril it seems... not exactly sure what happened but it looks like they were unable to care for the brood that i boosted with properly. I cant tell if the test tube has moisture from condensation or the test tube began to leak or a combination or my other theory is the l...
by AntChuck
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: European Fire Ant Colony Help!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1485

Re: European Fire Ant Colony Help!!

I would be wary of using vaseline if you have any type of soil or refuse present. I had a a few hundred wild tetramorium immigrans workers that I tested various methods on. Vaseline was good initially however the ants began placing soil and other debri into the vaseline like stepping stones which th...