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by Hunter36o
Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: Affordable Protein
Replies: 16
Views: 1083

Re: Affordable Protein

Yeah, like I said with superworms in particular it's very cheap because you really only feed them fruits and oat meal. Just give them a decent bit of space and any time you spot pupae take them out and just leave them in a pill box or something similar until they become completely black beetles. I h...
by Hunter36o
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: Affordable Protein
Replies: 16
Views: 1083

Re: Affordable Protein

Crickets for Ireland anyway are the cheapest option but boy do those guys know how to smell bad in a matter of minutes. I decided to keep darkling beetles and bought two boxes of superworms from two different stores to lower the chance of them coming from the same gene pool. They do not smell and ar...
by Hunter36o
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: No new eggs.
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: No new eggs.

Wait, did you provide food for the queen and workers? A sugary source like honey? Proteins are mainly for larvae and to help the queen produce more eggs but they need sugary food to keep their energy levels up..
by Hunter36o
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: No new eggs.
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: No new eggs.

Was the food fresh? The fact that all of them stopped laying eggs suggests the food could have been bad or out of date of possibly spayed with something if store bought?

I am really sorry this happened to you :(
by Hunter36o
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: What's The Importance of Wet Cotton Positioning?
Replies: 8
Views: 634

Re: What's The Importance of Wet Cotton Positioning?

Actually you should have done what Joe said when one or two workers are walking around. The wait for 20 plus workers is for when you are moving them from a test tube to an actual nest. Many prefer to wait until there is 50 workers as they are less skittish and more open to moving to a more suitable ...
by Hunter36o
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Should I put my Camponotus colony in an ac hybrid nest?
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: Should I put my Camponotus colony in an ac hybrid nest?

It would not hurt to order it anyway and get it on a mid to low priority delivery. This would give the colony time to increase in numbers by the time it gets to you. Normally I would agree with the wait for 50 workers but if you are already adding more test tubes to house the colony then it might be...
by Hunter36o
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Best substrate for AC ant tower?
Replies: 3
Views: 416

Re: Best substrate for AC ant tower?

I use Coco fiber and a potting soil mix from my local garden centre and I have them in a 50-50 ratio. I use it for my ants, stick insect, darkling beetles colony and my sling and I never have mold issues. I actually had a mold outbreak in my beetle enclosure bit it's was strictly on the oat meal tha...
by Hunter36o
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: AntsCanada ant towers question.
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: AntsCanada ant towers question.

Yeah no mold out break on the cotton or the bottom of the substrate. Maybe the water sitting there is causing the molt to produce quicker??
by Hunter36o
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: AntsCanada ant towers question.
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: AntsCanada ant towers question.

I actually use a Coco fiber and potting soil mix with a tiny bit of the sand it comes with, I have had no issues with the mold. Except for that one time I did not noticed a honey drop got covered in mold but on a closer examination I spotting a little bit of superworm exoskeleton in it and that clea...
by Hunter36o
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Camponotus nearcticus
Replies: 18
Views: 1439

Re: Camponotus nearcticus

Is it not the Camponotus ants that have an anti freeze type of chemical in their blood that allows them to survive on the surface during the winter months or am I getting confused with another species?

Shame not all ants from temperate regions gained that advantage.