Need Soil Advice!

Questions from those who are just starting or considering getting into the ant keeping hobby. If you’re intimidated or confused by the in-depth posts of the other sections of this forum, feel free to post here, and we'll start from square one!

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Firikos
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Need Soil Advice!

Post: # 74303Post Firikos
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:02 am

So I captured a queen ant a week ago and I have it in a makeshift tube atm, but of course I want to buy a formicarium. I am considering an ant tower (along with a test tube for the first weeks/months), but I do not know what soil to use. Can I just use garden soil? (I have a lot because of my garden), or do I need to get a mixture of certain materials? Please respond, even if you're not sure! Any suggestions will help A LOT!

P.S. If you have a good suggestions for another kind of formicarium please comment it!

Haze809
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Re: Need Soil Advice!

Post: # 74305Post Haze809
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:26 am

If you are willing to spend a few bucks, i'd suggest you go to a pet store and buy "critter soil" as many of them are already pre-mixed with coconut huff (helps with mold) and you wont risk bringing in bacteria or other organisms from your garden. My ants are thriving on it.

Firikos
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Re: Need Soil Advice!

Post: # 74306Post Firikos
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:03 pm

So uh I searched for this "critter soil" and I can't find it. I'm not living in england/USA so it's propably not named like that. I'll keep searching, thanks for the suggestion!

antsRlife
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Re: Need Soil Advice!

Post: # 74311Post antsRlife
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:10 pm

You could also make your own with coconut husks, charcoal, and sand. That's what I use and early nests love it.
Queens only:
Myrmecia Pilosula (6 larvae, 1 pupae)

Early Stage Nests:
x1 Anonychromyrma (15-20 workers)

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