Beginning keeping colony of ruby ants.

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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Re: Beginning keeping colony of ruby ants.

Post: # 98264Post SYUTEO
Sat Mar 18, 2023 6:40 pm

antperson24 wrote:
Thu Mar 16, 2023 5:21 pm
RubyAntKeeper77 wrote:
Thu Mar 16, 2023 11:52 am
I did buy them online before I learned about the Gan Project , I think that they are Myrmica rubra. I also think they are old just was wondering if I made a must that killed it. I did see a single larva but no eggs.

Do you know if walking ruby ants are fully or semi claustral?
What protein should I give? Because I gave her a tiny piece of ham and she seemed to eat it.
I don't know this for sure, but I believe they are fully claustral. That should work, chicken seems to be my ants favorite, however, I do not keep Manica.
Manica are semi-claustral, so are Myrmica.

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Re: Beginning keeping colony of ruby ants.

Post: # 98268Post RubyAntKeeper77
Sun Mar 19, 2023 7:27 am

How big of a outworld do I need?
Why don’t more people like ants?
Is anyone from Wyoming who wants to sell ants?

You can email me about ants at Tucker.reynolds13@gmail.com

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Re: Beginning keeping colony of ruby ants.

Post: # 98269Post antperson24
Sun Mar 19, 2023 7:58 am

RubyAntKeeper77 wrote:
Sun Mar 19, 2023 7:27 am
How big of a outworld do I need?
Thanks for correcting me SYUTEO, didn't even think of Myrmica. :roll: I would say a pretty small one, maybe 6in by 8in. Also make sure you have the teat tube in there too.
Why keep ants that aren't found in your yard?
There are so many fascinating ants right where you live!
I disagree with the keeping/buying of ants that aren't in your area.

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Re: Beginning keeping colony of ruby ants.

Post: # 98275Post RubyAntKeeper77
Sun Mar 19, 2023 11:08 am

What food do I offer?
I am currently offering my ants, chicken, honey drop, and some small seeds that the ants came with.
Why don’t more people like ants?
Is anyone from Wyoming who wants to sell ants?

You can email me about ants at Tucker.reynolds13@gmail.com

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Re: Beginning keeping colony of ruby ants.

Post: # 98277Post antperson24
Sun Mar 19, 2023 6:17 pm

RubyAntKeeper77 wrote:
Sun Mar 19, 2023 11:08 am
What food do I offer?
I am currently offering my ants, chicken, honey drop, and some small seeds that the ants came with.
That should be good.
Why keep ants that aren't found in your yard?
There are so many fascinating ants right where you live!
I disagree with the keeping/buying of ants that aren't in your area.

Join Ants, Plants, and Myrmecology: https://discord.gg/BeQuNf8yTN

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Re: Beginning keeping colony of ruby ants.

Post: # 98395Post RubyAntKeeper77
Thu Mar 23, 2023 7:44 am

Is it safe to feed ants spiders? (Dead) will the ants just eat everything that’s not poisoned like the fangs and other parts.
Why don’t more people like ants?
Is anyone from Wyoming who wants to sell ants?

You can email me about ants at Tucker.reynolds13@gmail.com

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Re: Beginning keeping colony of ruby ants.

Post: # 98397Post Antloverhuman
Thu Mar 23, 2023 7:51 am

RubyAntKeeper77 wrote:
Thu Mar 23, 2023 7:44 am
Is it safe to feed ants spiders? (Dead) will the ants just eat everything that’s not poisoned like the fangs and other parts.
I have seen people feed their ants spiders and ants usually hunt spiders in the wild anyways so it should be fine. But it would be great if you knew which kind of spiders you are feeding them. Don't catch random spiders from outside, they can contain bad stuff. Maybe the spider has eaten a poisonous bug and the ants indirectly eat it and die. It is better to feed them other feeder insects or chicken or boiled eggs or any other boiled meat to be safe
Ants I have-
camponotus compressus colony- the shadow warriors.
Pls just let me have a tetramorium colony

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Re: Beginning keeping colony of ruby ants.

Post: # 98399Post RubyAntKeeper77
Thu Mar 23, 2023 5:41 pm

They loved the spider!
Why don’t more people like ants?
Is anyone from Wyoming who wants to sell ants?

You can email me about ants at Tucker.reynolds13@gmail.com

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Re: Beginning keeping colony of ruby ants.

Post: # 98402Post SYUTEO
Thu Mar 23, 2023 7:35 pm

RubyAntKeeper77 wrote:
Thu Mar 23, 2023 7:44 am
Is it safe to feed ants spiders? (Dead) will the ants just eat everything that’s not poisoned like the fangs and other parts.
I do occasionally feed my ants spiders as a special meal for them once in a while. I don't feed them spiders every day since there are probably not a lot of them and I will quickly run out of (jumping) spiders. (Cellar spiders and orb-weaver spiders are easier to find but much harder to catch)

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Re: Beginning keeping colony of ruby ants.

Post: # 98403Post RubyAntKeeper77
Thu Mar 23, 2023 8:54 pm

How often do my ants need protein?
Like a constant source or 1 day after they finish the previous?
Why don’t more people like ants?
Is anyone from Wyoming who wants to sell ants?

You can email me about ants at Tucker.reynolds13@gmail.com

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