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lucilla
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Messor barbarus

Post: # 54400Post lucilla
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:35 pm

Hi guys,
Please tell me what dimensions will be enough to natural aquarium/ vivarium/ formicarium for Messor barbarus. I would like to do like AntsCanada with ground, sand, plants etc.
Thx for help

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Re: Messor barbarus

Post: # 54403Post antnest8
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:20 pm

Ok so it depends how big your colony is. If your colony is 50+ ants you could probably move them into a 10-20 gallon tank at most while a larger tank is needed for a larger colony over 500+ depending on the species. as for the design try some stuff out and see how you like it. If you want live plants make sure you have adequate soil also. Mikey (AntsCanada) generally likes larger plants and decorations in the back while a clearer space in the front. have some fun designing the formicarium. also take into account your species humidity level.
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lucilla
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Re: Messor barbarus

Post: # 54420Post lucilla
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:14 pm

Ok, but i would like to do one formicarium till end of my colony. How big should be nest part and arena part for mature big Messor colony?

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Re: Messor barbarus

Post: # 54466Post antnest8
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:54 am

make it as big as you want then because they will expand there nest when they need to.
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1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
!!And A CREMATOGASTER QUEEN!!

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