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Which would I introduce to my ant colony first, a formicarium or an outworld?

Post: # 46003Post AntKid7
Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:47 pm

I just got into ant keeping and couldn't find the answer to this question anywhere so I just decided to ask it here. I have a Lasius Niger colony which has about five workers and was just wondering if any of you could help me out.

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Re: Which would I introduce to my ant colony first, a formicarium or an outworld?

Post: # 46006Post Steven
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:51 pm

If your test tube links with your nest plug it in, let them find there way out it would be like there entering the world above for the first, or you can put test tube in out world don’t rush the ants out the test tube it could take 10 mins or 10 days, in my experience when you get up in morning they will be where you want them to be 👍
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Re: Which would I introduce to my ant colony first, a formicarium or an outworld?

Post: # 46007Post AntKid7
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:55 pm

Thanks a lot really helped, I was also wondering should I get a small outworld because it's a small colony or a big one that would last longer? And should I put them in an outworld when they have like 50 workers?

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Re: Which would I introduce to my ant colony first, a formicarium or an outworld?

Post: # 46011Post Steven
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:04 pm

Really no rush bud it’s going to be next year now before there is any BOOM In the new colony get your self the one you want for Christmas and come spring move them in
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Re: Which would I introduce to my ant colony first, a formicarium or an outworld?

Post: # 46012Post idahoantgirl
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:19 pm

Your colony is too small to be connected to a formicarium. That will come at 20-50 workers. I would suggest introducing them to an outworld now. I would simply set the test tube in the outworld with a piece of drinking straw wedged between the side of the tube and the exit cotton to create a cozy tunnel. The size of the outworld doesn't matter. Small colonies do not need small outworlds, as in the wild they have the whole world. You can always change the size of the outworld later when you move them to a nest.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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Re: Which would I introduce to my ant colony first, a formicarium or an outworld?

Post: # 46134Post AntKid7
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:56 pm

Yeah you're right, so do you think I should buy a AntsCanada outworld or another one, if you have a recommendation for a good outworld please let me know.

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Re: Which would I introduce to my ant colony first, a formicarium or an outworld?

Post: # 46137Post AntKid7
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:02 pm

Oh also, could the queen ant fit in the drinking straw? Cause that seems kinda small for a queen.

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Re: Which would I introduce to my ant colony first, a formicarium or an outworld?

Post: # 46138Post Steven
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:04 pm

I like the ones why they sell, but I am short of cash these days, I have recently bought some off eBay for £18 a peace, BUT if you have the money I would buy AntsCanada hybrid nest, I am gonna get my wife to buy one for Xmas
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Re: Which would I introduce to my ant colony first, a formicarium or an outworld?

Post: # 46140Post AntKid7
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:24 pm

Yeah that's what I was thinking, but I'm a kid, so I'm gonna try to do baby face to my parents and hope they get one :D .

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Re: Which would I introduce to my ant colony first, a formicarium or an outworld?

Post: # 46141Post AntKid7
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:28 pm

Oh how much is that currency worth in US currency just wondering if I could afford an eBay formicarium or outworld.

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