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Help picking breed.

Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:28 pm
by JosumiKun
I'm starting a colony soon, but i'm only getting the OmniNest vertical and have no intention on expanding it over time, so i was wondering, which ant breed should i pick that won't expand into a huge colony, i want them to be comfy in that nest... Carpenter ants maybe? :idea:

Re: Help picking breed.

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:29 pm
by Jharrell23867
I am no expert but most carpenter ant species are very slow growing so they are perfect for beginners... I have had my queen for about 3 or 4 months now & she only has 3 workers & only 2 or 3 eggs in her pile of brood. I have heard other keepers say that after a whole year they only had between 6-12 workers but after the first year they tend to grow a lot faster.

Re: Help picking breed.

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:31 pm
by idahoantgirl
you can control how big your colony gets by how much protein you feed them. once they get to the size that you like, just cut the protein down a very little bit and continue to feed them that amount of protein.

Re: Help picking breed.

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:13 am
by JosumiKun
Thank you both, very helpful! :)