Ectomomyrmex javanus setup

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CanadianAntman
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Ectomomyrmex javanus setup

Post: # 63945Post CanadianAntman
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:12 am

So I have obtained 6 Ectomomyrmex javanus queens. I know they are semi claustral, and will need a tubs & tubes setup.

How do I have to set a tub & tubes setup properly? How big should the container be? Is it ok to mix in cocopeat and sphagnum moss into the flooring? Will the queen nest outside the provided test tube if done so? Help would be greatly appreciated.

LasiusSapien
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Re: Ectomomyrmex javanus setup

Post: # 63950Post LasiusSapien
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:50 am

hi there i have a similar species to you mine are odontoponera transversa this is what I've done for my queen, i use coco fiber as my substrate

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1x Lasius Niger - early forging stage - 60-100 workers
1x Messor Barbarus - founding stage - <20 workers
1x Camponotus Turkestanus - claustral stage - 1 nanitic + brood
1x Odontoponera Transversa - semi-claustral stage - no eggs

CanadianAntman
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Re: Ectomomyrmex javanus setup

Post: # 63985Post CanadianAntman
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:07 am

thank you so much!
I still do have a few questions tho
My current setup is a tupperware container&test tube, half coconut fiber half sand for flooring, and some sphagnum moss. Olive oil for barrier.

1.Is a tupperware container too big for this species?
2.The queen seems reluctant to move into the test tube, is it normal?
3.Is it ok to for the queen to nest outside the tube?
4.Will I have to remove the moss for better visual on them?

Thank you!

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