Is my formicarium ok for Myrmica Rubra?

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Jevans867
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Is my formicarium ok for Myrmica Rubra?

Post: # 67323Post Jevans867
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:42 am

Hi guys and girls, I have set up a modular system for some Myrmica Rubra. Ignore the tank on the left it’s housing my messor barbarus colony. The second tank and four cylinders are the ones in question. They have soil with slates on top and a few mixed in. A small heat mat under the tank and an aquarium t5 tube above. There is an auto water dropper piped in for one minute per day. I was unsure as to what else I need to do for them before I go ahead and get a young colony. What’s their ideal diet and should I use and plants/ any moss etc. Oh and also does anyone know if you can later add more fresh queens to the colony once it’s matured a little?.

https://i.imgur.com/yojJ2pz.jpg


Thanks in advance.
Jim, UK

QJH2023
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Re: Is my formicarium ok for Myrmica Rubra?

Post: # 69772Post QJH2023
Wed May 06, 2020 7:38 pm

say where did you get those containers they look awsome :D
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QJH2023
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Re: Is my formicarium ok for Myrmica Rubra?

Post: # 69773Post QJH2023
Wed May 06, 2020 7:40 pm

you can mix them but they may reject her place another queen at your own risk!
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Timmannen7
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Re: Is my formicarium ok for Myrmica Rubra?

Post: # 69905Post Timmannen7
Tue May 12, 2020 1:22 pm

they will accept more queens, you can catch queens in established colonies and put them in the outworld. My myrmica rubra colony has never rejected a queen. If i am correct the myrmica queens have a much shorter lifespan than other ant species so i would catch queens every summer.
it dosen't matter how large the colony is as long that workers are present:)
:ugeek: ;)
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