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Fish Tank Ant Island

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:42 am
by nx9100
Hello everyone! I've been watching the AntsCanada videos for a few years now, and finally will be able soon to try to host my own colony. I also have wanted to do a shrimp colony, and thought, why not combine them? Here's my idea, let me know what you think:

A 15-20 gallon fish tank, with two smaller 5-ish gallon tanks sitting inside. The smaller ones, or islands, will be filled with digging medium and have a bridge above water connecting them. These will be for the ants. The rest of the large tank will be filled with water and aquatic plants for the shrimp, with the water forming a natural barrier to the ant islands. Finally, some tubing, hidden on top of the islands by decorations, can run out of the tank to an exterior Hybrid nest, where they can start out before moving to the islands. Hopefully, the ants will dump any waste/garbage/dead into the water, where the shrimp and some snails can deal with it.

As for ants, a GAN farmer close to me has a few Lasius Niger queens + brood for sale, so was going to try with that species.

Thoughts?

Re: Fish Tank Ant Island

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:40 pm
by JustABitAntsy
nx9100 wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:42 am
Hello everyone! I've been watching the AntsCanada videos for a few years now, and finally will be able soon to try to host my own colony. I also have wanted to do a shrimp colony, and thought, why not combine them? Here's my idea, let me know what you think:

A 15-20 gallon fish tank, with two smaller 5-ish gallon tanks sitting inside. The smaller ones, or islands, will be filled with digging medium and have a bridge above water connecting them. These will be for the ants. The rest of the large tank will be filled with water and aquatic plants for the shrimp, with the water forming a natural barrier to the ant islands. Finally, some tubing, hidden on top of the islands by decorations, can run out of the tank to an exterior Hybrid nest, where they can start out before moving to the islands. Hopefully, the ants will dump any waste/garbage/dead into the water, where the shrimp and some snails can deal with it.

As for ants, a GAN farmer close to me has a few Lasius Niger queens + brood for sale, so was going to try with that species.

Thoughts?
k so I am a new antkeeper but wouldn't the ants try to eat the snail?

Re: Fish Tank Ant Island

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:56 am
by Goldendoodle50
nah probably not The first of all, wouldn't have a taste for it and second of all, they would consider it as a friend as Mikey said in the
video. :o