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SerralhaPT
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Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:28 am
Location: Portugal

Hello

Post: # 75418Post SerralhaPT
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:47 am

Hello all greetings from Portugal, I have just started this hobby found your videos on youtube and bought myself a formicarium with a Messor barbarus colony.

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LaSiUsNiGeR
Posts: 121
Joined: Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:59 pm
Location: Delft, zuid Holland, Netherlands, Europe, earth, solar system

Re: Hello

Post: # 75425Post LaSiUsNiGeR
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:12 pm

hello welcome to ant keeping!
new to ant keeping
keeper of:
a cat(mile the 2nd say as: mí lè)
a lasius niger colony( the garden gradians )
youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCWES89VR55rKS3tElXYMsfg

Marvin
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Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:25 am
Location: Germany

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Post: # 75454Post Marvin
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:33 am

Hey ☺️ I bought myself the same kind of ants 😊 but I don’t know why they didn’t want to change there near out of the tube 🤔... ? Have I done something wrong ? Or haven’t I done everything ? Could u give me although maybe some tips for the perfekt holding of this ants ? ☺️

Greetings Marvin ☺️

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LaSiUsNiGeR
Posts: 121
Joined: Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:59 pm
Location: Delft, zuid Holland, Netherlands, Europe, earth, solar system

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Post: # 75456Post LaSiUsNiGeR
Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:01 pm

"didnt want to change there near out test tube" what do you mean? nearly out of water or something else
new to ant keeping
keeper of:
a cat(mile the 2nd say as: mí lè)
a lasius niger colony( the garden gradians )
youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCWES89VR55rKS3tElXYMsfg

Marvin
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:25 am
Location: Germany

Re: Hello

Post: # 75459Post Marvin
Wed Feb 17, 2021 1:24 am

My ants don’t want to change there nest 🤔 they r living in the test tube and don’t want to build there nest in the sand below. My farm has a terrarium on top and a small wall down below with sand inside. And the tube is laying in the terrarium on top.
And now they r living in the tube nearly for 3 weeks now 🤔 have I done something wrong ?

Greetings Marvin ☺️

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AM1C39
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Joined: Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:17 pm
Location: Canada, ON

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Post: # 75463Post AM1C39
Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:51 am

You should use soil or wet sand because non-wet sand is very hard for them to tunnel in, the tunnels just collapse. The ants will move in when they are ready, unless they are not because of the sand.
My current colonies:
The miniature military (formica neogagates)
the power of war(camponotus novaeborecensis)
the shadow ants(formica subaenescens)
the black hearts(crematogaster cerasi)

Marvin
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Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:25 am
Location: Germany

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Post: # 75473Post Marvin
Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:32 pm

Ahhh ok I understand this 🤔 so I am going to wet the sand and then maybe they wanna come out of the tube ☺️
In my terrarium on top I have small aquarium sand I don’t know if this kind of sand will hold the water long enough 🤔
Thanks for ur answer ☺️

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AM1C39
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Location: Canada, ON

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Post: # 75474Post AM1C39
Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:22 pm

Make sure the sand is wet enough and you will have to make it wet every now and then so it will stay good. If they do not move in that is completely normal and you will just have to wait.
My current colonies:
The miniature military (formica neogagates)
the power of war(camponotus novaeborecensis)
the shadow ants(formica subaenescens)
the black hearts(crematogaster cerasi)

Marvin
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Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:25 am
Location: Germany

Re: Hello

Post: # 75490Post Marvin
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:32 am

Ok thank you for ur good advises 😊😊 I hope they will move out someday but I am not gonna pressure them to move 🤔

I will try to give the sand enough moisture that the ants can build in there new nest 😊

How is it going with ur ants ? ☺️

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