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Can Pogonomyrmex Sp. be kept in vertical mini hearths?

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#1 Offline Derpy - Posted December 23 2018 - 9:17 AM

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Can Pogonomyrmex Species, be kept in a vertical mini hearth? I know Pogonomyrmex are generally not great climbers, so I’m wondering if they will still be able to access their foraging area? Any feedback is welcome. Thanks in advance!

Edited by Derpy, December 23 2018 - 9:18 AM.

-1x Crematogaster Colony

-3x Pogonomymrex Subdentatus Colonies

-1x Pogonomymrex Rugosus Colony

-1x Camponotus Vicinus Colony

-1x Apheanogaster Occidentalis Colony

-1x Monomorium Colony


#2 Offline FSTP - Posted December 23 2018 - 10:16 AM

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No, it doesn't work. 

 

I've tried it with Pogonomyrmex californicus and Pogonomyrmex rugosus and they were never able to get into the top of the out world. I had to connect a separate home made one on the side.


There are videos of my ants here: https://www.youtube....bN5yYK2KWXA0vQ?


#3 Offline Derpy - Posted December 23 2018 - 12:30 PM

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Thanks for the quick response! I’ll probably move them into the mini hearth and just add another outworld.

-1x Crematogaster Colony

-3x Pogonomymrex Subdentatus Colonies

-1x Pogonomymrex Rugosus Colony

-1x Camponotus Vicinus Colony

-1x Apheanogaster Occidentalis Colony

-1x Monomorium Colony


#4 Offline KBant - Posted December 23 2018 - 3:36 PM

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you should be able to make it work if you take a wire brush and scratch up the inside of the vinyl tubing that connects to outworld 

 

or

 

take a q-tip, dab in liquid super glue, coat inside of vinyl tube, quickly take some sand and coat inside of tube, and let it dry. 



#5 Offline FSTP - Posted December 23 2018 - 4:15 PM

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you should be able to make it work if you take a wire brush and scratch up the inside of the vinyl tubing that connects to outworld 

 

or

 

take a q-tip, dab in liquid super glue, coat inside of vinyl tube, quickly take some sand and coat inside of tube, and let it dry. 

 

 

 

Why waste time modifying it when you can just order the mini hearth in a configuration that is more sutible for the intended species?  But that would work if you already have the vertical mini hearth.


Edited by FSTP, December 23 2018 - 4:15 PM.

There are videos of my ants here: https://www.youtube....bN5yYK2KWXA0vQ?


#6 Online YsTheAnt - Posted December 23 2018 - 4:47 PM

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He already has a vertical one haha which is why he was asking.

#7 Offline Derpy - Posted December 23 2018 - 5:47 PM

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Thank you @KBant, I will definitely give that idea a go!


Edited by Derpy, December 23 2018 - 5:48 PM.

-1x Crematogaster Colony

-3x Pogonomymrex Subdentatus Colonies

-1x Pogonomymrex Rugosus Colony

-1x Camponotus Vicinus Colony

-1x Apheanogaster Occidentalis Colony

-1x Monomorium Colony


#8 Offline venator - Posted December 24 2018 - 6:20 PM

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It should definitely work, they're not great climbers but they can still climb. I have a lid and baby powder applied to my P rugosus colony outworld because they are able to climb up plexiglass and escape. Plus, the vertical hearth is made of rough materials, so the ants can climb no problem.







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