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Camponotus and wood

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#1 Offline Lisberg - Posted August 19 2019 - 10:54 AM


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Hello all !!

Even though my colony still is only my Queen and 14-16 eggs, i dream about making them a formicarium that resembles the woods where i collected them (i know it is impossible but still :) )


I'm thinking of using a 80 liter aquarium, and put a piece of a treetrunk 1/4 with bark and all, and clue it to one of the glass ends.
My question is, should i take a piece of dead wood, or can i use a piece of fresh wood, and let it decay over time?

I'm leaning towards a new piece of tree, and add some chunks of dead/decaying wood and bark to add the bacteria and mini-life that lives in the wild... Any inputs? all is welcome, and i know i won't need it for 2-3 years :D

#2 Offline irishwheels1 - Posted August 19 2019 - 3:03 PM



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I would say if the wood is fresh, they would probably need a temp home?! I dought they would instantly move into the fresh wood.


They would build into it over time....and To be honest I feel like this would take years to achieve.


I think the biggest struggle with having such a natural home would be humidity and a way to control the water gradient in the wood.


You would need a place for the queen to go with the fresh wood.


So, it is highly possible you could drill a hole inside!  



all in all I think this process could take very long

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