Offline - Posted August 14 2014 - 6:19 AM
Since building this one I have become better at cutting glass and I have learned to drill holes in glass too. I am just a bit worried about moving them again. They have all moved nest twice at my hands.
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Offline - Posted August 14 2014 - 9:36 AM
Might not be possible with the ants inside of the nest. Not sure if this would work with your setup. But I have fixed inaccessible corners by squirting a thick grout mixture at the corner with a syringe or turkey baster. The thick grout mix can't get into the tunnels, but will stop ants (and only allow water a slow absorption). I like a ketchup consistency for this. You probably would have to tilt the nest while adding the grout, give it a few shakes/bumps to settle it, and leave it at an angle while letting it set (6-12 hours). Or you could use a runny consistency and just put the nest on end so it seals everything, but that may block your water tunnel unless you used a pipe cleaner to keep it open while things set.
Not sure how much work it would be to re-construct the nest.
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Offline - Posted August 14 2014 - 12:09 PM
Sorry for the post spam but I got a little excited! I decided to have a good look at the colony under a bright light when I found this girl carrying a cluster of eggs! I did not collect any eggs! A few larvae but no eggs! This colony IS a working colony!
Awesome. Hopefully they aren't just trophic eggs.
Offline - Posted August 15 2014 - 7:54 AM
this is the entire colony minus a few that got smashed during the deconstruction of their previous nest. I was counting but gave up at 120.
not long after tipping them into the new nest. They are all runni g in and out of the sand castles. I hope they accept them as good places to dig. The one at the bottom left is directly on top of the heat pad.
Offline - Posted August 15 2014 - 11:00 PM
They are already digging nests in all containers.
I captures a few that were left over outside in the original nest. After 2 weeks the still recognize and accept their former nestmates.
Offline - Posted August 16 2014 - 3:49 PM
The rest have successfully dug tunnels and chambers up to the top inside the containers now though.
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I will take them!
Offline - Posted December 21 2014 - 12:08 AM
The colony I had in my original upright nest were taken to where I caught them and the pipe from the nest to the outworld was removed. This was over a week ago. They will not move out. The nest recieves full sunlight during the day but they have just plugged the hole there the pipe was and are going about their business as if nothing happened. The only change is they forage for their own food now. I will give them a while before I force them out. I want to put some M.nigrocincta in there to watch them dig.
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Found this article in search. I guess I am that back from future guy who may be looking for just that very information and ends up finding the same species.Very nice formicarium setup you have there. One thing though, the queen I caught for this species seems be quite clumsy when comes to smooth surfaces.
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