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A little experiment

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#1 Offline Theantguy14 - Posted September 7 2017 - 4:53 PM

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So a little backstory first,

     My whole ant-keeping career (about 1.5 years now) I have kept mainly Solenopsis Xyloni ants. I have had 2 main attempts at allowing them to move into a proper formicarium (an AC Omni-nest). Both attempts so far have failed drastically, either resulting in the colonies death, or near death. 

    But more recently, after the failure of my second attempt, I pondered an idea. I wondered If I could simply raise a colony from queen to thousands of workers, directly inside of the Omni nest. This is my experiment. I have caught another Solenopsis Xyloni queen from blacklighting 2 days ago. Yesterday, I cleaned my Omni nest thoroughly and isolated a single chamber directly next to a hydration chamber. Theoretically this should simulate a test tube setup. Although not much has happened in a day (she has layed a few eggs though), I will update this thread for anyone who is interested in this concept of gradually "unlocking" chambers for your colony to live in.

Any feedback is appreciated, but please no hate comments.


Edited by Theantguy14, September 7 2017 - 4:57 PM.

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#2 Offline Pleming - Posted September 7 2017 - 9:40 PM

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How many workers did you have when you tried to move them in?



#3 Offline ultraex2 - Posted September 8 2017 - 6:05 AM

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Weird - how exactly did they die?  As far as I know, Solenopsis are a pretty hardy species.



#4 Offline Theantguy14 - Posted September 18 2017 - 3:04 PM

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Reply: As far as I know solenopsis xyloni have been known to spontaneously die for no apparent reason. I think this has been recorded in one of dspdrews journals.

Update:Queen is doing great so far with approximately 40+ eggs and 2+ larvae
Currently keeping:
Loads of founding queens of camponotus spp., Veromessor pergandei, D. Bicolor, and a couple other species.

Proud owner of a 30 worker C. Fragilis colony, a 90 worker F. Francoeuri colony, 2 Siberian huskies, 3 cats, 2 fire belly toads, 1 western toad, 1 western fence lizard, 1 A. Seemanni tarantula, and a variety of feeders and a couple random inverts.

Check out my youtube!
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#5 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted September 18 2017 - 3:10 PM

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I've done a similar thing that you did with a Tar Heel Ant Formicarium (the chamber unlocking thing isn't a new method). It works very well!


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#6 Offline Theantguy14 - Posted September 18 2017 - 7:06 PM

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I was aware that it was not new, I was simply testing how well the species adapted, and if they would be okay in this specific formicarium.
Currently keeping:
Loads of founding queens of camponotus spp., Veromessor pergandei, D. Bicolor, and a couple other species.

Proud owner of a 30 worker C. Fragilis colony, a 90 worker F. Francoeuri colony, 2 Siberian huskies, 3 cats, 2 fire belly toads, 1 western toad, 1 western fence lizard, 1 A. Seemanni tarantula, and a variety of feeders and a couple random inverts.

Check out my youtube!
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Have a great day!

#7 Offline MaxGen - Posted September 19 2017 - 12:17 PM

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I thought the test tube setup provided both humidity and drinking water.  

 

In your single omni nest chamber setup are the ants getting drinking water from condensation or capillary action between the acrylic layers you think?







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