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AnthonyP163's Terrariums and Plants (Updated 7-29-18) [Big Update]

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#21 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted April 21 2018 - 12:30 PM

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Here in Wisconsin, it got to about 53 today. So I found about 10 velvet mites (Trombidium holosericeum) and added them in. They'll eat the ants, isopods, and especially the mealybugs which will help greatly.



#22 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted July 29 2018 - 10:49 PM

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This vivarium completely fell off, and I ended up having to kill the Tetramorium and I was only able to save isopods and springtails.

 

Thankfully I've started two new ones. 

 

The first is in the same tank as last time, and I'm using it as a mostly cryptic vivarium.

 

In it, I have Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Temnothorax curvispinosis, Stenamma brevicorne, and Ponera pennsylvanica. These are all together because they nest seperately, aren't aggressive toward one another, and mostly occupy different niches. I have a leaf/moss area for the Stenamma.

 

Along with lots of ant diversity, there's a good amount of Lepidocyrtus and Pseudosinella springtails in this setup, with a few isopods and worms in the mix.

 

Here are some pictures of the cryptic vivarium

 

I recently just made a second vivarium that's even bigger than the last one. It's 20x10 inches, so it should be enough for some aphids with a Lasius colony. It has millipedes, isopods, Pseudosinella, a spider, and a few orange mites. I'm growing bean plants and the unidentified plant that the pea aphids live on. 

 

Here is a bad picture of one of the plants sprouting.

 

I'll update when there's more growth and such.


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#23 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted July 30 2018 - 7:40 AM

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Do you hibernate the vivariums? I'm asking this because of the ants that live in them. 


                                         Keeper Of
 
     1 Huge Formica pallidefulva Colony (The Abdo-Lemons)
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
 
       1 Aphaenogaster lamellidens Colony (The Moss Monsters)

               

       1 Strumigenys colony 

 

       

Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 

       


#24 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted July 30 2018 - 10:10 AM

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Do you hibernate the vivariums? I'm asking this because of the ants that live in them. 

I cool down the vivariums during winter, but not enough to put all the organisms in hibernation.



#25 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted July 30 2018 - 2:41 PM

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Do you hibernate the vivariums? I'm asking this because of the ants that live in them. 

I cool down the vivariums during winter, but not enough to put all the organisms in hibernation.

 

Cool, thanks. That might be what I do to hibernate my terrarium that houses a Formica colony. I didn't want to skip hibernation altogether, but I wasn't sure how the other organisms(I plan on adding) and plants would do with a full hibernation.


                                         Keeper Of
 
     1 Huge Formica pallidefulva Colony (The Abdo-Lemons)
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
 
       1 Aphaenogaster lamellidens Colony (The Moss Monsters)

               

       1 Strumigenys colony 

 

       

Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 

       






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