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How many ants can fit here?


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#1 Online ken14400 - Posted April 16 2018 - 4:50 AM

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So I recently made this terrarium and was wondering how big of a colony could fit in here? maybe over 500 or more?



#2 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 16 2018 - 5:01 AM

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Depends on the species.

Colonies:

  • Aphaenogaster rudis  —  Journal
  • Formica cf. neorufibarbis  —  Journal
  • Formica subsericea    Journal
  • Lasius neoniger —  Journal
  • Tetramorium immigrans  —  Journal

 

Queens:

  • Brachymyrmex depilisJournal
  • Formica subsericea x2
  • Lasius cf. claviger (Hibernating; No Host Colony)
  • Myrmecina americana  —  Journal
  • Prenolepis imparis x9

 

Other Animals:

  • Felis catus x5
  • Phodopus roborovskii x2
  • Various Fish
  • Younger Brothers x2

#3 Online ken14400 - Posted April 16 2018 - 5:17 AM

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um thinking of putting either Camponotus, tetramorium, myrmica or lasius colony



#4 Offline drtrmiller - Posted April 16 2018 - 5:22 AM

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You'll want to ensure the plants are healthy and well established, or you will just end up with a mess. Looks pretty wet, so you might try Myrmica. You would not find the other species in a habitat like that unless, perhaps, you were to add some dry nesting medium.
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#5 Online ken14400 - Posted April 16 2018 - 5:24 AM

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You'll want to ensure the plants are healthy and well established, or you will just end up with a mess. Looks pretty wet, so you might try Myrmica. You would not find the other species in a habitat like that unless, perhaps, you were to add some dry nesting medium.

Yeah was considering myrmica cause the colony i have right now has over 5 queens and planning on finding more queens to add to the colony. If i am going to put my myrmica how big can the colony get in there before having to move them out?


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#6 Online KBant - Posted April 16 2018 - 6:57 AM

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#7 Online T.C. - Posted April 16 2018 - 7:15 AM

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You'll want to ensure the plants are healthy and well established, or you will just end up with a mess. Looks pretty wet, so you might try Myrmica. You would not find the other species in a habitat like that unless, perhaps, you were to add some dry nesting medium.

I agree, a nest that wet wouldn't suit a lot of species.



#8 Online ken14400 - Posted April 16 2018 - 7:21 AM

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You'll want to ensure the plants are healthy and well established, or you will just end up with a mess. Looks pretty wet, so you might try Myrmica. You would not find the other species in a habitat like that unless, perhaps, you were to add some dry nesting medium.

I agree, a nest that wet wouldn't suit a lot of species.

 

To be honest, its only looks really wet because i just watered it, and like the dirt isn't as wet. But I get the idea



#9 Online TennesseeAnts - Posted April 16 2018 - 9:37 AM

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It looks great. I would put Myrmica in it. I don't know how many would fit because you never actually said how big the terrarium is, but assuming it is a good sized jar then it would fit the colony for a good while. You can always move them out at some point if you had to. 



#10 Online ken14400 - Posted April 16 2018 - 9:39 AM

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Right the size is 25 cm in height and 18 cm in diameter 



#11 Online KBant - Posted April 16 2018 - 9:40 AM

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Dude is the answer 43? Did I win?!?!

#12 Offline sgheaton - Posted April 16 2018 - 9:52 AM

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44! Price is right rules sucker. This isn't amateur hour!


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#13 Offline Hunter - Posted April 16 2018 - 9:54 AM

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#14 Offline sgheaton - Posted April 16 2018 - 10:00 AM

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Well now you're just being silly


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#15 Offline Hunter - Posted April 16 2018 - 10:03 AM

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hows that being silly you high balled i low balled



#16 Online ken14400 - Posted April 16 2018 - 10:35 AM

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Dude is the answer 43? Did I win?!?!

 

 

44! Price is right rules sucker. This isn't amateur hour!

 

 

42

 

 

hows that being silly you high balled i low balled

 

 

Well now you're just being silly

well all your responds are silly and useless 


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#17 Offline sgheaton - Posted April 16 2018 - 11:13 AM

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Hahahahaha. Like Ken said, we were all being ridiculously useless....Not to be taken literally,  was just adding into it. I was originally going to give a "some" answer but liked KBants exact figure enough to roll with it. 


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#18 Offline StayLoki - Posted April 18 2018 - 9:54 PM

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Don't worry Ken, they can be bullies on here and get quite ridiculous.
To answer your question, if 100+ can fit in a test tube setup, than surely 500+ can fit in your terrarium ..
Although it does depend on humidity/species/ability to keep them inside...but it looks great 👍

#19 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted April 20 2018 - 7:38 AM

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Don't worry Ken, they can be bullies on here and get quite ridiculous.
To answer your question, if 100+ can fit in a test tube setup, than surely 500+ can fit in your terrarium ..
Although it does depend on humidity/species/ability to keep them inside...but it looks great 👍

500 camponotus workers? I think not. While for some species, like pheidole, you can fit maybe a thousand workers in there, larger species, even formica, won't be sustainable in there over 100 workers.

#20 Online ken14400 - Posted April 20 2018 - 7:40 AM

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Don't worry Ken, they can be bullies on here and get quite ridiculous.
To answer your question, if 100+ can fit in a test tube setup, than surely 500+ can fit in your terrarium ..
Although it does depend on humidity/species/ability to keep them inside...but it looks great

500 camponotus workers? I think not. While for some species, like pheidole, you can fit maybe a thousand workers in there, larger species, even formica, won't be sustainable in there over 100 workers.

 

um you do realize how big the jar is right? its a 2 gallon jar






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