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How many ants can fit here?


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#21 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted April 20 2018 - 7:43 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
Doesn't affect the estimate that much. What matters is the area of the soil in the bottom. Could you possibly put a coin or something for scale and add a picture? This would help us give a much better estimate. Or just provide dimensions.

#22 Offline ken14400 - Posted April 20 2018 - 7:47 AM

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i did provide the dimensions in the chat somewhere


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

here this is the dimension



#23 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted April 20 2018 - 7:51 AM

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Oh ok then, probably at least 200 Camponotus, much more if they are myrmentoma. Since myrmica might be a good species for this, I would say at least 400 workers, if not more.

#24 Offline ken14400 - Posted April 20 2018 - 7:53 AM

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Oh ok then, probably at least 200 Camponotus, much more if they are myrmentoma. Since myrmica might be a good species for this, I would say at least 400 workers, if not more.

what about for tetramoriums



#25 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted April 20 2018 - 11:58 AM

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Well over 500 probably.

#26 Offline StayLoki - Posted April 21 2018 - 8:33 AM

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Pretty sure we're in different parts of the world. lol ants where I am are marginaly smaller than sp.(s) you guys are keeping I'm thinking..

I'm unfamiliar with the Camponotus anyway..? Not my particular interest so sorry, I prefer field ants that would like damp clay like soil (etc) so I think the tiiiiny workers of say p.imparis or lasius could resonablilty fit in there in large numbers..although you'd never see them lmao

Carpenter ants? Then why aren't you keeping them in wood silly goose ;)
*stayloki confession* the big black species kinda freak me out. Camponotous, even lasius niger..pavement ants..etc. I prefer golden meadow ants, for example, which are teeny eensy weensy

Edited by StayLoki, April 21 2018 - 8:39 AM.


#27 Offline Martialis - Posted April 21 2018 - 8:35 AM

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A few ants.


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#28 Offline iXvXi - Posted June 13 2018 - 6:01 PM

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I would say 30-50 larger species such as camponotus maximum; no where near 500. Due to the humidity, I don't see any barriers working effectively. Soon as you open that jar, the whole colony is going to awake enraged.

Ideally I don't see 50 being sustainable either. You might be able to get away with smaller species that don't tend to climb glass and is capable of sustaining 80%+ humidity.




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