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#81 Offline Rstheant - Posted December 20 2018 - 3:27 PM

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If you've only had them at 87 and 93 for a day or two of course you won't have eggs. Remember to only heat a portion of it, don't give it a wall of heat. That's not good either.
 
Wait a week or two. Be patient, relax, don't stress it. You've only had that colony a 1-2 months? It's Winter, they will not explode in growth during this time. Don't force it.
 


I have them in a ghetto incubator, made with a cardboard box with a heat lamp. Current temp is 87 degrees and yesterday it was 93, but still no eggs...  :(
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I have the lamp on top to the box, clamped to one side. Is that what you meant by a wall of heat? Also I got my heat bulb, but it seems cooler than the last one, and the thermometer reads 71.2 degrees.

Thanks. YsTheAnt, you saw their was a nestmate filled with sugar. I haven’t gave them an apple though :(


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#82 Offline Rstheant - Posted December 20 2018 - 3:31 PM

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Also, I saw eggs at one point, but the queen probably ate them...:(

And Attics, hope you don’t mind what is happening to your awesome journal.... ;)

#83 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted December 20 2018 - 3:32 PM

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These ants dislike sugar other than grapes and apples and maybe other fruits in my experience.

#84 Offline Rstheant - Posted December 20 2018 - 3:43 PM

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The sugar water is just hummingbird nectar with water. I followed the great nurbs advice... :)

#85 Offline Rstheant - Posted December 20 2018 - 4:41 PM

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I saw some eggs!

#86 Offline Rstheant - Posted December 20 2018 - 4:47 PM

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Almost over 30! :)

#87 Offline Rstheant - Posted December 20 2018 - 5:37 PM

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These ants dislike sugar other than grapes and apples and maybe other fruits in my experience.


I have seen them drink the nectar :/
But they just sit there...;/ not pleasing.

#88 Offline anttics - Posted December 20 2018 - 5:38 PM

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Also, I saw eggs at one point, but the queen probably ate them...:(

And Attics, hope you don’t mind what is happening to your awesome journal.... ;)

Not much to tell anymore. The colony is stable, and growing. I sometimes forget about them. Just throw food, and let them be.

Also i got a colony of spring tales, and isotopes. I will be introducing them onto this colony to eat all the crap.they have inside

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#89 Offline Rstheant - Posted December 21 2018 - 4:42 PM

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Hey, my novo nest smells.... and it’s not pleasant :/ Has this happened to yours?

#90 Offline nurbs - Posted December 21 2018 - 4:49 PM

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In the outworld? I leave the lid off and have fluon on the sides. 

 

 

Hey, my novo nest smells.... and it’s not pleasant :/ Has this happened to yours?


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#91 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted December 21 2018 - 8:23 PM

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With my novos unless I used a feeding dish their outworlds smelled terrible.

#92 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 22 2018 - 6:05 AM

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Yeah, try not to stress too much, Rstheant. Ants are better at survival even than we are. Don’t check them too much, either. A watched pot never boils. I bet they’ll really kick butt once winter is over.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#93 Offline anttics - Posted December 22 2018 - 3:47 PM

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The inside nest stinks a little. The out world not at all. I believe the springtales will take care of the smell by eating poo. Also garbage they seem to wanna keep Inside. I'm still trying to figure out how to get them inside.

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#94 Offline anttics - Posted December 23 2018 - 8:18 PM

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Video journal.



#95 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted December 27 2018 - 9:59 AM

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How's the colony your brother has, must be really huge by now...

#96 Offline anttics - Posted January 3 2019 - 4:27 PM

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His is around 400. He does not keep them warm.
Here are some pics from mine. 60 workers. There are around 80 to 100 pupa, 50 larva, and 2 big egg balls. So the colony is doing fine.









#97 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted January 4 2019 - 9:57 AM

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Do you use that same formicarium for most of your ants? They look really nice, what are they made of?



#98 Offline anttics - Posted January 4 2019 - 1:16 PM

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Yes. It works for all i have kept. They are made of 2 4x3x1 inches. I have 1 on top of the other. The bottom is the water reservoir. Connected with a sponge to the top container. The sponge touches the little tile from where they get their moisture, and drinking water.

#99 Offline Rstheant - Posted January 23 2019 - 5:48 PM

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Update?!

#100 Offline anttics - Posted January 24 2019 - 9:00 PM

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Being busy. The colony is doing great 150 workers now. once they reach 1000. I'll do another anttropolis or a hybrid aquarium. Not sure. I know these ants dig way more than camp. Fragilis. Which are happy living in the k23 firebrick rather than dig a nest. So antropolis might be the solution. Here are some pics.






Food they have not thrown away. My srpingtales introduction did not work. They eat all the spring tales. Or something happen to them. So no one can eat all the waste. I was able to introduce springtales in anttropolis housing the Veromessor colomy. They seem to ignore them. Even the little veromessor girls tolerate them.
I'm hoping I can do the same when i change the cocos to their own Anttropolis. I will place gravel in their wet floor for the springTs to hide.


Camber 1


Chamber 2


Chamber 3.
I will add a forth 1. I thinknit can hold 600 plus brood
The curreny pile.of brood about 50. With 80 larva maybe more.

Sadly. I have not seen another ant giant freak. Like the one I lost after a month of her birth. I think she was gonna be a queen. But did not quite got there. She was 1 mm shorter, but much more skinny than a queen. There are pics of her in this journal

I have very few pics of her. I found that tiny giant. Her antenna span is longer than most workers. She is Easy to spot too.


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