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Feeding Ants excess Baby Fish

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#1 Offline DJoseph98 - Posted March 11 2020 - 7:42 AM

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I had an explosion of baby guppies in my aquarium and the adults are not eating them fast enough before they grow too big. Since I know some local pet stores sell these young fry as feeder fish, would it be a good idea to use the excess fry to expand the diet of my Monomorium minimum (pre-killed of course)? I don't see much difference in using mealworms or fruit flies; however, I have not been able to find any information for situations like this. They are extremely small, so if they are palatable, it would not take long for them to be eaten so should reduce the likelihood of smell.
Thoughts, comments, and experience regarding this area are welcome.

Note: I understand many people draw a line at the types of feeders they use at using live insects such as fruit flies euthanized or not; however, it is either this or being devoured alive by their parents or faster growing siblings.

Current Colonies

1 x Camponotus nearcticus (Monogynous), 1 x Crematogaster cerasi (Monogynous), 1 x Formica cf. subsericea (Polygynous Two-Queen), 1 x Formica cf. pallidefulva (Monogynous, single worker),

1 x Lasius cf. americanus (Pleometrotic Founding, now Monogynous), 1 x Tetramorium immigrans (Monogynous)

 

Current Founding Units

1 x Formica cf. subsericea (Monogynous)

 

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#2 Online ANTdrew - Posted March 11 2020 - 8:08 AM

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I foresee no problems other than smell. The ants will love it and probably boom in numbers even more. 


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#3 Offline LaTun - Posted March 11 2020 - 8:34 AM

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I have done a similar thing where I fed small fish that recently died to my ant colonies.
It's a great food source that many ants like.

I feed fish to different Lasius and Camponotus species, but all opportunistic species should take them.


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#4 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted March 11 2020 - 8:53 AM

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Neat! I have never thought of that...Well, we have a 5 gallon fish tank, so I guess I could feed the dead fish to my Camponotus colony... :yahoo:


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#5 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 11 2020 - 10:30 AM

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I have a 13 gallon one, sot there we go!


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#6 Offline LaTun - Posted March 11 2020 - 10:46 AM

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I have a small fish room, so I always have some type of dead fish available. Mostly frozen feeder fish for my bichirs,

The parts which are too small for the bichirs are always a welcomed snack for the ants


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#7 Offline Canadant - Posted April 7 2020 - 3:46 PM

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But there might be a smell. Let's choose to call it an odor.
"You don't get what you want. You get what you deserve".





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