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Keeping 2 species in one enclosure?

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#1 Offline MrKotter - Posted June 29 2020 - 7:59 AM


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I have a Camponotus floridanus colony with roughly 2500 ants.  Their enclosure has 2 outworlds and an AC Camponotus Hybrid 2.0 formicarium.  One of the outworlds is a 10 gallon tank with additional nesting areas below the surface.  I also have a Brachymyrmex patagonicus colony with 500-1000 workers.  I would like to add them to the Camponotus enclosure and see if they can co-exist.


I have seen them nesting almost on top of each other in the wild, but obviously very hesitant to do this unless I find someone else with experience putting these together in captivity.


Any thoughts?

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#2 Online Antennal_Scrobe - Posted June 29 2020 - 8:17 AM


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I don't think they would fight, but try adding some workers from one colony into the other's enclosure, just to make sure. Just make sure that both colonies would be able to nest in separate areas away from each other. Maybe add another fish tank outworld with soil.

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Currently keeping:


Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Myrmica punctiventris, Formica sp.

Formica pallidefulva

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus nearcticus

Crematogaster cerasi

Temnothorax ambiguus

Prenolepis imparis

#3 Offline CreeperUniverse - Posted June 29 2020 - 8:20 AM



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Since you have species with great size variation, it could definitely work. I'd be worried about the Brachy attacking the Camponotus, but then again, I haven't tried something like that before. I've seen it work with smaller colonies, but I don't know anyone who has tried with larger ones.

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