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Best way to contain small ants like Tetramorium....


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#21 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted Yesterday, 10:00 AM

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They were invading the Camponotus bins AGAIN so yes, trying mineral oil.  :mad:


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Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus, vicinus, quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and previously californicus

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#22 Online ANTdrew - Posted Yesterday, 10:18 AM

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That's awful. Could you also set the formicarium on a tray of water/vinegar solution? A small disposable baking pan would work.

You may want to consider moving them out of that formicarium.


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#23 Offline TechAnt - Posted Yesterday, 12:37 PM

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Why not destroy the tetras and feed their brood to the colonies they have attacked mwahahahahahaha!

 

Can I ask why you want to keep the tetras? I think there are far more interesting ants out there. If you want to keep them, I'd suggest a moat of water around their set-up, as somebody who has experienced small ants saying 'oo la de da I shall escape' moments a lot (I'm looking at my Pheidole) I'd suggest that.


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Ants:
(x1) Campontous semitstaceus ~20 workers, 1 Queen
(x1) Pheidole californica 100-50 workers, 4 Queens
(x1) Camponotus vicinus ~10 workers, 1 Queen (all black variety)
(x1) Tetramorium immigrans ~lots and lots of brood / ~too many workers, 1 Queen
(x8) Myrmercocystus mexicanus -1 Queen
(x5) Mymercocystus mimcus -1 Queen
(x1) Mymercocystus testaceus ~15 workers, 1 Queen

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#24 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted Yesterday, 5:00 PM

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well, tetramorium is basically mini the mini pogonomyrmex. they grow just as fast, but are just smaller and less brilliantly colored. some people love their aggressive behavior, some hate their growth speed and keeping up to it. it just depends on the person.


i am keeping t. immigrans right now.


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#25 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted Yesterday, 6:36 PM

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Well Tetramorium was the first ant colony I got last year, when I re-started antkeeping, and I did grow them from tiny to overgrown, and they've had all sorts of adventures, so I'm kinda loathe to ditch them. They are a good colony to make mistakes on. Anyway IF I ever get to do another ant science class demonstration, they are great for showing kids size contrast (Tetras vs. Titans lol).

 

In other news, I applied mineral oil (food grade, by the way) and NO ANTS ARE EATING IT. Apparently they've decided it's inedible. I guess that's a good thing?! They seem to be avoiding it. YAY!


Edited by OhNoNotAgain, Yesterday, 6:37 PM.

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Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus, vicinus, quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and previously californicus

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.





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