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#21 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 8 2021 - 7:17 AM

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I've been adding a small amount of seeds every few days. A few small fish food flakes every day, and the occasional fruit fly here and there. They aren't know for being great about removing insect garbage, so I'm hesitant to give them too many at this point in their growth. I don't want a mold outbreak on my hands. 


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#22 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 8 2021 - 8:53 AM

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I've been adding a small amount of seeds every few days. A few small fish food flakes every day, and the occasional fruit fly here and there. They aren't know for being great about removing insect garbage, so I'm hesitant to give them too many at this point in their growth. I don't want a mold outbreak on my hands. 

ugh. I don't want to be mean or anything but, Ants aren't fish. Fish flakes contain all kinds of weird nutrients so you guys who are feeding your acromyrmex and regular ants fish food should stop because that isn't really good for them. They need regular food.



#23 Offline NPLT - Posted June 8 2021 - 9:15 AM

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I've been adding a small amount of seeds every few days. A few small fish food flakes every day, and the occasional fruit fly here and there. They aren't know for being great about removing insect garbage, so I'm hesitant to give them too many at this point in their growth. I don't want a mold outbreak on my hands. 

ugh. I don't want to be mean or anything but, Ants aren't fish. Fish flakes contain all kinds of weird nutrients so you guys who are feeding your acromyrmex and regular ants fish food should stop because that isn't really good for them. They need regular food.

 

He's been feeding the fish flakes to them for quite a while alongside nuts, since they haven't dropped dead, we can infer that at worst they are gaining nothing from it, and at best its nutritious food. Also, acromyrmex do not eat the fish flakes, they cut up the flakes and feed it  to their fungus, and if the fungus accepts them, it's all the better.


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Um, uh, Ants!

 

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#24 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 8 2021 - 9:40 AM

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I've been adding a small amount of seeds every few days. A few small fish food flakes every day, and the occasional fruit fly here and there. They aren't know for being great about removing insect garbage, so I'm hesitant to give them too many at this point in their growth. I don't want a mold outbreak on my hands. 

ugh. I don't want to be mean or anything but, Ants aren't fish. Fish flakes contain all kinds of weird nutrients so you guys who are feeding your acromyrmex and regular ants fish food should stop because that isn't really good for them. They need regular food.

 

 

This colony loves the fish food flakes, even over their normal dandelion seeds. (I've also been trying other seeds from a bird seed mix and seeing if they like them or not.) They do get very excited when I give them fruit files too however. 

 

I've seen serval people that give their pogonomyremex colonies fish food flakes. With seemingly no major issues. I don't feed any of my other colonies fish food. 


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#25 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted June 8 2021 - 11:29 AM

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I’ve fed my tapinoma colony fish flakes they love them and will feed them to there larvae and many generations have hatched and nothing has gone wrong, there main ingredient is shrimp so I honestly don’t know how that is bad.
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#26 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 8 2021 - 4:03 PM

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I've been adding a small amount of seeds every few days. A few small fish food flakes every day, and the occasional fruit fly here and there. They aren't know for being great about removing insect garbage, so I'm hesitant to give them too many at this point in their growth. I don't want a mold outbreak on my hands. 

ugh. I don't want to be mean or anything but, Ants aren't fish. Fish flakes contain all kinds of weird nutrients so you guys who are feeding your acromyrmex and regular ants fish food should stop because that isn't really good for them. They need regular food.

 

He's been feeding the fish flakes to them for quite a while alongside nuts, since they haven't dropped dead, we can infer that at worst they are gaining nothing from it, and at best its nutritious food. Also, acromyrmex do not eat the fish flakes, they cut up the flakes and feed it  to their fungus, and if the fungus accepts them, it's all the better.

 

I mainly mean it's bad for Acromyrmex. Because Acromyrmex are not fish and they need all the nutrients from leaves not from fish flakes.



#27 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 9 2021 - 6:56 AM

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Got another callow worker last night. So cool that they immediately go to helping with brood and other in nest tasks. 

 

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#28 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 9 2021 - 12:04 PM

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Nice!


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#29 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 21 2021 - 7:11 AM

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Photo I snapped on Friday. Been busy with the family, sorry about the lack of updates. 

 

 

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#30 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 21 2021 - 8:20 AM

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Absolutely nothing wrong with fish flakes if your colony likes them.
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#31 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted June 22 2021 - 12:17 PM

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I like how the larvae are red :3 and it’s okay about the lack of updates
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#32 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 22 2021 - 12:19 PM

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I like how the larvae are red :3 and it’s okay about the lack of updates

 

I always give them the pink/red fish flakes.  :D


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#33 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 23 2021 - 12:53 PM

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Slightly blurry photo of the brood from this morning. I hadn't had my coffee yet okay? 

 

 

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#34 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted June 23 2021 - 12:58 PM

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LOL
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#35 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 25 2021 - 8:28 AM

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Snapped another photo last night. We got a new callow worker! 

 

 

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#36 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted June 25 2021 - 8:42 AM

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what is the average death count per week?


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#37 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 25 2021 - 8:48 AM

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what is the average death count per week?

 

Uh, I have only seen 3 ever since I received the colony. 2 were from when they transferred nests and didn't enclose properly. One didn't enclose properly this week, but from my understanding sometimes this just happens. 


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Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

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#38 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 28 2021 - 9:23 AM

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Starting to think this colony may outgrow their fallen fortress sooner than I thought. About to have a huge population boom. (These photos are from yesterday.)

 

 

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Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#39 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted June 28 2021 - 10:14 AM

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Great! I would wait until it is packed though. Have you been feeding them insects?(just wondering)
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#40 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 28 2021 - 10:32 AM

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Great! I would wait until it is packed though. Have you been feeding them insects?(just wondering)

 

They've been getting some fruit flies occasionally. Daily fish food flakes, and plenty of seeds. They also have sunburst ant nectar they can drink.   


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