Hello everyone! This is my first post here so I apologize if I get it wrong but I've exhausted most other options.
A while back I came into possession of a few spare fish tanks and I thought about what I could do with them. After watching a few things of AntsCanada, I eventually went ahead and bought both a Lasius Hybrid Starter Kit and a Large Ant Tower (with a few connectors and such). I'm in Australia though and doing some digging I eventually found a seller not to far from me for various ant species/food/supplies. Problem is I have no idea which one I'm really going for. The seller is QueenOfAnts, if that helps with advice.
After speaking via email to the seller, I ended up being torn on either Pheidole or Iridomyrex that they have in stock. Upon further inquiries I found out that the former species may not work well in an enclosure as they'll escape easily. Nevertheless I ended up getting everything and setting it up in preparation, though the outworld has a little gap in the bottom of it so the sand provided just poured out. I ended up switching to some clay ball substrate I still had left over from my fish tanks and hopefully that works.
With regards to the fish tanks, I eventually did a stupid and ended up combining two 30L tanks vertically and drilling a hole into the side of it to mount some of the AntsCanada brackets. The work is disgusting to look at but it does the job.. hopefully. I will eventually get a lid made up at my work to cover up the top but my main issue is trying to put plants and such into the tank. I expect to fill it up about 50% of a sand/soil mixture (with a clay bottom, filter medium and charcoal), but after looking around and getting nowhere I have no idea what plants would work in such a space or what would work for the species I'm looking at.
Lastly, I still have an abundance of fish food (flakes, dried shrimp, etc) so I'm curious to know if such foods could work for ants?
Thank you for any help/advice in advance as I look forwards to getting into ant keeping somewhat down the line. Sorry for the massive post as well, but I wanted to make sure I covered most bases.