I am considering to acquire a colony of atta sexdens. I am concerned with a few questions:
1. Population control
I've read a lot about how the colonies can get very huge (several million workers). Although I have plenty of space, I wouldn't want the population to grow indefinitely. Is it possible to keep the population at a stable level without the animals displeasing ? I've heard that it would be possible to limit the food supply in the outside world, others say it doesn't work at all.
As far as the leaf supply is concerned, the question of quantity arises. I can get plenty of fresh leaves (especially blackberries). The question that arises here is how often do you have to offer new food and what about the quantities?
3. Plants in the area
I plan to build a kind of plants / jungle corner around the colony, to which the animals should not have access. Do the Attas take it and then try to escape there?
4. Lighting conditions
I would keep the mushroom and the waste basin dark. Possibly illuminate the outside world. Does that fit and what should you watch out for in terms of lighting?
5. Substrate fungus
As a substrate for the mushroom, I thought of a mixture of sand and seramis to keep the moisture. I would do the irrigation via a hose that ends directly in the ground. Bottom thickness 1-2 cm?