Good Day ant lovers,
I am currently keeping 3 Myrmecocystus foundations;
One Mexicanus Queen with 6 workers and 10 pupae,
A second Mexicanus queen (Yellow) with one boosted worker with eggs and young larvae.
And finaly a Placodops Queen with larvae, 3 cocoons and 3 workers.
I live in North France, humid col temperate climate. I keep my colonie in a heated wooden terrarium to keep an ambient temperature arround 26 to 28 Celcius
i still have trouble on how to keep the temperature constant and even, Some parts of the terrarium are colder and form moisture on glass surfaces (if any suggestion on how to heat that wooden (reptile) terrariums I'm open to discussion and suggestions, for now the bigger Mexicanus colony is healthy and in a grouted test tube in a sand coated tub as foragign area, still very descret but running arround. I thought of giving them an Ultracal nest but since i was a child i loves keeping ants in natural setups. 12 years ago i had a work experience at Antstore and got a 12 Liter formicarium which i never used, i have arranged it in a semi arrid setting and i am testing on how to heat it.
Here is the actual setup, with the heating lamp I'm able to heat the top area on about 26/30 Celcius, i already ordered and intend to add a heat map as long as the tank and 15 cm large on the back and top 1/3 of the tank.
Now is any of my Mexicanus colony ready to settle in, will they absolutely destroy it or and will i be able to observe them creatign chamber on top layer for pupae and replete stock on bottom with the pebble used as water filter ?