Alright i actually don't know where this is going towards.
And i mean the "Blog" it self and the post I'm tipping, yet this is supposed to be a forum so i decided to post this in my blogs so I'm open to answers following this one. So long as its constructive .
First of its tough to keep on posting something as i don't want it just to be a story of having spotted a worker running around looking just how the terrain has changed around her nest, so having a "natural" setup with variable conditions including climate / Humidity / Food / Temperature (ill be talking about this later). the colony is not growing perfectly ( still i think in the Interior they must have the best time of their lives and that's just worth it of the start ) i Kind like to keep in mind that I'm literally playing god on the level of a big glass aquarium, sur one cut in a 1/4 world but still. Girls have it like home yet with coller temps i guess as i can't heat the whole room, the setup is directly heated by a mat so even if the room gets to freezing temperatures (which it can't but still like 9C°) as its a closed setup they can still catch on an internal chamber temperature of at least 26.5 constant heat which is perfect for some slow grow and a formidable Health life condition and they don't face any threat its like life on holiday. they have constant food access and a more limited but constant protein in form of insects (T2, 3 Redrunner Roaches and same size Crickets) which they sometimes take in whole or just don't care of, i feel like in other condition they would take them in any time but not in that setup. I see sometimes some cocoons lying around, I'm sadly lost in my personal life so i don't take any specific and detailed follow up on counts so i don't know how match but its constant and still no dead workers.
The thinner right side panel is closed with a thermal fabric/plastic mostly for light but thermal kinda Work to protect the glas temperature it self like the front sheet just to keep the internal temperature constant and or on a low Gradient (must be cozy). On the not of not taking count or sadly follow up i intend to name a couple of workers and surely the queen (with a name that also says that even though I'm sure she is alive i will never see her ever again or lets hops the future room will be large enough I'm sure they will get large ( the outworld has changed a lot) i now find the lower level pebbles, only very small ones and only 4 or 5. I havent shared here yet but i got, not the scare of my life but a deep bref sadness and scar when i found this,
No it is not her it is a roach i had placed but i forgot.
Now i must say i the développement is very slow, it seems if not overfed or heated they don't really seem to feel like exploding populations and just live as they want like humidity is constant in lower level and they do use it. And my personal view is limited to the "Outworld" they only use at dawn as they do (Who's the boy who didn't think about non diurnal species ?) still when they decide to storm out it is the blas to see six worker of different amber, butter and honey large ants rune around exploring cleaning and sometimes drinking honey.
didn't think about non diurnal species ?) still when they decide to storm out it is the blas to see six worker of different amber, butter and honey large ants rune around exploring cleaning and sometimes drinking honey.
Sometimes i allow my self a peek in the only internal pathway (note here it is not even a chamber) which they scatter up and down curiously at the light, at some point i could
swear i peeked a large ember shining gaster. Let me show you what i can see ( imagine it with some bright light, yet they still managed this moisture to cover the thinnest corners)
So i don't know what this blog is going to give until they grow mature enough to be actively enough and feed constantly outside, and in a time when they while have dug up the large inner chambers with repletes (NO i won't give any unnatural bright colored red/blue/green stuff to my ants to make it looke like an underground disco, i intend to see it as a chamber clustered with golden amber marbles) i will still post these discussion of what i feel about and what i spot and my care habits, for example i monthly remove debris and dust that forms from dug up material that is made out of sand that crumbles and also monthly water the overworld creating small puddles that dure for half an hour and evaporate. Top level is usually hard and dry and i have recently closed the top lid to form in "internal > external gradient" formed some condensation outside so i opened the the side connections (they don't bother climbing the glass and never even came in contact with the PTFE, and even if one climbed out they would only find near cold and freezing spots for now. I intend to use meshed grides for the side 50 mm openings in summer for air flow with closed lid unless in heat waves with 30 + outdoor temperatures at what point i would keep to PTFE and open top.
Still I'm fascinated by any of their behavior's, I'm still feeling that child i was when i just open the side pane and watch them go up and down for at least an hour not feeling my feet anymore because i can't sit down or stand up. I fish i can finally set them up in a good isolated room and on a stand i can sit to watch them and also film. But i still just hang out and loose my mind far away watching them doing ant stuff, can't wait to try some interaction on their group behavior when the plenty. Flora seem to spread slowly also as i fed them proteins flakes mixed with dry seed who started to spring after the rare watering most seem not to survive due to the harsh dry conditions but then offer some material for the one who seem to endure and survive it, one succulent has died the other two are still alive on is having a tough time but seem to gor through the other one has the same time but is now back to a freshening green (il still looking at aphids that could be living on them if you people have any suggestions) the cactus is going great still i feel he is going to boom in summer with greater heat. I could sit for hours just watching them can't imagine what it will be when i will see some side chamber on the lengthy pane.
I am thinking of making drawings of Mexicanus, i feel like i can recognize the different first workers so I'm thinking of naming them.
And here is also the main Questions for this blog Should i name the Queen and what name, i would like to think of a south American and or Mexicano Hispanic name the meaning if there is one of the name is still in the air.
Observation in th colony, the ants seem to prefer Marple syrup to the usual sunburst nectar liquide i propose, my Mexican girls have a taste for Canadian sugar it feels like. Insect choice is skittish yes they seem to prefer the roach's to any of the crickets i give. I though of growing small crickets in the setup would you guys have any suggestion (i will wait for the mesh side caps as they seem to be Escape artists.
I hope this post has brought any insights on the colony and my personal thoughts, again I'm open to any constructive question/answers hope to answer and post soon.
Edited by Katla, March 6 2023 - 8:11 AM.