hey guys, i'm new to ant keeping, thought this might be the best place to ask this (as I can't seem to create a forum account on ACs forum itself).
I made a rather large 1st order with 2 AC Outworld 2.0's, and neither came with a feeding port plug.
Has anyone else experienced this? I've emailed them and waiting on reply.
I just find it strange. 1 box coming without a plug I can understand, but 2? seems like i'm missing something, or maybe it is just whoever handles distribution has been forgetting to put them in the box with the outworlds.
Arthropod Antics, TarHeelAnts and Por Amor Art are the only three companies I can personally recommend.
That being said, I do not use nests from any of these sites (although I do use some test tube accessories from Por Amor Art.. highly recommend them and will probably write a review on their market forum soon actually).
I buy my own acrylic boxes and make my own "Arthropod Antics" style nests and outworlds. You can make like 12 nests and outworlds for the cost of buying 3 or 4 nests and outworlds from the big companies. If making nests is not for you, by all means purchase some. However, I want to collect a LOT of ants, and I just can't afford to buy a nest for every colony and have to UPGRADE every 6 months til the colonies max out or you stop feeding so much protein.
It requires minimal tools.. I make my own nests, drill my own holes, cut my own vinyl tubing and make plugs with them myself as well. Here is an example:
That is a 150 (give or take) worker Solenopsis invicta colony with a massive pile of brood that is about to explode any day now. It will probably easily fit 6-800 ants before I need to upgrade and I have 3 others just like it as well as 4 of the XL version and 4 of one that's kinda similar to the XL.
I just need more outworlds, gonna upgrade to a larger size, too. Fit more stuff and not risk knocking down tons of talcum powder every time I reach in.
EDIT: If you are curious as to what you will need or the process of making these nests and outworlds and where to get the supplies, just ask! I can get all that info to you.
Edited by Flu1d, April 2 2023 - 12:45 PM.