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Old 06-05-2019, 02:44 PM
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Hi all,
I watch a lot of a youtuber called Ants Canada, He makes some very cool ant vivariums however he has never done a setup video or how to. Any of you ever kept ants or raised them in a vivarium style setup? If there are any forums you can point me to or give me some advice that would be great!
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Hi all,
I watch a lot of a youtuber called Ants Canada, He makes some very cool ant vivariums however he has never done a setup video or how to. Any of you ever kept ants or raised them in a vivarium style setup? If there are any forums you can point me to or give me some advice that would be great!
Main advice, get some test tubes and catch a queen or five now. New colony will live in that test tube for the first year, and then in a tiny formicarium after that for few more years. I have a small colony, 3rd year now, and it's like 20-40 ants strong, set to double or tripple this year.

While the colony grows you'll have plenty of time to research formicarium builds or to find a prebuilt one. There are a bunch of decent ones on aliexpress for example, I got 2 from there. (after the one I built from a firebrick failed because of hard water deposits).

You would almost never want to give your colony access to a kind of vivarium people build here -- if they like it they will burrow and you will never see the queen again.

To catch a queen, keep your eyes firmly on the ground wherever you walk and carry several small containers at all times. You will recognize a queen right away, she would be like a minivan among scooters compared to the rest of the ants. Find out when ants fly in your area and what species they are, usually there will be plenty of chances during the summer.

I'll post some links to good resources tomorrow when I find them again.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:23 AM
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I made this setup intended for decomposer invertebrates including roaches, isopods, springtails and millipedes. Although now I might have to start over because predatory flatworms got into it somehow. I'm thinking about adding Porcellio scaber because I read that they might eat flatworms.

This kind of thing with a leaf litter and rotten log should be good for an invert setup and it's pretty easy to put together. Maybe ants could go into something like this as well and maybe, depending upon diet, they could also get along with other inverts. For ants likely to nest in rotting wood this could give you some control for where they go.

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Old 06-12-2019, 06:05 PM
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Here is a good guide with all basic info on ant keeping you will need:

Ant Keeping Guide for Beginners - General Ant Keeping - Ants & Myrmecology Forum
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Check out https://www.formica-antfarm.com/

I had a colony once, I had bought and used a formicarium that lasted for a while.
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You can carve tunnels into aac which is a lightweight concrete and push that up against the glass. It holds moisture well and works for ants. Then plants and dirt outside that. Just keep the rim of the tank coated 2or3 inches to prevent escapes.
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This will depend entirely on the species of ant you intend to house. For planted vivariums it seems larger ant species with smaller colonies are the easiest to observe and contain. Smaller, faster growing species like Solenopsis or Tetramorium sp. are usually far easier to get established and fill the tank but better at escaping and harder to relocate if the colony overgrown the enclosure. I’d look for something like Camponotus to start of with depending on what species you can find in your area.

You can either just allow them to construct their own nest in the substrate of the tank, make a ytong/aac nest by carving tunnels into a block and place that into the enclosure against the glass or connect an external nest to the tank with a tube. Depends on what you want to observe

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