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Post by Salt on Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:16 am

Hi guys,
May I begin by saying the only experience I had with ants was one of those ant farms you get from toy stores when I was younger and that didn't go too well Shocked
But one thing I always loved doing when I was younger was getting a box and shoving various invertebrates such as woodlice, various spiders and ground beetles to see how they all interact.
So reading through the various journals of ant farms on here (which have definitely sparked a bit of interest), I thought maybe there could be a way of combining the two, by allowing ants to nest in a bottom chamber and to develop the out-door chamber into something that sustains other invertebrates, such as woodlice.
I realise that the ants could make very quick work of some insects, however I would think that a small colony of ants (<300) would eat at a rate that would allow some invertebrates to reproduce.
However I may be wrong, was just wondering what you guys think and if anyone with a spare colony would try this out, as it could make for a very interesting and lower-maintenance project.

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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:30 am

Sounds like a good idea.

There are some species of wood lice that ants get on with, and sometimes ex allow into their nests, though I don't think they are the common wood lice we see in our gardens.


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Post by Salt on Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:36 am

Sometimes when I lifted a brick or something similar and found an ant nest, I usually found a couple of woodlice living there, so I think the common ones would work.

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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:42 am

I think you may be right. Very Happy

I plan on keeping pods so I may put some in my Lasius Niger foraging bin. Smile

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Post by dermy on Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:25 pm

That would be really cool to do, have almost like an ecosystem in a colony. I don't think I know of any ways to make it work without loosing visability of the ants, but who knows maybe one day Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:02 pm

I'll let you know when I get some pods Smile

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Post by dermy on Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:08 pm

Yes get some Isopods!!

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:59 am

dermy wrote:Yes get some Isopods!!

I will Very Happy

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Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:39 am

But in order to keep them [this is a big draw-back to keeping them in ant outworlds] is that they need a lot of moisture because they breath through Modified Gills.

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:41 am

Hmm, that may be a proplem for me then.

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Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:42 am

Yes it might Razz Wouldn't want ants nesting in the outworld.

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:43 am

Definitely not >.<

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Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:45 am

By the time your done getting Isopods onto your list of bugs you'll need a big shelving unit like HLD Razz and have to dedicate a whole room to them Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:46 am

Yes, that is vary true >.<

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Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:48 am

Then you'll have to start making lists of what you keep Razz

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:48 am

dermy wrote:Then you'll have to start making lists of what you keep Razz

Yes >.<

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Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:49 am

And start making big feeding schedules Razz

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:49 am

And give up my job to have time to dedicate to them Shocked

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Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:53 am

Haha if you have to do that you need help Razz

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:54 am

Yes, you'll have to come over here and help me Smile

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Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:56 am

I meant a different kind of "help" haha "Invert Addiction Agency how may I help you" Razz

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:08 am

Yes, just don't send Cotton over >.<

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Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:15 am

Haha he'd really help you Razz

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Post by Salt on Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:27 pm

Aw shucks, didn't think about the humidity attracting nesting ants. Guess that will require some thinking through:)

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Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:32 pm

Yes it will but don't give up on it it's a great idea!

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