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Post by formica123 on Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:18 am

Hi guys!
I'm soon going to be getting a colony of Polyrhachis Dives with up to 100 workers, and I've got the basics just wondering if anybody's got any tips on how to keep them/personal experiences etc..
Im going to be keeping them in a tank with 4 test tubes woven together with vine two on top and two on bottom and that will be wedged into a piece of wood/bark so that will be their nest with leaf litter etc. on the bottom.
Humidity will be around 70% so that should be good. Temp. reaching up to 28-30 Degrees C.
Any other general tips on keeping them?
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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by dermy on Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:07 pm

I think that should work well for the start, do you think they will need more nesting materials as the Colony grows? They sound very interesting, like wasps that can't fly and get up in your face.

Good Luck with them!
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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by formica123 on Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:25 pm

Yeah they will need more nesting materials lol.
I plan on providing a hollow tree stump like ive seen other people do as the colony progresses.
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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:30 pm

That would be pretty neat to see!
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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by dermy on Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:19 pm

Have you gotten these yet?
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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by formica123 on Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:31 pm

nope should be next week or the week after

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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by dermy on Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:35 pm

Ah okay! Good Luck with them post some pictures when you get them!
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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by formica123 on Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:44 pm

dermy wrote:Ah okay! Good Luck with them post some pictures when you get them!
I will if they arrive okay! Im hoping they will, and there maybe a few queens not just one too!

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Post by dermy on Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:45 pm

Cool, I've always wanted an Ant species that could make nests like wasps do but without the whole flying thing and the "Seasonal Thing".
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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by formica123 on Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:47 pm

Haha, yes, but they usually make weaved nests, but the carton nest is highly possible!
Ive ordered a slightly larger tank for them, coming this week (well, next week, but its sunday, so practically this week) so hopefully they will enjoy it!

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Post by dermy on Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:48 pm

Cool! Even if it isn't the same as a Wasp nest it is still a nest. I bet it will be cool to watch them swarm out of the nest for food and such.
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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by formica123 on Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:50 pm

dermy wrote:Cool! Even if it isn't the same as a Wasp nest it is still a nest. I bet it will be cool to watch them swarm out of the nest for food and such.
Haha yes, and with the new ant shop I set up, ill be getting the Asian weaver ant (Oechephyla) too! But these ants will be having an OFC Smile

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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by dermy on Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:52 pm

Cool! I like reading about People's OFC's it makes me want to do one even more Very Happy
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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by dermy on Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:52 pm

Did you get this colony?
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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by formica123 on Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:35 pm

Really sorry for my inactivity! To make up for it in doing the giveaway we said, a test tube nest ! Should arrive soon :p

Anyway, yep I've got the colony!

4 queens and 200+ workers. No brood when they arrived but now have a large pile of eggs and larvae! Should start to weave soon!
Will get an up-to-date vid soon

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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by dermy on Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:47 pm

Cool, nice to know you finally got them Smile


Can't wait for that vid Smile
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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by formica123 on Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:54 pm

Here's an older vid, still decently recent.
As you can see no brood at that time!
http://youtu.be/MX59yd6N74M

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Re: Keeping Polyrhachis Dives

Post by dermy on Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:37 pm

Cool, hopefully they do well for you, I've seen a few you-tube videos with people who have nice sized Colonies that have nests.
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