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Ant Keeping

Postby dennisle » May 10th, 2017, 12:40 pm

Hi guys!

I'm just curious as to if anyone in the Okanagan keeps ants?

I've just started creating my own formicariums, and would love to see if there is any interest as to whether people like em or not?
Ant keeping is a fun and educational hobby, great for both kids and adults. It is truly a rewarding experience.

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I'm still playing around with the design, switching to smaller magnets, instead of the big ceramic ones.

Hope to hear from you guys!

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Re: Ant Keeping

Postby vegas1500 » May 10th, 2017, 9:29 pm

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Re: Ant Keeping

Postby lightspeed » May 11th, 2017, 1:00 pm

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Re: Ant Keeping

Postby What_the » May 11th, 2017, 2:29 pm

That's really cool! I've heard of ant farms but never seemed so grand as that. Are they much work in the sense like a fish tank? Cleaning tanks and filters etc.

How do you feed them ?
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Re: Ant Keeping

Postby dennisle » May 12th, 2017, 10:02 am

To feed them, all you do is give them some insects, honey/ sugar water. All I do is drop em in there. For the honey I just smear a bit somewhere for them to get. For cleaning, just a wipe on the sides of the glass and container is fine, removing old food sometimes so it doesn't mold. The ant's really maintain themselves a lot, as they are a very socially sophisticated insect.

As for the two gentlemen that love to kill em, I wouldn't want a nest in my home either :biggrin: , I may have used Raid here and there.

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Re: Ant Keeping

Postby Catsumi » Aug 12th, 2017, 8:45 pm

Commendable! Good on you to have quiet (non-barking, yowling) pets. No plastic bags needed for poop pickup, no fenced parks, no licenses to purchase annually. (Oops, bylaws may catch on, sorry)
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Re: Ant Keeping

Postby Poindexter » Sep 6th, 2017, 10:51 am

Turned out we were keeping ants last winter as well. We'd see the odd one or two in the basement so didn't think much of it until we pulled the beer fridge away from the wall. Had an entire colony huddled under the fridge compressor for warmth right on the bare cement. Poor little buggers almost made it to spring but not quite as a massacre quickly ensued.

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