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Any ant fans out there?

Unread post by Rick » December 14th, 2018, 7:40 am

Sometime after Christmas, my daughter and I will be starting our biggest critter project yet, converting a 10 gallon aquarium into an ant farm.

Ideally, the aquarium will be at least half filled with some sort of sod, with a “pond” on one side, plants planted around, and open space decorated with terrarium moss, twigs, and stones.

We’re going to order a supply of ants that includes a queen ant and, with any luck, have an ongoing colony.

I have questions, though.

What’s the best way to seal this thing so that it is still accessible for water and feeding? Currently the aquarium is open-topped. Ant escapees is not an option.

Feeding ants fruit, as recommended by a lot of guides, leads to fruit flies (we have a small ant habitat with teensy air holes, and fruit flies make it into it without problem). Would a Venus fly trap be a feasible plant to include, provided the queen ant keeps the population replenished?


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Re: Any ant fans out there?

Unread post by Rick » December 20th, 2018, 6:47 am

I thought about that, but I wasn't sure how that would work with an ant farm. Decades ago, I had a tropical toad as a pet, and the instructions I was given was to feed it a dozen crickets a week.

My experience was that it would eat them pretty damn quickly til there were none left, then just basically hang loose til the next feeding came around. I'd be afraid a frog would simply eat up every ant it came across til we were left with nothing more than a frog habitat.

Although I could avoid the issue of fruit flies altogether by sticking to only letting Anya feed them bits of carbs (bread, crackers, cookies) or maybe cheese rather than fruits or veggies.


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Re: Any ant fans out there?

Unread post by Rick » December 24th, 2018, 3:25 am

Do they come in miniature? The tank isn't very large, and it's needing to contain quite a bit of dirt already.


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