Maintaining your Ant Farms
If you are starting your ant farm, it is better to avoid the potentially precarious types like harvesting ants and fire ants. These kind of ants can create chaos if handled improperly. Now the question is from where to gather the material and most important, the ants. Some of you might consider collecting the ants from under dried logs or if this seems futile the ants can be ordered.
If you are still insisting on collection your own ants, the simplest way to attract them is to drop some sweet syrup and wait for them to turn up. For a good collection you will need one or more queen and broods apart from workers. This way, your farm can keep bustling with activity for a longer period of time.
But while you opt for collecting your own ants, it seems far more difficult to collect a queen and broods unless they are ordered.
Moving on to the design of the galls farm, you should use sand or composite depending upon the color of ants used. This will definitely help in easy viewing of the ants. Before you start deporting them into their new habitat, make sure that you have dampened the sand so that they can make tunnels.
Now, once they are set up in their new home, you can feed them with food particles, sweet sugary syrup like maple or honey and dead insects. Ants cannot starve to death without food, however, water, is vital for their survival. The general advice is to keep the ant farm moist and away from direct sunlight.
To make sure that they always have water available you can use a cylindrical tube filled with water and sealed with cotton on the top. This ensures that water doesn't leak and flood their colony. It is better to seal the farm, to prevent the ants from leaving it. In such case, the lid should be removed everyday for a short duration to allow for air.
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