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Messor barbarus island.

Beitragvon Rudi » 13. Mai 2018 18:10

Would it be possible to keep an M. Barbarus colony on an island to prevent escaping?

I'm considering a 80x40x40cm terrarium with a canal/moat around it of 5cm wide and 5cm deep. With a small current provided by a pump.

This should (if they cant swim) keep them on their island. There would be a floater getting acros every now and then and some would drown.

Has anyone tried this before? Does it work?
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Re: Messor barbarus island.

Beitragvon trailandstreet » 13. Mai 2018 21:41

To prevent them from escaping - Yes.
To prevent them from drowning - No.
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Re: Messor barbarus island.

Beitragvon Rudi » 14. Mai 2018 10:06

If a few would drown every now and then i would considder that acceptable. Look at it as a form of population control.

It would be a problem if they would drown by the hundreds...

Would they 'learn' to stay away from the water after a while?
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Re: Messor barbarus island.

Beitragvon Sojave » 14. Mai 2018 12:52

A lot of people experienced, that Messor barbarus and open water and even small water drink places is a bad combination. I think, that this species tends the most to drown in even the smallest water from all ants. They dont learn about that danger.

It would go far behind population control...
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Re: Messor barbarus island.

Beitragvon Rudi » 15. Mai 2018 08:49

Is this true for all messor species?
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Re: Messor barbarus island.

Beitragvon Rudi » 16. Mai 2018 17:22

I would prefer a harvester species that can be kept in this kind of setup.
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