STARTING A NEW FIRE ANT COLONY | REBIRTH OF THE FIRE ANTS

STARTING A NEW FIRE ANT COLONY | REBIRTH OF THE FIRE ANTS


Last week, we said goodbye to one of the OG
ant colonies of this channel. It was with great sadness that we discovered
that the Fire Nation, my five year old fire ant colony, had died out. But with great endings come new beginnings,
and I can’t wait to introduce to you the heirs to the Fire Nation’s throne. AC Family, today we meet our brand new fire
ant queen and her first pioneering generation of fire ant workers. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL ICON. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! Behold! The great successors of the Fire Nation. What you’re seeing here is a new fire ant
queen with her first generation of worker ants. These ants are about to receive something
truly special, so do keep on watching until the end to witness something magical this
colony is about to receive. Now in this test tube setup, we have the queen,
so gorgeous. We also have the first set of workers, which
are known as nanitics. You can also see eggs, larvae, and pupae. Check out that light coloured worker ant which
recently eclosed from its pupal stage. In a few days, it will be moving around like
the other workers, and its exoskeleton properly hardened. I find this fledgling fire ant colony to be
so cute, and I feel they’ll quickly rise in numbers to take their place as the mighty
fire ant colony of our Antiverse. Now, I was thinking. What should we name this colony? Should we call them Fire Nation 2.0 or the
Neo Fire Nation, or perhaps the Phoenix Nation, as was popularly suggested in last week’s
video. Let me know what you think we should name
this great fire ant colony in the making in this ipoll here. Thank you, AC Council for your input. You’ll notice the queen lays super still. She’s actually resting and preserving her
energy, and for good reason. She’s currently not in her best form at
the moment. You see, the queen hasn’t eaten a real,
full meal in weeks and has gone through quite a lot over the past month. So get this, after a queen mates during her
nuptial flight, she breaks off her wings, and goes off to seal herself within a chamber
in the soil, known as a claustral cell. In this claustral cell, the queen does not
eat and subsists entirely off energy stores in her back muscles which previously powered
her wings for flight. She lays eggs and once these eggs hatch into
larvae, she feeds the larvae a self-made nutritious soup, again created from her back muscle stores,
which she regurgitates up for the larvae to eat. The larvae grow, develop into pupae, then
eclose into adult worker ants. So, this queen here is starving. She literally raised these workers and larvae
off her own body tissues this whole time. Sound pretty crazy but it what she’s built
to do. It’s important she doesn’t move around
too much, though. She must preserve her energy at all costs
if she wants to survive to perpetuate the colony. The success of the entire colony now lies
in the hands of the nanitics. The most important first task of these workers
is to wander out into the world, and bring back some food so the queen can finally eat
after all these weeks of fasting, and AC Family, guess what: We’re about to make that moment
happen now. Let’s feed them! AC Family, I can’t wait for us to see this! Using a toothpick I placed a tiny drop of
honey into their test tube setup. Now let’s watch! Instantly a couple ants discovered the honey. Then a third came along to drink. Then a fourth… a fifth… and a sixth came
to drink. A seventh ant came along and an eighth. It was awesome to see that the honey was such
a hit! You also have to remember that these ants
have only known the self-made regurgitated soup from their mother, the queen. I imagine, as great as that must taste, this
honey must truly be blowing their minds right now! Wouldn’t you think? The queen began showing signs of excitement. I think she had been informed that her nanitics
had found something tasty just beyond. A few minutes later, workers with full social
stomachs came back to regurgitate the goods. At first, I saw the workers were feeding other
workers. This process of regurgitation and mouth to
mouth feeding is called trophallaxis, something all eusocial insects like bees and termites
do to distribute food among members of a colony. Then I noticed a worker feeding a larva. I bet that larvae was loving the honey. When the worker was done feeding it, you could
actually see the honey in the larva’s stomach through its semi-transparent body. How neat right? And then finally, a worker moved in to give
their starving queen mother her very first meal in weeks. Just awesome! More and more workers continued to feed their
queen via trophallaxis. She accepted their offerings graciously. For me, watching a queen and nanitics of a
starting ant colony receive their very first meal is truly one of the most beautiful things
to witness in the hobby, one of those ant keeping joys. Over the next few days, I will continue to
offer our fledgling fire ant colony here various small meals, like a cricket leg or a mealworm
head. The days of fasting and subsisting on the
queen’s own body tissues are now over, as the workers will be the ones feeding the queen
and brood from now on. With the queen properly nourished and a growing
army of worker ants caring for her and her future brood, she no longer needs to do anything
else but perform her primary duty of laying eggs. I think it’s super cool for us to be able
to start this awesome new journey with this new fire ant colony of ours. I think it’s extra cool because it’s been
years since we’ve been able to start an ant colony from scratch like this on the channel,
and I think it would be great for us to watch how a massive fire ant colony of the likes
of our late Fire Nation, emerges from such humble beginnings. Given ample food and resources, this species
literally explodes in population, so I anticipate that this colony will need to move out of
here in a week or two. I plan on moving them first into a Hybrid
Nest, and then once they outgrow that, move them into a terrarium perhaps. But here’s the thing about moving them into
the Selva de Fuego, the old home of our Fire Nation. A lot of you spotted that the supermajor in
last week’s episode had a blood sucking mite on it! It freaked me out because it meant that mites
could have been responsible for wiping out the Fire Nation, and not old age of the queen. But, it could also be possible that the blood
sucking mites came after the queen had died and the population started to dwindle and
weaken. Whatever the case, I’m not going to take
risks, and I have decided that I am going to have to ditch the Selva de Fuego and create
an entirely new vivarium from scratch. I still have a few months to plan before this
colony will be big enough to move in a terrarium anyway. Though the past few weeks have been quite
rough, this new fire ant colony brings me new hope. Though they don’t seem like it yet, this
cute ant colony will soon rise to become the savage, aggressive, and powerful fire ant
kingdom we once knew in the Fire Nation, and until then I’ll continue to nurture them
and film their evolution, every step of the way. Thank you for watching. It’s ant love forever. AC Family, are you as excited as I am about
this new fire ant colony? I look forward to building new memories together
with them and learning about them. I wonder if they have a different personality
than the Fire Nation. So much is in store ahead so if you haven’t
yet, SMASH that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON now and hit ALL so you get notified at
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every single time including now. It would really mean a lot to me. Thank you, guys! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like to watch some extended play footage of our new young fire
ant colony. And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: Which was your favourite memory of the Fire
Nation? Congratulations to Patrick Tierney who answered: My favorite moment in the Fire Nation’s
history was when they were escaping their enclosures. Congratulations Patrick, you just won a free
Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
ask: What is the name of the process of mouth-to-mouth
food transfer in eusocial insects? Leave your answer in the comments section
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MY GREATEST ANT COLONY DIED | RIP FIRE NATION

MY GREATEST ANT COLONY DIED | RIP FIRE NATION


Last week, during our full ant room tour update
video, we fed my biggest ant colony in the Ant Room, our OG fire ant colony, we call
the Fire Nation, some sweet jelly and an entire cockroach. This was actually the first time I offered
them food on this open rock platform in quite awhile, just so we could see them for filming. Ordinarily, I’d drop their food directly
into the thick vegetation around their mothernest where the ants would finish off their meals
in private. But this feeding would be different, and it
wasn’t long before I noticed something quite strange. This was what the feeding site looked like
several hours later. Usually, the fire ants would be swarming all
over this food, but here as you can see, there were only a few ants. Where did all my fire ants go? And what I saw a few hours after that, brought
a sick feeling to the pit of my stomach. There! Did you see it? Wild feral black crazy ants and ghost ants
were inside the Fire Nation’s territory. This never happens! The territorial pheromones of the fire ants
were enough to scare all feral ants in my home from coming anywhere near this tank. Now, they were seen inside! Something was terribly wrong. What happened to the Fire Nation? Where was my most beloved and biggest pet
ant colony of my entire collection? There was only one way to find out. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL ICON. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Ghost ants and black crazy ants entering the
Selva de Fuego, the Fire Nation’s massive paludarium kingdom. I even spotted one black crazy ant making
away with a dead fire ant worker! What had happened here? Well, I got to the bottom of it all and I
explain what I believe happened so keep on watching until the end. I couldn’t believe that just a few months
ago the colony looked like this. Millions of ants, swarming above ground, in
celebration of their annual nuptial flight event, where reproductive males and females
hope to mate with those of other fire ant colonies. Of course, seeing as I don’t have any other
fire ant colonies in my room, all the reproductive queen hopefuls and males, ended up not mating
with anyone and dying out within the territories like they do every year at this time. It was shocking to see a colony which I’ve
had for over 4 yrs go from millions to just a few. This fire ant colony was definitely the most
popular ant colony on this channel, and I would say was responsible for taking this
channel and all of us AC Family, where we are toda y. The Fire Nation has accumulated over 153M
views collectively. Their first break out viral video My Fire
Ants Are Planning an Escape currently has over 39 million views. Shortly after, they showed us the savage side
of nature in the video Cockroach Giving Birth While Being Devoured by Fire Ants, which was
featured on Nat Geo and Discovery Channel. Together we watched as the Fire Nation devoured
Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton during US elections season, and showed us the miracle of how they
survive floods by literally creating air chambers using their bodies and by floating on water. They showed us how they amazingly could walk
a tight-rope to get to food across my room. When the channel hit 1 million subscribers,
I tested my luck by placing my honey-covered hand into their nest, at which of course they
riddled me with stings. On Christmas, we gave them a glittering cockroach
christmas tree which they devoured lovingly. Eventually they moved from their formicarium
to this enormous half land – half water simulation of the Amazon River and rainforest which they
dominated and ruled for two very epic years! We marveled at the Fire Nation’s display
of blood and flesh-lust as they tore apart a bird-eating tarantula, a chicken head, a
mouse, a monitor lizard, and even compete with an army of maggots for a decaying turkey
head! They even gave me battle scars on occasion
to remind me that they were an ant colony to be respected. A super organism and force of nature that
wasn’t playing around! We’ve also been lucky to spot, her royal
highness a few times, the Queen of the Fire Nation, whose name is Queen Solis, sole egg-layer
of the colony, birther of this ant army of millions, who once even narrated an episode. There’s no denying that this ant colony,
though the most challenging ants I’ve ever kept, always keeping me on my toes, was also
one of the most amazing collection of animals, I’ve ever had the honour of caring for. And so it was time to get to the bottom of
what had happened to the Fire Nation. It pained my heart to put on my gloves, knowing
that this could possibly be the last time, I’d be arming myself to go into the Selva
de Fuego, the kingdom I had built with my own hands just for them. My heart raced as I stared down at the location
of their mothernest. If the Fire Nation was still alive, they for
sure would be in here somewhere. My mind started to come up with possibilities. Perhaps they had eaten a lot and weren’t
so hungry. But no, that had never happened before ever! AC Family, it was time to get our answers. I went in and removed the driftwood that formed
their mothernest. I looked for fire ants which ordinarily would
be swarming right now as they did the last time I worked in here. And AC Family, what I saw next shocked me
to the core, as the entire life of the Fire Nation flashed before my eyes. Nothing. The Fire Nation was nowhere to be found in
the location of the mothernest. I could see empty chambers which once held
teams of fire ants, brood, and formed the passageways frequented by queen and male alates,
as well as Queen Solis. They were empty now and ghost tunnels. But then a movement caught my eye. It was a lone supermajor crawling around in
the soil. I also spotted a minor worker crawling around
in the empty dirt. The truth made me so sad, but I had to accept
it. AC Family, I’m sorry to say that I believe
the Fire Nation was on its final days. Our Queen Solis, the sole egg layer of the
entire colony must have died and these ants here were the last remaining ants of her final
batch of eggs. I’m so sorry, AC Family. I’ll be honest, I don’t think I ever felt
such sadness over the loss of a colony like I do now. Now that you guys know how epic the entire
four year journey was with this amazing ant colony, you can probably understand why I
cried when I realized I had lost these amazing, amazing creatures. I know, crying over ants. It sounds so weird to new ears but it’s
just one of those things where you need to be there on the whole journey with them to
understand. I felt this was the end of an era for the
entire Antiverse, the end of the most amazing ant colony in the world in my heart. I placed the driftwood piece back in its spot
and left the Selva de Fuego to allow the final workers to live out their final days in peace. The Fire Nation was about five years old,
and though I’ve been saying on this channel that though the workers only live for a couple
months and that ant queens live for up to 30 yrs, I think I failed to clarify that this
was assumed by the ant keeping community seeing as it was recorded in a German laboratory
that a Lasius niger queen lived that long, but the truth of the matter is, there are
thousands of species of ants and we haven’t kept every ant species in captivity long enough
to be able to tell and verify how long the queens of each ant species actually lives. I think the passing of the Fire Nation, assuming
they didn’t die out from some freak disease, has taught us that the queens of Solenopsis
geminata, red tropical fire ants, live for about 5 yrs before passing away. Queen Solis must have died, some time in November. In a typical fire ant queen’s life, during
those five fruitful years she lays millions of ants, spawning hundreds of generations
of workers, creating hundreds of thousands of reproductive ants during nuptial flight
season every year which go on to mate with those of other fire ant colonies and continue
on the species, to complete the circle of life. The Fire Nation’s passing was such a tough
reminder that the Circle of Life is indeed a full circle, and our once booming fire ant
colony was inevitably destined to come to an end and eventually die. Though the passing of the OG ant colony of
the channel was sad, I also realized that we had learned so much from them over the
years, and that they had not lived in vain. Some of the footage and discoveries we made
of their intriguing, secret lives in the soil and water, during the course of the four years
we’ve followed them on this channel, have not been documented by science. By providing the Fire Nation the best possible
care we could give them to live out their best lives, they rewarded us back with such
a wealth of info, discovery, and heart-stopping and adventurous moments, and that to me is
the essence of what ant keeping is all about. I have been contemplating for a long time
about what to do with the Selva de Fuego, now that it was devoid of an ant colony, other
than these feral ants which by the way we need to discourage from being here, so I was
hoping to get your opinions AC Council. Should we get rid of the Selva de Fuego and
rehome all the aquatic life, or move in another of our ant colonies in here like the Golden
Empire or the Titans? Or should I try to find a brand new fledgling
fire ant colony to start all over again from scratch, to be the Fire Nation’s successors,
a Fire Nation 2.0 of sorts. Let me know in this ipoll here. AC Family, this week, I lit a candle on our
behalf to celebrate the life and death of one of the most amazing ant colonies in the
world. Rest in peace to the Fire Nation. Goodbye, my beloved fire ant colony. I’ll miss you greatly. AC Family, it was a tough two weeks for me
when I first noticed the Fire Nation population had dwindled and then later discovered they
had died out, but I suppose it’s all part of the hobby. So much is in store ahead so if you haven’t
yet, SMASH that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON now and hit ALL so you get notified at
every upload, because I believe notifications seem to be broken but the Youtube support
team is on it. Also don’t forget to hit the LIKE button
every single time including now. It would really mean a lot to me. Thank you, guys! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like to watch some extended play footage of some of my favourite
memories of the Fire Nation. And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: Which was your favourite creature featured
in today’s full pet ant tour? Congratulations to Alexander Churchill who
answered: I love Jabba the Hutt, the Surinam Horned
Frog. Congratulations Alexander, you just won a
free Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
ask: Which was your favourite memory of the Fire
Nation? Leave your answer in the comments section
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we upload every Saturday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
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How to Control & Prevent Cockroaches in Your Home Without Harsh Chemicals

How to Control & Prevent Cockroaches in Your Home Without Harsh Chemicals


Just about everybody is grossed out by cockroaches and they’re carriers of parasites like tapeworms. They’re also a trigger for allergens and asthma. Today I’m going to show you how to deal with these pests organically. There are three major species of cockroaches that can be problems indoors: German, Oriental and American. German cockroaches are by far the most common type to cause an infestation. Oriental and American cockroaches are usually only problems in very damp humid areas. When it comes to controlling cockroaches you need to use an integrated pest management system. Using just one type of control won’t eliminate the problem and it won’t prevent it from reoccurring again. Control cockroaches through sanitation, exclusions and perhaps chemical control. The first step is exclusion. If the cockroaches can’t get into your kitchen they can’t infest it. Use weather stripping around your doors and windows. Keep shrubs trimmed so they’re away from the house. Caulk small cracks in the walls and where wires come into the house. If you don’t have indoor pets or small children you can also put down some crawling insect killer in front of vents to kill roaches trying to come in the house. If you’re bringing in a piece of furniture or an accessory into the home from outside be sure and vet it very carefully to make sure that there’s no roaches hitching a ride. remove trash or stacked firewood from against your home. These can provide places for hiding roaches. Cockroaches like dark warm places to hide so check your meter box and irrigation boxes regularly. Cockroach populations in these areas may easily make it indoors. if you do find evidence of cockroach populations inside you can spray with a product that’s labeled for cockroaches indoors like this orange guard. Inside your house practice sanitation. Remove sources of food water and hiding places to make your kitchen unattractive to roaches. Store your food in plastic or glass containers that cockroaches can’t get into. Vacuum the back of cabinets, the back of drawers, to be able to vacuum up any food or egg cases or roaches. Use a flashlight and mirror to check for hard to see places. Check for egg cases, roach skins and possible food droppings. Be sure and check under your sink for leaks. Cockroaches could get thirsty and try to find water underneath. Remove stacks of magazines, bags or other places that roaches might hide. If you can’t remove a likely hiding place you can place sticky traps like this insect magnet to monitor your control strategy. Use metal cans with secure lids to prevent roaches from getting inside your trash cans. Be sure and practice monitoring exclusion good sanitation and organic controls and keep these baddies out of your kitchen and grow organic for life.

My Cockroach Farm

My Cockroach Farm


Greetings, AC Family! Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel. If you have a fascination for nature, you’re
in the right place. On this channel, we take a look at the amazing
world of ants, and even explore pet ant keeping, as a hobby. But did you know that a big part of keeping
pet ant colonies, for most people, also involves keeping colonies of other insects? Today, for a change, we will turn our attention
from the ant colonies we all love on this channel, and turn our inquiring eyes toward
the colonies of insects our ants depend on for food. This week, we go from ants, to cockroaches! Feeder cockroaches, that is! Cockroaches, though repulsive to many people
throughout the world, are our ants’ favourite protein food source, and are actually quite
fascinating creatures in their own right. Today we take a look at the two species of
feeder roaches that I breed as food to our 4 ant colonies on this channel, and explore
what their cockroach societies are like. They happen to be two of the most popular
feeder cockroaches for ant colonies and other insect-eating exotic pets. You won’t want to miss all of this amazing
cockroach info ahead, so keep watching until the end. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s put away that
bug spray and explore why cockroaches are also some of the coolest of insects, not just
as ant food, in this episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel! And hit the bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Cockroaches, they’re perhaps the most notorious
and hated of all domestic insect pests, even more so than ants. They’re associated with being avid carriers
of germs, disease, bacteria, and more. But you may be surprised to know that cockroaches
which belong to the order called Blattodea, are comprised of about 4,600 species and only
30 of these 4,600 species of cockroaches are human house pests. The rest live out in forests, jungles, and
other habitats away from human homes. The two species of cockroaches that I feed
to my ants, which we will look at today, are examples of such non-pest cockroach species. First, presenting my Dubia Roach colony, scientific
name Blaptica dubia. These large cockroaches grow to about 4 to
4.5 cm in length. Their exoskeletons are strong, and the ants
aren’t able to eat them. You can tell the adult males and females apart
because adult males have huge wings while females have what are called tegmina, which
are small wing stubs. Though the males have fully developed wings
as adults, they rarely ever fly. If dropped from a high altitude they could
use the wings to direct their landing but don’t actually take off like most true flying
insects do. Juveniles, as seen here, have a mottled brown
colour. These roaches love to eat fruits. I offer a variety of different juicy fruits. The cockroaches are able to acquire all the
moisture they need from these juicy fruits. I do my best to offer them a variety, because
as you know, your pets are what their food eats, and any nutrients the cockroaches take
in through their diet, ultimately ends up in the bellies of our ants, so gut-loading
the cockroaches using a varied diet is a must. Now, one of the annoying things, we here in
the tropics need to deal with though, are wild ants mooching off the cockroaches’ food
supplies. If you look carefully you will see wild ghost
ants drinking from this orange slice. Hmmm… And here you’ll find a wild black crazy ant. Perhaps I should try applying baby powder
on the outside of these cockroach enclosures. Check out the pattern and colours of the undersides
of these Dubia roaches! I find they’re actually quite attractive up
close. I love watching them eat. If you look carefully at their faces, you’ll
notice that their eyes actually wrap around the entire side of their head. This helps them avoid predators. As a lover of all insects, it is always hard
for me to feed these guys to the ants, but I do know the ants do acquire some great protein
from them. I just make sure to crush them swiftly prior
to feeding to lessen their suffering. Some of you who have seen our previous videos
involving feedings may notice that the cockroaches still move despite being pre-crushed and this
is because nervous cells called ganglia run along the center of their body, which is why
even if you completely decapitate a roach, they are still capable of movement. I usually feed these adults to the Fire Nation,
as the fire ants are able to benefit from their high meat content, as well as penetrate
their exoskeletons effectively. The Fire Nation can fully consume the meat
of 1 adult Dubia roach in a matter of a few hours. One of the most viewed videos on this channel
involved the Fire Nation consuming an adult female cockroach that gave birth while it
was being devoured. In that video you see the babies being born,
and they’re stark white in colour. Newborn Dubia roaches are white, like these
nymphs here. These must have just been born a few hours
ago. Aren’t they cute? What’s interesting about Dubia roaches is
that they are live bearers. A female Dubia roach will give birth to an
egg sack and then pull this egg sack back inside herself and incubate the eggs until
babies emerge, a process called ovoviviparity. A female can give birth to 20-40 live young
at a time. These young shed their skin 7 times, growing
25% each time before reaching adulthood. This sub-adult here is whitish in colour because
it had just molted. As the exoskeleton hardens, it will darken
to its normal brownish cryptic colour. What’s amazing is these roaches can live up
to 2 yrs! They actually make interesting pets, but I
do my best not to get too attached, because after all, they are our ant colonies’ beef! Guys, should we name them? Leave your suggestions in the comments section! Or would giving them an official name make
them harder to feed to our ants. Haha! Now while these large Dubia roaches here are
live bearing cockroaches, and don’t lay eggs, our next colony of roaches actually do lay
egg sacs. Meet Blatta lateralis, Turkistan Cockroaches,
often called red runners due to their quick speed. In the pet trade, they are simply known as
“lats”. These are a smaller species of cockroach. Adult males have wings, just like the Dubias,
but unlike the Dubias, the males are known to actively fly. The females are wingless and are a gorgeous
crimson brown colour. Females lay an egg sac known as an ootheca. Look at these Oothecae laying here. From these will hatch little tiny cockroach
nymphs. I was lucky enough to catch one female in
the process of birthing an ootheca. Check it out! You can actually see her as she contracts
her abdomen muscles to lay the eggs into the open end of the ootheca. This process of depositing eggs into the ootheca
will continue over several hours and she will continue to carry this ootheca with her for
awhile afterwards, until she zips up the open end and drops it. I find the ootheca to look kind of like a
purse. Soon when the babies are ready to emerge,
the ootheca much like a purse will open up from the top and the baby lats will be born. I feed these lats to the Golden Empire, the
Dark Knights, and our new trap-jaw ant colony, the Jawbreakers. Their exoskeletons are a bit softer and are
easier to get into than the Dubias. So what do you say? What should we name this roach colony? Leave your answer in the comments section! Now the only thing I don’t like about this
species of cockroach is they expel a very pungent and gross defensive odour when alarmed
and at times it can be pretty strong. I just hold my breath every time I have to
reach into their enclosure to feed them to our ants. As far as housing goes for both species, I
keep them in a plastic bin full of egg cartons and toilet paper rolls. The environments must be kept relatively dry
to keep mold from growing. I feed them a mix of veggies and fruit and
also offer them dog kibble. Their enclosures must be kept clean at all
times because they can get messy especially when the droppings collect. I feel cockroaches are pretty fantastic creatures
and the more you get to know them, the less disgusting they seem, and the more fascinating
they become. Some people keep these, as well as other cockroach
species as pets. So what do you think? Do you think keeping cockroaches are as cool
as keeping pet ants? If you decide to keep pet ants, perhaps you
might consider feeder roaches, too, as an alternative to crickets, mealworms, and superworms? They also happen to be more nutritious for
ants than those aforementioned. Hope you enjoyed this week’s video AC Family! It’s ant love, and just for this week, roach
love forever! AC Family, were you grossed out or did you
find these cockroaches to be cool? For you AC Inner Colony members, I’ve placed
a hidden cookie for you here, if you would just like to watch the cockroaches in this
video doing their thing with less narration. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
week. In last week’s AC Question of the Week, we
asked: What does “pantropical” mean? Congratulations to Omar Salloum who correctly
answered: pantropical means: distributed throughout
the tropics Congratulations Omar you just won a free ebook
handbook from our shop! For this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What is the technical term
for a cockroach’s egg sac? Leave your answer in the comments section
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Peacock Spider 1 (Maratus volans)

Peacock Spider 1 (Maratus volans)


Hi In this forest, near Sydney, in southeastern Australia lives one of the most remarkable spiders on the planet it’s called Peacock Spider. It’s not a big, furry tarantula. It’s a tiny little jumping spider. Here is one on my hand. This is the male. He’s only 4mm long but extremely beautifully coloured. And during the mating season, between September and November, he performs an extraordinary courtship dance to impress the female. Here it comes. Here is a male. He’s looking around. He’s trying to find a female. He advertises his presence. This female is watching carefully. And this one as well. Another female arrives on the scene. The males are getting excited. And the females too. At this stage, the male often vibrates his abdomen. Carefully and courageously he makes his move. To get the female’s attention he often waves his legs. But wait, there’s more. The male expands a pair of colorful flaps and raises two legs. Then he dances in front of the female, quickly shaking his legs. Sometimes he stops, just vibrating his abdomen. Bad luck, this female is not interested in mating.
Perhaps, she’s already mated. The males pack up. And they better get away quickly. Watch your back, mate!
Too late. Will this male fare any better? He’s trying hard. The male is following the female underneath a branch. Now both get what they want.

FULL ANT & PET TOUR | Millions of Ants, Tarantulas, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Terrariums

FULL ANT & PET TOUR | Millions of Ants, Tarantulas, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Terrariums


Greetings, ant lovers, and happy new year
and new decade 2020! The whole world is starting a fresh new page,
and indeed so is our great collection of ants, creatures, and vivarium kingdoms we’ve all
come to love on this channel. So to start off the year right, I asked if
you guys wanted a full pet and Ant Room tour so that all you watching whether you be a
returning AC Family, or a newcomer could be caught up on all the awesome, beautiful, frightening,
and bizarre creatures living with me under my care. It’s also an update video on all of your
favourite ant colonies that you might not have heard from in awhile, as well as arachnids,
reptiles, amphibians, and birds that have appeared on the channel before, and just a
spoiler, there are even several creatures you guys don’t know about yet! There are also some ant colonies that sadly
are no longer with us, and issues with some that I need to talk to you about! We’ve got a lot of work to do today, and
this episode is full of surprises, familiar faces, and all the nature you guys love in
our usual 4K UHD footage, so grab some popcorn, sit back, and let’s get started with our
exclusive 2020 AC tour of the animals and biological worlds of our Antiverse, here on
the AntsCanada ant channel! Please SUBSCRIBE to the channel and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Starting from the extreme left of the Ant
Room, we begin our tour with one of the coolest of ant worlds, I’ve ever created for one
of the oldest ant colonies on the channel. Behold the kingdom of the Dark Knights, our
OG super colony of black crazy ants. So for those of you who haven’t seen the
Dark Knight’s new terrarium here yet, it’s a multi-species terrarium with millipedes,
spiders, bagworms, and other creatures inside that all depend on each other. The Dark Knights love this vivarium and have
set up their nest within this driftwood hollow. This colony which I’ve owned for about 4
yrs now is unique in that it can self perpetuate pretty much forever, with the colony creating
hundreds of queens which can mate with their male siblings safely without the dangers of
genetic inbreeding happening. They’re an awesome colony that I look forward
to keeping for decades and decades to come! By the way, you guys officially voted and
named this kingdom of the Dark Knights the Dark Forest. Now speaking of multiple queens, we move on
now to the grand palace known as Olympus, home to the Titans, my multi-queen colony
of Asian Marauder ants. These ants are definitely one of my favourites
due to the size of their supermajors which are just massive! The Titans are doing well and have since changed
the landscape and killed off a few plants during renovations. They come to the surface is huge numbers to
feed. I’m thinking of possibly rehoming these
powerful ants into something larger soon. Now let’s move on to one of the newest members
of the Antiverse whom some of you may or may have not seen in a recent video. Welcome to Cerulean Hallow, home of our new
Sapphire Gooty Tarantula. She’s loving her new home and we’ll have
a look at her in a second. The plants within her territories are thriving
well, but she’s killed the ones on the wall. I can tell she’s been busy because she’s
webbed up the entire entrance of her hallow. From the back, we see her there crawled up
snuggly at the bottom. By the way, guys, she needs an official name
so grab your voting fingers and click on this icard here to vote for her official name. Thank you AC Council for your input! Next is a creature I’ve owned for about
2 yrs now but haven’t told you guys about. Sorry, but I was waiting for just the right
time! AC Family, meet my young Mexican Fireleg Tarantula,
known scientifically as Brachypelma boehmei. She’s actually been in the background of
many episodes on this channel and I’m surprised you guys never asked about her. She’s 3 inches long and has a huge appetite! Let’s feed her this superworm now, shall
we? There you go! She’ll grow to a hefty 6+ inches. Though she’s been a silent resident of the
Ant Room for years, she still doesn’t have a name, as well. What should we name her? Leave your name suggestions in the comments. And now moving on to what is arguably the
most famous ant colony on this channel, the Fire Nation, my savage colony of fire ants. I can easily say these stinging aggressive
ants have been the most challenging and fulfilling ants I’ve ever kept through the years. This paludarium created to simulate the Amazon
is called La Selva de Fuego and is full of thick tropical foliage and a river which is
home to a colony of cherry shrimp, snails, mosquito rasbora fish, and even vampire crabs. Mosses have started to grow and attach in
several places! Somewhere beneath all the vegetation the Fire
Nation lives. Today, they dine on sweet jelly and this dead
giant Madagascar hissing cockroach. Now this dead roach came from my new Madagascar
Hissing cockroach colony, yes, yet another colony of critters I haven’t yet shown you
guys on the channel. I’ve owned this roach colony for the past
couple of months now and they’re housed in this simple plastic critter crawler, where
they eat a variety of veggies and fruits. These giant roaches are not to be confused
with my Dubia roaches, which I’ve been using as feeders for years. These roaches don’t have wings, not even
the males. I plan on making them a naturalistic setup
just like Roachella, but perhaps a bit more lavish seeing as I plan on keeping these roaches
more as pets, and perhaps only feed dead members off. Would you guys like to see a video on these
neat hissing cockroaches soon? Next, a couple weeks ago we made this Ant
Terrarium in a Bottle, and as expected the ants have remodeled our masterpiece to make
it fit for an ant colony. The Trap-jaw ants inside are doing super well
and I just love them! This terrarium was the product of a challenge
collab with another Youtuber friend Serpadesign that we decided to do for charity. You guys won’t believe how much the top
bidder donated for this terrarium, and just a hint, it’s about the cost of a car! AC Family, you guys are so generous and make
me proud to have such an amazing caring community! Anyway, watch that video here! Now here’s another thing I haven’t shown
you guys! This is my bog terrarium full of living mosses,
a native tree lichen, vein plants, and Hydrocotyle tripartita plants. This is basically just a plant propagation
tank for my moss, lichen, tripartita, and vein plants. Nothing inside, just plants. I love watching the fogging machine keep the
territories damp. Beside the bog terrarium we have another newcomer,
our massive but docile Chaco golden-knee tarantula. This beautiful tarantula here was a gift exchange
collab with another youtuber friend Exoticslair. She’s been quite busy covering her whole
territory with silk. I can understand why they make such great
beginner tarantula species. She loves being outside in the open and is
pretty friendly. By the way, she too needs a name! Please vote here! Moving on to yet another tarantula, we have
the goddess of the Antiverse, Azula, our Green-bottle Blue tarantula. She’s covered her entire palace now with
a thick blanket of silk where she resides in a back tunnel. When she first came to us sadly, she had a
problem shedding her top carapace giving her a double face look. It eventually fell off, but guys, unfortunately,
it happened again. During her last shed, she failed to shed off
this head piece, but I’m not worried. Like last time, it will likely fall off on
its own. Now moving on to Skull Island, home of our
ghost ants which we acquired for our recent Halloween episode. They come out to feed and boy are there a
lot of them! The ghost ants are trapped on their driftwood
skull island by a moat which contains a snail and shrimp. The tank has been cycling now for many weeks
and is ready to accommodate a water beast. You guys voted for a betta fish to be added
here, so that’s coming up soon! There were also baby tarantulas on the island
which I’m sure are still there somewhere. I just haven’t seen them. Let’s now look at one of the most beloved
ant supercolonies of the channel, the OG Golden Empire, our recovering supercolony of yellow
crazy ants. Now let me be the bearer of the best news
for the year! The Golden Empire is thriving and just exploding
in population now. In case you’re new, they’re actually recovering
from a near fatal infection of blood sucking mites, but I’m happy to announce that there
has been an explosion of eggs, larvae, and pupae. I expect this colony will reach the millions
in numbers they once were in just a few more months. I’ve been thinking though, do you think
we should continue to keep them in an ant farm setup like this so we can still see their
in-nest activities or move them to a terrarium and just watch them above ground? Let me know in this icard here. I like that I can monitor them in their current
setup and they seem to love their formicariums. Speaking of formicariums, we now move on to
my recently returned Asian Bullet Ants. I’ve got two colonies of these, Team 1 which
is doing amazing in their AC Hybrid Nest. As you can see there is a tonne of brood and
a crew of new workers. And check this out! I’ve never seen this species do this before,
but the workers have covered this larvae with soil debris to help give it a lattice work
to spin its silk for the creation of its cocoon. When it’s done, the ants will remove the
soil debris, revealing the finished smooth dark cocoon, like these others here. I had no idea these ants did this! And here you’ll see Team 2, living in their
AC Ant Tower. By the way, about these colonies, I think
I failed to explain in their last video how my plan to keep these ants going would work. The plan was to have these two ant colonies
cross breed so they can continue living on forever, but a lot of you guys brought up
the fact that after a couple generations the colonies would be related and there would
be no more mating. My issue, which I failed to explain properly,
was not so much that the males were unwilling to mate with related females, but that they
were unwilling to mate with females from the same colony, with the same colony scent. That is why I decided a cross-over setup,
where males could cross over to the other side to mate, might actually work at getting
males to mate with females, so long as the colonies stay distinct colonies. Hope that clarifies things better and yes,
a lot of you were correct in saying they would be genetically related after the next generation,
but I think that should be fine, as long as after awhile I add a third colony in the mix
to diversify the genepool. Man, three asian bullet ant colonies? That will be something. Now we move on to the great Hacienda Del Dorado,
which was recently remade into a pineapple beach paludarium. It’s home to our resident trap-jaw ants
named the Jawbreakers and vampire crabs, which hang out in the marsh area. The trap-jaw ants are shy but come out to
feed. I suspect they are mostly nesting here by
the moist marsh. The waters still contain its perpetuating
colony of cherry shrimp, microrasbora fish, and snails. Nearing the end of the Ant Room now, we have
the Triple Island of Avista, the glassless open-concept ant setup of the Bobbleheads,
our super colony of big-headed ants. I love this cute colony! The Bobbleheads are still going strong with
a great appetite, as you can see here where they dine on some chopped up superworm. Check out those supermajors! The plants of the three islands that make
up their archipelago are also growing well! Finally, we come to the Canopy of Vortexia,
the tree top kingdom of my epic, arboreal colony of Asian Weaver Ants we call the Emerald
Empire. These ants of course create their famous hanging
leaf nests which they glue together using silk from their larvae. The Emerald Empire is doing really well, eating
a lot, and they recently built some new leaf nests. The Dubia roaches sharing their territories
are also doing quite well and reproducing on their own, and the weaver ants hunt the
weakest roaches and carry them up to their leaf nests to consume, like they would in
the wild. And guys look! I noticed this week that they’ve begun to
produce male alates. They’re preparing for nuptial flight season! Now you wanna hear something super cool that
I recently discovered? I was surprised to notice an active and thriving
colony of ants living on the forest floor of Vortexia. No, they weren’t pharaoh ants, thank goodness. Now I couldn’t figure out where they came
from, but then after looking closer at the ants, I realized, Hey, these ants are familiar! So guys, remember the colony of free-roaming
ants that lived within the hydration chambers of one of my Hybrid Nests? Well, last I reported they had disappeared
one day. I highly suspect that these ants here are
them! Tracing back I believe the free-roam ants,
moved from their Hybrid Nest hydration chamber, down into my old termite tank, and then when
my termites were murdered off by a terrible invasion of pharaoh ants (and yes, in case
you were asking about the termites, I cover the death of our Terminators in a previous
video), I packed up the soil from the termite tank for future use, eventually using it for
Vortexia, and low and behold, they’re Vortexians now. I suppose they eating the scraps left behind
by the weaver ants and dead roaches. It’s cool that they are like the bottom feeders
of the territories and don’t really bother the weaver ants so much. Amazing right? OK and that concludes the Ant Room, so let’s
move downstairs now… Yup, there’s more! I swear I’m not a hoarder, right? Here of course is my tropical, planted, freshwater
community fish tank. It’s about 5 yrs old now. It contains angelfish, dwarf rainbowfish,
rummynose tetras, Otocinclus catfish, and others. The vegetation is quite lush and I don’t really
do much maintenance on plant grooming. I kind of like the chaotic, wild growth look. I often harvest this big mass of java moss
here attached to this driftwood for my terrariums. Now here’s a couple a lot of you guys have
been asking about: my pair of axolotls living in Axolotland. I’m happy to report, they’re bigger, fatter,
and doing great! I have been hoping they would breed but it
hasn’t happened yet. I also plan on moving them to a larger tank
very soon. They’ve been such problem-free pets! Last week, of course, we saw Carnivora, my
awesome Carnivorous Plant Tank containing pitcher plants, venus fly traps, and some
moss. But it is now undergoing a hibernation period
until March or April. Beside it is Jabba the Hutt, our cute and
fat Surinam Horned Frog. He’s still a bright green colour and eats
a lot! I love how he will croak randomly when he
hears my voice nearby. I’m also thinking of making him a new terrarium
soon. Here’s the Nucleus, which has proven useful
for the creation of new terrariums. It’s my official composter for leftover
fruit peels and organics and breeding chamber for springtails and other soil creatures. I’ve since gotten accustomed to seeing the
earthworms but they still repulse me, but what’s cool is I’ve begun to find populations
of some really neat creatures inside, like these small red critters. I’m not sure what they are. Do you guys know? FInally, we have Ligaya, my dragon aka African
Grey Parrot, a pretty awesome bird, super smart, and can copy messenger sounds now. Haha! Check it out! Also, meet Hope my broiler chicken. So get this: she was supposed to be for a
feeding video for the Fire Nation called Fire Ants vs. dead chick, and my request from the
chicken farmer was to give me a dead chick from his batch so I could feed it to my fire
ants, but there must have been a miscommunication because what arrived at my place was a living,
squeaking chick. Of course, I wasn’t about to kill it so I
kept it and she’s huge now. These types of meat chickens sadly don’t live
long but I’ve been doing some research to try to prolong its lifespan so it can move
in with me on a farm I’m moving to in a year or so. Let’s hope Hope makes it! Here’s Valentino my 5 yr old sorong green
tree python, a stunning snake and super healthy! He is my miracle snake because he came to
me with a severe upper respiratory illness but after medicating him by hand for several
weeks he survived despite the vets saying he had a 10% chance of living. I love him! Finally, here is Crayola, my female veiled
chameleon. She’s about a year old soon and I’ve relocated
her out of my Ant Room and to my balcony where she can get some nice morning sun. She’s much happier here now and appreciates
the breeze and height. And that, AC Family is my complete pet and
ant room tour. Some of you guys may have questions about
what happened to some of the other creatures like the rhino beetles. Well, they sadly passed away of old age as
they don’t live very long. As for the Lumberjacks, my teleporting carpenter
ants, they were doing ok but sadly must have caught an illness somewhere because they stopped
eating and eventually died. For you fans of the Platinum Dragons, I did
my very best to try to grow them in different setups and offer them various diets but they
remained the same size for months. I finally ended up releasing them this week
because I was clearly missing something from their care. Perhaps the species feeds exclusively on the
nectar of a specific type of flower for instance, or must have honeydew from mealybugs. Not sure, but perhaps I’ll try keeping another
species of Polyrhachis again in the future. Unfortunately, die offs and ants that don’t
adapt well to captivity are part of the hobby and though it’s sad, it helps us learn how
to better care for the pets we love. If you’ve been with the channel for awhile,
you know that I always commit 100% to go the extra mile to give my pets more than they
need to live out their best lives. I also have a few people in my life, who help
me with maintenance of all these animals. Without my helpful pet team, I definitely
would not be able to keep all these creatures, and I don’t recommend any of you guys have
this many pets if you don’t have the support for maintenance either. But I think we can all agree that life with
animals, whether tiny or big, is awesome wouldn’t you say?! Do you guys have any pets? Let me know your full pet list in the comments. Now that you guys know all the creatures,
territories, and beasts of my Antiverse, together we are all caught up now and we can start
the channel with a fresh new page! Thank you guys for watching, and be sure to
subscribe to my channel, so you can continue to follow more of the real life stories of
all these inhabitants of our ever-growing Antiverse! It’s Ant Love Forever! Alright, AC Family, once again a HAPPY NEW
YEAR 2020 to you all. After creating this full ant and pet tour
I realized I’m pretty much a zookeeper at this point! But it means a lot to me that you guys love
nature as much as I do and continue to watch my weekly videos. So if you haven’t yet, please do subscribe
to the channel, and hit the bell icon for notifications now, and choose ALL, so you
get notified every time I release these high quality nature videos. Also please remember to hit the LIKE button
every single time! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like to watch some extended play footage of all the creatures
you saw in today’s episode. And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: What type of water do our carnivorous plants
need? Congratulations to The Incarnation of Boredom
who correctly answered: They need distilled or rain water. Congratulations The Incarnation of Boredom,
you just won a free Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
ask: Which was your favourite creature featured
in today’s full pet tour? Leave your answer in the comments section
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What Queen Ants To Look Out For Right Now (May 30th, 2018)

What Queen Ants To Look Out For Right Now (May 30th, 2018)


Welcome, AC Family to ANT BITE WEDNESDAYS,
covering the world of ants as they relate to global news, social media, and ant keeping. I’m here to fill you in on what queen ants
to look out for right now if you’re living in North America. If you’re not from North America, stay tuned
I’ll also let you know how to find out what is flying in your continent. This past weekend, I was shocked to meet so
many of you AC Family in Ontario, Canada at our first AntsCanada meet & greet, hence my
hoarse voice today. The ant love was incredible! You came in with ant shirts, test tubes, and
ant costumes! You even brought in queen ants of your own
and were eager to chat about the happenings of the Antiverse. This opened my eyes as to how many of you
actually are into ant keeping and not just watching videos about ants. So, if this is you and you’re a starting ant
keeper, head outside now in the afternoons and keep your eyes on the ground! Right now is the ultimate season for Camponotus
ants, also known as carpenter ants! When you spot a queen ant, place her into
a proper test tube setup, keep her in the dark, and she should start laying eggs for
you in a few days. So many of you have been tweeting me photos
of queen ants you’ve captured asking for an ID and indeed 95% of them are Camponotus ants. I love Camponotus ants because they are large
so they’re quite easy to observe with the naked eye, polymorphic, meaning they have
super majors after about the hundredth worker point, and they are relatively easy to keep. The one downside of this genus though is that
they are slow-growing. Instead of the four week development from
egg to adult worker, it takes 8 weeks, and the queen takes periodic egg-laying breaks. It usually takes two years before you start
to see impressive numbers, but as is essential to ant keeping, patience is a virtue! Be sure to watch our Camponotus Care tutorial
here, with a more in depth look at the genus and their care. In fact, that is an entire playlist to all
my ant tutorials with a full range of helpful ant keeping tips. For those of you who don’t live in North America,
this video will also show you guys in Europe, Australia, and Asia, what ants may be flying
right now in your area! Depending on your location, there are other
species of ants also commonly flying now in North America other than Camponotus, and I
list them there in that video. Did you manage to catch a queen ant yet? If so, let us know in the comments section
the species and your location, so the rest of us AC Family near you, can keep our eyes
peeled! Especially for those of you in South America
and Africa, as I don’t have much data on nuptial flights in these continents! Just a reminder that we also have a tonne
of ant keeping gear at AntsCanada.com for you guys to check out, including specially
made test tubes for queen ants, and a complete e-book handbook guide on ant keeping. And that is today’s Ant Bite Wednesday. See you guys again for this Saturday’s big
episode featuring some alien colonists! It’s ant love forever! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family!

What If ANTS Were BIGGER?


Greetings, AC Family! Welcome to another mid-week episode of the
AntsCanada Ant Channel! On this channel, I’ve had the opportunity
to take some truly stunning high quality footage of ants and other creatures, and I quite frequently
find myself getting lost in their micro worlds, almost forgetting they are so small when seeing
them so big on screen! And it made me wonder, what would happen if
ants were bigger? Say, human-sized? Well, from an ant nerd’s perspective, I
think I have a pretty good idea as to what theoretically might happen, as there could
be a few outcomes, some of which may surprise you, like can you imagine ants giving us body
massages? I’ll explain how this could happen, and
more in a bit, so before we get into that, be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button with the
BELL icon set on ALL to join the AC Family, and hit LIKE if you enjoyed this video. No let’s get to it! So, check out this super macro footage of
Asian bullet ants, Diacamma rugosum from a recent video. They’re truly magnificent this close, right? Well, imagine you were their size or they
were our size. The first and most obvious answer is, we’d
all be doomed! If ants were human-sized they’d be strong
enough to lift things the size of entire houses, and take down animals the size of a brontosaurus. They’d definitely be preying on our soft
tender bodies, and something tells me our military forces would have to really up our
social protection against the ant beasts sharing the planet with us. Life would be quite different! We’d be hunted, advanced upon by organized
raids, our houses and buildings broken into, and picked off one by one by swaths of these
beasts, who would sting us to death, spray us with formic acid to death, or just stretch
us out by our limbs and take us back to the colony to be consumed alive by their young. Or this might surprise you: they might not
kill us, but instead form a symbiotic relationship with us, where our coexistence can benefit
both ants and humans. Imagine we humans find a sustainable way to
turn their garbage, feces, or leftover meals into edible human food, so having us around
thereby helps keep their nests clean, much like springtails, isopods, and silverfish
do. And in return they, not only NOT kill us,
but they allow us to live with them in their massive mountain-sized, protected underground
kingdoms. Or perhaps we become their hygienists. Imagine if we could pick off body mites from
hard-to-reach places on the ants, in the same way predatory Hypoaspis mites protect our
Golden Empire, yellow crazy ant colony from parasitic blood-sucking mites. Now here’s something way crazy! Imagine ants found our feces or urine delicious…
highly unlikely due to the composition of our wastes, but imagine you’re something
like a mealybug for a sec, who excretes a bi-product ants just love called “honeydew”,
and upon discovering us, the ants start to protect us 24-7, never leaving us alone, ensuring
we breed and multiply okay, relocating us to better living environments if needed, and
even giving us body massages so we eliminate more often, all because they find our pee
or poop delicious. Mealybugs live the high life right? Yes, perhaps all of these are a stretch, but
one thing’s for sure: when you remove scale, and have a look at these incredible creatures
with a more intimate lens, you’ll discover that ants are truly some of the most magnificent
creatures on the planet, worthy of awe and respect. If you aren’t convinced by now, then just
watch a few more videos on this channel. The world of ants will truly blow your mind! Right, AC Family? Thank you guys for watching! It’s ant love forever! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Saturday and possibly Wednesdays now if you guys keep waiting these mid-week
videos, at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed this video to jelp us keep making more, It’s ant love forever!

Making the Ultimate ANT FARM TERRARIUM in a Bottle | Terrarium Challenge feat. Serpadesign

Making the Ultimate ANT FARM TERRARIUM in a Bottle | Terrarium Challenge feat. Serpadesign


Over the past few weeks, I’ve been pretty
obsessed with vivarium-making! Together, we’ve created some pretty gorgeous
set-ups, and each one pushes my terrarium-building skills a little bit harder. This week, I’m set to try something I’ve
never truly done before, and in my mind, I knew it was going to be hard, but I would
soon realize just how hard it would be! AC Family, in today’s video, fellow nature
lover and my favourite terrarium-maker on Youtube, Tanner from the channel Serapdesign
and I engage in the ultimate terrarium-making challenge, and his challenge for me: to create
a terrarium in a bottle, and so I had a cool plan and accepted the challenge to make the
ultimate terrarium in a bottle which would also house a colony of ants. Keep on watching until the very end to see
how I created the ultimate ant terrarium in a bottle, as well as a special announcement
that you guys might like to be a part of once done! Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please subscribe to the channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! One of my favourite things to do during my
day is step into my ant room and gaze for hours into the various big, small, multi-species,
and simple homes to our ants and other animals. Building terrariums is something I’ve been
doing since I was just a little kid, and I love surfing Youtube for terrarium-related
videos. That was how I came to meet a friend whose
terrarium videos are just exceptional! AC Family, meet Tanner from the channel SerpaDesign. He’s made some really awesome terrariums
and paludariums which house aquatic and terrestrial creatures. He makes some of the most gorgeous builds
on the platform, in my opinion. So a few weeks ago SerpaDesign and I decided
that we’d have a cool Holidays collab of sorts. We decided we’d embark on the ultimate Terrarium-making
Challenge. The rules were simple. We challenge each other to design a terrarium
with parameters of our choice. And so, here was SerpaDesign’s Terrarium
challenge for me. What’s up, AC Family! Tanner of SerpaDesign
here and my challenge for AntsCanada is to make a terrarium in a bottle with a small
opening. This might seem like an easy task if you’re
used to my builds. However, keep in mind that I have a toolbox
full of utensils that help me work in less than ideal conditions. Plus, I have yet to see AntsCanada make anything
on this small of a scale or in a container like this. All things considered, I think this could
be a real challenge! I’m excited to see how he works through the
build and how inventive he can be. Best of luck! Thanks, SerpaDesign. Interesting choice! At first, in my mind I felt the challenge
was fairly easy. I mean, how hard could sticking a few things
into a bottle really be right? In fact, I figured I’d also up the challenge
and make my terrarium-in-a-bottle suitable for an ant colony to live in it, as well! Little did I know, I was up for one of the
hardest terrarium-builds of my life. Let’s get started. Presenting to you, the glass bottle. It was the only glass bottle I could find
in my area that would make a suitable terrarium, whose dimensions were pre-approved by Serpadesign. It was a sleek bottle, with nice curves and
a beautiful wooden base. I envisioned a lush terrascape inside it,
with some ants frolicking around. My work now was to make the ant terrarium
I saw in my mind come to life in this bottle. I realized the most obvious challenge was
this bottle opening which could barely fit my hand in. I knew this challenge would take some improvisation
and some tool use. Now, here were the other components I’d
be needing for this ant terrarium-in-a-bottle build
This course gravel for drainage, Activated carbon,
Coco fiber, Some soil. This is an organic potting mix. Lava rocks. Fine sand. A moss blend of willow moss, java moss, and
Christmas moss. Some driftwood pieces. This here is a patch of Hydrocortyle tripartita. I have never used it, but they do look beautiful,
kinda like little clover leaves. Working with a small and confined space meant
I needed small plants like these. Here’s some Peperomia plants,
another species of peperomia. Ivy plant. And Nerve plants. There you have it, all the materials we needed
for this build. And now, let’s get down to business Let’s begin! First, I added the gravel. I tried to do it carefully, so the glass wouldn’t
break. I had to use my hands to guide the gravel
in so I had better control. There! We now have a drainage layer, and I’ll explain
how this all works in a bit. Next, I added some activated carbon to ensure
that the water falling into the drainage layer will be free from toxic metals or other harmful
chemicals that might threaten the life living inside the bottle terrarium. So the way this will work is water dripping
down these two layers will eventually upcycle upwards through capillary action and evaporate
from the soil surface, condense on the glass wall and then drip back into the soil, only
to end up passing the carbon and into the gravel drainage layer again. That is how the water cycle in a bottle terrarium
works. Now, to add soil, we bring in the Nucleus. Digging deep to get the most nutrient-rich
cast from our worms. That’s a good amount of earthworms there,
too. Next, I added coco fiber, which is nice and
fluffy and water absorbent. It will provide good aeration to the roots
of the plants to be added later. I also added organic potting soil. Spreading it down and mixing it with the other
soil types here. Notice that I am adding some dimension to
this by building low in the front and high at the back. It will make for great viewing later. I have to admit though, the narrow mouth of
this bottle was already starting to be difficult to work with. I would soon realize that the more I added
things into the bottle, the harder it would become. Just watch! Alright, now it’s time to add the plants. First, I will be adding the Peperomia plant
because they’re the biggest and will be the feature plant. Ah! And here, ladies and gentlemen, was when I
realized how hard it was to manage these small plants inside the bottle with just my fingers. Okay, let me try to use my tweezers. Here’s another one. Oh man! How does SerpaDesign do this? It’s really difficult. Here’s another Peperomia variety. Now, I add some Ivy, just to frame the entire
thing from the sides. Here’s one more to the other side. Also, some vein plants. Now it’s time to add the rocks. I like to use rocks strategically as anchors
of newly planted plants, and I definitely would be needing them here. Adding the lava rocks. Some contortion is needed, I must say. I’ll also be adding the Hydrocortyle tripartita
now and mixed moss. Now, I envisioned creating a cool pathway
running up the hill and into the distance so I wanted to construct my pathway using
some course light-coloured sand, but so it wouldn’t spill everywhere, I decided I’d
use this vacuum nozzle as a funnel. Haha! Improvisation! There you go. It actually worked. To clean up the area, I used a simple paint
brush. I have seen SerpaDesign use a variety of different
brushes in his videos, so I’m gunna do the same. Now adding fine sand to give the pathway a
smooth finish. The sand was wet, so I had to scoop it up
and place it in like this. I decided I would use tweezers for this and
it was honestly like picking up rice with chopsticks! So hard! Patting down the sand area once more. There we go. Brushing it off again. Isn’t it really starting to come together,
guys? It’s looking pretty cool so far, don’t
you think? But wait until we add the ants in a bit. I also added some decorative rocks. Man, talk about a time-consuming process. One thing’s for sure, I realized through
all of this that small terrariums do not necessarily mean less work and effort especially with
a bottle terrarium! This project would have normally taken me
20-30 minutes to build had it been a normal rectangular terrarium. By now, I was clocking in at over 2 hours. Adding some driftwood. More moss to fill up space. Gotta give it a little water,
and after almost 3 hours of work here was the final product of the terrarium challenge. AC Family, behold. Our new bottle terrarium. So, what do you guys think? SerpaDesign? Did I do an okay job? I can safely say, this was easily the most
challenging terrarium build I’ve ever done, considering its size. Alright, but this isn’t done yet. This won’t be an AC terrarium without some
tenants or should I say tenAnts! Hehe ok corny joke. So, I decided the ants that would move into
this bottle terrarium would have to be ants that were a bit larger and were of the kind
that can’t climb glass, for simplicity purposes seeing as I also didn’t want to have to
add a barrier of baby powder or vaseline to the opening, which would be rendered ineffective
once condensation built up anyway. And so, I decided I’d move in a hearty colony
of trap-jaw ants! Let’s move them in. Now the problem was, the ant colony had some
soil so I needed to add them in without wrecking the setup. For that, I decided to use this plastic tube
I had laying around, as a chute to lead the ants inside. And here they are. In they go. And now I just need to wait for them to dig
a burrow downwards and discover their new home on their own. The ants have nowhere else to go but down
seeing as they can’t climb the smooth sides of the tube. A few minutes later, the Trap-Jaw ants were
in, wandering their newly built terrarium. Have a look at them, guys. They looked just awesome in there! They scoured the lands,
climbed the plants and rocks, and started to dig their nest. Also, as a cover, I have this wooden ball
here to seal everything up. This also ensures nothing from the outside
makes their way into this terrestrial ant garden paradise we’ve created. And now for something special regarding this
ant terrarium-in-a-bottle. There’s a final detail to this challenge
that I will share with you now. The trap-jaw ants looked amazing in their
bottle terrarium and completely fit in. I couldn’t stop staring at them going about
their various daily activities. As a house-warming gift, I left them this
superworm here, which they were now happily devouring. What I quickly loved about this terrarium
was it was small and portable, and due to its round shape, allowed me 360 degree viewing. I could turn it around anyway way I wanted
to watch the ants from all angles. I also gave them some sweet jelly. Just look at how their powerful mandibles
cut through it. It’s so therapeutic watching them, wouldn’t
you say? And now for some good news to announce regarding
this ant terrarium in a bottle. SerpaDesign and I agreed that our creations
for this Terrarium-Making Challenge would be put up for auction to any of you guys watching
with 100% proceeds going towards a charity of our choice. In this spirit of giving, we wanted our terrarium-making
challenge to be for charity. So, this is how it will work. If you would like to become the new owner
of this ant terrarium-in-a-bottle, email me with your donation amount at [email protected],
and the highest bidder between now and Christmas can either pick this terrarium up, (as I can’t
possibly ship this in the mail), or if you’re from another country, you could still be the
owner of this terrarium. I’d just take care of it for you, film it
for the channel if you like, and it can become a part of our Ant Room. As the new owner, you could also name the
colony and the terrarium, like “Debrah’s Bottle Ant Garden” or “The John-Jaws”
or whatever you might like. When you send your bid to my email, please
indicate your location. So, Serpadesign decided that all the proceeds
from this ant terrarium-in-a-bottle we made together here, would go to the Aquascape Foundation. Their mission is to create sustainable solutions
for the world-wide water crisis and promote awareness of water as our most precious resource
through environmental, educational, and philanthropic efforts. You can check out the charity at aquascapefoundation.org/
A great cause! And so, there you have it! I was super in love with this ant terrarium-in-a-bottle
and the fact that it was so hard to make, made watching it afterwards so much more satisfying! It also gave me a whole newfound respect to
the amazing work Tanner from Serpadeisgn does. Again, be sure to check out his channel for
great terrarium, paludarium, and vivarium ideas, as well as my ultimate terrarium-building
challenge for him! I was super grateful for this learning experience
and happy we could use our powers for some good. If you guys were to name this terrarium, what
would you guys name it? Let me know in the comments section, and hope
you guys can participate and help out a great cause by sending in a bid. I am hoping to create more of these bottle
ant terrariums in the future, as I have discovered it is a very unique, fun, and portable way
to house ants, too! Do you guys think we should do this again,
perhaps with a smaller bottle opening? Haha! Thank you, AC Family for watching, happy holidays,
and I’ll see you again soon for another nature-filled video! It’s ant love forever! Alright, guys a lot is coming up ahead going
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for you here, if you would like to watch extended play footage of the trap-jaw ants living in
their new bottle terrarium all to the sounds of some relaxing Christmas music. It’s super calming and therapeutic! And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: Why was I okay to handle this tarantula? Congratulations to Darren Bagley who correctly
answered: It was a calm species of tarantula. Congratulations to our winner, you just won
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