I Created a Pineapple Beach Vivarium for Ants | Super Relaxing Video

I Created a Pineapple Beach Vivarium for Ants | Super Relaxing Video


OMG guys, our AC Antiverse, i.e. the Ant Room,
has entered a new era of sorts. It seems gone are the days when one of our
ant colonies lived completely on their own in an ant farm, devoid of any interaction
with other creatures or micro-organisms. In our past videos, I have shown you how putting
together small and big, vicious and friendly, prey and predatory creatures co-existing within
their mini world can create healthy and thriving vivariums. Easy to make, but awesome for observing nature! We’ve entered the Era of Vivariums! This week, you are yet again about to see
how I transform one of the most famous forest tanks on this channel into a beautiful, exotic
pineapple beach paludarium. Pineapples, you ask? Yes, I know, pretty random right, but just
watch until the end to see one of the most unique paludarium creations I’ve ever made
in my life, and perhaps you can create one, too! Plus, I got some other updates on other colonies
in the Ant Room whose symbiotic setups have proven to be quite the success. AC Family, sit back, relax and enjoy these
awesome scenes of nature in tanks, as we marvel at the beauty and wonders of the small, big
worlds we created and continue to create together in our AC Antiverse. Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel! Please subscribe to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! A trap-jaw ant licks the juices of hemolymph
and guts oozing from the dying superworm. I had cut this superworm up and threw it into
their territories to provide the colony nourishment. She was lucky to stumble across it, and so
she now has the task of informing the colony of the bounty. There she goes to tell the gang. It isn’t long before a few of her sisters
return to the site to join in on the feast. This whole superworm will be enough nourishment
for a colony of thousands for a whole day, which is why it’s so important for them to
eat as much as they can now and finish it up before any other creatures come along to
steal it, because as you know, in nature, it’s a dog-eat-dog world! I’ll be getting into what other creatures
these trap-jaw ants compete with and need to worry about in a sec. But if you’re new to the channel, these are
trap-jaw ants, known scientifically as Odonotmachus simillimus, whom we on the channel have named
the Jawbreakers. They have massive bear-trap jaws, capable
of opening 180 degrees and shutting with lightening speed and force. They use this special power for various things
like cutting this superworm up, as you can see her doing here, jumping into the air,
as we’ve seen in previous videos, and of course attacking. I had the misfortune of being bit by one of
these ants and I promise, it felt like I was electrocuted. It hurts so bad! Those jaws are one of the fastest moving appendages
in the animal kingdom! It kinda makes me nervous because these ants,
the Jawbreakers, are about to have an extreme renovation done to their territories, and
I have to do it with the colony still inside, which means if I want this to be as pain-free
as possible, I’m going to have to do it carefully. I also have given them extra food today, to
minimize the number of ants foraging at ground level, to make my job a bit easier. This here is a cricket which they’ve already
found and have been working on. I think this ant is going to attempt to bring
this entire carcass home. Good luck! Now before we go ahead and give these lands
a makeover, there’s something important I need to address first that applies to each
and every single one of you, so hear me out. A lot of you AC Family have been saying you’ve
been subscribed to the channel but haven’t been getting notifications of these new videos. Youtube isn’t perfect and has glitches. If you know you’re subscribed, could you guys
do me a favour and check to see if you’re still subscribed, and if you want to be reminded
of these weekly, soon to be twice weekly videos, be sure to hit the bell icon, and choose “ALL”. It breaks my heart every time I see comments
from you guys saying I haven’t uploaded in so long, when in actuality I have been, every
week as normal, but Youtube hasn’t been notifying you of my videos. I have tried to contact Youtube support but
they’ve told me it’s up to you guys to check and make sure you’re subscribed and part of
the notification squad. Whatever the case, let’s move on! So, now for the great renovation! Here’s why the lands of the Jawbreakers needed
to be changed up. The Hacienda del Dorado, a lush kingdom that
has witnessed tales of millions of ants and other organisms, has undergone the most changes
of any terrarium in the entire Antiverse. It was once the home of a huge supercolony
of yellow-crazy ants, an OG colony of this channel, called the Golden Empire. But out of nowhere, the Golden Empire was
crippled by a plague of blood-sucking mites, and had to be relocated to rehabilitate. They now live in an epic AC ant farm setup,
along with teams of beneficial creatures living with them in harmony. With the Hacienda Del Dorado now vacant, the
next ant colony in line for a larger space were the Jawbreakers, this colony of Trap-Jaw
Ants. They turned out to be the perfect colony for
this enormous glass structure because they don’t like heights and don’t climb glass so
keeping them contained was a breeze. And so today, four months later, this is what
the Hacienda Del Dorado looks like. Look! The plants had grossly overgrown. The leaves of this Green Nephthytis has totally
reached the mesh. Yup, this plant’s gonna need a cutting or
it’ll completely push against the mesh cover and grow out of this tank! Also, here, the swampy marsh near the waterfall
has grown a bit stagnant. Water from our waterfall has found a leak
hole in our plastic catcher, which is so exposed now. It used to be covered in moss. And so did the rocky wall of our waterfall. A lot of that moss had died out. Guess growing conditions weren’t suitable
for the species. It has thrived on this beach plateau of the
pond, but as you can see the lands were in need of a serious makeover! All that exposed plastic were cringe! But despite how unattractive the Hacienda
Del Dorado had grown, animal life within it has continued to flourish quite well. Time to meet some of the creatures the Jawbreakers
live with. Check it out! In the pond are these cute little cherry shrimp and rasbora fish. They help keep the aquatic environment clean. Now remember the vampire crabs I introduced
to the AC Antiverse five months ago? As you saw in a precious video, I decided
to put some of them in the Hacienda del Dorado. Check out this one eating organic bits from
the top of the waterfall rocks. It’s amazing how it managed to climb up here! By the way, our vampire crabs need a name
so pls take the time to vote for a name here, based on my top 5 picks from you, the AC Family
in a previous video. Thank you AC Council for your input. In case you might have seen a famous BBC video
where ants were wiping out a population of land crabs from Christmas island, don’t worry. That doesn’t happen all the time. In some cases, ants can get along with crabs. Case in point the vampire crab inhabitants of the Selva
de Fuego, the epic paludarium kingdom of one of the most meat-hungry and aggressive ants
I’ve ever owned – Fire Nation fire ants. See? A Fire Nation worker ant crawls on this crab
in search of anything organic it can eat trapped in spaces of its exoskeleton. Like a cowbird on a cow, this crab could offer
a hidden treasure on its body. It’s an interesting symbiotic relationship
because the crab benefits from the ants cleaning areas it can’t reach on its exoskeleton, and
the crab eats up any garbage or dead ant bodies the ants dump into the river, thereby keeping
the river cleaner. The crab also benefits from the protection
of a massive stinging colony of Amazonian ant warriors living all around. The crabs and the fire ants are friends in
a sweet biological partnership. Now speaking of biological relationships,
another territory is proving to benefit from this mixing of creatures, as well. The Canopy of Vortexia, our tree-top forest
home to our aggressive Weaver Ant Colony, The Emerald Empire has developed into a wild
jungle of a world. A month ago, I upped the bioactivity of these
territories, and introduced a colony of Dubia roaches and superworms to roam around the
land. Today, the creatures all live occupying their
particular niches. The superworms and roaches feed from the leaf
litter eating up decaying leaves from the trees. And every now and then, the weaver ants will
hunt the weakened individuals. Check out this cockroach nymph they’ve hulled
up into the trees and are consuming just under the nest. Talk about strong legs, these weaver ants
possess. Woops! If one ant let’s go too early they could drop
this massive carcass. Thankfully, they take shifts holding the roach
so they can rest while the roach is being consumed. But, as the Creator of Worlds of the Antiverse, I had to make some edits to plans. Remember the Death Sprites, our microhylid
frogs last used to keep the population of the Jawbreakers in check? I’ve decided to move the final frogs out,
because I would like the Jawbreaker population to get much bigger. They’re now living in this temporary holding
cell. Does this glass enclosure seem familiar to
you? Yup, this was the former home of my Gooty
Tarantula but marshed up. I can’t decide though whether I should keep
these frogs or let these frogs go back into the wild where I got them seeing as they’ve
successfully completed what I needed them for. What do you guys say? Vote here, AC Council! Alright, and now the moment we’ve all been
waiting for. Pineapple Beach paludarium! Let’s begin the transformative process of
the Hacienda Del Dorado. This was going to be one of the coolest things
I’ve ever created on the channel. First on the agenda of business, was to chop
these overgrown Green Nephthytis plants. Here we go. For those who may be concerned about the plants,
don’t worry, because these leafy plants are resilient. Even if I clear cut them, they’ll grow back,
plus I’ll be replanting these cuttings into a pot and use them to decorate my home. See they have roots! All other clippings, I’ll be using to feed
the creatures of the AC Nucleus, our composter and breeding chamber of bioactivating soil
creatures. Next, I wanted to remove some of these big
driftwood pieces… and carefully move this massive driftwood
piece closer to the back. I instantly saw that the Jawbreakers had been
disturbed and were now scrambling around. I had to be extra careful now not to get bitten
nor destroy their current nest tunnels too much. And after three careful hours of work, the
new Hacienda Del Droado was complete. AC Family, behold! The newly refurbished Hacienda del Dorado. Isn’t it just beautiful? It was an exotic and tropical paradise. Ooohhh I can’t wait to show you around! OK, first and foremost, let’s look at all
the new plants! AC Family, I want to address the pink pineapples
in the room! My favorite plants here of course are these
gorgeous and vibrant red pineapple plants, known scientifically as Ananas bracteatus. Its radiant colors gave energizing explosions
of reds and pinks to the lands, something I’ve never done before, but looks totally
amazing! I see them almost as plant pets now! Haha! I also installed a variety of epiphtic bromeliads,
also relatives of the pineapple. These are airplants called Tillandsias. I just love the look of them! I installed some vein plants, which add a
glorious complementary mix of dark greens and reds to the lands. And also some Peperomia growing in patches
all around. I planted some Calathea in the marshy swamp
to help keep this area cleaner. I also removed the plastic shelf, and filled
the marsh with java moss, so that more water could cascade into this marsh area, get filtered
naturally by the Calathea plants and moss, and spill into our pond. Doesn’t it look just stunning? Ahhhh mossy swamp heaven! Speaking of waterfalls, I improved that area,
too. I planted little bits of java moss along the
rocky waterfall, which has proven to do well in our other paludarium, Pacmania of Jabba
the Hutt, our Surinam horned frog. My hope is it continues to thrive and cover
this rocky wall. I left the bird’s nest fern inside, as well
as some of the old Green Nephthytis plant. But another of my top favourite things about
this new design, guys, is what I see as the icing on the cake. This white pebbly pathway completed the entire
pineapple beach look of this paludarium. Doesn’t it all look pretty unique? Unlike any paludarium we’ve ever made before. It actually reminds me of a river beach I
once visited in Borneo. Habitats like this actually exist in the wild. And look, our inhabitants seem to enjoy the
newly rejuvenated lands. The shrimp, fish and snails are enjoying their waters, which they can
probably tell by now feel cleaner thanks to the secondary marsh filter they have now! And so are the crabs. Looks like this crab decided to take advantage
of the renovations happening and stole the Jawbreaker’s superworm during all the commotion! What a sneaky fellow! Okay, maybe, that’s your house-warming gift
Mr. Crab. And of course, the stars of the show, the
Jaw breakers also showed signs of settling into these new lands. I could see most of them digging their tunnels
now and many individuals taking a stroll around exploring their new lands with wonder. As a house warming gift, I gave them another
superworm which they proceeded to feed from and rip, rip, rip chunks of flesh off to take
home into their underground chambers. So, I think it was safe to say this new renovation
project of the Hacienda Del Dorado and species mixing has been a great success! Wouldn’t you say? Over time, I truly enjoyed watching all the
inhabitants going about their business in these great lands which offered various microhabitats
for the inhabitants. We have a canopy of wood and bromeliads above,
an undergrowth of plants and pineapples, a marshy swamp area, a rocky waterfall, and
a pond. I do feel like with all of these amazing niches,
we can still stock this vivarium with more creatures. What do you guys think? Leave your suggestions for other creatures
you think we can add to these lands and watch integrate into this amazing community of life. I was thinking possibly a species of frog
that won’t eat our crabs nor our ants, and perhaps a species of lizard that won’t eat
our ants, nor bother our crabs, but can eat crickets or roaches perhaps. Whatever the case, I’ll definitely need to
do more research before deciding and can’t wait to hear your ideas, AC Family. And so, once again, our projects have been
pretty eye-opening! We’ve built some pretty awesome biological
partnerships in these worlds within glass we created, and it is just so awesome to know
you guys are joining me on this never ending journey of discovery and creation. I also love that a lot of you watching are
getting into this hobby of keeping various ants and creatures. I know you guys are capable of creating amazing
worlds like this in your home. If you’re wanting to start with an ant colony,
I suggest starting small and simple. My website AntsCanada.com offers some easy
to use homes in which you too can build complex communities of various creatures living with
ants. Just a reminder though that if you’re going
to mix larger species together like crabs and frogs and such, you need to research every
species carefully and ensure every creature has their own space and needs met, so that
there isn’t any overbearing competition for space or resources, as well as an imbalance
of sorts. I love this new Era of Vivariums we’re entering,
AC Family. It’s a new and hollistic mindset for the keeping
of the wildlife we care for. I’ve actually been doing a lot of research
lately on permaculture, of all things. I’ve recently become a farmer myself, and
no not just ant farms, but actual farming, farming. Hehe! And one of the things I’ve come to realize
based on permaculture principles, is that for an entire biological system to work, you
can’t just isolate components of the system and expect it to thrive forever, but rather
you need to include all components of the system in order for it to be sustainable. This means, you can’t have just ants in an ant farm and expect them to thrive
forever. Some strong ants might, but there would be
pieces missing. The ants need their posse of beneficial creatures
like sprintails, isopods, and beneficial mites to help them out in life. Imagine us being placed into a foreign world
where we need to survive ourselves, without stores that sell us food, garbage men who
deal with our garbage, doctors who help us heal, construction workers who build us homes,
internet and television to educate us on what’s going on, etc? But if all of that was placed into the world,
we’d all thrive. I’ve learned Wildlife is kinda the same. There’s a whole economy of relationships happening
out in Mother Nature, and we get to see evidence of it more and more in our Ant Room lately. It’s funny, if you leave ants in a clean ant
farm long enough, beneficial creatures just end up finding their way in and populating
the ant farm, anyway. That’s how strong the bond between these creatures
that naturally share a space is, and that bond to me is such a beautiful thing to witness. As was said in one of my favourite movies
of all time: Life finds a way. Thank you for finding your way to this video
and channel, guys! I hope to see you again next week. It’s ant love forever! AC Family, did you enjoy today’s episode? Man, I love the new Hacienda Del Dorado and
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experience! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you’d like to see what creature I discovered in our Nucleus when I placed
some clippings inside! You may be quite shocked just as I was so
go check it out! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: What helps a Gooty Tarantula stick to glass? Congratulations to BrunoVentura22 who correctly
answered: The setules, microscopic hairs in the paw
tuffs. Congratulations Bruno, you just won a free
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My New BULLET ANT Colony

My New BULLET ANT Colony


On this channel, sometimes we lose ant colonies. Death is a sad reality of life and the hobby. But sometimes, we get lucky, and one of our
lost ant kingdoms comes back to life. I have some great news, AC Family. One of our ant colonies is back, having returned
from the dead, and this time, I have a plan to make sure they stay with us forever. An Asian bullet ant worker, emerges from the
nest to smell the morning air, like she does every morning. But this morning was a little bit different. They had woken up to their new home, with
us. A few of her sisters also seem pretty curious
at the new world beyond their nest, and what a world it is! AC Family, you guys will get to see what we
created for this new colony of Asian Bullet ants in a bit, but first. There’s a commotion at the foot of the ant
hill. One of the colony’s early risers had found
a huge piece of superworm. Alright! She moves down to help her out. Together they lug the massive superworm up
their great ant hill cliff, but being intelligent ants, one of the ants decided to scope out
the best route up the hill in advance. Oops! Looks like this hill isn’t as sturdy as they’d
thought. After all, they had just built this ant hill
fortress overnight and the grains of dirt still needed time to set. I can’t even begin to describe just how happy
I am that we have these incredible ants back again, and I’m sure all of you long time AC
Family here are feeling the nostalgia, too! But if you’re new to the channel, these are
Asian Bullet Ants, Diacamma rugosum and you’ll get to see just how awesome they
are in this episode, as well as some pretty amazing things I managed to catch on camera! But to fill you newcomers in, earlier this
year, our star colony of Asian Bullet ants, we called the Black Panthers, had sadly died
out due to natural causes which I will get in to in a sec, but I’m pleased to say, I
managed to obtain another colony of these incredible beasts, and this time, I’ve come
up with an interesting way that theoretically should ensure history doesn’t repeat itself,
a plan to ensure this Asian Bullet ant colony lives forever! OK, so in order to better understand things,
you guys gotta take a look at how unique Asian Bullet ants are. These ants live a curious life. They belong to a few of about 1% of ants that
run on what’s called a gamergate system. And, this is how it works. In typical ant colonies, a single queen who
was born a queen with wings, mates with males, who also have wings, during what’s called
a nuptial flight, which happens about once a year during their breeding season. After mating, she would then lay out a tonne
of eggs, which turn our to become worker ants which care for her and the colony, as she
continues to lay more and more eggs for up to 30 yrs. But the moment the queen dies, the colony
inevitably dies out, too, because each worker only lives for a few months and once the queen,
the main egg-layer is gone, there’s no other ant that can lay eggs to continue the next
generation of workers. They can’t invent a new egg-laying queen. But these Asian Bullet ants however, don’t
follow this life cycle system! Get this! They run on a gamergate system which is 100%
queenless! Yes, every single member of the Asian Bullet
ant colony are worker ants, and one of these worker ants, the most dominant one, takes
on the role of egg-layer in the colony. This special worker is called a gamergate. She looks totally identical to the other workers,
but the only thing is, only she is allowed to mate with males and lay all the eggs. I’ve tried to locate gamergates in the past,
but it’s really hard. I try to look for a swollen gaster or ant
butt, but I’ve never found her. But anyways, the advantage of this gamergate
or queen-less system, is that once this gamergate dies, a new gamergate, the most dominant one,
will take on this much-coveted position. I made an episode about the unique and amazing
life of Asian bullet ants and their gamergate system when I first introduced them to the
channel, which you might want to check out after watching this video. But now, as per how I believe our former Black
Panthers died out suddenly earlier this year, going from super well to disappearing into
extinction. My suspicion is that the gamergate had died,
and a new gamergate had assumed her throne, but the only thing she needed, was an unrelated
male ant to mate with. There were male ants present in the colony,
but they were all her brothers, so I suppose they weren’t for Game of Thrones Style inbreeding. I feel in Asian Bullet ant society, much like
a pride of lions, males leave their birth colony and wander off to seek out an unrelated
colony with a gamergate in need of mating, and that’s how new gamergates become official
egg-layers. And again once this gamergate dies, the cycle
continues over and over again. Oh and by the way, I forgot to mention that
these unfertilized gamergates awaiting for males to mate with them, can still lay eggs. But these unfertilized eggs grow up to be
males only. Weird, I know. Ant genetics! Gamergates absolutely need to mate with a
male ant in order to produce female workers. Alright, so now that you understand the life
cycle of Asian Bullet ants, AC Family, I have to share with you my epic plan to make sure
that these ants continually keep perpetuating. We are lucky to have a second chance at keeping
Asian Bullet ants, and this time, I’m determined to keep them alive and going on forever. AC Family, presenting to you the Black Panthers
2.0 Two containers, you ask? Yes, you’re right. What we have here are not one, but two Asian
bullet ant colonies. Collected from two different areas, so we
know for sure they’re unrelated. Let’s call them Colony A and Colony B for
now, but if you have better name suggestions for these two camps, let me know in the comments. So as for the basic premise of my plans, we
could essentially attempt something similar to cross-pollination. Theoretically speaking, we could technically
take males from one colony and allow them to travel to the other colony to mate with
any gamergate needing fertilization, and vice versa. Both colonies could technically keep each
other going, hopefully forever. But AC Family, in order for all of this to
work, I needed to create the perfect set up for this biological engineering execution! It’s time to create some new ant worlds! To begin, I will need these materials. AC Family, it’s time to take us back to classic
ant keeping, and after all the complex vivariums we made this year it’s very refreshing for
us to go back to the fun basics! Don’t you think? An AC hybrid Nest 2.0. This, in particular, is the Formica version,
but any version could have worked. This AC Ant Tower Large. These two AC outworlds. These tubing to connect them. Coco fiber, plants, and the nucleus. Now if you’re new to these Hybrid Nests, they
come with a cover to allow the ants to remain in the dark when you’re not watching them. It also has pre-made chambers and tunnels
for the ants to inhabit and use as desired. The bottom has microholes at one section to
allow for hydration of the nest. You can put cotton in this hydration tub here
or any type of hydration medium you want. Lately, I find coco fiber works really well
because it doesn’t mold and it’s water absorbent. This amount is sufficient. And, on goes the nest like so. My hope is they’ll discover the darkness and
moisture of the Hybrid Nest and decide to move the colony in here to be their new nest. By the way, shameless plug, these Hybrid Nests
are available at 20% off on my website AntsCanada.com just for the holidays, so go get yours today. It also comes with a free ant keeping handbook
so you can become an ant keeping pro! Next, is the Ant Tower Large. These two ports will allow the ants to be
connected to other setups but for now I’ve got them blocked up with plugs, so the ants
remain in here to nest. Like the hybrid nest, this, too, has a hydration
tub at the bottom. This centerpiece here forces the ants to dig
their tunnels and chambers near the glass. But since our Asian Bullet Ants are large
ants, I can remove this outer layer here to give them more space to dig tunnels. Alright so now, let’s prepare this ant tower. Some coco fiber in the hydration ring. Again, you can use sand, sponge, cotton, or
your preference. Then I reattached it to the ant tower. Let’s proceed with these AC Outworlds. They will act as the outer world of the ants. So I wanna decorate them to look more natural. I used silicone caulking to glue this bottom
plate on because it can actually come off in case you wish to stack multiple outworlds. The cover has a double inner lip where you
can put a barrier to keep the ants inside. And if you need access to the nest, you can
easily remove this cover. Also, there’s a feeding chute here. For now, I will apply baby powder as my barrier. The same goes for the other one. Now, before we start decorating, let’s bring
in the Nucleus, the creational furnace which houses epic populations of soil biota and
microorganisms, as well as our manufacturing facility of awesome fertilizer. I got some of the earth and mixed it with
coco fiber. Now we’ve seeded a good soil creature population
and blended in our fertilizer for the plants. I put in a thin layer of the mix into the
outworlds and Ant Tower. Oh, hey, look at me touching these worms. It only proves that you can overcome any phobia
with time and patience. There perfect. Now, these plants are ready to be planted. And after two hours of work, this is what
the Black Panthers’ new epic setup looked like. AC Family, behold! The new double kingdom of our Black Panthers
2.0. Let me show you around. The lands were an entanglement of vines, ground
plants, and stones. Both outworlds needed to be simply decorated
with low soil level, so that the ants wouldn’t end up moving into these soils. We want them to move into the formicaria. The Ant Tower was ready and set for the bullet
ants to inhabit it. I used a stick to start a burrow in the Ant
Tower. Let’s cross our fingers and hope the ants
find it. Right now these two setups which will become
the homes for Colonies A and B are not attached, but I’ll get into how I will attach them later. You see, I can’t allow the two colonies to
mix as they’d go to war, but I had a super cool way to make sure only males could move
to the other colony’s nest. That’s coming up in just a moment, but for
now, it’s time to move the ants into these new homes we created for them. You guys will truly love this! It was just sooo cool! Here we go! Putting on my gloves. These ants aren’t called bullet ants for nothing! They have a painful sting and I’m not about
getting bit tonight! Let’s begin with Colony A. Ready? And into the Ant Tower they go! And there you go. The ants immediately surveyed the land and
began seeking a space for shelter. Some ants were tasked at carrying the brood. And great news: they immediately found the
starting burrow I created for them and began digging into the Ant Tower. Meanwhile, the outworld attached to the Hybrid
Nest was ready to welcome Colony B. There! A swarm of ants immediately roamed around
their new territory. They climbed the vines and plants of their
new home. And, in no time, some courageous ants traveled
the tube and discovered the Hybrid Nest. Yay! It wasn’t long before the ants decided that
yup the Hybrid Nest would be their new home, and check out how cool the ants looked up
close! Whoa! The Asian Bullet ants looked magnificent this
close, and huge! Checking on Colony A in the Ant Tower, the
colony had decided to start moving in the brood into the tunnel. It was officially their new nesting chamber
which they would start expanding outward. It was just so satisfying to see the ants
were loving these new homes we made for them. One thing I noticed though, while analyzing
the close up footage of Colony B, I saw no brood, except for a couple of eggs. There were no larvae or pupae. Could this mean Colony B had newly appointed
a gamergate and she was just starting to lay? Could she have mated already or was she still
awaiting fertilization. No worries though because, I will now show
you the final addition to these setups which will allow males from Colony A to mate with
any existing unfertilized gamergate from Colony B, and vice versa. The next day, I had given both colonies some
chopped up superworm in the morning, which they took home to their colonies (Music only). Colony A had completely transformed the lands,
and overnight had created a vertical ant hill. They piled it all up grain by grain. Let’s peel off this red film and see how the
ants are doing inside. Whoa! Check out the extensive tunnels. Wow! They’re eating! The colony and their larvae are having a feast
today. Let’s have a look at them using red light. Just amazing right, guys?! So cool how with the red light, we can see
them, but the ants still feel like they’re in the dark, seeing as they can’t see red
light. Now peeking into the Hybird Nest of Colony
B. Awesome! They were loving the nest. They certainly have a lot of space to expand
and grow into. They were huddled in groups munching on superworm
pieces. So as for the final touch to my ultimate plan. The whole reason I chose to house these Asian
bullet ants in formicaria, as opposed to huge vivariums, is because I needed to be able
to monitor them. I needed to see when each colony was producing
male ants and once the male ants did arrive, I could then go ahead to do this. Check it out! As you know, our AC outworlds are stackable,
and if I stacked both outworlds but kept the barrier on the lid of the bottom outworlds,
it would be enough to keep workers ants in the bottom outworlds, while allowing male
ants who could fly up passed the barriers into the upper worlds, to use this tube here
which I’ll attach now to form a bridge between the two upper outworlds, and voila. Our bullet ant colonies could live forever. So check out the system: Colony A would produce
males who will have the natural urge to find another colony, it will leave the nest and
smell the pheromones released by Colony B’s gamergate, travel up and through the bridge
tube, enter Colony B’s outworld, enter the Hybrid Nest and mate with the gamergate. Conversely, males from Colony B could do the
same only the opposite way. And that AC Family, should theoretically work
for us to keep both colonies alive forever. Once gamergates die and new gamergates rise
to power, unrelated males could come to the rescue and mate with them. In my mind this should work, but only time
will tell if it does. For now, I’ll keep the colonies disconnected
just in case the pheromones stress out the opposing colonies. Again, we can’t forget the colonies are technically
enemies, even if they need each other to perpetuate. Hey, would Ying and Yang be cool names for
our two Black Panthers? Should we keep the names Black Panthers, or
should we just completely rename them? Also, do you guys think this setup work? Let me know in the comments! If this does work, we can apply this setup
to all ants operating with a gamergate system from here on in, perhaps even revive our Dracula
Ants, the Blood Legion! As always, I’m on a constant quest to provide
my ants with the best lives possible. In my heart, I want nothing more than all
the ants under my care to be the happiest pet ants, providing them all things they need
to live their best lives. I’ve learned that this requires close observation
and study, and at times a bit of experimentation, some trial and error. Over the next few days, I marveled at and
was reminded of how amazing Asian Bullet ants are. I sat and watched them for hours, and it was
actually cool to able to see them like this due to the visibility of the formicaria. You see, the old Black Panthers were housed
in vivariums and though I could peek into a y-tong cement nest they had, every time
I peeked in, the ants would move the colony to darker areas of the nest away from the
glass. But here, the ants were okay with letting
me watch them in plain sight. I also love seeing what the ants do underground. It was great having the Black Panthers back. I learned today, that though deaths are part
of the ant keeping hobby, sometimes death makes it possible for life. I’m happy that these incredible Asian bullet
ants have returned to our Antiverse, leaving a legacy that never dies and lives on forever. AC Family, aren’t you happy the Black Panthers
are back? Should we rename them, though? Let me know. There is still so much ahead in the Antiverse,
and we’ve started uploading two videos a week for the month of December anyway. You don’t want to miss out on all these great
and inspiring stories of nature in our Ant Room, so hit the SUBSCRIBE and bell icon for
notifications now so you don’t miss out! And please remember to hit the LIKE button
every single time, including now! If you’re new to the channel and want to catch
up on all your AntsCanada Lore, click here for our complete story line playlist, so you
can follow all stories and colonies, as well as the various creatures we have in the Antiverse,
so you can better appreciate why we love them all so much! AC Inner Colony, I’ve left a hidden video
for you here, if you’d like to watch the full construction and landscape designing of these
Bullet Ant setups. It was a fun process, and I think those of
you AC Family who actually have any of our AC ant farms or need ideas on how to landscape
your ant farms at home, would truly find it helpful. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: What is your favourite thing about the new
Hacienda Del Dorado design? Congratulations to Jack Hay, who answered: I love the water/marsh part, and how the crabs
can get in and out of the water as they please, living symbiotically with the ants! Congratulations Jack Hay, you just won a free
ebook handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Why would it be a bad idea to mix our two
bullet ants colonies together? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free e-book handbook from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Saturday and Wednesday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed this video to help us keep making more. It’s ant love forever!

Yellow Crazy Ants and Their Pet Water Beast

Yellow Crazy Ants and Their Pet Water Beast


Last week, we welcomed a new ant colony to
the channel, some golden-gastered Polyrhachis ants who moved in to El Dragon Island, but
we were shocked to discover the ants were gravely infected by a plague of mites. Together we, the AC family, decided to keep
the ants and go ahead with treating them with lemon therapy. A bold move for us, but a choice I think we
were confident to make because just beside this infected colony quarantined on El Dragon
Island, stands a kingdom of ants who actually managed to overcome and survive a mite plague
in their past, reminding us every day of the power of perseverance and never giving up. Today, we visit the majestic Hacienda Del
Dorado, and check up on how the Golden Empire, our yellow crazy ant supercolony has been
doing, along with their pet water beast/undertaker living in their communal pool, and AC Family,
you will be shocked to see what our water beast looks like today! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! The Hacienda Del Dorado stands tall and mighty
at the heart of the Antiverse, towering high above all other ant kingdoms in the ant room. Admittedly, it is one of my top favourite
ant farms ever created on my ant keeping journey. The Hacienda Del Dorado is a paludarium, which
means it is part terrarium and part aquarium. Peeking into the terrarium portion, the ants
of the Golden Empire are busy going about their various usual tasks peacefully, constructing
nest tunnels, cleaning and upkeeping the territories, and hunting for food. I could watch these ants all day, as they
construct some of the most impressive ant hills in the entire Antiverse. One of the things I love about the Golden
Empire is that they’re stingless. They don’t have stingers and their formic
acid sprays are too weak for me to feel, so I can work around them without having to worry
about pain. Aside from that, I also love their gorgeous
translucent golden colour which sparkles like droplets of honey in the light. It makes for a beautiful sight to behold as
they move about in orchestra. Here is their feeding pit, the location I
place most of their food. And speaking of which, AC Family, it’s feeding
time. Placing in a roach, and the Golden Empire
is happy to accept the day’s feast offering. Take a look at them swarming that roach. That’s some great protein, that will eventually
make its way mouth to mouth to all members of the colony through a process called trophallaxis,
and end up nourishing the eight queens, as well as the colony’s larvae who need the valuable
protein the most. If you look carefully, you’ll see the Golden
Empire’s symbiotic co-inhabitants, a colony of springtails we call the Spring Cleaners,
who live mutualistically with the ants. They feed from the Golden Empire’s leftovers
and molds that grow from their bathroom areas and food scraps. Essentially, they need each other, a perfect
example of symbiotic mutualism, a biological pact of interdependence between members of
the Hacienda Del Dorado. Don’t you just love when two organisms become
allies? It’s also great the Spring Cleaners are around
because I don’t need to worry about spot cleaning so much, except maybe for things like this
huge mango pit. Sorry, ladies. Just cleaning up! But perhaps one of my favourite things about
the Hacienda Del Dorado is the communal pool, you guys called the Golden Springs, a planted
rock face from which a spring feeds a pool of water, within which lives the great water
beast of the Hacienda Del Dorado. If you’re new to the channel, we moved a crayfish
into the Golden Springs to feed on dead ants drowning in this pool. This pool in fact was set in place as a form
of population control for the Golden Empire, because imagine having eight egg-laying queens
and no predators. The Golden Empire’s population needed some
curbing, so this spring pool was perfect as some ants would fall in and drown, so we released
a crayfish into the pool to eat these decaying ant bodies. And AC Family, it turns out this crayfish
recently shed its skin, which means it had grown in size, but when you see just how big
the crayfish is now, you guys will completely trip out! But hmmmm it seems to be rather shy at the
moment, hiding somewhere there in the shadows of its back cave. Let’s add some fish pellets and try to coax
the beast from its darkened aquatic den. Alright, any moment now… Or not… Hmmm… Still shy. Alright maybe if I turn off the spot lights,
it’ll be much more at ease to emerge. Let’s try. OK this water beast is still reluctant to
come out. I know it’s in there staring at us from within
the shadows. Alright, while waiting, AC Family, the time
has come to finally announce this crayfish’s official name! In our last video featuring this water beast,
we ran a poll on the top name suggestions by you the AC Family, and the winning name
was “Empress Sapphire”. Quite a beautiful name, actually, but it turns
out some of you crayfish experts were able to analyze the footage, and determine that
this Empress was actually an Emperor! It was male! What a surprise that was! I had purchased the crayfish as a youngster
and the man who sold it to me had told me that it was a female and that I could mate
it with the white male crayfish you saw it dueling with in that last video. Well, that was my fault for trusting him,
because the two crayfish were both male and two different species! I truly apologize for that video, by the way. Thankfully both crayfish were unharmed in
the end, but from now on, this water beast living in the Golden Springs of the Hacienda
Del Dorado shall be called “Emperor Sapphire”. Alright Emperor Sapphire, please come out
so the AC Family can marvel at how beautiful, I mean handsome and dashing you are. No response. It was then that I noticed there seemed to
be something odd about the rocky spring climb. It looked a bit stagnant. I moved aside the vegetation and roots growing
around the spring, and yup, just as I suspected. Water wasn’t flowing from it. There was a bit of water movement so I knew
there was still a connection to the filter below but the tube from it was definitely
clogged. Moving down to inspect the filter, it looked
like water was reversing out through some holes which were supposed to suck in water. Not good! I needed to locate the clog and remove it,
because currently, without this spring functioning properly, this water was not being filtered. Water entering and leaving the filter, failing
to cascade down past the plants, moss, and algae was not being purified, and dirty, poisonous
waters are bad news for the Golden Empire who drink from the Golden Springs and Emperor
Sapphire who lives in it. So, it was time to put on my gloves and assume
the role of royal plumber! I went in to inspect the filter, and unplugging
it from the Spring tube, I saw that the water was still flowing properly from it, which
only meant the spring tube was clogged up. So, I gathered my highly sophisticated tool,
a piece of wire… and I tried my best to stick it into the hole
from the top of the spring, but no matter how much I tried, I couldn’t
seem to get in through the top. Golden Empire ants were crawling all over
my arms at this point, tickling me, but still quite the disruption. My next attempt was to try to stick the wire
in through the bottom! I pushed the wire as far into the tube as
I could, and surprisingly it went in pretty far, and when I felt I had gone far enough,
I pulled the wire out and with it came all the gunk that had clogged the Golden Springs. Take a look at how much gunk I managed to
pull out. Pretty gross. And after reconnecting the tube to the filter,
voila, the spring was restored. This was awesome! Water once again cascaded down and around
the rocks and moss, and past the roots of the plants, biologically purifying in the
process. The waters could once again be clean enough
for the Golden Empire to drink, and Emperor Sapphire to live comfortably in. And since I was successful as a plumber just
now, I might as well take on the title as Royal Gardener, too. I rearranged some of the vegetation back into
place, and cut back some of the leaves of the philodendron and bird’s nest fern. Now I bet all this work around the Golden
Springs really spooked out Emperor Sapphire. Let’s leave the Hacienda Del Dorado alone
for the night, and revisit in the morning. Man, I just love this kingdom so much. Lights off… By morning, the Hacienda Del Dorado is alive
with the onset of morning sun. The Golden Empire relishes their day’s cockroach
meal in the feeding pit. Still no sign of Emperor Sapphire emerging
for us. He’s quite the recluse isn’t he? We’ll see him eventually! I love how alive the Hacienda Del Dorado is
all the time, workers of the Golden Empire always on the move, constantly changing the
shape and look of the Hacienda Del Dorado. Can you believe these lands once looked like
this? These territories have evolved massively to
become the paludarium extravaganza it is today. If you haven’t followed the Hacienda Del Dorado
story and the epic history of the Golden Empire, it’s truly one of my favourite story lines
on this channel. Feel free to watch the Golden Empire’s entire
journey here after watching this video. It’s full of ant wars, creatures coming and
going, carnivorous plants, mites, and of course, ant pets like Emperor Sapphire. I say Emperor Sapphire is the Golden Empire’s
pet because I do feel the ants keep their crustacean co-Del Doradan somewhat contained
in the Spring Pool. Surprisingly, Emperor Sapphire has made no
attempts to escape or crawl out of the Golden Springs ever, although he techincally could
at any time. I do believe Emperor Sapphire genuinely loves
the Golden Springs, but I am also confident, the Golden Empire has made sure to let their
Emperor Sapphire pet know that he is not to leave his aquatic palace. It looks like over night the waters have improved
due to the plumbing fix, and have trickled down a neat new path along the leaves, creating
surface water disturbance, which was excellent because it increased oxygen in the waters,
a great thing for Emperor Sapphire. Speaking of which, AC Family, no sudden movements. Emperor Sapphire is in our presence. Do you see his antennae? Look at how wide they stretch, from one end
all the way to the other! Isn’t that amazing? Alright, let’s try again to coax him out of
hiding. Adding some fish pellets, and oh, here he
comes! AC Family, look at him. Oh, he didn’t come all the way out, and I
don’t think we could appreciate his size from what we just saw, but let’s hope comes out
a bit more later. It really amazes me observing Emperor Sapphire
living within the Golden Springs, as he will randomly decide to show himself, or body parts. I know he has great vision and waits for me
to leave the Ant Room before emerging to do his thing, and the few times he did emerge
in my presence, my camera was not on or nearby, or I was too slow to capture his brief appearances. I even tried different tactics to get him
to come out entirely for the camera, like bribing with lettuce. It worked, sorta. Emperor Sapphire is no dummy. He grabbed the goods and retreated into the
darkness of his cave. I even tried placing in a superworm treat,
but that seemingly disappeared when I blinked. Emperor Sapphire is smart, fast, and elusive. I actually don’t mind this and I want him
to know that I respect his need for space and privacy at all times. I do feel he trusts me, and so I would never
go in and force him out of hiding. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about all
this nature videography, it just takes a little patience. While waiting, I was often distracted by the
Golden Empire traveling through their various established trails and pathways around the
Golden Springs. AC Family, have a look. I loved how proficient these ants were around
water. They had regularly traveled wooden bridges,
plant roads, and Great Wall Highways all around and through the Golden Springs, and despite
all this slippery terrain and fast-flowing water all around, most ants generally did
not slip in. And AC Family, take a look at this! I also loved watching the ants drink from
the Golden Springs. Because of the Golden Empire’s semi-translucency,
you could see which ants were carrying water in their social stomachs to deliver to the
rest of the colony underground. These workers were like living water servants,
collecting water from their communal pool and distributing it throughout the kingdom. Isn’t it amazing how ants are essentially
like a real human kingdom? And AC Family, here we go finally! Have a look at the face of the kingdom’s giant
pet water beast. Emperor Sapphire has finally agreed to come
out and say hello! Look how big he is! And look at that gorgeous blue colour! His claws were adorned with ruby-coloured
hair and he was emerging to pick at stuff from the filter. Isn’t he just so adorable?… I mean, ok manly, and emperor-ish! Awww… I think I offended him. Having the Hacienda Del Dorado and all its
inhabitants has truly been an incredible journey. The Golden Empire, though perhaps not the
most popular colony on this channel, perhaps because they get overshadowed by some of their
more aggressive counterparts, has still stood the test of time. They’ve persevered and problem-solved and
have learned to establish a great balance with the inhabitants sharing their territories. It’s a feeling that most ant keepers who’ve
had ant colonies that have survived with them for many years can attest to, but perhaps
can’t quite explain. In ant keeping, I do feel like I grow with
my ant colonies that have been with me the longest. I wonder if you guys who have been following
this channel for awhile feel it, too? Don’t you guys feel the Golden Empire has
become family, much like we were accepted by them into their fold, to walk among them
in their territories, to watch and be part of their every day lives and challenges, and
even care for their village pet. Well, that’s how I feel, and don’t at all
feel like I am their master. I feel more like they let us in, and I am
grateful to have been able to experience the Hacienda Del Dorado with you guys again today,
and hopefully for more Golden days to come. Long live the Golden Empire and the Hacienda
Del Dorado. It’s ant love forever. Shhh… here he comes… Oh, Emperor Sapphire… I am not worthy of your might and strength! I cowar before your powerful crayfishlyness! I think I offended him. Alright, AC Family, did you enjoy today’s
walk through the Hacienda Del Dorado? The Golden Empire is truly one of my favourite
ant colonies ever and the Hacienda Del Dorado, simply a joy to watch and care for. But there is so much more news coming up with
my other ant colonies and even non-ants, wink-wink, so be sure to hit that SUBSCRIBE button and
BELL ICON so you don’t miss out on our weekly ant videos, which are always full of discovery
and ant goodness! And hit the LIKE button every single time,
including now. AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch some extended play footage of the Golden Empire
in the Hacienda Del Dorado. Before we continue with AC Question of the
Week, I would like to plug my new daily vlogging channel, daily vlogs of my travels around
the world, which often includes a lot of nature stuff. Please feel free to subscribe when you’re
there! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why do we hope these
mites are phoretic mites? Congratulations to Keri White who correctly
answered: Because phoretic mites
do not suck insect blood. Congratulations Keri, you just won a free
ebook handbook from our shop. In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Why was unclogging the
spring pool in the Golden Springs an important thing to do? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free ebook handbook from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Saturday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
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OH NO! MY ANTS ARE GONE!

OH NO! MY ANTS ARE GONE!


Welcome, AC Family to Ant Bite Wednesday,
covering the world of ants as they relate to social media, global news, and ant keeping! OMG guys, I have an important update on the
Black Dragons, aka our young Polyrhachis colony on El Dragon Island. Don’t panic, but apparently, they’ve disappeared! If you’re new to the channel, my very first
paludarium called El Dragon Island was designed to house some Polyrhachis ants, who naturally
build nests in leaves. The colony was still young, and were under
siege by some wild pharaoh ants, that tried to swim across the moat to get onto the island,
but we added some Rasbora fish into the waters to eat the pharaoh ant trespassers, whom we
suspect killed our Titans last year. Anyway, over time, everything was going as
planned. The ants made a nest in the dragon skull adorning
the eastern rock plateau and workers emerged once or twice a week to feed. But a few weeks ago, they seemed to have skipped
feedings and weren’t seen foraging anymore. I assumed their last meal had been bigger
than usual so they had lots stored in their crops. Their nest was still there in the dragon’s
skull so I assumed all was well. But now three weeks have passed. I am currently away in the Caribbean Islands
exploring ants, but I have an app which helps me see the ant room in real time from my mobile
whenever I want, and also communicate directly with my house keeper who cares for all the
ants in the Ant Room while I am away on these exploration trips. This time, she told me that she tried to check
the skull because she hadn’t seen the Black Dragons for so long, and was shocked to discover
the skull was empty! I am completely flabbergasted by the Black
Dragons’ disappearance. My house keeper has tried to look everywhere
but doesn’t see them in any of the leaves nor drowned in the water. I won’t be able to check up on El Dragon nor
the Black Dragons until I get back home two weeks from now. When I do, I will surely update you all on
what has happened, but I am trying my best not to panic just yet. In all my years of ant keeping, I’ve come
to learn that ants, being such small creatures, can find and get to places that we humans
as giants cannot see nor access. Let’s hope they made a nest in the soil or
in a hidden spot of the leaves somewhere. There is still hope for the Black Dragons. Sorry that this week’s ANT BITE WEDNESDAY
comes bearing shocking news, but I had to let you, the AC Family know ASAP what has
happened! Do stay tuned for the update! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Click here to follow the entire El Dragon
Story.

My Amazing WEAVER ANTS | The Coolest Ants You Ever Did See


Greetings, ant lovers! Welcome to another episode of the AntsCanada
ant channel, a mid-week episode to help you get through your hectic week! Today we look at my extremely interesting
colony of weaver ants, we call on the channel the Emerald Empire. They surprisingly decided to start nest building
this week, so I felt it was a perfect opportunity to create a video on their latest activities! So, if you’re new to my videos, first off
welcome to the channel! Now, the Emerald Empire here is my pet Asian
Weaver ant colony, known scientifically as Oecophylla smaragdina. They are easily the most unique ants I’ve
ever owned because of their nesting behaviours. These ants create huge basket leaf nests in
trees and shrubs. Can you imagine ants that don’t nest in the
ground like most typical ants, but rather that create nests above you in the tree tops? What you see here is that awesome process
now. Every now and then as the ant colony expands
and grows too large for their current nests, the colony will decide that it’s time to either
expand their current leaf nest, or build a new leaf nest. The Emerald Empire here had decided it wanted
to do both. Check it out! This here is their main nest but they’ve decided
to expand with a few leaves pulled in, extending the nest more rightwards. That will be some awesome new space for them,
I think. And guys, if you look a bit further down…
there! You’ll see where they’ve decided to nest build
their next leaf nest! Check this out! Whoa! Ain’t that just awesome, guys? I just love watching them build during this
nest-building process! Now, check out how awesome and organized the
process of nest-building is for these weaver ants! Basically, they divide the tasks up. First, you have workers that act as “brace
ants”. Essentially, workers who bite down on one
edge of a leaf and cling on with their back legs to the edge of another leaf, and in unison
they pull these leaves together. These ants have the hardest jobs because imagine
for a small ant, how much force and strength it would take to literally bend leaves many
times your size in unnatural positions and hold them there until the other workers bind
them in place. It’s mind-boggling when you think of it. And while the leaves are braced together,
that’s when a second team of weaver ants come in. The gluers! Workers use special silk produced from their
larvae to glue these leaves together. This is how weaver ants get their name. It’s kinda like a seamstress going in and
weaving a quilt together, with leaves being the quilt patches. Once this silk dries, it forms a strong, waterproof
wall, strong enough to keep the leaves in position. Now all this energy and work doesn’t come
without a price. This extra work for the colony requires more
food to power their activities, as well as help the larvae produce the extra needed silk. So, there are ants in charge of food collection. Here, some workers have managed to capture
a baby roach nymph, which they hunted at ground level. The Emerald Empire actually shares their home
with a colony of Dubia roaches, and this baby roach will provide a lot of great protein
and nutrients for the colony’s larvae to produce extra silk. They’ve actually been preparing a head of
time and gathering extra roaches days in advance, as you’ve seen in our last episode. Many ants are also at the sweet food station,
gobbling up as much sugar as they can get. Carbs will help the colony work and give them
the energy needed to pull off these huge operations. The rest of the ants simply stand guard with
jaws wide open, to attack any creature or predator that might find this vulnerable time
for the colony to move in and attempt to disrupt their nest building. They should be done all the nest building
by tomorrow. Now, aren’t these weaver ants some of the
coolest ants you ever did see? I think so. The fact that the ants nest build in perfect
synergy like this just blows my mind, and that of biologists, too. We’re not sure how the ants decide who does
what job in this massive cooperative push, but we guess it’s simply the ants communicating
via pheromones what jobs need to be done and in what amount, and at what times. It’s collective ant intelligence at work,
and now you’ve seen it in action. If you wanna watch more of the weaver ants
building their nests, to the sounds of some relaxing music, just click here! It’s a hidden video specially made for you,
guys who’ve watched the video this far. So, thank you, guys for watching! We’ll see you again with another episode this
weekend. It’s ant love forever! Hope you can SUBSCRIBE to the channel, as
we upload a new video on ants and other creatures every Saturday and for now Wednesday, at 8AM
EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed this video, to help us keep making more, particularly if you want
more of these mid-week episodes. It’s ant love forever!

Beach Ants

Beach Ants


Ever wonder if there are ants at the beach? Do ants take tropical beach vacation getaways
like humans do? The answer will surprise you. This week, I had the opportunity to spend
my Christmas on some secluded but tiny tropical islands, and my main goal was to find out
what the ants on secluded beach islands were like, how they lived, or heck, find out if
there even were ants on secluded beach islands at all! AC Family, let’s make a quick escape from
the on-going tales of our antiverse in my ant room in Manila, Philippines and travel
thousands of miles westward to a gorgeous tropical country called Maldives, tucked far
away out into the Indian Ocean, and find out what beach ant colonies are like, in this
episode of the AntsCanada ant channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Tired of nature channels not showing nature
shows. Just watch this channel. Enjoy! The Republic of Maldives is a South Asian
country composed of over 1,000 coral islands out in the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian
Sea near the country of Sri Lanka. Its crystal clear waters, amazing wild life,
and luxurious beach resorts have made it a growing tourist spot for beach enthusiasts
around the world. I knew nothing about the place before coming
here, other than the fact that a few celebrities I follow online have vacationed here and posted
some pretty neat photos of the place. But when I arrived I was shocked to see not
only how beautiful it was, but also how rich the Maldivian wildlife was, both in the sea
and on land. Allegedly friendly reef sharks and some really
interesting marine fish swam all around us just outside our rooms, we interacted with
wild stingrays, which I had no idea was a safe thing to do, massive fruit bats flew
from tree to tree, huge solitary bees buzzed around, shore birds and herons hung out at
our pools, and super cute agamid lizards scurried about waiting for insects to pick off, and
oh, the plant life – man, that tropical, beach plant life though! But with such a lush and thriving ecosystem
on these secluded islands, I was sure there had to be ants here somewhere! So I asked the locals about where I might
be able to find ants and what type of ants existed in Maldives. Of course, if you’re not an ant nerd like
me, most ants might look the same, so the general consensus was that there were pretty
much only three types of ants in Maldives. They were described as follows: The first
type were described as being big and black, and that to me screamed Camponotus, i.e. carpenter
ants. Ooohh Maldivian carpenter ants! Super exciting. Let’s hope we see some today! The second were described as some small red
ones. That sounded like a fire ant species, perhaps
like our Fire Nation? We’ll find out! And finally some harmless black ones that
come in swarms, and of course, that to me sounded like black crazy ants! To think, our Dark Knights have a Maldivian
counterpart? So cool! So according to local sources, there were
these three ants and that was it. Now although Maldives was pretty geographically
secluded and each island was super small, I still found it hard to accept that there
were only three species of ants on these Maldivian islands, so it was time to find out! I booked some tours to go Maldives island
hopping and broke away from my tour group to shoot some ants! By the way, AC Family, if you’re excited about
today’s episode, please hit that ‘LIKE’ button and let me know. Alright so wandering off the tourist path
a little bit, I instantly came across this open sandy area with sparse vegetation, and
it was full of little pits. Ant holes! Check it out AC Family, it looks like we’ve
found our quote-unquote small, red ants! But looking closer at them, you could tell
right away that these red ants were NOT fire ants. These ants looked different from our Fire
Nation, but they were just as energetic! I loved watching them run about constructing
their holes and small ant hills. Have a look! Now one thing you might notice about the ant
hills of these ants is that they aren’t really huge nor too conspicuous. I feel when you live on a beach where you
don’t have a whole lot of plant coverage, you don’t want to make your fortress too obvious
and announce to predators that “Hey, this is where we live.” Now I couldn’t even pin a genus on these girls
to identify them, until I spotted from the corner of my eye this! A Supermajor! The supermajors were super shy and weren’t
plentiful. Now these ants weren’t our Titans, Asian Marauder
ants, but were probably a smaller and similar species belonging to the genus Pheidole. Red ant mystery solved! Let’s move on! My friend who was ant-hunting with me, called
me over saying “Hey, I found a huge black ant!” Yes, perhaps it was our native Camponotus! When I finally saw it, I was shocked and filmed
it with my eyes and mouth wide open the whole time. AC Family, check it out and see if you can
tell why! Do you see something funny about this big
black ant? Well, AC Family, this actually is not an ant. Believe it or not, this here is a spider! A jumping spider, to be exact, probably belonging
to the genus Myrmarachne. This spider was an ant mimic! Don’t believe me? That right there is its web den! Not only is its body shaped like that of an
ant, but it also moves its front legs in the same way an ant moves its antennae! Isn’t that just amazing, AC Family? Now you might be asking, why would a spider
want to mimic an ant? What evolutionary purpose? Well, there could be several reasons. First, many animals actually dislike or fear
ants, having learned to stay away from them due to their bites or their foul taste. A predator may choose to eat this jumping
spider before this apparent ant. Second, this spider may actually look like
her favourite prey, and so looking like an ant may help her get close enough to pounce. Whatever it is, these ant-mimicking spiders
of which there are hundreds of described species are super cool! Don’t you think? Ok, so this wasn’t our big, black carpenter
ant! Let’s move on! Plus, we still needed to find some wild Dark
Knights, Maldives chapter! Speaking of which, AC Family want to hear
something cool? Alright, so it made total sense that the Dark
Knights, commonly known as black crazy ants would be found here in Maldives. If you were ever wondering if ants take tropical
beach vacation getaways the answer is yes, they do, only they end up staying at these
tropical destinations, and black crazy ants happen to be the ultimate world vacationers. You see at one point these Maldivian islands
had their native set of ants species like the Pheidole ants, but as soon as the islands
began to develop and later turn into a tourist destination, it opened its borders to immigrant
ants. With human tourists, come the need for the
importation of supplies, including food items, building materials, decorative plants and
trees, and pretty much everything and anything that people can’t readily acquire on these
tiny islands. During a chat with the general manager of
the resort I was staying at, I was surprised to know that twice a week, huge barges of
supplies are shipped into the island to stock the resort with everything they need. And of course, with these supplies, can come
tiny ant vacationers traveling for free. All it takes is one pregnant queen ant, or
even whole colonies inhabiting any of the goods coming in, for a colony of immigrant
ants to establish themselves on a small island. They can even be hiding in something as simple
as a garbage can on a boat. And low and behold, near a school in one of
the local communities, I saw some naturalized Maldivian citizens of Dark Knights. As was described to me by the locals they
moved in huge swarms with such vigor and power! Having whole armies of immigrant ants like
these black crazy ants move in to a new place can be problematic for the local ecosystem
especially for a small island, because they can displace, kill, or out-compete native
ants, which already have stable relationships with the plants and animals around them. Imagine if these black crazy ants wipe out
a native species of ant that a certain species of plant depends on to disperse its seeds
or pollinate to bear fruit? Or what if these black crazy ants have a taste
for creatures that native ants typically leave alone? Black Crazy Ants, though we love our Dark
Knights, actually pose dangers to ecosystems especially on small islands around the world,
because of the fact that they are such avid world travelers. And so are these ants, ghost ants! Tapinoma melanocephalum. These tiny bundles of energy are called ghost
ants because of their semi-transparent gasters which make them look like floating heads. Ghost ants are also notorious world travelers
having established themselves in subtropical and tropical regions around the world. I spotted them forming a massive trail running
up and down this tree and towards the beach! And here is exactly what I was talking about! AC Family, look! It looks like these ghost ants have stolen
the bounty of some larger Maldivian native ant, and have formic acid sprayed it to immobilization. I watched as it kicked and struggled in pain,
as the ghost ants feasted on what was supposed to be a meal for the native ant’s colony. Scenes like this are heart-breaking, but it’s
part of the natural world where the survival of the fittest rule reigns supreme. So what are people doing now to try to stop
ant tourism? Surely, for islands like Maldives, human tourism
is an important industry, bringing the nation a steady amount of income, but how do we protect
the native ecosystems from falling apart due to invasive, tourist ants to these small islands
like those of Maldives. So, to deal with that, prior to landing in
Maldives, I was surprised to see that the Maldivian government required all planes coming
in to be sprayed with a pesticide. If you find it weird that they would do that,
check out this huge spider that flew with me sandwiched between the two panes of glass
making up my plane window. The flight staff told me, they had watched
that spider grow, which means, beyond the mystery of how it got in there in the first
place, it was actually feeding on a regular supply of insects! Fact is, insects can be anywhere and travel
thousands of miles with people more often than one would think. Also, thankfully, most countries are strict
with what fauna enter and leave its borders. Our GAN Project, which has supplied thousands
of ant keepers with ants for their ant farms also aims at reducing the black market trade
of ant colonies as pets to private owners, to help stop the migration of foreign ants
to new places, by connecting local ant keepers. But no other sight spoke the message of the
need for preservation of native ants and ecosystems as clearly and beautifully as this next scene
you are about to see, AC Family. At the base of one of the trees, near the
ocean, I spotted something totally magical! It was a huge, black ant! We found our native Camponotus ant. Wow! Look at how gorgeous it was! But then I noticed something even cooler! It was attending to some small tiny pink creatures,
and that’s when I realized, AC Family, that OMG, this carpenter ant was milking a mealy
bug. What we are witnessing here was a carpenter
ant milking an ant cow! You see the mealy bugs feed from the juices
within this tree root and if you look carefully, you will see the ant gently stroking the mealy
bug with its antennae. This stroking eventually causes the mealy
big to release a sweet secretion called honeydew, a bi-product, which the ant drinks up cum
gusto! I have never been able to film this beautiful
act of symbiosis this close. You can almost see the small appendage of
the mealy bug running through the ants’ mouth parts. Is that like an ant cow teat? I watched for a long time as the carpenter
ant milked the mealy bug then left to visit other mealy bug sites that it knew, including
this one which was a mealy bug with baby mealy bug calves around her! Isn’t this all just unbelievable. An ant farmer with her ant cows, AC Family. In order to preserve these beautiful and important
moments of nature, as has been the common message these days, we humans do need to be
mindful of our activities as key players in the natural world. The final ants I saw as I left Maldives a
few days ago, were some native black ants of which I didn’t know the species, relocating
a dead Maldivian native carpenter ant to an area not blocking one of their foraging trails. They were cleaning up! This made me think, hey if tiny ants can work
together at cleaning up a mess that isn’t theirs, why do we people have such problems
working together to clean up our own? It’s ant love forever. Yes! AC Family, thanks for watching another week
of ant discovery! Hope you guys are enjoying your holidays! What types of ants have you guys seen while
on vacation? Let me know in the comments! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch a super cool video of ants and other creatures
I shot in the wilderness and oceans of Maldives! And before we proceed to the AC Question of
the Week, in case you haven’t heard yet, our annual Christmas Sale at AntsCanada.com is
still in full effect but there are only two days left! This year we have a great sale on our brand
new Hybrid Nest 2.0 and our All You Need Formica Hybrid Nest Gear Pack! So if you’ve always wanted to get into ant
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up for yourself or someone you love. We ship worldwide, but this sale ends this
weekend, so do place your order in, and we also have gift cards in case you would like
to get your special loved one an ant setup but are not sure what they would like. I would love for you guys to keep ants with
me and discover these amazing creatures that live in your neighbourood! Alright, and now it’s time for the AC Question
of the week! Last week we asked: Which of our ant colonies
was the first to receive their Christmas gift? Now this was a trick question because a lot
of you answered the Fire Nation which indeed was the first recipient of their Christmas
gift in the video, but congratulations to MobileChampion 21 who correctly answered: The Golden Empire It was mentioned in the video that the Gold
Play Button was considered the Golden Empire’s early Christmas gift, hence they technically
were the first. Congratulations MobileChampion 21, you just
won a free ebook handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Name any of the two species of
ants in this video that are not native to Maldives Islands. Leave your answer in the comments section
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Making a Lab-Style Ant Farm | Ant Keeping 101

Making a Lab-Style Ant Farm | Ant Keeping 101


Today I’m going to show you how to make your very own laboratory-style ant nests. These were originally designed by my mentor World-renowned insect keeper Ray Mendez. If you’ve seen ants on display at institutions like the San Diego Zoo or the Smithsonian, chances are that you’ve seen Ray’s ants, many of which were raised in petri dish nests just like the ones we’re going to make today. This petri dish nest design is modular and easy to use. The simple hydration system ensures that you can maintain the humidity in the nest Which is necessary for most ant species to thrive in captivity The dish nests allow for better temperature control than test tubes and by connecting two together You can provide the ants with a warm and cool nesting environment. To create this formicarium, you’ll need the following: deep plastic petri dishes, Hydrostone or Hydrocal plaster, tube connectors silicon or vinyl tubing, a boring tool, glue, and distilled water. A full list of materials used is in the video description Let’s get started If you are a young ant enthusiast, ask an adult to help you with this project. Place the dish on top of a ruler and find the center mark both sides about 8 millimeters from the bottom These will become the hydration ports. Next, rotate the dish 90 degrees and make a mark 10 millimeters from the top This will be the tubing port. There are multiple ways to bore holes in thin polystyrene plastic We prefer the cork borer method. To do this heat the end of a cork or with a torch or gas stove top. Line the tube up with the mark and push it firmly through the plastic. If it does not melt through quickly, the tube isn’t hot enough. Make sure to use the correct borer for the tubing you have selected You can also use the metal tip of a hot glue gun to melt through the plastic. Alternatively heating a screwdriver can also work the goal here is to get an even hole in the brittle plastic. If you are using thicker petri dishes you may be able to drill holes using a hand drill and step bits. The plastic may crack if you apply too much pressure. Remove any excess plastic from the dish run a silicon or vinyl tube between the hydration port holes. It should fit snugly. We will need to make two batches of Hydrostone. For the first batch We only need to cover a portion of the bottom. This layer will prevent the tube from touching the bottom of the dish which may compromise the Functionality of the hydration system. Mix the Hydrostone with a spoon or use an electric mixer for better results. Use distilled or bottled water when mixing Hydrostone Always use a mask, safety glasses, and gloves. Once the Hydrostone is a thick syrup-like consistency, you may add the natural dye. For consistent color between pores mix the dye into the Hydrostone powder prior to beginning the project. After inserting the tube, pour the Hydrostone into the bottom of the dish, no more than a few millimeters deep. Ensure the tube is not touching the plastic Once the Hydrostone has set, insert the stopper. Place the dish on a small piece of clay or another object that will create a slight incline. This will make a deep and shallow portion of the nest, which will give the ants more freedom to position their brood. Moisturize the existing Hydrostone to ensure a good bond. Pour the new Hydrostone until it covers the tube. Pour a drop of plaster onto some plastic wrap. I’ll show you why this is important later on. As the plaster sets up, you may use a spoon to create depressions in the plaster for the ants to use. If you would like to embed substrate into the stone, lightly press it in. You can also add loose substrate when the stone is hardened. Once the Hydrostone has cured, remove the tube and stopper and allow it to dry for a few hours. Next, use a hot glue gun with water-proof hot glue or aquarium-safe silicone to attach the hydration ports. The holes should be sealed Position the hydration ports such that they will hold the lid in place but not so tightly that the lid can’t be removed. If you’re using a friction-fitting lid, this step is not necessary. Optionally, you can heat a metal pin with a flame and use it to create ventilation holes. This can be useful if you plan on heating the nest or if you’ll be keeping a large colony in the environment. Keep in mind that vented dishes or ventilation holes are not compatible with tiny ants such as Monomorium or Solenopsis molesta. We have completed a laboratory-style petri dish formicarium These simple formicaria are linkable to other dish nests, outworlds, or test tubes and they can be arranged any way you like To hydrate the formicarium, simply fill the hydration tube until water is visible on the other end To check the moisture of the dish use the small tester piece you created earlier. If the plaster matches, it’s time to hydrate the nest. I’ve designed this formicarium to be easy to use, cheap to make, and effective for most ant species. I hope you found this tutorial helpful If you have any questions, let us know down in the comments and if you enjoyed this video and want to see more content like it please like, subscribe, and share it with your friends. It helps us immensely. Thanks for watching!

The Most Venomous Tarantula in the World

The Most Venomous Tarantula in the World


Speaking of making new terrariums, it just
so happens, another beast has been waiting in the shadows for you all to meet her. Yes, we have a new addition to our ever-growing
AC Antiverse, and she’s one of the most dangerous animals to ever reside in the Ant Room. AC Family, I can’t wait to show her to you. The Nucleus: our creational furnace from which
shall be born epic populations of the needed soil biota for future terrariums. Inside this rather simple glass tank we have
various creatures and microorganisms needed for composting waste products in our terrariums. In the process, they also produce nutrients
for plants. This week AC Family, I’m happy to announce
that we will make our first harvest of bio-active soil culture from the Nucleus to bioactively
jump start a new magnificent creation of a world. Such hardworking creatures, my sacred earthworms,
millipedes, springtails, and isopods… Today I call upon thee to bless some new virgin
soils with your spawn, for this week, I’ll be preparing a new sanctuary for a beast we’ve
never before had on this channel, a creature that is both dangerous and mesmerizing. In today’s episode, I will walk you through
the process of creating a beautiful home fit for this awesome beast of a creature and experience
the heart-pounding process of moving her into her newly prepared sanctuary. AC Family, this whole operation had me shook,
and I’m no arachnophobe but I still felt the fear. The end result however was both ultimate satisfaction
and awe! So without further ado, ladies and gents,
take your seats, and let’s get to know our newest member of the family, who also happens
to be the most venomous tarantula in the world. I’ve been a long time fan of arachnids, and
have actually been keeping tarantulas longer than I’ve been keeping ants. In fact, many of us ant hobbyists also happen
to be tarantula enthusiasts. There’s just something about spiders and tarantulas
in particular that truly fascinate me, even if they don’t really do much, compared to
ants. Unlike ants, tarantulas don’t move around
a lot, are quite low-maintenance, and comparatively don’t need massive enclosures. It’s easy to get one tarantula and suddenly
find yourself collecting them like pokemon. One rose-haired tarantula as a teenager was
all it took for me to eventually own 50 of them. But there was one species I’ve always dreamt
of owning, and it lies here. Hidden within the corners of this arid habitat
is a tarantula that is notoriously known for two things: it’s beauty and it’s venom potency,
and for me, it’s a dream come true to welcome her to our Antiverse. There! See her? AC Family, presenting to you, this gorgeous
Sapphire Gooty tarantula, scientifically known as Poecilotheria metallica. She’s an Old World species, hailing from central
southern India. She also goes by various other names in the
hobby, including metallic tarantula, peacock parachute spider, or peacock tarantula. But what makes her distinct from other tarantulas
in her genus is her vivid blue color with bright yellow patches. Gooty tarantulas are also highly irridescent. I love all the different metallic colors reflected
off various parts of her body when viewed from different angles! Look at how she changes colors here and here
too – a truly magnificent creature. Looking closer, we get a tinge of yellow,
blue, and green. Isn’t she just awesome?! Gosh – many guys I know marvel at cars, but
me, I’d take this gorgeous tarantula over any Ferrari any day! Gooties are special because they are the only
species in the genus of Poecilotheria to have this signature blue color. This girl here is a young Gooty, so she appears
less chromatic and blue at the moment, but I am certain as she grows and molts a few
more times, we will see her colours come into full bloom. So, what do you say? What should we name her, guys? Leave your name suggestions in the comments,
and I’ll choose my top 5 favourites for us to vote on in a future video. Be sure to also like your favourite suggestions
so I can see them. Now let’s talk about venom! While this Gooty tarantula might look beautiful,
she is one dangerous arachnid. It’s reported that a bite from tarantulas
of her genus, cause intense muscle pain, heart palpatations, and effects that can last weeks
even months. Look at those long sharp fangs! A deep bite from those can surely send me
to hospital. I once owned an adult Poecilotheria regalis,
a close relative, whom I was certain was tame and showed her to my classroom in high school. I took her out to handle her like I always
did, but I must have grabbed her a wrong way, because she bit me, but luckily it was a shallow
bite, but my finger remained painfully swollen all day. Though I didn’t have to go to the hospital
nor cry in front of my classmates, I knew I was lucky! Needless to say, utmost care is essential
with these tarantulas and they are not a beginner species by any means. Venom aside, she’s also super fast! She can dash away like lightning, essential
so she could escape predators, if needed! See these cute paws? They are called paw tufts, dense pads of hair. Each individual hair in the tuft is composed
of hundreds of thousands of smaller hairs, which are called setules. They are so small only an electron microscope
can see them. This amazing biological feature allows them
to climb surfaces, even surfaces as smooth as this glass. These spiders need the grip, because they
are arboreal, meaning they live in the trees, where they occupy tree hallows. In these tree hallows they typically create
asymmetric funnel webs. They are a dark-loving species and usually
avoid sunlight whenever they can. She’s actually searching now for a new place
to hide from my camera lights, which is actually great because the new home I have for her
is much more suitable than this home she’s lived in for awhile, and like moving an ant
colony into a new setup, we can use this natural photophobia to our advantage, when moving
her into a new setup. And yes, she definitely needs a more suitable
setup. In case you are wondering about this glass
enclosure, here’s the thing: See, I bought this Gooty tarantula complete with the setup,
and while I appreciate the effort that went into designing it, I knew we the AC Family
could do better. One problem with this current setup is that
it does not offer a suitable hide for her. I suppose selling a tarantula might be hard
if you can’t see it, so the designer and seller decided not to offer it a hide. Now I could have just removed this big driftwood
piece and replaced it with a hide, however the driftwood is completely siliconed to the
glass. And I didn’t think redecorating this enclosure
with the tarantula in it, was something I was comfortable doing, for my safety and for
the tarantula’s. Creating a new home fit for this gorgeous
beast was the best option. But before that, let’s take a glimpse at
a similar creature whose beauty has graced this channel before. Welcome, everyone, to the Arachno Sanctorium,
the lair of the goddess of the AC Antiverse, Azula! As you can see, Azula has fully embraced her
home and has been quite busy. Look at how her profuse webbing has completely
transformed her once green oasis enclosure into this silky white sanctuary. But peeking into the funnel section of her
web, I was surprised to discover that Azula had actually just molted some time today. How cool! See her in there standing next to her shed
skin? She’s now hardening and needs to rest. She won’t be eating for a while until she’s
fully hardened. For those of you who are new, Azula here is
a green-bottle blue tarantula scientifically known as Chromatopelma cyanopubescens. Almost a year after her debut, Azula is doing
great! In her previous episode she was struggling
to get rid of her top carapace shed, but fortunately that eventually fell off, and she’s as gorgeous
as ever, especially now that she’s freshly molted, bearing her shiny blues and oranges,
against black velvet and peach tips. Rest well, my goddess. So as you can see with Azula here, privacy
and a place to retreat is super important to tarantulas. Our new sapphire Gooty tarantula needed a
private space to call her own, which she too could customize using her silk. And so, AC Family, it was time to do what
we do best. I, your Creator of Worlds, had the perfect
home prepared for our new sapphire gooty tarantula. AC Family, behold! I am pleased to present to you Cerulean Hallow,
our soon-to-be home of our gooty tarantula. Let me show you around! Live vein plants and heart-leaf philodendron
adorn the foreground and back wall of the territories. But check out the best part! At the very back and center of her home is
this majestic cork bark which would become her hide. Now if you think it looks cool from the front,
wait until you see what it looks like from the back! But before I show you that, let me show you
how this entire gorgeous terrarium come to life. Here’s what I did. In this glass tank, I first attached this
hallowed cork bark using aquarium-safe, black silicone caulking. Next, I wanted to create a sort of wooden
organic wall of sorts, from which plants could grow, so I smothered the entire back with
the silicone. I also took some wire and attached it to this
silicone wall. You’ll see in a bit how these wires would
help hold decorative sphagnum moss in place. Then I attached these plastic vials, which
would later be used as pots for plants, to the silicone wall and covered it in more silicone. I used a brush to shape and smoothen out the
wall. Next, I took some coco fiber and completely
covered this silicone wall, pushing it in and even throwing some into the hallow, so
to cover up all exposed areas of silicone. You’ll see how awesome this will look once
it’s all done and dried. I let the entire thing cure and solidify overnight. 24 hours later, the silicone caulking was
set. Now check this out, guys! I love this part! I used my vaccuum cleaner to remove the excess
coco fiber from all areas, exposing the organic wall beneath. I find this process so satisfying! There! Isn’t that cool? Now, let’s proceed with the final construction. I poured in a good amount of activated carbon,
which would help remove any toxic metals or chemicals from the soils which could harm
our tarantula or soil life, and speaking of which, after adding some soil, it was time
for some epic bio-activation of this terrarium. Bring in the Nucleus! This rather modest-looking tank contains teams
of creatures and microorganisms capable of turning wastes into amazing nutrients for
plants. If you saw last week’s episode, you already
know the awesome creatures living in here. From earthworms to millipedes, every member
of this soil ecosystem has worked hard to process the wastes I left in this tank. And check out how effective our Nucleus has
been so far. On the left side are new leaf clippings I
put a day ago while on the right, you can visibly see how the wastes I placed last week
are virtually all gone. Though the Nucleus isn’t nearly as developed
as it will be over the next few months, it’s still great to know it’s on its way to becoming
a great source for soil creatures and fertilizer. What you see here in the upper layers of soil
are by-products of creatures we have in the tank. They are totally nutrient-rich. Surely, they along with a handful of pioneering
soil creatures, will help make Cerulean Hallow become a biologically active habitat for my
Gooty tarantula. I scooped up some of the medium, and dumped
it into the terrarium. There! Bioactivation process initiated! Now, it is time to add these cute little plants. Remember the plastic vials we attached? Here’s what they’re meant for. I just added a bit of soil from the Nucleus,
placed our plant inside, packed it in with more Nuclear soil, and voila, we were good
to go. I did the same thing on the other side. Over time these plants will hopefully grow
and root along this organic wall To give Cerulean Hallow that forest look,
I planted clumps of gorgeous vein plants. I really like the colour of these plants,
and love using them for terrariums as ground cover because they grow low to the ground. The attractive pattern of the leaves offers
a good contrast against the coco fiber of the back wall and the rough texture of the
hallowed cork tree bark. To complete the look, I attached sphagnum
moss onto the wall, using the exposed wire we embedded prior. Aside from aesthetics, this moss will help
with holding moisture. Speaking of which, let’s moisten the lands! Drink, drink, drink my precious plants! Welcome to your new home! And that AC Family, was how Cerulean Hallow
was created. From afar, this terrarium really looked lush
and alive, and now to show you what I feel is the coolest part enclosure. The back view! AC Family, check it out! Full visual access to the interior of our
Gooty’s hallow, so we could see her anytime we wanted, and simply cover it all up to keep
it dark when we weren’t observing her, kinda like an ant farm. I added some sphagnum moss to the bottom to
make it more cozy. Cerulean Hallow was now complete, and was
in my mind, the perfect home functionally and aesthetically for our new sapphire Gooty
tarantula. And now, AC Family. The hard part! Moving our new beast in. Arachnophobes beware. What’s about to happen next might give you
a heart attack! Once again, here’s my Gooty tarantula in
her original enclosure. So here was my plan. The goal here was to transfer her using light. Hopefully, if we expose her to lights she’ll
start moving like she did at the start of this video in search of a place to hide. All I needed to do was put the two enclosures
together and pray she wanders into Cerulean Hallow. I opened up Cerulean Hallow. The old enclosure had a section that kind
of jutted out from the front, so I had to make some height adjustments using these bottle
caps so the two enclosures could fit snugly together. And now the moment of truth. I removed the glass wall from the tarantulas
enclosure, and the move was now ready. I took a spot light, and shined it onto the
Gooty. Uh oh! The spider refused to budge. No! The light technique wasn’t working. Oh boy! I was afraid I’d have to resort to plan B,
which was much more dangerous and unpredictable. Here is a wing feather from my parrot’s recent
molt. It’s soft enough to act as a gentle pokey
to get her to move along, but the scariest part was, I needed to go in. There were so many things that could go wrong
with this plan! She could make a dash for it and completely
crawl out of the tank, she could jump onto my hand, sink some fangs into my flesh, race
up my body onto my face, disappear off the table and into my kitchen. I was fully aware that this thing was a venomous,
acrobatic ninja of a tarantula! My heart was pounding as I went in with the
feather. My hand was inches away from her, but I had
watch her like a hawk! As soon as the Gooty tarantula sensed the
presence of the feather, she turned around to face it, and suddenly BAM! She took a strike! Oh my God! She was so aggressive! I was so scared! I moved in with my feather a second time. Don’t worry.. I come in peace. Whoa! She took another strike! But it seemed the feather was too short and
not very effective at getting her to move. I needed to try something else. I resorted to using these long tweezers. I had to be extra careful, though, as I didn’t
want to injure her in any way. Suddenly, she switched composure, and started
to slowly walk away from my tweezers. In an almost magical trance, she headed straight
for the opening of her enclosure and I guided her gently into Cerulean Hallow. I slid the glass door in and the mission was
complete. And like a sight from arachnid heaven, our
new sapphire Gooty tarantula stopped right in the middle of the bark, posing majestically
in all her Gooty glory! AC Family, look at her! She’s the most magnificent thing I’ve ever
seen! It was at that moment, that I also realized
the natural masterpiece that was her colouration. Look at how awesomely she camouflages with
the bark! If I were a bird flying by I would have totally
missed this Gooty. And the cool part was not only could she camouflage,
but she also had the benefit of bright blue and yellow warning markings which she could
flash at any time to advertise to a creature that did discover her, how dangerous she was! Mother Nature had truly made these spiders
living works of art. And in perfect time, our Gooty tarantula climbed
to the top of the bark, and happily crawled into the darkness of her brand new tree hallow,
just as she would have in the wild. AC Family, it seems we officially got the
final approval that Cerulean Hallow was to be her new cherished home. Four days later, our Gooty had settled nicely
into her territories. During the day, she would retreat into her
hallow which was darkened using some black bristol board. In the night, I would sometimes see her emerging,
but tonight she seemed like she wanted to hang out inside her hide. Let’s peek inside. Wow! Guys, look! She had already begun to line the interior
of the hallow with webbing to make it more cozy. I love that she loves her lair! She looks totally comfy in there. Now I tried placing in a cricket which eventually
crawled into her hallow, and I waited and waited, and the cricket even went up to touch
her leg, but she ended up just batting it away. Looks like food wasn’t on her mind at the
moment, which was okay because I heard she had eaten the day I bought her, plus it could
mean that she’s due for another molt soon, which is highly likely because she went from
a fairly dry set up to a now humid one! And as soon as she does molt, I’ll surely
film her new vivid colours which I can’t wait for. I truly loved having this new tarantula join
our growing Antiverse. It was amazing that such a dangerous creature,
also had a calm and collected side. It didn’t make a dash for my face or go out
of its way to sink its fangs into my hand. I was actually surprised the move went as
smoothly as it did. I was grateful to our Gooty tarantula for
being so cooperative. She was beautiful and definitely an animal
that demanded respect. What’s sad is these sapphire Gooty tarantulas
are actually critically endangered in the wild. These spiders come from a small area in India
which is suffering from habitat destruction due to logging and firewood harvesting. Fortunately, however, after 10 years of captive
breeding, thousands of them exist within the tarantula pet trade. If any of you decide to get one of these gorgeous
tarantulas, it’s important to get them from a reputable breeder or supplier, to minimize
supporting any illegal collection of these spiders from the wild. Our Gooty specimen here was captive-born and
raised, and so far has all the qualities of being a very fulfilling pet tarantula… to
watch but not touch. I am totally ok with this though, because
what mattered to me most now, was that the most venomous tarantula in the world was now
the happiest tarantula in the world. Now speaking of painful bites, we move along
now to another kingdom of our Ant Room. A kingdom that I’ve been dying to update you
guys on. Behold the great Hacienda Del Dorado, which
has grown to become an entirely different world from when we last saw it. I can’t wait to show you the progress of the
Jawbreakers, who’ve been living quietly within its soils, along with the plethora of creatures
that live with them! AC Family, did you enjoy today’s episode? Our new Gooty tarantula is a beauty right? I have some epic updates on the inhabitants
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