ANGEL OF DEATH/Guardian Goblin/DEATH SPRITES: Creatures Saving My Ant Empire

ANGEL OF DEATH/Guardian Goblin/DEATH SPRITES: Creatures Saving My Ant Empire


I’m left with no choice. I have to kill them. All the survivors within this terrarium, called
the Hacienda Del Dorado, need to be extinguished! AC Family, it was time for Phase 3: Project
Cloverfield. The release of an Angel of Death, to completely
kill all surviving ants within the Hacienda Del Dorado, before the mites decide to spread
to our other ant kingdoms. Excuse me, fruit fly milennials. I’ll be needing some of this, to prepare for
the arrival of our new Angel of Death, which lays inside here. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! It’s night time in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Night 1 of Project Cloverfield, the first night that our newly introduced Angel of Death
was going to spend, within these territories, in our Antiverse. Now, if you’ve been following this channel
for awhile, you may notice that the Hacienda Del Doradan terrain looks different from normal,
and I’ll be getting into why that is, in a bit. But look, a movement now, up in the wooden
bridges above. You could almost miss her if you don’t look
carefully. She stares at us from the shadows with her
piercing reptilian eyes. AC Family, behold, a house gecko, of the genus
Hemidactylus, just a juvenile, but wary of our presence in her feeding grounds. Her cryptic colouration makes her camouflage
perfectly into the surroundings, as she hugs onto the driftwood, laying as flat and discreet
as possible. But the thing that trips me out the most are
those eyes! Check out those vertical slits for pupils,
which make her look almost serpentine and netherworldly. Staring at her was like staring at a small
goblin-like demon. Obviously, not a demon, just a cute little
gecko coming out for its nightly ritual to feed. But for those of you who are anticipating
for the reveal from last week’s video, you may surprised to know that this little house
gecko is not only not a demon, but it is also not our Angel of Death sent in these lands
to exterminate our remaining population of mite-infected ants. In fact, I didn’t even know there was a gecko
in here to begin with! You see I live in tropical Manila, Philippines
where house geckoes are common in homes, kind of like house spiders in North America. They feed on little flying insects that manage
to sneak into the home, so I welcome them to live with me. This little one probably saw the current state
of the Hacienda Del Dorado as the perfect opportunity to move in, seeing as the population
of the Golden Empire, the supercolony of yellow crazy ants that used to rule these lands,
had been greatly reduced by their parasitic mite plague. When the Golden Empire was healthy and filled
these territories, the gecko would have been eaten alive, but now, with just a few weakened
and mite-infested ants, this gecko was living the high life eating flying insects and quite
possibly even our ants! You’ll find out more about how this gecko
actually helps us later on in the video. But meanwhile, let’s get to what everyone’s
been waiting for, the revelation of our Angel of Death, and find out why the Hacienda Del
Dorado had to undergo, yet another renovation, namely this pond. AC Family, what’s coming up will truly leave
you flabbergasted, as it did me! And trust me, you won’t want to miss, Phase
B of Project Cloverfield, the deployment and introduction of more creatures, coming up. So, last week, within this receptacle awaited
our quote unquote “Angel of Death” to be released, a creature that, as mentioned, I needed to
help kill off all remaining Golden Empire. Now if you’re new here, and are wondering
what all this is about, real quick: the Golden Empire, one of the O.G. and beloved ant supercolonies
of this channel, which used to number in the millions, have been greatly reduced in population
by an unexpected, mass parasitic mite outbreak. Luckily, one of you AC Family commented in
a previous video featuring our rhino beetles, of all videos, identified that the mites seen
on their bodies were predatory Hypoaspis mites, that are known to eat bad parasitic mites
wanting to suck on beetle blood. This brilliant comment gave me the idea to
attempt using these Hypoaspis mites, to cure our mite-plagued Golden Empire from their
parasitic mites. So after a careful experiment, we were shocked
to discover that indeed, the Hypoaspis mites ate the parasitic mites on our ants. So in last week’s episode, I quarantined as
much of the remaining Golden Empire ants as I could collect from the Hacienda Del Dorado,
and exposed them to a team of Hypoaspis mites harvested from our rhino beetles, in a final
operation to save our Golden Empire. We even quarantined a mite-free queen, along
with a mite-free entourage from our experiment, to have safely put away, just in case, our
worst fears became reality, and our quarantined colony ended up losing their battle to the
mites. At least we had a mite-free queen and workers
to restart the Golden Empire from scratch. But, I think you’ll be happy to see the results
of Project Quarantine coming up later in this video, so do hang tight for that. But, as for the remaining ants still living
in the Hacienda Del Dorado that I missed, sadly I realized that I needed to exterminate
them, because I was afraid that had I just allowed these infected Golden Empire ants
to die out naturally, the mites, having no more food left, might crawl out of the Hacienda
Del Dorado and go on to infect all my other ant kingdoms in the ant room, which would
be a disaster, and wouldn’t take the mites long at all to execute. All ant keepers know that once an ant colony
contracts parasitic mites, they’re pretty much dead in no time, as we’ve seen so far
with the Golden Empire. So, here we are, AC Family, the Angel of Death,
its purpose: to kill all ants and the mites parasitizing them. I gave you guys a chance to guess its identity
in last week’s hidden video, through a riddle. A lot of you guys had some great guesses,
and some guesses were ummm… quite odd to say the least. But, if you missed it, here was the riddle: Below the stars, this creature hunts,
Under the moon, it moves and grunts, Feeding on dog food for brunch,
Or swimming in water during its wet months, Nasty toxins come from this bunch,
I always wash my hands at once, Don’t touch your eyes nor touch your tongues,
A beast that loves to snack and much, Eating the ants with mites for lunch. After several minutes, out of nowhere, our
Angel of Death peeked its bumpy head out. And then it clumsily plopped itself out of
its transport container, and onto Hacienda Del Doradan soil. AC Family, our Angel of Death, is a toad. A juvenile cane toad to be exact, most likely
a female, though they’re a bit harder to sex at this age. Let’s go over the riddle as we watch her snoop
around her new home! “Below the stars, this creature hunts,
Under the moon, it moves and grunts” These lines refer to these cane toads being
nocturnal by nature. They emerge in the night to eat insects and
small creatures. Males also make toad noises, either for mate-calling
or informing other males to avoid mating confusion. “Feeding on dog food for brunch” refers to
the fact that these cane toads are known to actually eat dog food. “Or swimming in water during its wet months”
refers to the fact that these toads are amphibians, with a fully aquatic life stage, where they
emerge from their eggs as tadpoles. “Nasty toxins come from this bunch,
I always wash my hands at once, Don’t touch your eyes nor touch your tongues”
refers to the fact that toads posses special organs at the sides of their heads called
parotid glads which when squeezed can release a milky-white fluid known as bufotoxin which
is poisonous to many animals. Human deaths have actually been recorded from
eating cane toads. As a kid, I made the mistake of rubbing my
eyes, after touching American toads, and believe me it wasn’t pleasant! And finally “A beast that loves to snack and
much, eating the ants with mites for lunch” refers to my deployment of this young cane
toad to be the creature to eat all the remaining Golden Empire ants in the Hacienda Del Dorado. Many of you guessed correctly by answering
“cane toad”, but even “toad” was correct. For the many of you that said “frog”, you
were partially correct because indeed toads are a type of frog, but not all frogs are
considered toads. Finally, in case you were second guessing
yourself, I designed this entire riddle to be an acrostic poem, where the first letters
of each line spelled “Bufonidae”, which happens to be the taxonomic family of true toads. Congrats to all who guessed it right. So my plan was to supplement this toad’s diet
with roaches and worms, and have it snack on our Golden Empire ants as it came across
them. Now I’ve owned cane toads before, and these
toads have very voracious appetites and at this size have been known to eat ants! So, I was confident our Angel of Death would
do an excellent job and picking off all remaining Golden Empire, but as I watched her disappear
over a hill, little did I know, she was going to surprise us with some alternate plans. But now that we had a toad living in the Hacienda
Del Dorado, we needed to make some alterations to the terrain. We needed to make these lands, toad country,
and to do that, we needed to add a pond. I began to scrape at the earth to make room
for a new body of water. Unlike most frogs, toads actually have the
advantage of not needing tonnes of water 24-7. Toads simply need to soak themselves periodically
but spend most of their time on land, so this body of water needed not be too deep. I used this naturalistic water holder to form
our new pond. Once in place, I added some bottled purified
water. I just couldn’t wait to watch our new toad
visiting this pond we made for it to soak itself up as needed. It’s part of the joys of caring for toads,
watching them hydroregulate on both land and water. So all was set. The Hacienda Del Dorado, now had a totally
new look. It had transformed into tropical bogland habitat,
perfect for our toad to enjoy and do its awesome work at eating our ants. What do you guys think of the Hacienda Del
Dorado’s new look? I also made sure to moisten the surrounding
area for added toad comfort. I really wanted for our toad to feel at home
here. Now although it didn’t seem the toad wanted
to show herself at the present time, I knew later in the night, she’d emerge to feed,
and when she did, I was going to be ready to film her eating ants! It’s night time in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Night 1 of Project Cloverfield, the first night that our newly introduced Angel of Death
was going to spend, within these territories, in our Antiverse. Mite-infected Golden Empire ants were wandering
the premise. And look, stretching long aside our new pond,
emerged some young earthworms seeking new grounds. They scaled the moss and rocks in hopes to
find new places in which to form new burrows. These normally subterranean creatures have
emerged above ground as a response to rain. It seems wetting the lands earlier this evening
had filled the burrows of the local earthworms with water, causing them to come out and seek
drier soils. Earthworms, though kinda gross, are essential
to the ecosystems they are part of, as they are great at fertilizing plants, aerating
soils, and breaking down decaying matter. With the Hacienda Del Dorado being a 100%
bioactive terrarium, these earthworms are super important in these lands. AC Family, look at how they move by using
sections of their body to act as an anchor while the rest contracts, as it squirms forward. They can do this to move both forward and
backward. Earthworms don’t have eyes, but their skin
is photosensitive so they can sense light and shadows. This helps them avoid predators, but I knew
that all this worm squirming was the perfect lure to attract our Angel of Death out of
hiding to start feeding. But you know what, AC Family? I waited and waited. In fact, after several cups of coffee, I waited
all night until sunrise, and there was no sign of our Angel of Death. Hmm… What was going on here? No toad, and a whole sleepless night gone
by. The next morning, I scanned the lands in hopes
to find the toad perhaps hopping around or soaking in our pond. But to my dismay, she was nowhere to be found. Hmmm… I spotted members of the Golden Empire wandering
the grounds. Mites were clearly, and quite literally, draining
the life out of them. But the thing was, as weird as it is for me
to say this because I love these ants, we really needed them all eaten asap, to make
sure Project Cloverfield was successful, so we wouldn’t have to worry about mites crawling
out of the terrarium to infect my other ants and critters, nor would we have to worry if
we ever decided to repopulate the Hacienda Del Dorado with ants again, more about that
later. But we truly depended on this cane toad, wherever
it was in here, to get going and start ant-eating! Night 2 of Project Cloverfield. The Hacienda Del Dorado was still, and I was
determined to film our Angel of Death emerging and eating. Scanning the premises, it seemed our toad
was still nowhere to be seen, but I was camped out and prepared to endure another long, sleepless
night. To help the time pass while waiting for our
toad to emerge, I enjoyed watching our rhino beetles, also nocturnal, coming out to feed,
and speaking of which guys, for those of you following their story and anticipating the
2019 Rhino Beetle Games, I’ve got some pretty exciting news, particularly for you Team Hephaestus! Your champion, Team Hephaestus has officially
arrived. Here he is gorging on his banana. I’ve got all emerged beetles stacked side-by-side,
and have weights holding their covers down as they are super strong and have grown capable
of lifting their lids open! Talk about strength! I can’t wait for the Rhino Beetle Games to
finally start, once the final male rhino beetle, Hades, has fully hardened and has charged
up, ready to go. I bet this will happen in a week or so, and
when it does, may the Rhino Beetle Games begin! Who out there is as excited as I am? What team are you guys?! Sound off in the comments section, and cheer
on your champion Gladiator, for a chance at winning a prize at the end of the games. But waiting seems to be all we’ve been doing
lately, and will you believe, once again all night, our toad refused to emerge. What was going on here? Night 3 of Project Cloverfield, and still
no sign of our Angel of Death. Where could this toad be? Seriously, I mean it wasn’t coming out to
eat and I was certain it hadn’t come out to soak either seeing as I saw no splash marks
on the glass. We needed to lure it out somehow. And so I came up with a plan! For sure this toad was probably dry and needed
to come out to soak itself soon, but perhaps it didn’t know there was even a fresh pond
here waiting to hydrate its dry bumpy skin! So, I looked up a Youtube video and found
an 11 hour audio video of a peaceful river and played that gently below the terrarium. My hopes were that the sounds would entice
our dehydrated toad to come out of hiding, to have a soak and then eat some ants already! And AC Family, what it did do was entice our
baby gecko to emerge, who curiously checked out where the sounds of running water was
coming from. “I don’t remember there being a river here!”
it thought to itself. After nearly 3 hours of waiting and still
no sign of the toad, I figured that maybe our spotlight was perhaps scaring it. After all, these cane toads were dark-loving
creatures, so I reduced the light to further cloak the lands in darkness. For sure the toad was going to come out now! No bright lights to fear, beloved Angel of
Death. Please come out for us tonight! It was getting critical, with every passing
night, waiting for this toad to do its thing. We needed the toad to eat all these ants carrying
mites, and with every passing day, more of these ants were dying, which meant more hungry
mites looking for new hosts. If this continued, our other ants and critters
in the Ant Room were in immediate danger. Now I’m sure a lot of you were wondering the
same thing I was wondering, and that was if our resident house gecko was actually eating
the ants. If this was the case, we actually didn’t need
a toad, and this gecko would have become the new Angel of Death to wipe out our Golden
Empire. So I made sure to watch the gecko as well,
and check this out, AC Family! I was surprised to discover, that it actually
had no interest in our ants of the Golden Empire, but it did relish any flying queen
alates of other ant species that were dropping in to check out the currently unoccupied territories
in hopes to start a nest! I watched it actively hunt down and eat black
crazy ant queens dropping in to house shop! I had no idea other ants from the outside
were even visiting the Hacienda Del Dorado. Amazing to see how much actually happens in
the night that we day-beings miss! Turns out the presence of our gecko was actually
beneficial to the Golden Empire, acting as a guardian to outside ant queens, wanting
to steal these fertile lands from its original owners. This gecko and our ants had in a way established
a mutually symbiotic relationship, a biological partnership. But speaking of biological partnerships, it
seems ours with our Angel of Death was not quite working out. Over the next few hours, I stayed up only
to a motionless terrarium, no toad coming out to feed nor soak, and all to the droning
and soon annoying sound of running stream water. On Night 4, I tried a couple things. I figured maybe it needed a rain shower to
encourage its emergence. After all many insects and amphibians emerge
after it rains here in the Philippines. This did not work. No toad. I tried luring the toad out with a superworm. Surely no toad could resist the tantalizing
squirming of a live superworm, right? Nope, no toad in sight. OK, what was going on here?! I have a lot of patience, but this toad was
truly holding off on us. In a final act of desperation, I even tried
my best to sing the toad out, probably an idea that came out of delirious lack of sleep. I remember nodding off to sleep on the Ant
Room floor, singing some Mariah Carey, some time before sunrise (I’m thinking of you in
my sleepless solitude tonight). I gave my all, and nothing was working! I had to rip myself away from this toad for
moment. Let’s take a look at our recuperating quarantined
Golden Empire. How were they doing now that a team of Hypoaspis
mites had infiltrated their mite-infested colony? AC Family, I think you’ll be as shocked as
I was to see what I saw. Have a look! Are you guys seeing what I’m seeing? Ants with little to no mites, or actually,
I don’t think I could see any mites at all! It had been about a week of exposure to the
Hypoaspis mites. I don’t actually know where the Hypoaspis
mites were, as they were no longer visible in the honey-water tube through which they
were introduced to the quarantine setup. I dunno, do you guys see any Hypoaspis mites
or parasitic mites on our ants? My guess was that the Hypoaspis mites were
perhaps somewhere frequenting the ants’ burrows within this AC Outworld in which they were
setting up shop for now picking off the parasitic mites they came across. When I saw this, my heart leaped in my chest! AC Family, I think our plan worked! It seems that within a week, the colony was
parasitic mite-free, or at least it seemed the majority of them were. I resolved to keep an close eye on this quarantined
colony and monitor them over the next couple of weeks or so before we conclude for sure
that they’ve battled the mites. If so, I think we could go ahead and reunite
our insurance queen and her entourage safely back to the colony. What a relief, AC Family. I feel our Golden Empire is well on the road
to recovery and if all goes well will one day regenerate back into the supercolony they
once were. But now we had to get serious about ensuring
the success of Project Cloverfield. Behold, within this AC Ant Tower, I had three
superworms, which were to act as bait. My plan was to fixate this Ant Tower inside
the Hacienda Del Dorado and hopefully entice the toad to come out! If this plan wasn’t going to work tonight,
I was drawing up some plans for a Phase B for Project Cloverfield, which I think you
guys might find super neat! Night 5 of Project Cloverfield. Not a toad in sight. I could feel that by this 5th night our toad
was hungry and eager to eat. I was prepared to catch it emerging at any
moment, and AC Family, you won’t believe what happened on Night 5. Nothing. Literally nothing. No toad. This was the final straw. I had to go in and find our Angel of Death,
who at this point I wanted to nickname Angel of No Show! I began to feel around the setup to try to
get it to jump out of hiding. By this day, I was greatly underslept, now
catching a bad cold due to staying up late all these nights, which would explain why
you may have noticed that it sounds like I have a frog in my throat for this video, pun
intended, but most of all I was acting out of fear that the mites which were eliminating
every ant in here one by one, and were making plans now to migrate to my other ant colonies
and critter setups, and I couldn’t let this happen! Phase B of Project Cloverfield was now in
full effect! When I couldn’t get the toad to jump out into
sight, I proceeded to remove the driftwood to get a better look, and that was when I
saw it! There it is! There you are. Our Angel of Death jumped into sight! Come here on little guy. Where have you been? AC Family, behold! Our elusive Angel of Death. I have no idea why our toad didn’t emerge
to feed. Do any of you guys have any ideas? Unless she was feeding quietly in the shadows
somewhere. Anyway first thing’s first, I moistened the
toad with some fresh water. Second, I dropped in a superworm, which she
totally ignored. I also stuck in a few roaches which were also
ignored. I’ve had cane toads in the past, and this
was not typical cane toad appetite, so perhaps she was just frightened. After a vet visit, I’ll have to rehome our
Angel of Death to a loving home. I decided not to replace the driftwood I removed
on this end. Why? Well, AC Family, we’ll be needing a bit more
room for the completion of Project Cloverfield Phase B. So, AC Family, are you ready for
this? We really needed to exterminate these remaining
ants carrying the parasitic mites, and so after careful searching, I found the perfect
agents to do the job that our Angel of Death failed to do. Perhaps I was a little ambitious trying to
deploy an Angel of Death to wipe our Hacienda Del Dorado clean of ants. But this time, guys, I was going to try something
smaller, some Death Sprites. AC Family behold, our new Death Sprites to
carry out the completion of Project Cloverfield! It’s night time in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Night 1 of Phase B of Project Cloverfield, the first night that our newly introduced
Death Sprites were going to spend, within these territories, in our Antiverse. And look, it’s our house gecko making an appearance
to check out the lowlands. But what is it doing down here? Let’s see. It seems to be looking for something. Quietly it smells the area with its tongue
like a serpent, and moves across the floor honing in something that has caught its attention. Ahh here it is. A pile of rotting banana, placed here from
the Bowl of Life to attract fruit flies and ants to the area. She licks the sweet and fermented banana cum
gusto. Scrumptious and delectable! But then a rustling of leaves caught my eye. Look here! There beneath the dead leaves, waits in the
darkness, one of our several Death Sprites, a painted toad. Also called narrowmouth toads, these microhylid
toads are endemic to where I live, emerging to hunt at night. She’s such a beautiful death sprite, isn’t
she, hiding steathily in darkness? But the big question was: did she have a taste
for ants? So much relied on whether or not these tiny
painted toads would eat our ants, and I was determined to find out. I waited and watched. Yes! Yes! Thanosed! Alright, AC Family! It’s too bad our cane toad wasn’t a mainstay
on the channel, but these new painted toads were literally added last night, and as you
saw, we have proof that they’ve been feeding on the Golden Empire. What should we name our new group of painted
toad Death Sprites? Let me know in the comments! I’ll continue filming these cuties through
the week and document their activity closely, to see if they will go on to successfully
eat all our ants within the Hacienda Del Dorado. It’s great to know that the Golden Empire
looks like they’re well on their way to recovery, as well! So guys, be sure to smash that subscribe button
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now. Plus, the Rhino Beetle Games are fast approaching,
guys, and you won’t want to miss that! The games may come sooner than you think! If you’re new to the channel, and want to
catch up on all your AntsCanada Lore, feel free to binge watch this complete story line
playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like to watch some extended play footage of our new painted toads
within the Hacienda Del Dorado. Get a sneak peek into next week’s episode
and get a closer look at these incredible amphibians. They belong to the genus Kaloula and are endemic
to the Philippines, so chances are you may not have seen them before. Check them out! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why couldn’t we just let the remaining ants
within the Hacienda Del Dorado die out? Congratulations to MasterDhen who correctly
answered: The mites might spread and might
affect other ants in the Ant Room. Congratulations, MasterDhen, you just won
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Meet the Ant Man and his Empire of 100,000 ants | Extraordinary Oddities

Meet the Ant Man and his Empire of 100,000 ants | Extraordinary Oddities


[Quirky music playing] Ants are powerful in their ways. Given the facts that ants outlived the dinosaurs (this) tells us that they are adaptable. They (have) evolved to a higher stage. It made me realise (something) about the universe about nature about life You cannot put (this feeling) into words. There are so many things to learn from them. I’m Zat Low and I keep ants [Quirky music continues] [Crickets chirping] Actually, the ants saved my life. My past was pretty messed up. My top choice wasn’t to do ant-related businesses. Honestly right, it was doing something else. But ants showed me the way to live. I thought it was going to be the end of me. People from my past we have a lot of ego, pride. So when things start to go bad and we couldn’t take the blow we will try a lot of devastating ways (to cope) like commiting suicide. But a queen ant flew into my mouth and rescued me. It changed the way I used to be. My perspective on life and my character. There were a lot of times when I felt like giving up. Coincidentally, I will see one ant strolling (past) or some ants crawling onto me. These kind of signs that prompt me that I should go further. [Playful music playing] [Car reversing sound] I do not consider myself to be a scientist. No accolades, how to be a scientist? [In English] I consider myself as a naturalist. Somebody who observes nature and everything about it. I’m trying to seek knowledge solutions or even peace. I have about hundred over (ant) colonies. They are like a civilisation. There are some intelligent and some stupid ants. [Chuckle] Some ants are very sensitive to danger. For example, when you place the oil barrier some will dump themselves into it. Some will know that, “Oh, I shouldn’t go any further.” Isn’t it the same as society? [Joking] Stupid people die first. [Playful music continues] To build a formicarium for your ants you have to understand what species you are keeping. The best formicarium must be sustainable for the colony to live inside. It’s something close to like (the job of) an architect. The ones that I build some people call it ‘overly extravagant’. But they are like gods in a temple. Because the ants are worth that kind of work. [Playful music continues] The difficulties of setting up this exhibition Wow! Thousands of difficulties. From building the formicariums transporting them sustaining them. The crowd. Who might come, who might not come. It’s pretty much an ongoing thing. [Snoring sounds] [Upbeat music playing] [Murmuring] Because Singapore doesn’t have any myrmecologists (study of ants) I hope there’s going to be some upcoming myrmecologist. Because I’m not qualified. [Chuckles] There’s many people who judges (me) but I understand where they are coming from. Because everyone fears something that they do not understand. I think that I’m the only person who believes that setting up this exhibition will work and I really, truly believe that it will work. Because if you look at ants they are very small but yet they achieve big things. So I think that all these negative comments it doesn’t affect me. There’s a lot of things that we do not understand about ants even for me. There’s some things that I want to know, why and how. With regards to science and knowledge I admire them.

My New WEAVER ANTS Will Blow Your Mind

My New WEAVER ANTS Will Blow Your Mind


Which brings me, AC Family, to this. Although we say goodbye to one colony in the
Antiverse, there’s something on the opposite side of the Ant Room that has been erected,
something I know for a fact, you guys will be ultimately thrilled about! AC Family behold, the framework to what will
be the future home to one of the greatest species of social insects I know, and our
next kingdom construct set to be our greatest of all time! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! AC Family, this is what it’s all about! It all boils down to this epic moment. Some would argue, keeping ants doesn’t get
any cooler than what is about to happen tonight in our Ant Room. Today we build an epic climate-controlled,
tropical ant kingdom, unlike any you’ve seen before on this channel, for one of the most
incredible and highly coveted ant species in the entire world! In celebration of 3 Million subs this week,
I’ve finally decided to fulfill the overwhelming requests from you guys, to keep this species
of ant, and boy, am I glad I did, for what you’re about to see in this Weaver Ant Trilogy
series, will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! Congrats to us for reaching 3M, AC Family,
and let’s get started, to welcome what I think are the coolest ants in the entire world! Asian weaver ants, known scientifically as
Oecophylla smaragdina, are perhaps one of the most unique ants on the planet. They’re known for their arboreal life in fruit
trees and shrubs, where they construct some of the most impressive hanging basket nests,
by gluing leaves together using silk produced by their larvae. You may or may not recall a past video from
5 years ago, when I was able to keep a large colony of Asian weaver ants for a little while,
but back in those days, I wasn’t uploading regularly, and turns out I released the colony
back into the wild, shortly after making a couple videos on them, when I felt they reached
numbers that made keeping them impractical at the time. But now, 5 years later, I’m much more prepared
and knowledgeable to handle a big colony of these arboreal Southeast Asian ant natives,
and with much more sophisticated equipment and 4K video, I am super thrilled to show
you just how awesome they are. Just to clarify, guys, this channel started
while I was living in Canada, hence the name, but I now live in the Philippines, where Asian
Weaver ants are common and native, so obtaining a colony of these ants was the easy part. Building them a set up to suit their needs
and lifestyle was the hard part! So here was my plan! Behold this massive glass and mesh enclosure
which will be the new ant kingdom to our weaver ants. It’s actually built to house reptiles, and
is so large that I’ve had to buy new furniture, and do some rearranging of some of the ant
colonies. You may be asking what this contraption is
there. Well AC Family, I’ll be getting to what that
awesome thing is later in the video. The tank has a lower glass basin area that
will prevent water from leaking, quite useful as I have some really interesting plans involving
water for this setup. I love this enclosure because it’s got some
impressive height, which will be useful for setting up the perfect habitat for the weaver
ants. That right there stuck onto the glass is a
digital thermometer and hygrometer, so we can closely monitor the temperature and humidity
within this enclosure, and beside it, a hole for accommodating electrical cables and such,
but we’ll be using that later as the entrance point for our weaver ants. And where are the weaver ants you ask? Well, they’ve been sitting here quietly inside
this plastic container waiting for their new home. Inside it is a big weaver ant leaf nest, freshly
clipped from a tree, with about 500 workers and lots of brood, or so I’m told. Ooohhh anyone else’s heart beating faster? OK just me? Fine! I it to move the ants in! But first we needed to setup the lands, and
build an epic kingdom fit for a huge colony of weaver ants! The LED and heat lamps were already installed
and working. The glass panels at the front open up and
are locked in place with a key. It’s important it remains locked as these
ants are very aggressive and their bites plus formic acid sprays can really pack a punch! Alright guys, let’s do this! I started by adding my plants. I’ll go into more detail as to what these
plants are and why I chose them in a little bit, but I really hoped the ants would like
them and find them suitable for nest building. I added some bioactive soils that I had stored
from previous vivariums. By bioactive, I mean the soils, already had
its community of microorganisms and creatures like springtails which would help eat up any
mold or garbage caused by the ants. This was important because with primary access
only through the front of the tank, I couldn’t do much spot cleaning and have the front glass
panels open for too long, unless I intend to have lots of escaped weaver ants roaming
the Ant Room! I would would have to rely on the cleaning
team of soil organisms to eat up all that ant garbage for us. To add to the microorganisms and also provide
the plants with some great fertilizer, I added earthworm cast to the medium. It was important that the plants remain healthy
because weaver ants really depend on the well-being and health of the plants they live in! I then added some driftwood to help be the
connector between the two plants, and offer a lot of great routes and bridges for navigation
around the living space. I want the ants to feel like they’re in the
trees with a good array of branchwork, and so after 3 more hours of building, this is
what the new terrarium looked like! AC Family, behold! I’m pleased to present the Canopy of Vortexia. Vortexia is a tropical branchwork of sticks
and plants, containing multitudinous layers of leaves, vines, and twigs for the weaver
ants to travel on. I’ve designed it so it also looks great when
viewing from the side. Let’s open it up for a closer look! Ohhh! What do you guys think? I personally love the lush, beautiful chaos
of it all! This plant used here is a Schefflera plant,
a type of umbrella tree. I’ve chosen it because its leaves resemble
a citrus tree, which weaver ants are known to nest in. I’ve decided to opt for Schefflera over citrus
because it was a less demanding plant compared to citrus, and more practical for growing
indoors. The other plant used is a money tree, aka
Guiana Chestnut. I’ve chosen this plant because its leaves
resemble that of mango which is the number 1 favourite tree weaver ants love to nest
in! I truly hope the weaver ants will find one
of these two plants worthy of their basket nests! In the corner there, for additional living
furnishings, I’ve placed a clump of hanging spanish moss, and down here, I’ve planted
some ivy to creep and vine its way around the territories as it pleases to give it that
jungle look! I’ve also added more vines around the lands
to help make the place more weaver ant-friendly. These vines will act like roads and highways
connecting key areas of the territories together. Weaver ants love to travel along linear landmarks
like vines and sticks, so I’m certain the ants will love these. By this design, they will be able to get to
where they want to go quickly, and can form efficient trails wherever the please. Now moving up towards the upper left corner,
you’ll see where I’ve placed their primary food bowl. I’ve situated it at this location for convenience,
because it’s through this plugged hole here, where I’ll be adding the ants’ food. All I gotta do is unscrew it like so, and
remove the cap. This is a better option for access into the
nest because it’s a smaller hole, which means less ants escaping, and with my long tweezers
I can add and remove food as needed, but umm hopefully I’ll be better practiced at putting
the cap back on! Now are you ready for the best part about
this new ant kingdom? Well, as mentioned, we have our digital thermometer
and hygrometer here. It’s currently 30 degrees C and 78% humidity,
exactly what the conditions are outside. And that’s exactly what I want! This entire setup is designed to be climate
controlled to perfectly match the conditions outside where I live. Now are you ready to see why these lands are
called Vortexia? Answer coming in 1 – 2 – 3! Wait for it… wait for it… any moment now! Yes! Rains! As you may know a vortex is a swirling current
of water or air, and at exactly 8PM every night, the Canopy of Vortexia becomes the
site of a 1 minute rain storm, perfectly matching the rainy season here in the Philippines. I’ve outfitted the terrarium with an automated
irrigation system to simulate nightly rains every 8PM, fed from purified water in this
canister below. All of this moisture and humidity will be
valuable to our weaver ants, as these ants like the variety of dry and wet throughout
the day, as well as water the plants nicely. When the rains are done, Vortexia becomes
a beautifully wet haven with leaves cradling life-giving beads of water to provide the
lands humidity over the next 24 hrs. And look, just like outside, after it rains,
humidity rises and temperature drops slightly. But we also don’t want the lands to get too
humid and stuffy, so thankfully there is lots of great ventilation through this side mesh
panel, as well as the entire mesh ceiling. Talk about an epic climate-controlled setup,
wouldn’t you say? And now for the moment we’ve all been waiting
for. It was time to move our new weaver ant colony
in! Sitting above Vortexia, lies our container
of weaver ants. The container has a lid, but I won’t be opening
that. Instead I’ll be attaching a tube from the
container to the enclosure through that hole there to allow the ants to enter the new territories. Alright, and now for the hard part. Boring a hole into the container for the tube
which will lead the ants in. First, I needed to attach the tube into this
hole, stuffing the spaces around it with filter foam. Thankfully, these ants are large and aren’t
very destructive, so this will be enough to keep them from escaping. I then laid the tube close to the feeding
dish and placed onto it our bribe. A cup of beetle jelly, I had laying around
since the Rhino Beetle Games. It’s sweet and will be a perfect lure for
the ants to come out from within their container. And now for the hole. I was going to use scissors, but I needed
to work as fast as I could to minimize escapes and bites! My heart raced, as I ran through the motions
in my brain first. I was so nervous. Alright, AC Family, Let’s do this! I cut out a hole and used my thumb to block
it while securely sticking the tube inside, and done! Woah! Only a couple of ants managed to escape. Thank goodness! I then watched with baited breath as the very
first weaver ant wandered through the tube, and emerged into Vortexian territory. She smelled the air with her antennae, and
after giving herself a quick clean, she went on to explore her new surroundings. Wow! Look at her colour! She was a greenish brown colour, which is
special because these ants are usually more reddish in this locality. Weaver ants are more green towards Australia
where they are also native. She seemed curious exploring around, totally
uninterested at the cup of beetle jelly, but more excited to explore, and then suddenly,
out of nowhere oh! Hey, this was something to be excited about! Her excitement grew as she began to realize
that this was a totally different, unexplored world, surely better than the dark red plastic
container they were currently in. She began to explore the driftwood. I loved watching her excitement as she began
to realize more and more how awesome this new space was. And then came a second ant, emerging to smell
the delicious fresh air. I loved watching them make an exchange of
excitement as if to say OMG are you seeing what I’m seeing? I actually caught them coming together several
times to marvel in shared awe at the expanse of Vortexia beyond. Haha! So cute As for the two escaped ants, I put them in
to reunite with their colony. It wasn’t long before the ants began to explore
other areas of the territories, as more and more ants began to emerge bewildered and amazed
from the tube. The ants explored everywhere! And I mean everywhere! AC Family, I was happy to announce that, everything
went as planned, and the move had officially begun! I couldn’t wait to see leaf nests! A few minutes later, I looked into Vortexia
and saw this. One of the ants had found our sweet jelly
bribe. She licked the delectable jelly. She just couldn’t get enough! While she was keeping still I could really
admire how gorgeous these ants were! Look at that body, those long powerful legs,
a cute face, big beady black eyes, and a light frame. Perfect for tree top living! The ants truly seemed to be taking to the
new kingdom we’d made for them. There weren’t a lot of ants in here yet, but
I knew by tomorrow, they’d be filling the place and throwing a festival! The next day, I rushed to looked into Vortexia
to see the progress of their move. Were there any leaf nests yet? Nope. Just a few ants wandering around still, feeding
cum gusto on our jelly! Alright, it seems the ants were taking their
time at moving in. By now, ants were returning to the nest after
having their fill or wanting to spread news of the new space. I knew I just had to be patient, but all I
wanted to see were those leaf nests! In time! Meanwhile, the ants would fill up their social
stomachs, return to the colony and regurgitate some of the jelly into other ants’ mouths,
which would cause other curious ants to come wandering out. If you look carefully, you can see the jelly
in their social stomachs through their bodies. Having a social stomach is quite convenient
for ants, kinda like having an internal lunch box. The food is kept sterile. And then, the ants form a sort of kissing
position when transferring the food mouth to mouth, a process called trophallaxis. And it looks like our jelly is generating
interest! Go on ladies, tell the gang to come move out! I decided to leave the ants in peace, and
check up on them later. By mid day, it seemed there still wasn’t a
lot of progress, but it did seem like more and more ants were coming out now. They must really like it in their container! At least it did seem the ants loved our jelly! And I was certain word was spreading back
to the colony and they were planning their move any moment! There was a tonne of trophallaxis action going
on everywhere so that beetle jelly was surely making its rounds! I think right now the ants were content in
their container, treating Vortexia like an outworld just for feeding, but I knew it wouldn’t
be long before the leaves of their current nest in the container dry up and the ants
will be forced to seek a new nesting location. You see the benefit of living in leaf nests
is that the leaves natural transpire, releasing humidity, so weaver ant nests are always perfectly
humid thanks to the plants’ natural processes. But once the leaves making up the nest shrivel
up, which they eventually do, the ants create a new nest at a different location of the
tree, and it looks to me like we have some workers scouting the area already for potential
future real estate. I just loved watching the ants explore around! Adventuring high and low, chartering every
section of the land. I just knew they’d love these vines! Now as the ants continued doing their thing,
I wondered how they’d react to their first Vortexian rain shower. A part of me wondered if the rains would freak
them out and deter them from moving in, or if they’d love it, seeing as these are native
ants and should be used to the rain and weather here. Only time would tell, but I just couldn’t
wait for 8PM! Night fell, and I returned eagerly to the
Canopy of Vortexia. It seemed more ants had warmed up now, to
the idea of coming out into the territories and feast on our bribe. Humidity had now dropped to the 50s. The rain system was set in place and ready
to deliver the weaver ants’ very first official storm in Vortexia. Ahh I was so excited to watch this live nature
scene happening right before our eyes! The Vortexian storm was to arrive at any moment
now. These ants had no idea what was coming up! And then suddenly without warning, the Great
Vortex arrived. Then, one minute later, the storm was done. The ants were completely covered in tiny water
droplets, but overall OK. I had a feeling they would be, as they’re
well adapted to rain, and I bet they were wondering why it only lasted a minute and
not hours like they were used to. They simply brushed off the water droplets
and continued on with their business. Ants immediately went right back to feeding. As expected, temperatures began to drop and
humidity levels rose. My heart was so full! I just love when a designed system works! We are ultimate Creator of Worlds, AC Family! It seemed the ants were slowly but surely
falling in love with Vortexia, and although they still weren’t making leaf nests, inside
I knew they would eventually. I could tell they were starting to feel at
home in Vortexia because they were beginning to display their signature signs of territorialism
and aggression. Look at that gaster pointed over its head,
jaws open, ready to formic acid spray and attack anyone who tried to come their way. I bet they had claimed this sugar source theirs,
so they were willing to protect it at all costs! We made history today, AC Family! We not only created a world with its own fully
automated weather system and climate, but also welcomed to the channel one of nature’s
absolute miracles. Not many have managed to keep these ants successfully
in captivity for very long, due to their very specific needs. It doesn’t surprise me that in the ant keeping
hobby, those keeping this species imported from their native homes of Southeast Asia
and Australia in temperate climates, don’t last longer than a year. But in our case, AC Family, these awesome
greenish arboreal ants are native here, which increases our chances of success, and speaking
of which, you guys won’t believe what I saw when I looked into Vortexia the next morning. Still no sign of leaf nests, and not much
has changed at the food station, but as I looked closer something peculiar caught my
eye in the shadows. What is that? OMG! Look who’s decided to come out and play. It’s an absolute pleasure to meet you, your
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Creating an Island for Ants (Paludarium)

Creating an Island for Ants (Paludarium)


May the Titans, our Asian marauder ants rest
in peace, and hopefully as well to the Dragon’s spirit and the conclusion this curse. AC Family, we have finally come to the end
of this epic ant story. In order that we may start a new one. AC Family, welcome to El Dragon Island. Please subscribe to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! Here we are stand, AC Family, like celestial
creators at the genesis of our newly created and uninhabited island known as El Dragon. A massive dragon skull adorned one of the
island’s rock shelves, placed there to commemorate and appease the dragon whose spirit lead to
the ultimate demise of the Garden of Eden, which once lay where this island now stands. Let’s hope this monument and us naming the
island after him are enough to ensure the Dragon’s curse doesn’t carry on to these new
lands. The island itself is very dragon-like. El Dragon’s waters are pure, fast flowing,
and awaiting to be given its fertile sands to be the bed from which new life awakens. Soon these waters will be teaming with life. I am super excited today because for the very
first time on this channel, we will be creating a paludarium, a part land, part water vivarium
containing various originating creatures which will all be interdependent on each other,
including our brand new Polyrhachis ant colony which you saw from our video two weeks ago. And AC Family, I have some really exciting
news about these new ants of ours! After consulting with friend and ant taxonomist
David General from the University of Philippines Los Banos, I was finally able to get a complete
species ID and profile on these gorgeous ants. Turns out these ants are the species Polyrhachis
semiinermis. What was super cool was that like most Polyrhachis,
their feeding ecology is currently unknown to biologists. They are greatly unstudied and he suggested
we create a set-up that would maximize chances for observation of behavior. And AC Family, we had the perfect home for
exactly that! With this new island here, we were going to
get a God’s eye peek into a world of ants like no other human has before. Now are you ready for the coolest revelation
on these ants? Dave informed me that these Polyrhachis happen
to be weaver ants. Yes! They are a species of ant that use the silk
webbing capabilities of their larvae like glue, to build nests within the leaves of
plants and similar environments. El Dragon Island therefore with its lush tropical
plant life and sticks was the perfect home for these ants. So the time has come. Let’s stock this island with life. First, we needed to make this paludarium viable
by working from the ground up, the lowest ground point, that is. The waters required a bed of substrate in
order to sustain its needed life forms. I had some newly washed aquarium sand for
this. So, I went in, and gave El Dragon Island’s
turbulent waters some earth. Like a thick cloud of soot, the waters carried
and blew the black sands around the entire paludarium. Now I designed this paludarium to be an island
surrounded by a moving river. I personally hate having still water in a
setup, not only because it festers much more quickly, but it also creates an ideal location
for mosquitoes to lay eggs, so a submergable filter installed at the back helped create
that awesome water current. I also wanted El Dragon Island to be protected
from any creatures from the outside coming in, just in case those wild unwelcome Pharaoh
ants or crazy ants decide to make a comeback and deem this island their newest conquest. After all, history does tend to repeat itself. Moving waters meant a much more difficult
crossing for outside intruders. Now about this water, I had to ensure it was
biologically ready to sustain creatures. You see, we can’t just use ordinary tap water
and expect life to thrive in it. If we did, aquatic animals added would die,
not only due to the tap water’s chlorine, but also due to the lack of necessary microorganisms
which help keep any aquatic community healthy. So a couple weeks ago, I had to take aquarium
water from my other larger biologically established aquarium. This ensured El Dragon’s starting waters contained
some pioneering beneficial bacteria needed to properly sustain life. So I had to wait a couple weeks to build up
these beneficial bacterial colonies, before I could ever consider adding anything inside
it. This is what aquarium enthusiasts refer to
as tank cycling. Now that El Dragon’s waters had its microorganisms,
it was ready to house our first set of inhabitants. Let’s meet our new aquatic creatures, shall
we? Now I decided that since the main inhabitants
of El Dragon were endemic to Asia, I wanted this paludarium to be an Asian biotope, basically
incorporating species of plants and animals that were also native to Asia. Here is our first species. Presenting java moss, belonging to the Hypnaceae
family of mosses. It is native to Southeast Asia and grows well
in aquariums. It attaches to rocks, roots, and driftwood
quite well, and also offers a great home for aquatic microorganisms and creatures. But you will also see what I intend for its
biological role to be in the river of El Dragon soon. Next, I would like you to meet our newest
friends. Shrimp! These here are Caridina multidentata, Amano
shrimp, native to Japan and Taiwan. These shrimp feed on soft algae and decaying
plant matter. They will help keep the waters of El Dragon
clean and free of most algae. Next, we have these beautiful shrimp known
as Cherry Shrimp, Neocaridina davidi, from Taiwan. These shrimp are omnivorous and will also
feed on various microogranisms, decaying organic matter, and algae. They’re all quite cute aren’t they? Finally, I have some interesting colour forms
of these cherry shrimp including two Golden Back Yellow shrimp, and an orange and blue
shrimp. This multi-coloured colony of shrimp will
be amazing first additions to our aquatic portion of this paludarium, and make great
inhabitants to El Dragon’s River. Hey, AC family, what should we call the river
surrounding El Dragon, and what should we name this new colony of shrimp? Leave your name suggestions for both in the
comments fo us to vote on in a future video! Now let’s have a look at El Dragon’s river
world after our java moss, shrimp, and other additions were installed. Wow! AC Family, take a look at that! I’ve added some java fern and hairgrass, native
to Southeast Asia, as well as some gravel. A carbon dioxide diffuser was also installed
to support our plantlife. Now look at how cool this entire system works! So we have an area of fast current here, then
the river goes from turbulent to a more steady stream here at this slot. The shrimp love hanging out in this area. Around the corner, we come to clumps of java
moss, which are amazing because they act as natural filters, sifting debris and dirt carried
by our river current through this area. The dirt actually nourishes the moss, and
our shrimp are there to pick at anything organic. The water continues forth into a pool where
our filter blows it around again in a continual cycle around El Dragon Island. Isn’t that just amazing? In no time, El Dragon’s river went from slightly
cloudy to crytal clear. It will soon be established enough to house
other aquatic creatures. But for now let’s move up on land. El Dragon Island was designed to be an Asian
biotope but it is not a true Asian biotope because it harbours a few plants from South
America, namely these tillandsias, spanish moss, and this moonlight caladium. I chose these for humidity, size, and suitability
as a home to our Polyrhachis ants. Here I have some asian pothos. These plants grow out of three small aquariums
full of dirt which make up El Dragon Island. My hope is that our ants move into these plants. Let’s cross our fingers, AC Family! Let’s do it. It was time to set our Polyrhachis ants free
onto El Dragon and see how they like this brand new island home we made for them. Ah I am so excited! Here we go! Placing the test tube inside and removing
the cotton blocker. Let’s watch! The ants immediately began to explore! Look at how excited they are! They climbed the plants and driftwood, and
explored curiously around El Dragon Island. And look, it seemed our island was definitely
working at keeping the ants contained. This was so awesome! And now it was time to give our new El Dragon
inhabitants a house warming gift. I placed drops of honey at two spots on the
driftwood and in no time the ants came around to drink. And wow! This was my first time to have a real good
look at them, unobstructed. These ants were absolutely stunning! Look at them! And omg, look at this! Even the queen came out to feed on the tasty
honey drop! Wow! This queen wasn’t like most queens who sit
around in protective cover, waiting for her workers to bring her food. No, she was hands-on with her army. Risking her life out in the open, she was
brave enough to feed with her pack. Isn’t this just incredible? And that’s not all, AC Family, check this
out! I placed a crushed cockroach leg onto one
of the plant leaves, and look! A worker came around and puked something out
before diving into the cockroach leg! What on earth was this dark drop she puked
up? Could she have emptied out the contents of
her social stomach so she could fill it up with this fresher meat? Was this some kind of solid waste pellet like
those regurgitated by owls? Woah! Like a hungry lioness tearing meat off a carcass,
I could literally see the ant tearing the cockroach flesh off the leg piece and eating! What we were witnessing here was the feeding
ecology that Dave was talking about that was formerly unknown to biologists. Can you believe that here was something biologists
haven’t had the opportunity to observe or study much, and AC Family, together we are
the first to witness the beauty of these Polyrhachis ants feeding. What a awe-inspiring moment and sight. All this nourishment will be stored inside
their social stomachs to be brought back to the queen and the brood, and grow their colony. And just when I thought things couldn’t get
better, literally 5 hours after moving in, I checked the test tube and the ants had all
moved out. My heart jumped into my throat! Where did they go? My eyes scanned El Dragon and deep into a
little pocket of leaf folliage, I saw them. They had carried all brood into this pocket. AC Family, our Polyrhachis ants have elected
this spot a suitable location to build their new home. This was just magical! It was amazing to be able to witness El Dragon
sustaining life. I even spotted a snail that must have come
with the soil and was able to swim across. I’ve spent several nights watching the river
currents bringing debris to nourish our mosses and little bits of matter for our eager shrimp
to pick at and eat. One night, I managed to catch the shrimp eating
the leftover cockroach parts of our ants. The ants must have cast it into the water
when they were done feeding from it, and well it seems, one ant’s garbage is another shrimp’s
treasure. It was apparent that all life forms on El
Dragon Island were living cooperatively, in perfect harmony and interdependence. It was all just beautiful to behold. El Dragon Island was well on the way to blossoming
into an awesome community…. until I saw it. Something crawling on the glass that filled
me with great concern. Oh no! Wild pharaoh ant scouts were checking out
this new island of ours. It didn’t seem they could get across, just
yet. AC Family, this is not good. We can’t have what happened to the Titans
and our Jawbreakers, happen to our new Polyrhachis ants. It was only a matter of time before these
scouts will go back to their main colony and let them know of our lush island. The time has come, AC Family, for the release
of some special guardians. We needed to add a colony of beasts into the
waters of El Dragon to protect our island inhabitants… and I knew the perfect creatures
for the job. Oh boy, AC Family. El Dragon Island has been off to a great start
but we must make sure we protect it at this early stage so these wild pharaoh ants don’t
kill our Polyrhachis ants. Tune in next week to see what special guardians
I add to these waters, and AC Family, I know you will love them! You won’t want to miss next week’s episode,
so do remember to subscribe if you haven’t yet and join the AC Family, and hit that LIKE
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How to Build an Ant Farm | Natural Formicarium

How to Build an Ant Farm | Natural Formicarium


Hi guys, my name’s Jordan, and in this video,
we’re going to be creating some naturalistic formicaria. Containing soil, plants, and other crucial
organisms. Basically, mini ecosystems, perfectly catered
for the keeping of ants. To start off, you’re going to need an enclosure
of some sort. To give you guys some options, I’m going
with 3 distinctive styles. The first, one our medium sized, ‘Ants Australia’
Outworlds, made of acrylic. The second, a tall glass jar. And thirdly, a 4-foot-long, glass fish tank. I prefer enclosures with flat sides, and avoid ones which have rounded sides, like this this cylindrical
jar. As viewing through, results in visual distortion,
making it hard to observe anything inside in great detail. Much like viewing ants within test tube setups. But I’m going to try it out, just for the
sake of variety. The size of enclosure you go for should depend
on the size of your ant colony, and how much growing room they’ll need over time. Typically, the larger the setup, the better. Although, just keep in mind, the larger you
go, the more you’ll need to invest into materials and general maintenance. Once you’ve picked an enclosure which best
suits your needs, we’re going to start layering in our substrate. What we’ll first need to do, is create a drainage layer. I’m creating mine by laying down some small
stones. Before filling up one of our outworlds, I’m
going to need to seal off the entrance port. To do this, I’m simply unscrewing the front
panel and replacing it with a solid one. Which comes included in the kit. All ready to go. Try to lay the stones down evenly, just a
few centimeters high is plenty. A great alternative to stones are clay balls. Clay is much lighter than rock, making it
much more suitable for larger setups. As it’ll make them a little easier to transport
later on, if need be. This drainage layer will help prevent your
soil, which we’ll be adding in later on, from becoming water-logged. Which can cause the substrate to rot, thus,
providing ideal conditions for harmful bacteria and fungi to thrive. So the idea is that any excess water in your
setup, will seep down through the substrate above, and settle within the small gaps between
all the rocks, or clay, below. Allowing the soil to sufficiently drain and
dry out. Next, what we need to do is cover over your
drainage layer. This is to prevent the soil above from entering,
and thus, inhibiting its effectiveness. For this large setup, I’m using some shade
cloth which has been cut to shape. Some fine window screen would work great for
this too. Or for a more natural approach, a carpet of
moss or some coconut husk acts as excellent alternative. Not only will it filter out the soil, but
it will absorb up any excess moisture too. For my smaller setups here, I’m going with
some coconut husk. Make sure you’ve covered the entire surface
area so there aren’t any gaps. Next step, we’re adding in a layer of charcoal. When water passes down through this layer,
and into the drainage layer below, the charcoal helps purify it. It acts like a sponge, absorbing in the water,
and neutralizing certain toxins within. Lessening the chance of harmful microbes building
up. Just make sure the charcoal you use doesn’t
have any added chemicals. Finally, it’s time to add in some soil. For these two, I’m adding in some potting
mix, specially design for terraria. And for the fish tank, just some soil from
the back yard. What sort of substrate you go for should depend
on what your ants like. Some species might prefer rather dense and
sandy soil, whereas others, might prefer more of a loose, bark-like substrate. So, do a bit of research. Go outside and have a look at what sort of
substrate the particular species you intend on housing are usually found in. You can also do some experimenting by filling
up one side of your setup with one type of substrate, and the other with something different. And simply observe which side the ants prefer. You’ll want to add in a decent layer of
substrate, to give the ants plenty of room for constructing their tunnels and chambers. And if you’re going to be adding in some
plants, just make sure you leave enough vertical space for them to grow in. You’ll notice I’m not layering the soil
flat, like I did in the previous stages. Instead, I’m sloping the surface downwards
towards the front, and creating subtle hills and valleys. This gives the ants an increased amount of
surface area to explore and gives the setup some added dimension too. Next, comes the fun part. The decorating. For this setup, I’m first adding in some
plants. You’ll need to carefully consider which
plants will best suit your particular setup, and the ants which will inhabit it. For example, it wouldn’t be a good idea
to pick water loving plants when you’re housing an ant species which prefers relatively
dry conditions. As it may be quite tricky trying to please
them both. And other things to consider would be the
soil conditions – does the soil you picked out for the ants, also suit the plants? And of course, lighting – how much, and
what sort of light, do the plants require? Will they get enough light naturally from
a nearby window? Or might they need artificial lighting? For my outworld setup, I haven’t got a whole
lot of vertical space to work with. So I’ve picked some low growing plants,
which will, in time, entirety carpet the surface. Tallest plants to the back is best. And then, I’m just adding in some small
rocks, sticks, and a gumnut. And finally, filling in any remaining gaps
with a bit of coconut husk. For my jar setup, I’m keeping things super
basic. All I’m doing is simply placing in some
seeds, which in about a week or two, will begin to germinate and spring to life. These seeds are from an easy to grow herb,
known as peppermint. So not only will this add some greenery to
the setup, but it will also give off a pleasant, minty aroma, and of course, tastes great too. And finally, for my large tank setup, I’ve
added in some driftwood, and plenty of rocks too. I’ve found ants often love nesting directly
beneath solid surfaces, such as these, utilizing them as a sturdy ceiling for their homes. So, hopefully this will make mine feel right
at home. If the ants you’re going to be housing are
a wood dwelling species, like ‘Carpenter Ants’, then some small branches would be
much appreciated for them. And to liven up the setup, I’ve
also added in some small tussocks of grass, and some beautifully vibrant mosses. And for the finishing touch, a thin layer
of red sand, found naturally throughout central Australia. I think it gives the setup some great contrast. Once you’re happy with your design, it’s
time to hydrate. Regular tap water is fine for this. Although, you’re probably best using rain
or distilled water. So as to avoid adding in any unwanted chemicals. How much, and how often you water should depend
on the size of your setup, it’s evaporation rates, and what sort of humidity levels your
inhabitants require. I highly recommend placing in a hygrometer,
so you can accurately gauge these levels. I’ve secured one on the inside of my jar
setup just using some blu tack, like so. You might want to also leave some dry patches
throughout the setup, giving the ants a moisture gradient to work with. If you’re using one of our outworlds, just
be aware that they aren’t water tight. So, if you flood one, the water will slowly
leak out from the bottom. I’m putting a little potting tray beneath
mine, so as to protect the surface of the table beneath. This leakage, while seemly impractical, is
actually quite a good thing. As it allows for improved drainage. Reducing the chances of harmful bacteria and
fungi from developing, and catering better for arid dwelling ant species, and plants like succulents, which
do best when their roots periodically dry out. Plus, if you fill your tray up with water,
it can act like a moat. Discouraging the ants from escaping, and foreign
ants from invading. However, the most effective way to escape
proof your setup, and prevent wild ants from invading, would be to apply a barrier of PTFE all around the upper inner edges of your enclosure. Before you apply this liquid, make sure you
clear the surface area of any dust and moisture. For my outworld setup, I’m simply coating
the inner edges, bordering the lid, using a cotton cue tip, like so. Once this liquid dries, the area becomes super
slippery, making it very difficult for ants to pass over it, without losing their grip,
and falling back down to the bottom. For the jar setup, normally, I would coat
this area here. However, the ants I’m going to be housing
are incapable of climbing up smooth surfaces, like plastic and glass. So, no fluon required. And lastly for the fish tank, a barrier around
this area would be sufficient for containing most ant species. Although, some ants, who are a little more
adept at climbing, will likely have no troubles scaling up the silicone sealant in the corners. Silicone isn’t as smooth a surface as the
glass, and so, even when it’s coated in fluon, it proves to create weak points in
the barrier. So for my setup, I’m not taking any chances,
instead, I’m utilizing one of our custom designed, laser cut, acrylic lids, which has
been secured on with some aquarium safe silicone. The lid has a large opening on either side,
the only way in, and out. Once the inner edges of which are coated with
fluon, the ants would need to walk upside down over the barrier,
definitely not an easy task. The lids are also lined with thousands of
tiny holes for ventilation. Much like the sliding lids featured on our
outworlds. If you wanted to make one of these yourself,
you could get a sheet of acrylic and cut it to shape using a specialized blade. For extra security, a tight-fitting lid is
definitely a great option. Just be aware that closing off your enclosure
will reduce evaporation rates and increase the humidity levels within. So, you won’t need to hydrate the setup
nearly as often. This high humidity may also result in condensation
build up, and thus, render your fluon barrier ineffective. So, it’s a good idea to use a lid which
offers plenty of ventilation, like these ones. Alright, almost done. Next, we’re adding in a cleanup crew. Some helpful bugs, in the form of springtails
and isopods. These bugs will actively consume any organic
matter, like dead leaves and fungi. And then, excrete them out as fertilizer,
cleansing and enriching the soil. You’ll just have to be a little bit careful
with the bugs you choose, however. In some cases, the ants might see them as
food, and relentlessly seek out and attack them. I’ve found most ant species don’t really
go after springtails. I think it’s because they’re far too small
and agile to be worth the effort in catching. So I’m adding in a bunch to mine. And another great thing about springtails
is they’re very easy to raise. Here’s a culture I started a few months
back, just from a couple of hundred individuals. Now, they must be well into the tens of thousands
strong. Now the cleanup crew’s in, we’re finally
ready to add in some ants! For my outworld setup, I’m going for a young
colony of Strobe Ants (Opisthopsis sp.) Who are housed in a tubs and tubes setup. I’m simply placing their tube straight in,
like so. For the jar setup, I’m introducing a small
colony of Green-headed Ants (Rhytidoponera sp.). Also, from a test tube setup, one which isn’t
looking so great. You can see it’s starting to get a little
moldy. So they’re more than ready to be moved out. Again, I’m just placing the tube directly
into the enclosure. And finally, for my fish tank, I’m introducing
a colony of Australia’s iconic, Giant Bull Ants (Myrmecia pyriformis), which I currently
have housed within a couple of ytong nests, hooked up to one of our large sized outworlds. This species of ant is one of the largest
in world. With workers measuring in at around 30mm in
length, and the queens even larger still. And as you can see, this colony’s quite
large too. They currently have around 40 workers present,
and there’s lots more on the way. Just look at all that brood. I love how they’ve neatly organized them
based upon what level of development they’re at. First you’ve got the eggs…the larvae…and
finally, the pupae. So to introduce these guys, using light, I’ve
managed to move them all into this single nest, and from here, I’m simply placing
them into the tank, and setting them free. To entice the ants to move out of their old
nests, there’s a few things you can do. Firstly, try poking some shallow holes into
the soil, to save the ants some digging. Ants are all about efficiency, so offering
them a head start acts as a great incentive for them to move in. Also, in this way, you can essentially dictate
the general area the ants will end up nesting in. For example, you might want them closer towards
the front, so you can potentially get a better view of their underground activity. Additionally, you can use some heat to entice
the ants further. Using a heating mat or cable. For my Big-headed ant setup, which has undergone
quite the re-scape since featured last, I’m currently using a heat mat which I’ve secured
onto the front. As you can see, the ants love nesting right
up against it, offering an excellent view of their activity. Alternatively, if you’re running lights
over your setup, or just other appliances nearby, you can utilize the heat radiating
from their power plugs. Here’s a setup we created a few months back,
home to a large colony of Golden-tailed Sugar ants. You can see they really appreciate the warmth
in which these power packs provide. Maneuvering the majority of their brood within
clear view, right up against the glass. I’ve done the same thing for the Bull Ants
too, so hopefully I get some similar results. You can also try feeding the ants. Only some small portions, just so the ants
get a taste of the food, encouraging them to seek out more, thus, inadvertently, getting
them to explore and become more comfortable in their new environment. Here, I’m offering the bull ants some honey,
served in an acorn cupule, which acts a neat-little, natural, feeding dish. And of course, exposing the ants to light
is always a good way to get them moving. Just make sure they’re not exposed to direct
sunlight or overly hot lights, as this may cause the ants to overheat, and or, result
in excessive condensation build up within their nest, which could potentially drown
the ants. In my case, it wasn’t long before the strobe
ants began exploring their new environment. Notice these ants move in a rather jittery
fashion? It’s almost like you’re watching them at 10
frames per second. Hence their common name of “strobe ant”. Their eyes are also quite large, and unusually,
positioned towards the back of their heads. Allowing them almost a 360-degree field of
view. Very unique ants for sure. The reason I picked strobe ants for this particular
setup, is because they’re from up north in Queensland, and so, are well suited to
the high humidity levels, in which this enclosure provides. Shout out to Eli over at Ant Invasion for
sending us these guys. I highly recommend checking out his YouTube
channel. I’ll leave the link the description below. After a couple of weeks, they’re still yet
move out from their test tube. Young ant colonies, with only a few workers
present, tend to be quite hesitant to abandon their familiar home for a new one. Especially since it’s been working so well
for them for so long. So, I may be waiting quite a while before
these guys build up the courage to move. So, when moving ants, a little patience may
be needed, as is often the case when it comes to ant keeping. As for the green-heads on the other hand,
as soon as I placed them in, the workers poured out, and immediately began burrowing into
the soil right by the entrance of their tube. Their hard work quickly drew the attention
of the other inhabitants, the isopods and springtails. They felt the ants’ newly dug chamber was
the perfect spot to seek shelter from the harsh filming lights above, and opportunistically
squeezed themselves in. And pretty soon, the queen came along to join
the party too. The ants weren’t too happy with the presence
of the isopods, eventually driving them off with a quick succession of bites. But they weren’t at all fussed with the
spring tails. The two tend to get along quite well. Which seems to be a common theme with Green-headed
ants. Whenever I uncover a wild nest, I almost always
see an abundance of springtails living happily amongst them. As you can imagine, these Green-headed Ants
get their name from their shimmering green colouration. But they’re incredibly iridescent. Ranging from green, to red, to purple, and
even gold. Very pretty looking ants. For the Bull Ants, same as the green-heads,
they started digging in almost immediately. Favoring the underside of this small rock,
right beside their nest. And eventually, after perhaps discovering
the warmth of the power plugs, started excavating a little higher up too. Beneath this piece of wood, and amongst the
rocks above. Fast forward about 12 hours later, and they’d
completely moved in. Leaving not so much as a single egg behind. Removing their old nest revealed just how
busy the ants had been. Just look at all that uplifted soil. Here, you can see the before and after. It’s amazing just how productive ants can
be. So what do you guys think of these naturalistic
setups? Aesthetically speaking, it’s pretty hard
to beat something like this, the greenery really livens up a room. And arguably, when they’re done right, I
think they’re one of the most effective ways to keep ants too. As they allow the ants to dig, expand, and
fine-tune their nest, however they see fit. Making them a perfect environment for raising
just a single queen, all the way up to a mature colony, thousands of workers strong. They really are designed to go the distance. Take my Big-headed ant colony for example. These guys have been living in this same natural
setup for over 2 years now. And it’s pretty safe to say, they’re doing
very well. It’s always a good sign you’ve got a thriving
colony when they begin producing winged reproductive ants. Especially, when they come out in the thousands
strong. Plus, you won’t be just observing the growth
of the ant colony, but the growth of plants too. Here’s my jar setup a few weeks on. You can see those peppermint seeds I sprinkled
in have finally begun to germinate. Aren’t they just adorable? There’s a lot less maintenance involved
with these setups too. In a more traditional setup, any garbage the
ants produce will eventually need to be cleaned out by the keeper. But with a naturalistic setup, organisms in
the soil slowly decompose such waste. So other than keeping the plants trimmed and
hydrated, there’s really very little extra work that needs to be done. Of course, there are some downsides. You likely won’t be able to get as clear
a view of all the ants’ nesting activities as you would within a more traditional setup. But for some, watching the ants come up to
forage, and maybe occasionally seeing some tunnels and chambers up against the sides,
is more than enough. If you want to stay updated on how these colonies
progress, make sure you subscribe this channel. We’ve got a lot of ants we’ve still yet
to show you guys, and it’ll take a long while before we get through them all. If you’re not the patient type, however,
I highly recommend following us on Instagram. Here we post daily stories on everything ants! Whether it be quick updates on our colonies,
or behind the scenes on future projects. Alright, now onto our regular contest where
we giveaway one of our specially built formicaria. In last video’s contest I asked, “How
has your interest in ants impacted you as a person?” For me, as you can imagine, ants have made
quite big impact. From a young age, I’ve always had a deep
interest in the natural world, especially in the small creatures, which often go unnoticed,
and so, was naturally drawn to ants. Later in life, I learned of the joys of keeping
and studying ants, and soon started sharing these findings with you guys, in the form
of videos like these. And eventually, I founded our website and
online store, for all things ant keeping, which in turn, allowed me to meet and learn
from some amazing people, and open myself up to new opportunities, of which I never
expected to have, like doing talks for schools, and even appearing on Australian television. All thanks to ants! But of course, none of these things would
have been possible without you guys and your incredible support throughout the years. You’ve really driven me to pursue my passion,
and for that I’m incredibly grateful. So thank you guys so much! So the winner of the contest is…Lemonhole
123 who responded, “Keeping ants has changed my life for the better as it has shown me
the beauty of nature and also the ugly side too. This has formed an ongoing love for the outdoors
and for animals of all varieties. I have started to find myself stopping all
my friends from stepping on the ants just for the beauty of all these creatures big
and small”. So, congratulations Lemonhole, with this entry,
you’ve just won yourself one of our size 1 ytong nests. Nowadays, it seems a lot of people simply
neglect the beautiful intricacies of nature. A state of mind, us humans, really must change,
now more than ever before. So, it’s really refreshing to hear that
you, and many other entrants for this contest, have now become more attuned to nature thanks to ants. For our next videos contest, to celebrate
the release of our new purpose build outworlds, we’re going to be giving one away. To enter, simply answer the following, “What
made you want to keep ants?” If you’re currently not keeping ants, “Why
not?” So, post your answer in the comment section
below. We’ll pick out a single comment and announce
them as the winner in our next video. As always thanks for watching this video,
and I hope you enjoyed.

DEATH SPRITES: Creating a Frog Haven & Ant Hell

DEATH SPRITES: Creating a Frog Haven & Ant Hell


“Now where in Ant-Man’s quantum world am I?” the ant wondered, as she waved her antennae
through the air, trying her best to smell what lay beyond. This all appeared very strange to her. Everything was just so unfamiliar. She thought she’d memorized these Hacienda
del Doradan lands like the back of her pre-tarsus, but suddenly tonight, it was like she had
woken up to a totally different kingdom. Something wasn’t right… and then suddenly… “Ahhh, an itch!” The plague of body mites that had touched
the entire ant colony as of late, had sadly made its way onto this ant’s body. But though encumbered by the mites, the ant
had to keep going. Her job tonight was to bring back food to
the rest of the colony, but emerging from the nest to find this strange world above
ground truly psyched out this ant, as she cautiously tried her best to navigate the
foreign terrain, which was strangely oscillating, bobbing up and down in eerie waves. In fact, upon further investigation, it appeared
as though she was completely surrounded by water! She was on a raft of plants. So now the question was, where do you go when
you don’t know where the heck you are? Maybe here? Hmmm… something doesn’t smell too right
on this side. Or perhaps over here? Ok, something smells pretty interesting in
that direction. Yes, it’s a fellow ant from the Golden Empire. Perfect! It was time to go meet her and figure out
what she knows, might be going on here. But now to get to her. “Shall I try this way? Hmmm… No. My anty senses are telling me I need to go
around this way.” The ant makes her way around the outside of
this floating plant to try to get to her fellow colony member, who didn’t seem to want to
move from her spot. Man, navigating the confusing entanglement
of unfamiliar plants was proving to be quite the challenge for this ant. She felt lost again, and quite disoriented,
and itchy! How did she even wander out here in the first
place? And all this time, she couldn’t quite put
a mandible on what smelled… toad-ally off about all this. But she knew she that once she could compare
her notes with those of her fellow Golden Empire colony member, she could get all the
answers she was looking for. The ant crossed over to the other side to
join her sister. When reunited with her sister ant, she reached
out into the darkness of the leaf fold in which she hid, “Hey, sis! Isn’t all this pretty weird? Let’s go find food together!” But the fellow Golden Empire ant was not moving
from her spot. How odd! She knew something, and in just a moment,
this ant too, would get all the answers it needed. It decided to wander off on its own to try
its best to get back to its business of finding some food for the colony. “You know, it was ok that things were a little
different. Not a problem for this ant! They were the Golden Empire, after all, always
victorious in the face of any danger! And hmmm what an interesting rock!” Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! You guys totally should have seen them, the
day I introduced them into the Hacienda Del Dorado. It was hilarious! I could hear the lid clicking as they hopped
around inside. The moment I lifted the lid, like a jack-in-the-box,
the Death Sprites sprung out onto the scene, revealing themselves to us for the first time. AC Family, let’s have a look shall we? They appeared rather froggish for toads, all
that wet, slimy, and squishy skin, and sure enough, upon further researching these painted
toads, that are known scientifically as Kaloula picta, native to the Philippines where I live,
they actually don’t belong to the family of true toads, at all, so for the purposes of
this video, we’ll call them painted toads or frogs, even if they’re technically Microhylid
frogs. Boing! And they jump like frogs, too! So if you’re new to the channel, and are wondering
why the heck so many people care about watching a video about frogs in a terrarium, well,
first off, welcome to the Antiverse! What you’re witnessing here is the beginning
of Phase B of what we, the AC Family call “Project Cloverfield – the introduction of
Death Sprites”. We all have been anticipating this deployment
of Death Sprites, i.e. these painted toads into this terrarium, called the Hacienda Del
Dorado, because these toads have a very special and important purpose: to kill a population
of zombie, mite-infected ants living in this terrarium. To catch you up to speed real quick, not too
long ago these lands were ruled by a beloved, thriving massive supercolony of yellow crazy
ants, called the Golden Empire, an OG colony on this channel, loved by millions, with seven
queens, millions of loyal workers, and a force none could stop, until a plague of parasitic ant blood-sucking
mites crippled the entire colony and reduced them to a sick, weakened population of just
a few thousands. We scrambled to extract as many ants as we
could from the Hacienda Del Dorado, and quarantine a good portion of the colony to treat them
using predatory Hypoaspis mites, which eat the bad mites, and as we saw last week has
helped the colony recover. But the remaining mite-infected ants in the
Hacienda Del Dorado needed to be exterminated, lest the mites went on to infect all other
neighbouring ant kingdoms and creatures in my Ant Room. And so guys, here we are. The first three Death Sprites have landed
in the Hacienda Del Dorado, our biological assasains to annihilate the zombie, mite-infected
ants, and what ended up happening from this moment on is a story that will leave you mind-blown! The events that happened this week, were nothing
less than epic, suspenseful, full of problem-solving, crises, and perseverance, and oh yeah, cuteness
overload, and by the end of it all, I was left in utter breathlessness at the miraculous
splendor of nature, unfolding before our eyes. This has got to be one of my absolute favourite
episodes on this channel, so sit back and enjoy how I created a haven for Death Sprites
and a hell for zombie, mite-infected ants. Oh yeah, and AC Family, you guys will love
the major event happening at the end! It was the first night our the three painted
toads would spend in the Hacienda Del Dorado, and I observed them very carefully, to see
if they would actually perform and eat the ants like we were hoping they would. At this point the mite plague was bad. It pained me to see these tainted, mite-infected
worker ants, encumbered by their blood-sucking mites. It was as if they no longer were ants of the
Golden Empire, but were like infected cancer cells that needed to be destroyed before the
cancer would metastasize and spread. The Golden Empire ants, which used to work
around the clock when they were healthy, were now only emerging at night, when less predators
were around, in attempts to preserve their numbers as best they could. But oh, the irony of it all! Tonight they were gathered around and feeding
on this rotten piece of banana, placed here precisely to bring them out. It has also attracted the attention of the
resident Guardian Goblin, seen in last week’s video, a house gecko who came to drink from
the bananas sweet juices. But this gecko was not interested in our ants,
in fact, it was even more interested in eating the fruit flies the banana attracted. To eat the ants, discreetly wandering the
grounds tonight, I was really counting on the Death Sprites to prove their worth. AC Family, check out this pile of leaves. Below it lies one of our painted toads now. It comes out for a breather. Now, based on what I’ve been able to observe,
these painted toads are not foragers when hunting for food, but are more ambushers in
hunting style. They kind of sit still and wait patiently
for food to come near. Have a look at those unique and gorgeous,
platinum-coloured eyes… And oh… movement… It spotted something approaching and retreated
under the leaves. Our Death Sprite was in ambush position as
it stared at its food crawling about nearby – an ant dragging its gaster around likely
from the torment of biting mites. My heart raced watching the toad, watching
the ant, like an assassin waiting for the right time to strike. It shocked me how patient the toad was, not
moving from its spot for a very long time, until the ant got close enough. And then! I was relieved to watch our Death Sprite eat
its first ant. Over the next three hours, I watched it consume
two more ants. But this feeding rate was a bit concerning
to me. You see, assuming the toad ate an average
of one ant an hour, that means that one toad could consume about 8-12 ants a night, and
with only three toads in the Hacienda Del Dorado, that only meant an average of 24-36
ants eaten every night. This was simply not enough to kill the estimated
hundreds of ants left living in these lands in due time. We needed these ants along with the mites
on their bodies eaten ASAP. And now that we knew our Death Sprite’s rate
of ant consumption, we now knew they wouldn’t be able to carry out their mission alone,
as a three-toad group. They needed some back up, and I had the perfect
plan brewing to make that happen. AC Family, behold! Our second troop of Death Sprites. Within these containers are 15 highly equipped,
able-bodied painted toads, each hungry and ready to eat Golden Empire ants upon sight. With 15 painted toads bringing the Death Sprite
count to 18, collectively eating an average amount of up to roughly 216 ants a night,
this was a much more promising force at eliminating our infected ant population in the Hacienda
Del Dorado. But before I could introduce the toads into
these territories, there was a very important and key change I needed to make to these lands
before introducing the new troop, and that AC Family, is where the most epic journey
began! The man who gave these painted toads to me
said they can survive in these containers for a few days without problems provided I
change the bedding and water daily. I knew these guys wouldn’t be staying in here
too long, however. What I was about to do was a pretty easy project
to pull off in my mind, but little did I know, up ahead was what was going to be the most
painstaking undertaking I’d ever worked on as your Creator of Worlds, as well as some
surprising results that would go down in history, as the coolest thing I’ve ever created in
the Antiverse! Behold the new pond I’d installed into Hacienda
Del Dorado to provide our toads with the moisture they needed. It offered a satisfactory watering hole for
our three painted toads, but now that we were going to add 15 more toads into the mix, this
watering hole would be like 18 people sharing a bathroom. It was not enough. It wasn’t just a crowding issue, though; it
was also very much so a health hazard, as this small body of water could become a poisonous
cesspool once ammonia builds up from the frogs’ waste, and frogs having such permeable skin,
so permeable in fact that frogs even absorb dissolved oxygen from the air through their
skin, would quickly absorb the poisonous ammonia and die. And so, AC Family, as Creator of Worlds, I
decided the Hacienda Del Dorado was going to have a brand new pond, but not just any
pond, this was going to be the most epic body of water that these lands had ever seen. The Hacienda Del Dorado actually once had
a body of water, if you recall the Golden Springs, back in its open-concept days, before
it was removed at the onset of the mite outbreak. It was a glass receptacle that housed a waterfall
over an impressive rockscape with plants and moss growing epiphytically on its surface. But the problem with this setup, though beautiful,
was it still featured a body of water contained in glass, that sort of floated in the air
in a weird state. An aquarium within an aquarium, so to speak. It was more of a concept design, and not so
much a naturalistic one. But this time, AC Family, I wanted to attempt
what I wasn’t able to achieve with the Golden Springs. This time, I was going to set out to create
a completely aquatic region within the Hacienda Del Dorado, no floating water receptacle,
but a functioning, bioactive, in ground water world, turning the lands into a true marshland
haven for our Death Sprites to thrive in, and do their great work at eliminating remaining
ants, but this was where all the problems started! Here we go! My plan was to completely dig out the earth
at the eastern region of the terrarium. As I removed the driftwood, I could see mite-infected
ants scurrying about. I began to clear the area I imagined in my
mind would be ideal for submerging under water. I had a rough idea as to what I wanted the
pond to look like, but I was going to improvise as I went a long, seeing as I’d never done
anything like this before. The Selva De Fuego, the part water, part land
paludarium of the Fire Nation, my fire ant colony was already built with a water partition
at its genesis, so that was easier to construct. This pond, however, was truly going to be
an involved engineering and biological design project, pushing my terrarium and aquarium-making
skills to its very limits. So now I needed physical barriers, to keep
all the water contained, and so the best thing I could muster up were these. Plastic tupperware-type containers cut into
pieces with scissors. I also had some aquarium-safe, non-toxic silicone
to bind the wall together and into place. And so I went straight to work! First, I laid out all the tupperware pieces
down in the general shape that I hoped for the pond to assume. Eventually, I was happy with this general
form for our new pond. What do you guys think? I went in to lay a thick amount of silicone
to bind all the tupperware pieces into the places in which I had arranged them. I had accidentally bought black silicone of
the same brand, but at this point, I figured it didn’t matter as we weren’t going to see
the silicone anyway, but oh, more about that later. And then it was done! It looked messy, but I knew when this was
all finished it would look spectacular, at least in my mind it did! I allowed the this entire arrangement to dry
and cure overnight, shining a bright light over the construction site to deter any of
the three frogs from coming to the area. Now even though the painted toads still had
their pond, I made sure to also water the lands just to give them some extra moisture
for the night. In the shadows, I spotted one of our Death
Sprites, waiting quietly for insects to pass by, watching me closely. What a gorgeous creature! Another thing that occurred to me in this
moment, was that this painted toad was probably quite lonesome. You see in the wild, these painted toads live
in large groups of up to hundreds if not thousands of individuals, where they gather en masse
in ponds, rivers, and marshes. Worry not my little toad, when I’m done, you’ll
have a huge new gang to meet and frolic with together in a frog haven. The next morning, when all had dried, I had
to construct three final details to the pond. Now check this out guys. I wanted this area here closest to the glass
to act like the bank of a river, a mossy shelf, which would act as a sort of shallow wading
area for the frogs. A frog beach, if you will. And to do that, I had to remove the current
pond from its spot, as it was in the way. I then began to lay on the silicone which
would bind the shelf, this tupperware cross section, to the entire pond structure. See where I’m going with this yet, guys? Oh, this was going to look so cool! I made sure to use a generous amount of silicone
to secure it all together, as I didn’t want any leaks. The next structure on my list, was also going
to be pretty epic! After laying a tonne of silicone, I laid down
two more pieces to create another shelf. You’ll see what this shelf is for in just
a moment. Next, I had to silicone and mask the bare
tupperware with some artificial rock. As much as I love the look of bare tupperware
in my setups (not!), I wanted the final result of this pond to look as natural as possible. In my mind, I wanted to make it so that once
this area was filled with water and decorations added, we wouldn’t be able to tell that it
was completely man-made. To fill in some of the spaces, I also siliconed
in some real rocks to the bank work. I allowed all of this to dry and cure once
again overnight, but to temporarily replace the toads’ pool, I added this bowl and filled
it with some fresh water. This was going to be the last night, they
would be bathing in such a small puddle of water, or at least, this was what I had thought. I turned off the lights so the toads could
hunt in peace. And so AC Family, the big day had come! The day our new epic pond was going to be
born, and boy did I have a surprise for you! I laid down the soil substrate, and placed
in the decorative rocks that I envisioned might look good in the pond. Now my aquascaping skills were being put to
the test! I never really know what the final outcome
would be when creating these biological worlds, but I always hope the finished results would
be pretty sweet! Alright, guys and now to reveal the surprise! AC Family, perhaps the coolest feature of
this entire pond, is this! Do you recognize it? Yup! It’s the rock face of the Golden Springs! Many of you guys asked what I did with the
Golden Springs after removing it from the Hacienda Del Dorado, and well, of course I
kept the entire unit just in case, and I’m so glad I did, because now the time had come
to reinstall it back into the territories, this time in a proper, more naturalistic orientation. I had siliconed it the day before to the side
wall of the terrarium, and allowed the entire thing to dry overnight. I then went in to gather some of the substrate
which contained a lot of the valuable beneficial bacteria needed to help neutralize ammonia
and other toxic nitrogenous compounds resulting from the frogs’ waste in our pond. I laid all this bio-rich muck onto the bottom
of our pond! This was it, AC Family! The completion of our awesome pond was here! I poured in the purified water. Yes, after all our hard work over two days,
it felt so good to watch our beloved project come to life! With all the pond water now in, I installed
the filter and pump to power the waterfall of the Golden Springs. I plugged in the filter and held my breath. I was really hoping this would all work out! I poured in some water through the top of
the spring to get the pump flowing, and AC Family, in the end this is what it all came
to! Success! A pond and waterfall, complete with a wading
shelf, bioactive substrate, decorations, and just the beauty of natural wetland splendor. Wow! Can you believe this, guys?! It actually worked, AC Family! I made sure to add some Stability product
to help promote the proliferation of more beneficial bacteria in the waters. I then went ahead and added a couple rasbora
fish from the old Golden Springs, some java moss, as well as two red shrimp. These four creatures were enough for this
new aquatic environment for now until the entire system took the time it needed to biologically
stabilize. The rasbora fish danced and played in the
turbulent dripping waters. Our pond was now complete and I couldn’t believe
we had pulled it all off, easily and problem-free. Or at least this is what I thought. A couple hours later, I came back to this. The water level had dropped considerably. Oh no! Could it be what I think it was? Looking at the soil on the other side, it
did look a bit damp. No, don’t be silly, I said to myself. Perhaps moisture was just seeping into all
the fake rock of the setup. I just needed to add more water. But then a few hours after that, I came back
to this nightmare. The water level had dropped even more, and
underneath the water bowl, I saw this! My worst nightmare had come true! There was definitely a leak somewhere. I had to abort the project and assess where
we went wrong. I unplugged the water filter, and fished out
our four aquatic creatures. Then I needed the help of my trusty Shop-vac
to suck up all the water from the soils. It was crazy. Every time I sucked up some water, more water
came flowing in. It was now night time, and I knew I had to
fix all of this ASAP, so I was prepared to work overtime, through the night to make my
necessary repairs. One of the toads stood from its corner again
watching me work the whole time, and that made me feel bad. This was supposed to be the night, it could
enjoy the company of other toads in the crystal flowing waters of its new custom pond. I felt as though I had failed it. I began to clear away some of the swampy mess
on the other side of the pond walls. Assessing the damage, my guess was that the
leak was somewhere here. Whatever the case, before proceeding any further
with repairs, there was something important that I needed to attend to first, before proceeding
any further. So the fifteen frogs had now spent three nights
living in their holding containers. I changed their moss beddings and water every
day, but I wasn’t going to let them spend a another night in these containers, while
I was taking the time to repair the pond. And so AC Family, you will not believe what
I had planned for them! Alright let’s do this! Behold, an empty half tank with some sphagnum
moss. I began to add more sphagnum moss and broke
it all up evenly so it could nicely carpet the bottom. Don’t get any ideas, guys. It’s just moss! Next, with this mossy carpet, I needed to
make it frog-friendly. I poured in some fresh purified water, then
moved the moss around, pressing it into the water so it would soak up all that delicious
moisture. I wanted to create a place where if I were
a frog, I’d want to hang out! I then placed in some fake rock for shelter. I also anchored in some plants removed from
the Hacienda Del Dorado during pond construction. These plants would help absorb some of the
toxic ammonia and nitrogenous compounds from the frogs waste. There we go! Looking toad-ally awesome already! Haha! And now to create a place to attract some
frog food. I mashed up some banana and placed it in a
bowl. This bowl of mashed banana would be perfect
at attracting fruit flies and even ants to the site, which would be perfect for our painted
toads. And now for the shocker! AC Family, are you ready for this? So, I didn’t really have a huge tank on hand
to house 15 painted toads, and the Hacienda Del Dorado certainly wasn’t ready to accommodate
them, but I did realize that what I did have was the perfect 200 gallon enclosure for them. AC Family, check out my 200 gallon enclosure
– my guest shower. It was perfect! Clean, large, and sealed, and I don’t use
this shower often so why not? That’s right, AC Family, I was going to move
15 toads into my shower. The idea was crazy, but it would have to do
for now until the pond was completed. I placed the two containers of painted toads
onto the moss. The frogs were just waking up now and emerging
from their day’s slumber. Talk about cute! At first, they weren’t moving much from their
containers, and then suddenly out of nowhere, the toads began to spring into action! Some toads decided they would reconceal themselves
into the moss. It was just hilarious watching these tiny
toads hopping around my shower. I also made sure to moisten the tiles to keep
the wandering toads hydrated. I also situated some ramps using the container
covers to help the toads find their way back in if they needed it. But I knew these toads were more than capable
of hopping in if they so wanted. So funny interacting with these shy toads. But little did I know, these toads would soon
warm up to me, and of course they would! I’m literally giving them my home! Haha! So through the night, I stayed up to drain
remaining water from the mess. I needed to locate the source of the leak
so I could make necessary repairs. It blew my mind that the pond structure leaked. I had thought, hey some silicone and plastic
tupperware walls should be enough to hold some water in a place, right? But apparently not. I guess this is why engineers and architects
undergo rigorous schooling to make things like this happen on a large scale. I filled the pond with more water, and with
the help of my shop-vac I watched carefully to identify where the leak was coming from,
and voila, the leak was coming from this area here. I did my best to wipe the area of repair clean
of water and debris. I sucked up all water from the pond. I then lined paper towels to keep moisture
from the soils away from the area of repair. I then used a special sealant used for sealing
leaks in pipes and roofs to cover all areas where the silicone was in contact with the
plastic. My guess was the silicone wasn’t attaching
well to the plastic tupperware surface. I used a paintbrush to help smoothen out this
layer of sealant. Then once that dried, I covered the sealant
with another high performing sealant as back-up! I couldn’t afford for there to be another
leak! Overnight, I used a mini hair dryer to help
speed up the drying process. I did everything I could to make this repair
work! I frequently threw out the paper towel when
it had soaked up full of water, and kept this entire trench area clean of debris while the
sealant dried. This time, our pond construction would be
fail-proof. It had to be, for the sake of our beloved
toads. Through the night, while waiting for sealant
layers and reparations to dry, I would make frequent visits to the toads in my shower,
to help pass the time and de-stress. As you can imagine, at this point, I really
needed it. And I wasn’t going to just sit there all night
and watch sealant dry. I quickly learned that not only were these
frogs hilariously cute, but they were also pretty incredible! They could hop up and stick to a flat surface
for an impressive amount of time. They also were beginning to become less shy,
and would often just sit and watch me. Some individuals were even bold enough to
come check me out! This toad totally hopped on me, and jumped
onto my knee staring up at me in bewilderment. My heart shrieked inside at the cuteness! They were just so nimble with their Spiderman
moves! Could we be looking at the evolutionary transition
of a toad to tree frog or a gecko-like toad? Overall these very active painted toads were
a delight to watch do their thing all night, and I was happy to offer them a temporary
hotel resort in my shower. In the morning they always left me with a
mess to clean up, and sometimes a straggler, which I gently helped into the moss so it
could crawl into bed. Mmm… Nope, I don’t think this rock pit will do. Aha! Much better. Sleep tight, my Death Sprite! When you wake, there will be an awesome pond
and a haven for toads waiting for you. And so the moment of truth. AC Family, it was time to try again and test
our pond, after a whole night, day, and following night of repairs. All layers had dried and in my mind, there
was just no way, there could be another leak, or at least I hoped! Could you guys imagine the pressure and anxiousness
I was feeling at this point? I mean how could there be a leak, right? We were going on three layers now. I cleared the trench, so that I could fully
see if there was any leak happening. I took a deep breath and began to fill the
pond up with water. OMG! It was working! No! My heart cried out. It looked like water was pouring out from
several places. I was broken, I was destitute, I was exhausted,
and most of all, I was hurt that I had once again failed the Death Sprites, who didn’t
deserve my sheer ineptitude. I was so stupid. How could I let this happen? The three Death Sprites were going to spend
yet another night without a proper pond and restricted access in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
the 15 toads would be spending yet another night in my shower, and who knows how many
more attempts it would take to perfect this pond. I decided to give up and resolved to let the
15 frogs go later that evening. This all wasn’t going to work. I needed to come up with a better plan to
get rid of the remaining Golden Empire, and a little voice in my head that suggested I
just completely throw out the entire Hacienda Del Dorado all together, throwing away the
years it took to develop the complex biological soil system inside, so I could just start
a new, haunted me. As I cleaned the shower, preparing the frogs
for their release back into the wild where they were collected,
I looked into the moss habitat I made for them. The fruit had attracted a lot of ants, and
one toad had retired in that area, probably after an entire night feasting on ants. I saw a lot of toads huddling up in the moss
looking cozy. Some snuggling together under the fake rock. And oh, there was another straggler! There was always that one frog in the mornings
that had trouble hopping over the wall and just decided to camp out somewhere outside
the mossy wetland, and that, AC Family was when an idea hit me! No, I was committed to Project Cloverfield. I had to do it for every little soil creature
in the Hacienda Del Dorado, for these toads, for the Golden Empire, and for all the ants
and creatures of the Antiverse. We, the AC Family, were not quitters and were
not going to be defeated! I had another plan, an awesome plan to make
the Hacienda Del Dorado great again! I was going to toad-ally trump the leaks,
and build a wall! One thing I learned upon further investigation
is that not all silicones are created equal, and that some silicones were made specifically
to not only hold water within a barrier, but also to bind to both glass and plastic. I think my mistake the first time was the
silicone I used was made to attach to glass, but not the tupperware surface. I went in to smother all areas with a tonne
of this new silicone. In the hard to reach and see places, I had
to completely fill my hand with a blob of silicone, and literally smother it onto the
walls, floor, and layers of sealant laid in the previous days. I made sure to reach all the way to the back
of the pond and literally stuff the area with silicone. I smothered the silicone everywhere I could,
emptying 8 whole canisters of the stuff on all areas from front to back. There was no way, I would allow another leak! Look at how much there was now! And now for the wall! This glass wall, which I was hoping to position
in this area, was designed as a contingency plan, in case after all this, there would
be another leak. I actually felt this wall was a great idea,
as well, because it could also section off a sort of marshy region, kind of like where
the 15 Death Sprites were living now. Watching them cuddling up in all that wet
moss, gave me the idea to replicate that environment, in a special wet section between the pond
and the dry land of the terrarium, that was separate from the pond, but also separate
from the dry land. It allowed us to create this transitionary
wet area, without having to flood out the entire land portion of the terrarium and completely
drown our necessary soil creatures. If there was a leak, then hey, no problem. It would be a wet area anyway. If it didn’t leak, awesome! I’d be filling it with water anyhow! I only really needed the silicone binding
this glass wall to the glass of the terrarium to work at keeping water from escaping. Let’s cross our fingers, AC Family, and hope
this finally works! That night while waiting for the silicone
to dry and cure, I offered the toads a special treat of baby roaches along with a promise
that this was going to be their final night living in my shower, and that if things didn’t
work out, I’d surely let them go, but that I also felt like things were going to work
this time. I also released some baby roaches into the
darkness of the Hacienda Del Dorado with a special promise to the three original Death
Sprites that had been so patient that they would be united with a huge group coming soon,
along with a haven for toads. It would be the last time they would need
me to shower them. The next day when the silicone had dried,
it was time to try one last time. If this didn’t work, I don’t know what I would
do, but inside I wasn’t going to accept failure. In went in with the water, and I watched the
barrier like a hawk. The pond began to fill up and I held my breath,
feeling my heart beating fast in my chest! And what happened next, AC Family, will completely
shock you. It worked. The water was still as it held its form within
our newly sealed pond barrier. I held my breath as I stared in silence at
the water, which looked still as glass. But the question was, would this pond remain
in tact permanently, or would it spring a leak in some unforeseen location again? Only time would tell, but you know what, AC
Family? When night arrived several hours later, the
pond was still 100% full-bodied, without a single leak in sight. AC Family, it was finally time to have some
fun! Later that night, I fixed up the Hacienda
Del Dorado, to prepare the lands for the homecoming of the Death Sprites. The guardian gecko had emerged from hiding
to have a look at the new Hacienda Del Dorado that lay before her, and I bet she couldn’t
believe her reptilian eyes. AC Family, it is with great honour that I
present to you, the new Hacienda Del Dorado, haven for Death Sprites. It was all just so magical, I was completely
spellbound by the sheer beauty of this haven for frogs. Check out the natural spring, feeding filtered
clean waters to our pond, I just couldn’t look away. Let me show you around. So the plants originally growing on the Golden
Springs, ended up wilting, due to the change in moisture while the Golden Springs were
out of commission, despite all my feeble attempts to water them every night. So I simply planted some new moss, some new
bird’s nest fern, and my absolute favourite, some hanging Spanish moss to help some of
the water trickle down into the pond nicely. At the surface, I’ve positioned some branches
with some java moss attached to them, bathed by the Golden Springs to keep them green. I’ve also added some water lettuce and some
frogbit, floating plants to help eat up any ammonia build up in the pond. And guys, look, our mossy shelf, exactly how
I’d envisioned it, the perfect frog beach! I never in my wildest dreams would have ever
imagined our pond would end up looking this beautiful. But guys, now it’s time to show you another
cool area and hangout for the frogs! The marsh! Now remember that trench section behind the
wall, well, to turn the area into that mossy wetland we dreamed of, I first added a layer
of activated carbon. Although the sealants and silicones I used
are allegedly non-toxic and safe, I still wanted to add this purifying layer of activated
carbon to absorb any impurities in this area for times to come. Then on top of this carbon layer, I added
some clean black sand. Next, I added a layer of sphagnum moss. Don’t get any ideas guys. It’s just moss! And after adding a tiny bit of soil and some
live moss this is what our new marsh area looked like! It was wet, pillowy, mossy, and just ready
to envelop any frog wanting to snuggle in its marshy goodness! In the really wet, deeper areas, I placed
in some java moss as a cushion. One thing I wanted to show you guys real quick,
was that I was able to cover all the unsightly silicone up against the glass, with these
decal removable stickers from WallEuphoria.com which I cut to shape. It’s great because you can’t even see it unless
you look closely. While gutting out the Hacienda Del Dorado,
I actually found this huge piece of driftwood deep inside the soils, which I don’t even
remember putting in here, but it was perfect at creating a border between the wetlands
and the dry lands of the territories. Which brings us, AC Family, to the other half
of the newly renovated territories. After hours of fun, soaking in our ever refreshing
pond, the frogs could then choose to swim up the beach, and hop their way over to drier
grounds. The Death Sprites could choose to hop deep
into the thickened foliage down this pathway under a grand wooden arch, which leads deep
into a plethora of awesome habitat for the painted toads to setup ambush, or they could
travel this way into these tighter spaces if they so wish. And then, once the frogs dried out they could
return to the hydrating Golden Springs and pond to bathe. Isn’t that neat? What a cool space to live if you were frog
right? And AC Family, check this out real quick! You may notice a bunch of dried leaves laying
around, and well these leaves are actually talisay leaves, which upon decaying release
tannins and other nutrients into the water that help condition water, and even acts as
an antiobiotic! This would prove super beneficial for our
painted toads with their super permeable skin, once they hide under these leaves and in the
water in which the leaves are decaying. I’ve scattered them everywhere. Finally, this driftwood piece was repositioned,
and stocked with a new assortment of plants including bromeliads both old and new, pothos,
and gorgeous flowering tilandsias. And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting
for. It was time to add our team of Death Sprites. Put on your wet suits, guys! This is going to be a blast! The toads were now awake, but they had no
idea of the epicness ahead. I carefully collected each toad and placed
them into this container of fresh water, to cleanse them for their homecoming. One by one, I collected them each by hand
searching carefully through the moss, until I finally collected all 15 frogs. Look at them! Time to take you to your new home, my Death
Sprites! And here they were, sitting atop the Hacienda
Del Dorado, and I couldn’t help but feel a variety of emotions. I felt joy, that Project Cloverfield B was
making its final execution now, relief in light of all the trouble it took us to get
here, and gratitude that I had chosen to not give up on our plans and these Death Sprites… OK, ok! They were clearly eager to be released. Let’s get to it! First in is Andy Warhol, next Pablo Picasso,
and Vincent van Gogh. Andy, Pablo, and Vincent stood completely
still in a daze. Next I added in Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo,
and Henri Matisse. Wow! Leonardo went to hide completely under water. Henri and Michaelangelo were just chillin’
like villains. Vincent was way back there under the waterfall! Next was Jackson Pollock, Edvard Munch, Claude
Monet, and Rene Magritte. The frogs were loving it! Pablo was just chillin on the beach, and Claude
floating on his water lettuce raft! And my Michaelangelo, look at you mountain
climbing the Golden Springs! How appropriate that you’re up here! Henri
had found a cozy spot to hang within the Tillandsia. While Leonardo, Pablo, and Claude continued
to enjoy the calm shallows waiting for the final Death Sprites to be added. Salvador Dali and Yayoi Kusama Rembrandt, Frida Kahlo, and finally Raphael! And that was it! The Death Sprites were in, and from the looks
of things they were quickly getting used to their brand new surroundings! Pablo was quick to find dry land and found
his beachfront home under some moss. Salvador loved his waterfall view, but it
didn’t beat Michaelangelo’s mountianside penthouse suite up in the Golden Springs. The Death Sprites could now set up their stations
and I couldn’t wait to watch them perform their work, at eliminating mite-infected ants. It was the first night of the Death Sprites. Yayoi had found his outpost on some water
lettuce. Chillin’ in the mosses of our marsh was Claude
ready to take on the ants. There’s Henri and Rembrandt in a cozy spot
in the marsh, and look up there! Vincent wanted to go station himself by the
wet mosses of the waterfall shelf. Also awake and ready to feed up in the rocks
was Michaelangelo. He was committed to catching something tonight,
and so was Pablo, who patiently waited for something to pass by. And alas, the hour had come, that the ants
were emerging! Leonardo had his eye on this ant, which appeared
to be lost and disorientated. But Yayoi was also eyeing this promising meal. Mites covered the ant’s entire body from head
to foot, which meant the ant was conveniently distracted. “Just a little closer” Yayoi thought and he
could catch it. But he couldn’t strike too early, or it might
get away. Here it comes. Oh no, it got away. But now it was Leonardo’s chance for a meal,
and ” Oh, here it comes. Could this get any easier?! Right into my mouth! Ahhhhh my eye! The startled ant got away. But I didn’t fret, because as the night went
on I enjoyed watching our Death Sprites’ successful catches! Michaelangelo, Claude, Pablo And guess who else I spotted hiding out by
the wood. It was that one original Death Sprite who
would always watch me from the shadows, he was a witness to all the troubles I went through
this week, but after having surely met his new toad family, I’m sure he was now at peace,
and so I named him Bob Ross. Bob was in my mind, a good symbol of patience,
perseverance, and triumph. Eat and be merry, Ross! I’ve fulfilled my promise. It’s been a whole week since I’ve added our
Death Sprites to the new Hacienda Del Dorado, and the refreshing waters of our pond have
retained its water and continued to provide moisture to our plants, aquatic animals, and
frogs. I cannot begin to express how satisfying it
was to enjoy witnessing the success of a project which took so long to perfect. I knew the waters were clean despite 18 toads
living about as our fish and shrimp were vivacious and healthy. Over time, I began to notice less and less
ants within the Hacienda Del Dorado. Had it meant that the Death Sprites were successful
at pulling off Project Cloverfield B? I don’t know for sure yet, but in case there
were no more ants, I made sure to always lay pieces of fruit around the territories to
attract droves of fruit flies, who also enjoyed stationing themselves conveniently around
the pond, which was perfect for our Death Sprites. I even caught the cleverest toads waiting
around the fruit for flies to land. Needless to say, these high IQ toads were
the fattest of the bunch. I also supplemented their diet with baby roaches
so the toads could have their fill. It was amazing to be part of the coming together
of this magnificent piece of nature, and although it came with a lot of trials and reworking
of plans, the biggest thing I learned from all this, was that if you really want something
to happen, if you want to achieve something truly great, it takes is some real hardcore
perseverance, and commitment to perfection, and once you’re all done and you’ve reached
your desired end, you’ll look back at all the work you’ve done in awe and gratitude. I realized today, that I just needed to make
a promise to do my best, and even Mother Nature was willing to wait for me, to get it right. Don’t get any ideas, Michaelangelo, it’s just
moss! Wait. What’s that noise? Why welcome, Hades! I’m pleased you’ve finally decided to join
us. Alright, AC Family! So much! Man, this episode is definitely one of my
favourites on the channel, and also one of the longest so thank you for watching ’til
the end. But what a mission it was to pull off. I believe we got what we wanted and then some! It looks like the Death Sprites have completed
their task. And hey, hey! Spread the news that Hades has finally arrived
which means the Rhino Beetle Games are ready to begin! Sound off in the comments which team you are,
and champion your chosen rhino beetle gladiator because in the next episode, it’s all going
down! Yeah! So guys, be sure to smash that subscribe button
and bell icon now, so you get notified at every single upload and join us for the 2019
Rhino Beetle Games, and hit the like button every single time, including now. Trust me, guys, you will want to be part of
this super fun and educational experience! If you’re new to the channel, and want to
catch up on all your AntsCanada Lore, feel free to binge watch this complete story line
playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch both some extended play footage of the new
Hacienda Del Dorado, the toads, and as promised, a bonus video for the week, with a brief update
on some of the other ant kingdoms and creatures in the Ant Room. Seeing as these past couple of videos have
taken twice as long to make, so I wanted to provide an extra bonus video for the week,
because I love you guys that much! Thank you for being part of the Antiverse! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: What is the name of the
toxin produced by toads? Congratulations to Prozone Kiddo who correctly
answered: Bufotoxin Congratulations, Prozone Kiddo, you just won
a free e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Why was the small original pond
not suitable for 18 toads? 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 at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
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Ants vs Giant Millipedes

Ants vs Giant Millipedes


Greetings, AC Family. On this channel, we delve into the awesome
and often shocking world of ants. But today’s video is just one of those videos
that can be summed up in a four letter word – EPIC! AC Family, today I made the decision to take
my chances and see what would happen if we added giant tropical millipedes into the Hacienda
Del Dorado, the estate of our Golden Empire. The result which you will witness in this
video, will hands down shock you! You won’t want to miss all the epic invertebrate
action ahead, so trust me on this, keep on watching until the end! AC Fam, let’s gather round the Golden Estate,
and find out what happens when we add some giants into our Golden Empire ant territory,
in this week’s episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please Subscribe to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family, Enjoy! So, let’s begin with WHY I had to add these
giant millipedes into the Hacienda Del Dorado. If you have a look at these ant territories
you will see that the plant growth is unbridled, uncontrolled. The plants are thriving and it is starting
to get a bit crowded. Thriving plant life is good, because it adds
structure below the soil, which is perfect for the ants’ tunnels, and also adds landscape
and humidity above ground. The only drawback is I have to regularly trim
the plants because some of them will go on to grow past the ant barrier and hence offer
a bridge of escape for the ants. In last week’s video, you may have seen that
I was cutting these apro plants. Now the thing is, these plant trimmings take
a long time to decompose. They simply lay on the ground and decompose
naturally, which can take weeks or months. Of course, it helps that the Hacienda Del
Dorado is also home to colonies of miniature creatures like isopods and springtails, which
by the way thanks to a vote by you the AC Family, are officially called the “Spring
Cleaners”. But still, even with the Spring Cleaners,
the plant matter took long to decompose. As you can see here, at the site of last week’s
plant cuttings, the decaying plants are still there. And so, I felt this terrarium community required
much larger helpers, chosen specifically to feed on the decaying plant trimmings and speed
up the decomposition process. Introducing our chosen ones, Orthomorpha coarctata,
tropical millipedes native to South East Asia. They belong to a family of flat backed millipedes
called Paradoxosomatidae, and boy do they look interesting! I caught these millipedes during a recent
stay in the Philippine jungle. They were everywhere and were clearly a very
important decomposer of plant detritus. Here we have 6 very active millipedes and
most of them were captured as mating pairs. I find these millipedes to be extremely promiscuous,
always mating at every opportunity and with various partners. The fact that the millipedes were breeding
was perfect because I knew that I not only had both males and females, but that I could
expect them to multiply and proliferate inside the Hacienda Del Dorado. Now the name Millipede means “thousand legs”,
but millipedes have much less, but still, watching them move is truly a marvel. Check out those legs moving in waves. They can even move backwards! Now AC Family, let’s take a look at the risks
involved with introducing creatures like these into the Hacienda Del Dorado. Of course, there was no telling how the ants
of the Golden Empire were going to react to our new multi-legged guests. In the past we have found that anything large
found in their territory, would be perceived as a threat and/or dinner. So, there was the obvious risk that the Golden
Empire would completely devour these millipedes. However, here’s why I felt the millipedes
had a good chance at withstanding the ants. First, the millipedes impenetrable exoskeleton. I find these millipedes to have some of the
hardest, most solid exoskeletons around, and when I say solid, I mean solid, for their
size anyway. I once fed a dead one of these millipedes
to the Fire Nation, our red tropical fire ants, and not even they could cut it open
until it naturally decayed and by the then, the good stuff had all dried up. So, I expected that both the mandibles and
formic acid of our yellow crazy ants would not have been able to get past the millipedes’
thick armour. Also, speaking of acid spray, these millipedes
have other tricks up their sleeves. They possess glands which allow them to actually
expel a defensive dark brown fluid containing hydrochloric acid. Take a look at these snap cap vials which
I used to contain the millipedes on the way back to my place. You can clearly see the dried up blobs of
defensive fluid. It is enough to make animals sick, creatures
die, and even bring about a bad reaction in humans. In fact, after shooting this video one of
my eyes got super irritated for a few hours due to the defensive fluids. I knew, that these giant invertebrates were
not defenseless weaklings, and in my mind, if any larger creature were to survive the
thousands of ants of the Golden Empire, it would be these guys. So AC Family, the time has come. Time to add the millipedes. If we can successfully pull this off, we will
have a new crew, essential to the health of this entire biological community that is the
Hacienda Del Dorado. The Golden Empire was going out their usual
evening activities. They were busy building and fortifying their
tunnels, diligently. Here you can see ants feasting on honey, and
don’t worry about those ants that look like they are drowned. They’re not. They’re just stuck and when all this honey
is sucked up by tomorrow, they will be freed. I also made sure to feed the Golden Empire
some extra cockroaches just to make sure they were well-fed prior to this epic introduction. So my plan, was to introduce one millipede
first and see how the ants would react, and gauge whether or not it was worth adding the
others. Here we go AC Family, time to add our first
millipede. Here we go 1-2-3. The millipede is now inside the Hacienda Del
Dorado. Instantly, ants are all over it. It isn’t long before the millipede is swarmed
by the Golden Empire. Strangely, it seemed as if the millipede was
calm and unaffected by the swarming ants. It was hard to tell if the millipede how the
millipede was feeling. The millipede began to move and made its way
to towards the foliage, with ants still hustling about doing their best to subdue the massive
creature. The struggle continued…. and then the millipede
disappeared into the foliage. It was hard to tell if the millipede was injured
or not. It was evident that the Golden Empire was
restless and were fully aware of their new visitor. I decided to take our chances. It was time to add more millipedes, this time
a breeding pair. Instantly, the pair split up when they were
met with a swarm of aggressive ants. The male went on to flee towards the plants,
while the female decided to take a dangerous move. She proceeded to enter one of the ant’s nest
entrances. Let’s watch what happens. The female realizing she had made a huge mistake
immediately scrambled as best she could to climb out of the ant’s den, but even with
so many legs, she kept slipping off the loose soil of the tunnel walls, and kept sliding
back into the ant hole, met with swarms of aggressive ants. The male, too was doing his best to seek refuge
from the angry ants. The scene was heart-stopping! She attempts to climb out again. No good. She slips right back in. The male continues to look for a place to
flee to. The Golden Empire is angry as ever, trying
their best to bite, subdue, and formic acid spray the millipedes. Will this be the end? The female tries again. She’s almost out. Oh no! She slides back in again. Things were not looking good for this female. The male still seemed mobile and in a strange
way, ok. The female attempts another escape. Yes, she’s out. She began to wander a bit and then strangely
headed back for the hole she just came out of. No, don’t go in there again! The female moved towards to the plants for
refuge. I realized that perhaps the millipedes were
at a disadvantage because they had no plant cover to escape to, and also I was placing
them directly near the ants’ nest entrances. So, I decided to release the final 3 millipedes
in the dense plant foliage, so that they would have a better chance at escaping the initial
barrage of ants, perhaps even escape into the shrubbery unnoticed. I released the millipedes. And as expected, very few ants were made aware
of their presence, and they managed to escape, unscathed. That was it! They needed to be released near cover and
away from the ants. I looked back at the mating pair that were
still being attacked by the Golden Empire. The female had disappeared around a corner
out of sight. I had no idea if she was going to survive. When I looked at the male, my heart sank. Sadly, he hadn’t made it. It looked as though the Golden Empire’s acid
sprays had been too much for the millipede. The millipede’s lifeless body lay motionless
in the soil, as ants proceeded to continue biting and spraying him with formic acid. The dying millipede began to curl up into
a ball. He then fell into an ant hole, to be attacked
further by the Golden Empire. I felt so bad about this. This was all my fault. Watching this millipede die was truly heart-wrenching. My guess was the other millipedes were also
suffering a similar fate in some other sad corner of the Hacienda Del Dorado. Adding these millipedes was one very big miscalculation
and a mistake. Usually, when filming these nature videos,
I make it a point to not interfere and to simply allow nature to take its course, but
I did that once, and it cost the lives of dozens of newborns. I did what I usually never do. I went in to rescue the dying millipede from
the ravaging ants. What I saw next, shocked me to the very core. The millipede was not dead, but was actually
very much so alive and moving. It seemed as though the ants’ acid sprays
and bites were indeed no match for the millipede’s tough exoskeleton. I was right! The millipede was alive, but it seemed it
was just playing dead, until the ants would leave him alone! What a clever boy! This brought so much hope! My guess was that each one of the millipedes
I placed inside were able to get away from the ants by taking refuge in the thick plant
cover or simply were able to fool the ants by playing dead until they left it alone. I won’t know for sure until I see the millipedes
again after tonight, but I will surely update you if I do. My guess, is each one of those millipedes
are still alive and they will go on to feed on our decaying plant matter in the Hacienda
Del Dorado. Let’s hope they continue to breed and multiply. And so, ends another epic day, AC Family,
in the untamed and exotic world we call the Hacienda Del Dorado, a biological community
of which just got bigger. Tonight I learned a valuable lesson: it seems
as though you can take the wildlife out of the wild, but you can’t take the wild out
of the wildlife. Thanks for watching, AC Fam. This is AntsCanada signing out. It’s ant love forever. —- Woah, talk about plot twist! Were you guys afraid and sad for the Millipedes,
too? It looks like they’ll survive, but we’ll see. Let’s keep our fingers crossed! Ac Inner Colony, I’ve placed a hidden video
here if you’d just like to watch more long form footage of the ant-millipede battle without
all the narration. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week. Last week, we asked: Name one of the three beneficial
creatures that live with the ants in the Hacienda Del Dorado. Congratulations to Wolfee03 who correctly
answered: Springtails. We also accepted aphids and isopods. Congratulations Wilfee03 you just won a free
AC test tube portal from our shop! For this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What type of acid can be found in
the defensive fluids of the millipedes in this video? Leave your answer in the comments section
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Amazing New Ant Terrarium

Amazing New Ant Terrarium


In the animal kingdom, death paves the way
for life, and survival depends on your ability to defeat and outcompete your opponents. In our last episode, we were shocked to discover
our beloved Jawbreakers, our cherished colony of trap-jaw ants who we watched grow, were
massacred by a savage colony of black crazy ants, which raided the Jawbreaker’s home killing
the workers, brood, and queen in cold-blood. It was truly a tragic ending for the Jawbreakers,
but now the question lies. Who is to inherit this new terrarium which
you, the AC Family voted by landslide was meant to be for the Jawbreakers? Find out who gets to live in this epic new
ant territory which we will build together in this episode, to be new pastures for one
of our four remaining ant colonies. Also, in our last episode, we launched a worldwide
search for official flags for our ant colonies, and today for the first time you will all
be casting your votes to choose an official flag for our first colony, selected works
by you talented members of the AC Family. All this exciting stuff and more ahead, so
keep on watching until the end, so let’s all gather round and issue a triumphant welcome
to one lucky ant colony on this channel into this new unclaimed terrarium, on this episode
of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon, welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! So AC Family, before you sits an empty terrarium,
with nothing but earth, some driftwood, and some earthworms which were transplanted a
couple of weeks ago to prepare these soils for the life which was to thrive within it. An empty canvas for we the creators, this
terrarium was now ready to sustain its own community. To provide this new land with energy and light,
we have a single bank of flourescent full-spectrum lighting, as well as two LED spotlamps to
provide bright sunning spots for our plants and terrarium inhabitants. And below the terrarium we have our new botanical
additions. Because the tank is not as large as the Hacienda
Del Dorado, our options for plants are slightly limited, but it doesn’t mean our new terrarium
need be boring. Let’s have a look at these plants. First, we have some gorgeous air plants. These beautiful plants which belong to the
Bromeliad family, are called tillandias and are classified as airplants because they acquire
all their needed water from humidity in the air. You might notice the surface of the leaves
look fuzzy. This fuzz is where they get their magic. The hair-like structures called trichomes
on their leaf surface help absorb water from the air, as well as water that drops onto
the surface of the leaves. These plants are epiphytic which means they
attach themselves to other plants and trees. They make great additions to a terrarium because
they can be stuck into nooks and holes in wood and look absolutely beautiful! These ones happen to be flowering at the moment,
which will add a nice hint of colour to the terrarium. Next, we have sphagnum moss. For years I’ve used this stuff to decorate
terrariums and I love it. They add a nice touch to any terrarium. They’re highly absorbent and give a nice forest
or bog-like finish. This sphagnum moss is dead, but just a note,
if you’re going to add this stuff to a terrarium make sure you buy the non-dyed kind. If it has a deep green colour and it’s dried,
then it’s likely dyed! If you’re up for a challenge and have ample
lighting, you can even try to transplant living moss from the wild. Finally, we have my favourite plant for terrariums. Ficus. I love ficus because the leaves remain small,
but it creates dense foliage with ample lighting, it is easy to grow, doesn’t need extreme amounts
of sunlight, and is also a low-laying plant, which means if you don’t have a giant tank,
it’s perfect as it creates a carpet of intricate low laying vines along the ground and decor,
much like it has in the Hacienda Del Dorado. So let’s do this AC Family. I have also added some coconut husk to the
soil medium to give the soil some structure and integrity which will help when ants build
their tunnels and caverns. It minimizes cave-ins in case the soil gets
dry. I have made sure to mix up the medium in such
a way that it was non-homogeneous, meaning some areas had the coconut husk and other
areas didn’t. This will give the ants more of a choice for
ideal soil conditions when nesting. And so the time has come. Let’s add some life to these desolate lands. In an hour and a half, our new territory was
complete. Behold our brand new, fully formiscaped terrarium,
designed to provide a tropical forest floor paradise. Let’s have a look shall we? I’ve secured our Tillandsias into fitting
holes in the driftwood. They make great feature plants and their soft
pink blossoms look quite nice against the blue wall backdrop of the ant room. Let’s look at the ficus. You’ll notice, I’ve placed the ficus towards
the back. This will be helpful as the ficus grows, as
it will grow towards the spotlamps and carpet forward, much like it has in the Hacienda
Del Dorado. I will have to keep up with cutting the vines
back if the plant gets out of control. I’m excited to watch how the ficus develops
in this terrarium. And finally, we have our sphagnum moss which
I have packed mostly towards the front to give the terrarium some mossy spots. This will also help when I water the terrarium
because the shagnum helps reduce splash which when dried on glass can look unsightly, so
placing the carpet of sphagnum moss towards the front will help at keeping the glass front
of the tank free of mineral deposits from water droplets. And so AC Family, this new terrarium is now
ready to provide a lush home for one of our ant colonies. And here’s where I had a bit of a complication. A couple videos back, I asked you guys to
vote for which colony you thought should live in this new terrarium, and by a landslide
vote, you guys wanted the Jawbreakers to move in, however they were killed. So normally, I would by default choose the
2nd place winner which was the Golden Empire. I was OK with this choice because they were
starting to completely overcrowd their current terrarium, the Hacienda Del Dorado, and in
a recent video, we discovered evidence that the Golden Empire may be producing queens
and breeding within their own. This means then that a population explosion
may possibly be in the horizon for the Golden Empire. But because the Jawbreakers won by such a
landslide, I wanted to be sure you guys wanted the Golden Empire to move in. I ran a poll on our Twitter and in 24 hours,
the results surprised me. By a 51% margin, the majority of you chose
the Titans to be the ones to inherit this new terrarium. One thing that scared me about this choice
was that the huge super majors were capable of chewing through some really hard substances
including grout. If the Titans were to move into this new terrarium,
I had to be vigilent to make sure every day that the baby powder barrier was effective
and working. I didn’t want them chewing through the mesh
and escaping into my home. So which colony was I to choose? The Golden Empire or the Titans? I decided to sleep on the decision and decide
the next day. The next day came in a flash. It was time to add the ant colony that deserved
this new terrarium the most. I began to add a thick layer of baby powder
along the top of the terrarium which would keep the ants from reaching the top, making
it easier to keep the ants in especially when working around the tank. These new territories were now ready to welcome
its new ant inhabitants. Who did I ultimately choose to add to this
terrarium? Was it the Golden Empire? Or was it the Titans? Who do you think deserves this terrarium more? AC Family, I chose to give this new home to,
none other than… The ants within this humble tower, which I
laid sideways to encourage the colony to walk out into their new expanse of a home. The Titans were at first a bit shocked to
find their nest had been opened up and toppled. The queen and her cohort of supermajors immediately
began to mobilize and transport her out of the now openly lit and exposed chamber. Right off the bat, it seemed like the ants
were a bit dazed and seemed like they didn’t know what to do? The supermajors kind of romped around, seemingly
unconcered that their home had just been put on its side. Some workers began to attempt to repair the
nest by moving soil around. It wasn’t until several minutes later that
the first worker decided to wander into the new lands. It eventually returned to the colony and I
expected it to bring happy news that a great new territory laid just beyond the nest and
that everyone needed to check it out, but surprisingly, not many ants came out to explore. In fact, the ants were not interested in leaving
their current home at all. I decided to place a light directly onto the
container to further encourage the ants to move out. As for the other two towers, I removed the
top and placed one of them here, laying its long tube close to the first tower so they
could easily find each other, and I placed the third tower between the two towers and
also laid it on its side to encourage the ants to move out into their new territory. For several hours I watched as the Titans
continued to be apprehensive at leaving their current nest home. Most ants seemed preoccupied with fixing their
home and moving brood to new areas. Some workers wandered out into the terrarium
but not many. Perhaps the colony just needed some time to
warm up to this new home, after all, these three towers were all they knew for months. Perhaps we should just give them some time. I decided to leave the towers like this for
the time being and check up on their progress by night. Night came, and to my surprise it seemed like
not much had changed. Workers were still busy trying to fix their
home. No workers were exiting from the 1st and 2nd
towers. But then I noticed a little bit of movement
from the middle 3rd tower. There was a bit of a commotion happening. Hmmm… peeking between the two toppled towers
I saw workers that had wandered beyond the towers and were clearly excited about something
on their new land. This brought me so much happiness. The Titans had realized that before them was
a great unchartered territory. The Titans had discovered that this new land
was now theirs. It seemed like the colony was slowly sending
out workers and workers from the outside rushed to return to the colony in the 3rd tower with
news of their new home. This was great, because even if the ants within
the other two towers seemed nonresponsive, all we needed was just a few ants to perpetuate
the growing idea of moving out, and this eventually would get the ball rolling and inevitably
convince the entire colony to move out. Perhaps it was a good idea that the queen
and her cohort remained in their tower while this initial party of ants got going with
nest construction first before their royal queen moved in. Although initially, a part of me had thought
the Golden Empire may have been the better choice for this new territory, watching the
ants dancing about on the soils of their new home now, and watching their excited and erratic
movements as they explored their new home convinced me that we had made the right choice. Thank you, AC Family for choosing the Titans. Give yourselves a pat on the back. We’ve done well today and just made this very
promising ant colony quite happy. I am not sure when this colony will finally
move out, but I think it may be a good idea to wait for the colony to be ready to move
out on their own time. So what do you say? What should we call this new ant territory? Leave your suggestions in the comments section
and I will choose my favourites for us to vote on together in a future video. And to commemorate the start of this triumphant
move into these new pastures, it is now time AC Family for us to vote on an official flag
for the Titans. Are you guys ready? Behold, the finalist flags chosen to represent
our majestic Titans. Please take a few moments to look at each
flag carefully and vote for your favourite flag in this icard poll here, AC Council. The winning flag will become the official
symbol of this colony, and its desginer will win a free Omni Nest Small courtesy of AnstCanada.com. By the way, if you haven’t entered yet, we
are still accepting flag entries, so click the forum link in the description box of this
video to post up your flag submission for a chance to win an Omni Nest from AntsCanada.com. Alright, AC Family. Be sure to tune in next week, as we continue
to follow how our Titans do at moving into this new terrarium. Let’s hope the entire colony, queen, cohort,
brood and all move into these new lands soon, so we can watch them grow fruitfully. And thus ends another episode of the AntsCanada
Ant Channel. Thank you, AC Family for watching. We will see you again next week. It’s ant love forever. OK AC Family, are you as excited as I am to
see the Titans move into this new terrarium? I also can’t wait to see which flag you guys
vote for to represent them. AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here to watch some extended play footage of the Titans. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: What ant colony killed
our beloved Jawbreakers? Congratulations to Gavin Guerrero who correctly
answered: Savage black crazy ants
killed the Jawbreakers. Congratulations to Gavin Guerrero you just
won a free AC test tube portal from our shop. In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Name one fact mentioned
in this video about air plants. Leave your answer in the comments section
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Fire Ants vs. Giant Spiders

Fire Ants vs. Giant Spiders


I noticed the next morning, the fire ants
had been busy cutting out their own path of resistance. The fluon barriers I had placed to ensure
the ants remained secure inside the Selva de Fuego had weak spots. Over night, the ants had figured out that
the corners were easier to cling on to despite the fluon barrier. Oh no! So far, it looked like they hadn’t yet figured
a way to cross the upside down lip. But that’s not all! What I spotted next, caused me great concern. The rains overnight had naturally cued some
guests to emerge from the nests, and there seen on one of the frog bit islands were full
grown male and female alates. We didn’t have the time I thought we had to
prepare. The fire ants were now starting to have mating
flights! What was going to do keep all these fire ants
inside? It was then that a tiny movement in the corner
caught my eye. A tiny spider was lassoing some of the ants
that managed to get too close. At first, I asked myself, how on Earth did
a spider get in here? It must have come in with the plants. But what was more important, was that it was
at that very moment, that a crazy idea came to me, which would offer a great solution
to both my fire ant escape problems. Oh boy, this was about to get interesting. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! So AC Family, I know a lot of you out there
are arachnophobic as it is a very common phobia, but if you’ve read the comments on some of
the other videos of this channel, so many AC Family have expressed that these ant nature
videos helped them overcome their fear of ants, so if they can do it, so can you arachnophobes. If you are one of these arachnophobic people,
while watching this video, do take deep breaths in and out, feel free to press pause whenever
you need to, and grab someone’s arm to watch with you, especially at the ending, because
if you can get over the rather intense scene at the ending of this video, you can say that
you have officially conquered your spider fears. Now about the escaping ants, I know many of
you have mentioned, why not just add a mesh cover to the Selva de Fuego to keep the ants
in? Valid question, but the answer to this is
I can’t add a cover because these ants are small enough to fit through the space between
the glass edge and any cover I put on, and if I were to add some kind of sandwiched insulation
layer to block that space between where the cover meets the glass, the ants would be able
to chew through it and eventually get out. Plus, even with a tight fitting cover, what
about when I have to feed the ants, or do water changes and maintain the river? As soon as I would open that bad boy, the
ants would be ready to break loose. Basically, a cover was not an option, and
a barrier was the answer, even if it had to be a biological barrier. So AC Family, over the years a lot of you
have been asking and waiting for an episode like this, but never had I imagined I would
be in a situation that necessitated the meeting of two of my favourite invertebrates on the
planet in a single enclosure. But today, we were going to attempt the unimaginable. Spiders and ants couldn’t be any more different. Ants are insects, with six legs, they’re social
in nature living in huge groups, and they live in soil. Spiders are arachnids, with 8 legs, most species
of which live in solitude, in webs that they spin. For ants like these fire ants, a colony you
guys named the Fire Nation, their venom is injected from their stingers. Spiders inject their venom from fangs. Both fire ants and spiders however are notoriously
hated and feared by the world, and revered and loved by critter-lovers like us. Today, I needed a safe and ethical way, a
natural way, to keep my fire ants that have surprisingly managed to pass my barrier of
fluon in their newly created rainforest setup called the Selva de Fuego, from escaping into
my home. But it wasn’t only the crawling ants that
I had to worry about; it was also the flying ones. The Fire Nation’s army of reproductives called
alates, young queens and males produced by the main queen every mating season, were growing
in numbers now, ready to start their annual mating flights, to seed the next generation
of fire ants. I was surprised to discover last week that
the Selva de Fuego’s lush, humid, and rainy climate was the cue these reproductives were
waiting for to start these massive aerial breeding sessions. But I wasn’t going to let these fire ant nuptial
flights nor escapes happen. I was determined to use some special eight-armed
forces. My plan today was to release a team of hungry
spiders into the Selva de Fuego to hopefully serve as natural assassins of escaping ants
as well as air control for these flying reproductive ants! The plan was totally crazy, but at this point
I was willing to try anything. It was too late now to move the Fire Nation
back into their old setup. We needed our team of spiders now. So I waited for the dark of night to befall
the Selva de Fuego. Our aquatic creatures were retiring for their
slumber. Our wedded pair of ram cichlids, whom you
guys have officially named Romeo and Juliet, were snuggling with each other lovingly under
the moonlight. Our cleaning team of Corydoras catfish were
fast asleep. The Fire Nation’s night shift workers were
busy going about their various tasks around the kingdom. But what the Selva de Fuegans didn’t know
was that above them, awaited secret teams of skilled beasts preparing for what we will
call Operation: FEAR… Flying & Escaping Ant Regulation. Behold! Our eight-armed forces for the job. AC Family, here I have prepared two teams. Meet Team A, a group of four Neoscona punctigera,
orb weaver spiders. This was a stout team of female assassins
who create impressive orb webs in jungles, which are super effective at capturing prey. They were a perfect size because they were
not too big which meant they might be able to safely touch Selva de Fuego soils without
being noticed in case they need to secure webbing from ground attachments. They wore camo and could blend in perfectly
with any branch, leaf, or rock. Next, AC Family, I’d like you to meet Team
B, the brawn and muscle of our Operation. In the event of Team A failure, meaning death
at the mandibles and stings of the aggressive Fire Nation, or abandonment, or even death
by each other, the plan was to then send in these spiders of Team B. They were also orb
weavers, belonging to the widespread genus Argiope. Unlike the spiders of Team A, these ladies
were giants! And unlike Team A there was nothing discreet
about them. Shiny silver and yellow patterns adorned their
backs, designed to reflect sunlight to attract insects into their grand orb webs. They were scary-looking, except maybe this
one. It seems this spider came to me in the middle
of shedding and had hardened in a very distorted manner. The poor thing. I’m not too sure what I will do with her. All eight of these spiders, by the way were
recruits sent to me by local children here in the Philippines were I currently live. You see a long time popular activity for Filipino
kids for decades has been spider fighting, something my dad told me about as a kid, where
kids would go out and catch these spiders from the forests and keep them in match boxes
until they were ready to be put up against each other on sticks, to fight to the death,
sometimes betting money. These spiders hopefully won’t be killing each
other, though. I hope they will be preoccupied with picking
off the ants. There were however so many uncontrollable
variables I could foresee with Operation: FEAR. First, there was no way to control where the
spiders would build their webs. As a kid growing up in Canada, I used to release
an orb weaver spider at my window sill indoors and they would obediently build a web right
there on my window by morning, where I continued to feed them until they died by Fall. My hope was that if I released four of these
orb weaver spiders into the Selva de Fuego at all four corners of the territories, they
would each build their web on location, and take care of ants escaping at these corners. This was the best case scenario! Second, there was no way to tell if their
webs would be effective at catching all flying reproductive ants or even escaping ants. Third, nothing stopped the spiders from simply
crawling out of the Selva de Fuego and wandering off somewhere in my ant room or even out a
window. Fourth, I had no idea if these spiders would
be able to survive the wrath and blood-thirst of the Fire Nation. In fact, nothing has ever been able to survive
the Fire Nation. In other words, AC Family, this entire thing
was 100% experimental and unpredictable. But, again, I was willing to try it! Here we go. It’s time to release our four members of Team
A at their individual posts within the Selva de Fuego, but first we needed to give the
spiders a leading advantage at the space. We couldn’t have the spiders attempt web building
while fire ants were all around, so I reinforced the corners with baby powder mixed with alcohol
barrier, to keep the ants temporarily off so the spiders could web build undistracted
and in peace. Next, I prepared wire clips from which each
spider’s container would hang. Here we go, AC Family 1 -2 – 3! releasing
our first spider, and then our second. Third, and fourth. AC Family, let’s watch! The spiders immediately emerged from their
containers and began to wander the premise. This spider felt the need to release its built
up feces before embarking on its journey to who knows where. I watched as it came close to a nearby spider
but took another route above it, accessing our rain system. Another spider stationed herself in a discreet
spot along the edge of the tank, where fire ants came dangerously close but didn’t seem
to notice. This spider decided to hang out and clean
itself. Look at that webbing! Can we marvel at this creature for a second. Take a look at her. I find it just incredible that evolution has
created such an animal, living exclusively on webbing produced by spinnerets on the tip
of its abdomen. Spider webs start off as a liquid and solidifies
into a sticky substance when in contact with air. What’s amazing is that this spider can control
the types of silk webbing produced, depending on what the webbing is for. In this case, it’s a life line to hang from. Webbing used for wrapping prey is different
from the webbing used to build webs, which is different still from life line webbing,
like this spider’s here… woops! AC Family, get this! Spiders can create up to seven different types
of silk for different uses, including webbing for pheromonal trails, reproduction where
some spiders create sperm webs, prey immobilization where some spiders squirt and mix their venom
with their silk, guideline webbing to help spiders find their way back to a previous
location, and this awesome thing called ballooning where spiders will use their silk to catch
winds to actually fly them to other locations! Yes, many spiders can fly. Isn’t it mind-blowing to think about how evolution
has produced such a creature? Many ants also produce silk, not these fire
ants of the Fire Nation, but ants that create cocoons, like our Golden Empire, or that build
silk-glued leaf nests like the Black Dragons, but ant silk is nowhere near as versatile
as that of spiders. Humans are studying the chemical make up of
spider silk to better understand how we can improve human items like bullet proof vests. Anyway, this spider eventually went on to
join this stationed spider on the risky edge, to sleep soundly for the rest of the night. It seemed like these spiders were not too
aggressive to each other. The other two spiders kind of just chilled
and cleaned themselves all night, and seemed unphased when the rains came rolling in. I actually tried to stay up all night to watch
the spiders in hopes to film them building their orb webs, but I ended up falling asleep
on the floor. When I woke up, I instantly jumped to check
the Selva de Fuego to see if the spiders had built webs. To my dismay, there were no webs. I saw spider one, two, three, and spider four
was nowhere to be found… oh, never mind. There she is. She didn’t survive the night. Oh boy! This all was going to be tougher than I thought. Later that day, another spider went missing. She must have fallen prey to the Fire Nation,
as well. That afternoon, I decided it was time to send
in Team B. I summoned Team B’s most promising members, and placed them into the Selva de
Fuego. These spiders were absolute giants! I loved watching them for hours as they moved
around the top of the Selva de Fuego. The one thing I did notice though was that
they spent a lot of time, and I mean a lot of time, cleaning themselves. I had no idea spiders were such germaphobes! By night, I saw something really interesting. Check this out. It seemed one of the Team B spiders had set
up the framework for an orb web, but it seemed to be bouncing back and forth. When I looked down to where it had attached
its support line, there was a member of the Fire Nation trying to climb up the web to
get to the spider! You see how fearless the Fire Nation is? Man! Anyway, the spider seemed to be trying to
shake the fire ant off so it could continue with web-building. I was looking forward to finally seeing some
webs by morning. Morning came, and checking the Selva de Fuego,
I saw no webs, again. In fact, I saw no spiders at all, the only
place I did see webbing was outside my window! One of them had managed to find its way out
of my ant room. This unlucky streak continued when I tried
to release our third member of Team B, which I found later under a huge pile of Fire Nation
workers, and well, this deformed Team B member couldn’t even move properly, so I let it go. AC Family, this was the failure of Operation:
F.E.A.R. I felt terrible at all the arachnid lives
we had lost while trying, and what was worse: The Fire Nation had now found a way to cross
the upside down lip. The fire ants were now successful at officially
find their way out of the Selva de Fuego, and I had no way of stopping them now! I had placed a pane of glass I had laying
around, as a last resort at keeping them in, but I knew it would be no use. Soon these free ants would be going back to
the colony to tell them all about this new way out. I panicked and felt defeated. I couldn’t imagine the Fire Nation breaking
loose in my room! And then the unthinkable came to mind. Was I going to have to resort to exterminating
the Fire Nation myself with spray? No! Suddenly, clarity. It was then that I knew what to do, or rather
whom to visit. AC Family, who you’re about to meet now, is
someone absolutely legendary, someone none of you have ever met before, but whom I’ve
known since the beginning of time, well ant time anyway. In watching these ant videos, you’ve all come
to know the queens of this ant room, of our Antiverse, but what you guys don’t know, is
that before the Antiverse ever came to be, there existed the one, a goddess who ruled
this plane of existence. Actually, I’m surprised none of you ever asked
about what lay next to the Fire Nation, what laid beneath the Fire Palace. AC Family, it was time to visit, the goddess
of the Antiverse, who is surprisingly not even an ant. No, the goddess of the ant room is a spider. I approached the goddess’ lair with reverence
and caution. Opening the glass, and AC Family, brace yourselves,
as I present to you, in her splendid divinity, Imelda, the bird-eater tarantula, goddess
of the Antiverse. She has an 8 inch legspan and is a true behemoth. Just do as I say, AC Family and we will be
safe. No sudden movements. Every time I enter this sacred lair of Imelda,
I make sure to always show great respect and reverence in her presence, lest I lose my
fingers. Her water bowl, which I always make sure is
topped off and full, needed some cleaning. She telepathically commanded me now to make
it clean. As you wish, my goddess. I took a deep breath and with my hand slowly
made my way to her water bowl. Got it. Removing the bowl to wash it free of its stains. The next requirement of me was a peace offering
of some sort. I was not allowed to enter her lair without
bearing a gift, fit for a goddess. She waited patiently. I came with the fattest, most delectable cockroach
from my cockroach farm to offer as my appeasing sacrifice to goddess Imelda. I had hoped this gift would suffice. She always loved to eat the male roaches. I approached slowly and deliberately to give
her the cockroach. Oh man! Alright, it seems she’s not hungry at the
moment. I had fed her a few days ago, so I guess she
was still content food-wise. She’ll be eating our gift later, but the good
news is we had her blessing to remain here for a short time. So now, the reason I came here. I needed Imelda’s silk. Tarantulas like Imelda here cover their entire
living space with a thick carpet of silk. On some nights, I will catch Imelda meticulously
going over this entire terrarium with a fresh layer of silk. She blankets the decor, the ground, and even
the glass with this divine mattress. In fact, she refuses to dig tunnels like most
tarantulas and demands that she be kept in a big space like this to treat the entire
space as her cathedral of silk. I’ve kept her in different setups before in
the past, over the years, but she has shown me that she is most comfortable living in
this huge palace of webbing. The reason tarantulas lay down these carpets
of webbing, especially during feeding time is because in their natural habitat ants are
common nuisance, including fire ants. Imelda is also a South American species, and
the smell of feeding time easily attracts a barrage of various ants to her den. This silk makes it hard for ants to invade
and enter her territory, and I was in need of this godly material. I proceeded to harvest this webbing, and using
some glue, I attached it to the corners of the Selva de Fuego. And wanna hear something absolutely crazy? It worked. To my utter surprise, the Fire Ant escapes
stopped. The webbing made it hard for the fire ants
to cross! I couldn’t believe it worked! I resolved to continually harvest sections
of Imelda’s silk and attach it to the corners of the Fire Nation’s kingdom to ensure there
were no escaped ants. Now as for the flying reproductives, another
idea also came to me. Who needed teams of spiders when I had the
best teams for biological control – the ant colonies of the entire Antiverse. So my solution? Black lights set on at night to attract the
flying alates into the adjacent kingdoms of our other ants who would then proceed to have
a feast. I was completely elated that we found a solution
to our fire ant escape problems. It could have been so easy to resort to some
kind of chemical warfare to combat the Fire Nation, but deep inside, I just knew Mother
Nature had an eco-friendly solution to my problems somewhere. I just had to figure it out, and today I felt
as though I had cracked a grand code to a Mother Nature’s rubix cube! And as if Mother Nature was giving us a pat
on the back for all the great work, in the night I spotted something that filled my heart
with such joy and amazement. Romeo and Juliet, were engaging in the ancient
dance performed by ancestors millions of years before them. AC Family, they were spawning… It was absolutely beautiful to witness, and
also assuring because from my research, Ram Cichlids will mate when water conditions are
just perfect! AC Family, brace yourselves, it looks like
we were about to be witnesses to the great miracle of life. AC Family, things are looking bright for the
future of the Selva de Fuego, but honestly speaking next week’s episode was one of the
toughest episodes emotionally I’ve ever had to film on this channel. You will not expect what’s coming up, and
I most certainly didn’t! So trust me on this guys, you won’t want to
miss it, so hit that SUBSCRIBE button and bell icon now so you don’t miss out on this
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and will always be one of my favourite creatures on the planet! Also, I’d like to plug my daily vlogging channel. I upload daily vlogs of my travels around
the world and this particular vlog here is a complete vlog of how I built the Selva de
Fuego from scratch. Go check it out, and don’t forget to subscribe
while you’re there. Alright and now it’s time for the AC Question
of the Week! Last week, we asked: Why does the Fire Nation queen take her time
when moving out of an old nest and into a new one? Congratulations to Kyler Bentley who correctly
answered: The Fire Nation queen takes her time when
moving out into a new nest because she needs to make
sure she knows whether or not the new habitat is
safe. Congratulations Kyler, you just won a free
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ask: Name three things spiders
use their silk webbing for. Leave your answer in the comments section
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Fire Ants vs. Water

Fire Ants vs. Water


The Fire Nation came pouring out of the tube
and onto the wooden limb. It wasn’t long before it was clear that the
ants have claimed the Selva de Fuego home. But then I noticed something. There were some ants that had fallen into
the water. A lot of ants, actually. More than I was comfortable seeing, and it
didn’t look like they were dealing too well either. The gang of guppies swarmed ominously beneath
them, seeming very interested in these isolated and helpless ants floating at the mercy of
the river’s currents. Suddenly, I grew fearful and began to question
my choices. It looked to me as though these fire ants
weren’t as apt to deal with this river as proficiently as I had anticipated. It had only been a few minutes and there were
already tonnes of ants fallen helplessly into the river, which to me meant many, many more
would soon join them the more time went on. The ants were now shipping in the brood. Things were getting serious! I even thought I caught the guppies taking
test bites at the fallen ants. Suddenly the worst case scenario came to me
and hit me like a knife to the heart! What if the queen were to lose her footing
here and also fall into the water and be eaten! That would be the permanent demise of the
Fire Nation. My heart raced. I had to think fast! I began to panic, as the impending feeling
of having made a big miscalculation grew within me. AC Family, I can’t help but feel like I screwed
this time! I think creating this Amazon River world was
one huge mistake! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! As the fire ants rushed about, I had to remain
calm so I could think about this logically and tackle each problem separately. First, I had to address all the ants falling
into the water. Many of you guys said it, just move the tube
to the ground. How silly of me! Of course. I carefully moved the bridge tube away from
the water so the ants could have direct access to the soils. Done. Now to address the ants that seemed to be
drowning in the River. They needed a life saver of some kind, and
it just so happened that we had the perfect rafts for them to climb on. I pushed over some of the frog bit so these
fallen ants could climb aboard and dry off. Suddenly, things didn’t seem as dire anymore. What a relief! I think the thing that worried me most about
all of this was the fact that in a previous video, these fire ants showed perfect mastery
on a thin tight rope we made them walk to get to food. Remember that video? This is why it shocked me to see so many ants
falling off this much thicker and seemingly easily grippable branch. But then again, on the tight rope the ants
were much more calm and traveling in generally a single file, unlike the huge mad column
here, which now understandably could lead to some ants slipping off amidst all that
hustle and bustle. But in addition to that, I think the fact
that I wasn’t seeing the ants forming their triumphant body rafts right away, also scared
me a bit. Should I now expect helpless drowned ants
to be a common sight in the Selva de Fuego? If so, I wasn’t prepared for that, and I didn’t
plan for our River to be able to sustain masses of drowned ants long term. Anyway, after these minor changes to our master
fire ant emmigration plan, it did seem things got better. The ants didn’t hesitate to begin digging
out their subterranean super base in the virgin soils of the Selva de Fuego. The fish were seemingly unphased by the ants
that could be seen in full view to their side. But I did notice the Ram Cichlids seeming
particularly curious and loving just watching the ants. It appears we aren’t the only ones, AC Family,
who love ant watching. Speaking of the Rams, if our newly betrothed
breeding pair were awkward at first, that was now all done, because the two were completely
bonded now, and inseparably in love. How nice! But it wasn’t all warm and fuzzy in our river
world, as I watched our gang of guppies completely chastising the ants that were taking refuge
on the frog bit. These guppies are such bullies! One of the things that really impressed me
though, was how the fire ants of the Fire Nation seemed to be learning how to manage
life on these life-saving, floating islands of frog bit. Watch this, AC Family. Check out these incredible frog bit-stranded
ants collectively swimming their frog bit to a nearby branch. The currents moved the frog bit around, but
you could clearly see that all the ants had one common goal in mind – to get to the wood. A few of the ants are unlucky enough to lose
their grip and get carried away by the swirling river currents. Come on ladies, you can do it! The currents help move the frog bit along. Ahhhh so close, yet so far. By night, the situation in the Selva de Fuego
definitely seemed a lot more stable. I did notice the guppies, who initially appeared
to threaten the fire ants, had finally grown bored of terrorizing them. And as for the ants, it was amazing to observe
them now impressively proficient at finding various ways to make it to dry land. Any ants stranded on frog bit islands were
now very effective at synchronized paddling to nearby wood. The ants even cooperatively formed bridges
on the water’s surface using their own bodies to gain access to other frog bit islands. From there, ants found neat stair cases to
dry land, like these natural ropes of Spanish moss. Even though the ant colony had been moving
in for almost 12 hours now, there was still a lot of the colony left to move out. The Fire Nation was truly a massive kingdom! I didn’t even know if the queen had moved
in yet. She usually doesn’t move out until a certain
percentage of the ant colony is moved out, perhaps because she needs to be absolutely
sure the new home is secure and safe, complete with her necessary royal interior preparations. She is after all a VIP and needs to have all
her diva requirements met before her grand entrance! And also perhaps because she needs the majority
of the ant colony to be around her at all times. It’s unclear whether she decides when it’s
OK for her to move out or when the colony decides for her. I guess that’s something we’ll never know. Meanwhile, at ground level, the construction
of nests were well under way. I was amazed to see the ants building ant
hills right up to the edge. They towered high like great forts situated
at the water’s edge. How they even managed to pull off attaching
sections of soil vertically to the glass was beyond me! Talk about incredible architects wouldn’t
you say? What’s amazing about all this, is that had
this been humans, it would have been a huge architectural operation, with several teams
over-looking different aspects of the construction following a master blueprint. But with these fire ants, there are no job-specific
teams, no master blue print, but just one huge colony all working together following
some collective intelligence, which will ultimately result in a massive, complex underground sanctuary. Can you believe it? The Fire Nation just astounds me! I wonder where they’re going to choose to
setup their garbage site. Let’s hope not in the water! I was relieved to note that our barrier of
fluon was working at keeping the ants inside the setup. Thank goodness I didn’t have to worry about
the ants escaping, for now anyway. The Fire Nation was at this point busy transporting
the brood, these young fire ants were the lucky ones to emerge from their pupae as the
future first generation of Selva de Fuegans. It was so satisfying to see that this entire
emmigration operation seemed to be under control and running smoothly now. And then I saw this. AC Family, this kind of caught me off guard. Huge larvae! Oh boy, the alates are coming. I completely forgot it was the season. So the reason this was an area of concern,
was because the Fire Nation was now starting to produce the young queens and males with
wings for this year’s nuptial flights, and I didn’t exactly have a plan for dealing with
that yet, but I think we have some time to formulate a contigency plan of some kind. By morning, our fish were waking up to greet
the new day. Peeking into the Hybrid Nests, I was happy
to discover that almost all of the colony had moved out overnight and most certainly
so did the Fire Nation queen. And so AC Family, later that night after disconnecting
their evacuated old home, I could officially announce that the Fire Nation had completely
moved in to their new territories – this massive jungle river paludarium known as the Selva
de Fuego, a replication of the fire ant motherland, we know as the Amazon River Jungle. The day before, I was worried this jungle
river habitat was unsuitable for the Fire Nation, that the River would end up killing
the colony, but now 36 hrs later, I was surprised to note that the surface of our river was
crystal clear and free of ants, and our river floor, also fire ant body-free! This to me meant, the fire ants had learned
over this short period of time, how to live around this moving body of water. I knew they would figure it out! I loved watching the ants living in the Selva
de Fuego. They began establishing clear trails, busy
ant highways across the soils to other entrances nearby. It was amazing to see that the Fire Nation
had claimed these territory theirs! And so did the fish! I caught the Ram Cichlids fully defending
the best section of the river with clear view of the ants. It seems the cichlids were unwilling to share
this prime area for ant watching! So now, AC Family, are you ready for this? A final surprise that I think you guys might
like a lot! So, we had the plants, we had the river, we
had the aquatic animals, and we had the ants, but there was one final touch that I had planned
to make this a true Amazon Rain Forest, and oh, AC Family, sit back. It’s time! At every 7 o clock, right on the dot, something
amazing starts to happen over head in the Selva de Fuego. Something great and life-giving. Rain. Using some tubing and an automatic timer,
I figured out a way to recreate a mini rain shower for one minute within the Selva de
Fuego every morning and night. It took a lot of testing and adjusting, but
eventually, I managed to get the drops to fall perfectly and evenly like rain. Now I didn’t have to worry about watering
the jungle, as it had its own storm system. As the life-giving rain drops fell hitting
the plants and soils, it seemed as though it was a celebratory heavenly sign for all
the inhabitants of the rainforest that they had been blessed with a new, perfectly self-functioning
home to call their own. After the rains, as is our AC tradition, I
offered the Fire Nation a house warming gift. I gave them on behalf of we the AC Family,
a mighty cockroach feast on a stick for our beloved ants to enjoy, who were now super
hungry from the great move. They came swarming to the feast. Watching the ants come pouring out of their
underground castles was amazing! It’s moments like these, that ant keepers
live for! I cherished the sight, triumphant and awe-inspiring! The one thing I learned from this whole experience
was that, one cannot completely predict how nature will unfold, no matter how thoroughly
you think you have all bases covered, and all blue prints drawn up. I discovered on this day that with nature,
there was no perfect contingency plan, as it clearly has a mind of its own. One can only guide life in a certain direction,
like physically cutting out a river, but life will always inevitably flow freely like water,
undominated as it so chooses along the path of least resistance. AC Family, I was happy to say this Selva de
Fuego project was an utter success… That was until, I noticed the next morning,
the fire ants had been busy cutting out their own path of resistance. The fluon barriers I had placed to ensure
the ants remained secure inside the Selva de Fuego had weak spots. Over night, the ants had figured out that
the corners were easier to cling on to despite the fluon barrier. Oh no! So far, it looked like they hadn’t yet figured
a way to cross the upside down lip. But that’s not all! What I spotted next, caused me great concern. The rains overnight had naturally cued some
guests to emerge from the nests, and there seen on one of the frog bit islands were full
grown male and female alates. We didn’t have the time I thought we had to
prepare. The fire ants were now starting to have mating
flights! What was going to do keep all these fire ants
inside? It was then that a tiny movement in the corner
caught my eye. A tiny spider was lassoing some of the ants
that managed to get too close. At first, I asked myself, how on Earth did
a spider get in here? It must have come in with the plants. But what was more important, was that it was
at that very moment, that a crazy idea came to me, which would offer a great solution
to both my fire ant escape problems. Oh boy, this was about to get interesting. AC Family, just when I thought things were
all settled, it seems the adventure has just begun! Tune in next week, when we add a team of special
guests to the Selva de Fuego to deal with escaping ants and flying alates! Trust me on this guys, you won’t want to miss
next week’s crazy, action-packed episode, so hit that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON
now so you don’t miss out on this mind-blowing ant story! Also, do remember to hit the LIKE button every
single time, including now! AC Inner Colony I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, to watch full footage of the Fire Nation enjoying and devouring our great
house warming gift. You won’t want to miss out on what’s there! Also, I wanted to quickly address our completely
failed attempt at live streaming the Hacienda Del Dorado this week. For those who don’t know, I had scheduled
an interactive live stream where you could feed the ants yourselves with Superchats. I was completely surprised to see how many
of you came to support by sending in Superchats to feed the ants. In the short time we live streamed, over 60
of you sent in your Superchats which was completely unexpected and those with Superchats of over
$30 got their names on personalized flags which skewered giant roaches. The full list of SUPER CHAT supporters is
in the description box! Thank you guys so much! Needless to say, the Golden Empire had a complete
and utter feast and loved it, but the only thing was, due to slow internet connection
in my part of the world, the live stream continually kept cutting off and every time I tried to
reconnect to the stream, all of you received Live notifications to your devices, emails,
and home feeds, and when I learned this, I cringed! I sincerely apologize to all those who not
only were looking forward to the live stream, but also to the hundreds of thousands, possibly
even over a million people out there who received a barrage of notifications from me every time
I reconnected to the LIVE. Someone mentioned it was around 9 notifications! It seemed we lost some subscribers due to
the annoying notifications, but I promise, it won’t happen again. I have contacted the Youtube support team
who will hopefully help us avoid future complications like this. The great thing, though is that now I know
that an interactive live stream like this is possible, and I have already begun brainstorming
an automatic feeding system so you guys at home can feed the ants yourselves from the
comfort of your own home or mobile device, during an ant live stream! Isn’t 2018 technology just amazing? Alright and before proceeding to the AC Question
of the week, I just wanted to plug my new daily vlogging channel, for those of you curious
about what I do between these weekly ant videos. I upload daily life vlogs of my travels around
the world, and it also includes a lot of biology stuff. Alright and now it’s time for the AC Question
of the Week! Last week, we asked: What did all the plants and animals living
in the Selva de Fuego have in common? Congratulations to Aaronn Carrington who correctly
answered: All plants in water and
on land are native to the South American Amazon. Congratulations Aaronn you just won a free
e-book handbook from our shop. In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Why does the Fire Nation queen take her time
when moving out of an old nest and into a new one? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win a free ant t-shirt from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Saturday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, & SUBSCRIBE
if you enjoyed this video to help us keep making more. It’s ant love forever!