Bundle offer with a Camponotus nicobarensis ant colony (queen +11-25 workers + brood), a cork starter set, 2x formicarium pads, a honeydew mix refill pack 10ml and a jar of our special Cricket Jam (moist protein).
Only while stocks last.
Everything you need for a Camponotus nicobarensis ant colony
This bundle contains everything you need to successfully get a Camponotus nicobarensis colony through its first few months. It is flexibly expandable and explicitly suitable for beginners in ant keeping.
Ant species Camponotus nicobarensis
Camponotus nicobarensis is a relatively large species of the genus Camponotus and, unlike other Camponotus species, develops quite quickly. It is therefore very suitable for beginners in ant keeping. In addition, it does not need to hibernate and can therefore be easily observed at home in winter. In the wild, it lives in the semi-deserts and steppes of Southeast Asia, among other places, but also in more humid regions. Due to its very large distribution area, it is tolerant of temperature and humidity.
Food for Camponotus nicobarensis
Camponotus nicobarensis feeds on honey water and small living or dead insects, but also fruits are readily accepted. Our protein substitute food can also be given as an alternative to insects. However, “fresh” proteins such as our Cricket Jam are better for the development of the colony. Fresh water should also be provided.
Formicarium for Camponotus nicobarensis
Camponotus nicobarensis is best kept in our Starter Sets L with cork nest insert. The animals live in the wild, usually in rotten wood, but are happy to use any form of natural cavity to build their nest. Our cork nest inserts are best suited for keeping in a formicarium due to their similarity to rotten wood.
1x Camponotus nicobarensis (queen + 11-25 workers + brood)
1x Cricket Jam 25g
1x Honeydew Mix (HT) – refill pack 10ml
1x Formicarium base – 20x20cm
1x Formicarium base – 20x6cm
1x ANTCUBE – Arena 20x20x10 – flat
1x ant arena frame 20×20
1x ant arena cover 20×20
4x fixing point for arena cover
1x ANTCUBE – Ant farm – L – 20×20 – upright
1x ANTCUBE – cork nest 20×20 – upright
1x 0,5m hose transparent 20/16 mm
1x ANTCUBE – Red foil 20×20 – filter
1x adhesive clips – transparent 2 pcs.
1x substrate – sand-clay beige – 1000g
1x grid insert – 50mm – stainless steel
1x Formicarien plug for 50mm hole
1x Formicarium plug for 27mm hole
1x Grid cap – 16mm – stainless steel
1x tank hose connector 27-14,16,20 mm – transparent
1x Drinking trough 2ml – 360 degrees
1x drinking trough clear 20ml – sponge
1x bowl clear 1×20 sponge
1x Mini thermo-hygrometer analog – display – hanging
1x Ant protection oil 10ml
1x Tweezers spring steel – wide – soft
1x Tweezers plastic transparent
1x plastic pipette 3ml
1x hand magnifier – 2x – 30mm
1x foam wiper 150x18x2,5mm
Description Starter set:
This cork starter set, with prefabricated corridors and chambers, is suitable for various ant species, especially for species that nest in (dead) wood.
The “ANTCUBE – Cork Nest” can be inserted into the fully transparent farm. Alternatively, you can also use the “Sand-clay beige” substrate to fill the farm or to close off some of the chambers of the cork nest. Additional modules can be connected via the 50 mm holes in the cover if required, e.g. the separately available foggers, fans or lights. Alternatively, suitable grid inserts and formicarium plugs to close the openings are included in the scope of delivery. If desired, the formicarium can also be operated open by simply placing the removable frame on top and applying ant escape protection oil to the edge.
Important: Please moisten the substrate before use so that the mixture can bond and develop a firm hold in the ant farm. In addition, if the substrate is too dry and dusty, the ants’ airways may be blocked and, in the worst case, the animals may suffocate.
Recommendation: We recommend a substrate layer of 2 mm in height so that the animals cannot burrow into the arena and instead use the farm provided for this purpose.
Notes on glass production
The glass is cut to size according to DIN 1249 with a tolerance of +/- 1 mm. Additional break-out protection is essential for extremely small ant species.
Notes on the farm
The nest should only be used in a dry formicarium. If the nest is kept permanently moist, the material may become moldy.
Please note the following when attaching or removing hoses:
If the tubing is very difficult to fit onto the connection socket, the socket should be lightly rubbed with a drop of our anti-burst oil or powder. The hose should then be pushed onto the socket using twisting or screwing movements without straining the socket with up and down movements. The same applies when removing the hoses from the farm connection socket. Please do not simply pull it off!
Instructions: (Version 2023, the updated version for 2024 will be available by 04/2024 at the latest)
– DE Gebrauchsanweisung Starter Set Kork (PDF 3,80 MB)
– EN Instructions for use – Starter Set Cork (PDF 3.79 MB)
– ES Manual de instrucciones – Set de inicio de corcho (PDF 3,79 MB)
– FR Manuel d’instruction – Kit de démarrage en liège (PDF 3,79 MB)
Notes on the Cricket Jam:
Our Cricket Jam is an easy way to provide your ants with freshly preserved protein food without having to feed live insects. The contained crickets (Acheta domesticus) have been gently cooked to ensure that nutritional values, taste and aroma are preserved. In addition, the chitinous shell of the insects is softened in this way so that it can be digested more easily. The bonds of the collagen proteins are broken down so that the ants can utilize them better. Canned Acheta domesticus has the same nutritional value as live crickets, but is easier to digest.
The Cricket Jam is not suitable for hunting ant species that require live food. (e.g. ponerines (great ants) such as Harpegnathos or Odontomachus)
Can be portioned and diluted with water
Sterilized and vacuum-packed
Crickets from sustainable, purely organic breeding, fed with organic waste
Can be kept in the fridge for about four days after opening. Longer shelf life if frozen.
Attention: First portion, then freeze.
Note on honeydew:
Content: 10 ml
This is a natural product that we have refined after extensive testing in our laboratory and developed into a food that is very well accepted by ants. The reason for this is that unprocessed honeydew honey in its concentrated original form is not well accepted by ants and their metabolism.
Our honeydew was collected in the unpolluted wild mountain forests of Bulgaria. Honeydew is only produced for a very limited time, about two months in summer. It is therefore very rare. Due to the specific soil characteristics of the forests and the climate, essential nutrients are stored in the leaves of the trees, which are absorbed by the aphids. This is what makes this honeydew mix so desirable for ants.
Amount of food should be consumed within about 3 days.
Honeydew, unlike flower honey, is obtained from secretions of insects that suck on plants, such as aphids. Honeydew is a popular food source for many insects such as ants, bees and bumblebees. Bees and bumblebees lick it from the leaves or needles of various trees. Ants such as Lasius niger literally keep the aphids. They even defend them against predators and carry them to fresh shoots.
Honeydew is particularly popular with ants because of its somewhat different components. The main sugars in honeydew are sucrose and fructose, but smaller amounts of maltose, trehalose, melezitose, raffinose and other oligosaccharides are also found. In addition to sugar and water, honeydew also contains essential amino acids, minerals, trace elements, adenosines, phosphates and other ingredients such as vitamins.
For honey-eating ant species (Meliphagidae)
This is a supplementary feed
It can be offered to the animals as supplied. As the sugar concentration is reduced by the humidity and a fermentation process begins, the food should be replaced every 3 days. Clean the feeding bowl/tube thoroughly before reuse.
Once opened, the pack should be kept tightly closed until the expiry date.
Nutritional information per 100 g:
approx. 2.7 % fats
of which saturated approx. 0.45 %
approx. 95 % carbohydrates
of which sugar approx. 71
approx. 2.85% protein
Minerals (potassium, calcium, copper, iron, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and other trace elements) Amino acids (proline, leucine, phenylalanine, alanine, histidine, isoleucine, glutamic acid, arginine, aspartic acid, etc.) Organic acids Enzymes (enzymes)Flavorings Inhibins (antibacterial substances) Flowers Pollen
To ensure the quality of the feed, the feed should be stored in a dark and dry place.
Supplementary feed for honey-eating ants.
Please refer to the package insert for composition, analytical ingredients, best-before date and batch number.
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Responsible veterinary and food inspectorate:
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