My New Favourite Ant Farm of All Time



we and keepers usually have that one dream ant colony that one species of ant that fills an ant loving mind with excitement and Wonder I've owned dozens of species of ants in my lifetime but there is one species that stands out in my mind as one of my ultimate favorites and at one point I actually managed to get a hold of a colony of these majestic and Titanic ends with massive majors ready to take anything on with their crushing jaws but sadly tragedy befell them as they were ripped apart by a series of life crises eventually leading to their extermination reduced to mere exoskeletons but this week AC family I've been quite preoccupied building what has to be one of my greatest ant world's yet because this week the Titans have returned to us from the dead and you're about to find out that these Asian Marauder ants are now stronger than ever join me as we populate this new ant world with the most epic and majestic ants in the world welcome to enjoy before me sits an empty glass aquarium into which I was to construct a setup for a very important ant colony my engine is completely full of ant kingdoms now which is why when a friend called me up and told me he had an Asian Marauder and colony that needed a home I was forced to find a spot for this new ant kingdom as it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up I resolved to place the set up at this corner which happened to place it at the center of the ant Moon little did I know this and Kingdom was going to be one of my favorite ant farms of all time and the colony moving in would shock me especially when I saw the colony's Queens yes Queens plural do keep on watching until the end guys as you two need to see this if you're new to the channel one of the ant colonies we've lost in the past was the Titans a great Asian Marauder ant colony a species best known among ant enthusiasts for having the most impressive polymorphism of any ant meaning these girls have crazy sizes of workers they had the regular tiny and fast-moving minor workers as well as larger majors but everyone's favorite has to be these enormous 1 inch long super majors with massive heads packed with ant muscle to provide the colony with any needed jaw force you'll be seeing all of these worker tests in a bit Asian Marauder ants are hands-down one of my favorite ants I've ever owned and I know many of you have felt the same because when our beloved Titans passed away a great number of you grieved their death with me as the video of their passing trended on YouTube around the world and since their passing you guys have continually requested for me to bring them back and try again a few weeks ago I managed to bring back the jawbreakers another previously lost colony and that proved to be a great return so today when I got the call to provide a home for this huge Asian Marauder and colony I thought about it for a moment and decided yes and colony accepted I went to my aquarium builders and asked them to fashion me a 40 centimeter long by 40 centimeter wide by 70 centimeter tall aquarium but this aquarium had to have very specific specs I needed for ventilation holes of 2 inch diameter drilled at four corners of a sliding glass top the tight sliding glass tongue instead of mesh or open air ensured no spaces to allow for invasions from wild ends I was not going to allow history to repeat itself I also needed a port hole drilled into the side here once the aquarium was stationed in place I went straight to work I dumped tons of new rich virgin soils into the enclosure I wanted the ants to have a lot of digging meeting something the Titans didn't quite have living in the Garden of Eden they're set up at the time I feel if the Titans had more digging medium they may have been able to dig deeper chambers and better protect their queen and brood from outside invasions at the surface plus Asian Marauder ants dig very deep tunnels in the wild so I was determined to provide this new ant colony that luxury three hours later the ant kingdom was complete Acey family behold I am proud to introduce to you Olympus our new Mountain Castle ant world I found Olympus a fitting name for this terrarium because Mount Olympus from Greek mythology was a mythical home created by the new gods after the Battle of the Titans let me show you around Olympus the first thing you might notice is that it is a sloping ant world I wanted to create a sort of mountainside feel to this terrarium so that it could provide a lot of digging space for the ants but also offer them a greater amount of above ground foraging space viewing from the side you can see that there is just so much moist rich soil for the ants to build their tunnels and chambers in it measures a soil depth of 40 centimeters at its deepest point and 10 centimeters at its lowest a large and gorgeous winding piece of driftwood gives the mountain structure and integrity holding the territories together but what I love the most is the mountain side putt lightly I've carefully planted two species of peperomia plants along this sloping terrain including this peperomia buteo letter and this ever cute related species of peperomia Kappa rata Rosso when planting these plants into the setup I made sure to check the foliage and accompanying oils to ensure there were no stowaways like tiny ant baby-eating brahminy snakes which happened to come with one of the plants in the Garden of Eden in the past and could have been one of the reasons the Titans failed to proliferate I made sure all these plants were snake free growing at the apex of the mountain we see the outstretched needle leaves of a beautiful blue carpet conifer tree juniper is schemata I find the tree gives the entire territory a mountainous field along with rock cliffs at strategic places but what completes this entire mountain castle terrain is this mountain castle which stands solidly from the mountains eastern escarpment I chose this castle decor because of its neat ruins look as a sort of representation of the Titans turbulent past now I rarely do themed ant setups but I felt this ant world would be sort of different and special what do you guys think of this mountain castle set up called Olympus so AC family now for the moment we've all been waiting for it was time to move in the ants and witness the epic return of a beloved ant colony from the past back to the ant averse to prepare I needed to add my barrier this baby powder barrier would not be needed once the enclosure was completely sea but I wanted to add it anyway just to keep the ants concentrated on ground activities and not on climbing to the top most parts of the enclosure I rubbed baby powder all around the sliding glass door holes and along the top edges of the tank and slipped the sliding door back onto the terrarium done and now to meet the colony our new Titans inside this green paper wrapped container lies what I was told was an epic Asian Marauder and super colony with thousands of workers and for Queens yes for Royal egg-laying Queens I was surprised by this because I had no idea this species was polygynous meaning they tolerated more than one queen per nest this was great and I couldn't wait to meet them now here was my plan on how to move this super colony into Olympus I was going to need the help of a long tube to allow the ants to move in on their own the next step was I needed to remove the paper covering exposing the colony to light will make the colony uneasy and elicit the urge to relocate out of their current container all I needed to do now was connect these two tubes to allow the immigration into Olympus to take place AC family are you ready one two three I pulled out the cotton blocker and inserted the portal 2 but I quickly realized the portal tube was not snugly fitting into the larger tube there was a space to which the ants could escape so I taped it up and finally the last step was I needed to fix a bright LED light at the opposite end of the container to get the ants to emigrate towards the portal 2 this LED light produces very little heat so I wasn't too worried the colony was going to cook in their container but the light alone would be enough to do the job easy ants are naturally photophobia when nesting and will do anything to find darkness in fact I could already see the ants getting antsy but despite the sudden hijinks it seemed there were no ants interested on leaving yet the portal – hmm moments later some ants came close but never dared to venture off onto the foreign surface of the portal tube and soon to my surprise the ends were beginning to bring dirt out into the tube as if to build a barrier and seal it off how odd but then after the timer shut off the lights of all the ants atoms of the enemy it was then that the Titans decided to initiate their Exodus of course the end room needed to be dark I should have known gradually the ants began to wander out into the portal – including a major if you're new to these ends that's nothing wait until you see the epic supermajors and the minor workers riding them like mounts I knew it wouldn't be long before these inquiring ants would head back to their colony to spill the tea that there is a much cooler place figuratively and literally speaking just beyond the borders of their container but another strange move on the ants part they began to bring chunks of soil into the portal – why this energetic one was determined to bring soil deep into the portal – why what were these ants up to finally after three hours of moving soil into the portal tube creating some interesting soil piles the ants finally began to venture out of the portal tube and setting claws on to Olympus this was the first end to discover their future kingdom look at how excited it is as soon as it realizes what it's found she explores the area before heading back to the colony to inform them of the new promised land this began the chain reaction of more and more curious wandering ants to exit the tube and explore Olympus for themselves more and more ants were travelling through the portal tube now still laying out these peculiar piles of soil I began to notice there was suddenly an established trail of ants exiting the portal tube I tried to see where the ants entering Olympus were going and it seemed the ants were excited about some dark space behind the trip how cool this meant that the Titans had found a suitable place to set up shop and nest and AC famine this is where things get really interesting but being the bonehead that I am I fell asleep it had been a long day and I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer I woke up in a panic at 6:00 a.m. oh no I was so worried I had missed the entire move even missing the chance to see the super colonies for Royal Queens peeking into Olympus I saw that the ants were in full-out brood transport mode they were moving in the young which meant the immigration into Olympus was official and full steam ahead watching the ants moving in all that brood was just magical so awesome behind the driftin ants were busy constructing barricades to help usher and protect the highway of ants marching in to their new home base check out that highway AC family these ants are also in sync and committed to the move I guess these ants here are starting early with nest construction they after all have a very important task they need to ensure there's a suitable fortified subterranean space large enough to house a super colony of thousands of ants and their four huge Queens not to mention in a short time period before the arrival of the Royals speaking of which here comes a super major now this is one of the smaller super majors but trust me they get bigger let's look out for the big ones the ones the minor ants loved to ride the super major made its way up the highway and into the nest it did seem like there was a lot of brood for the colony to transport after all with four queens each constantly laying eggs it meant the ants were caring for a lot of young and old AC family what I saw next to me utterly speechless no it wasn't that super major and nope it wasn't that super major either but cool to see miners riding in but these super majors were merely security guards because emerging into Olympus airspace I watched wide-eyed as the clump made a grand entrance AC family as if hearing angels singing I was spellbound as one of the colony's Queens made her way down the tube towards Olympus Wow the hairs on my arms stood on end she was just huge and look at that amazing royal procession workers carrying babies behind her like a long regal veil as she sort of slid down the tube what a sight an opportunity to witness the supermajors moved ahead of her and all surrounding ants clumped up together so that their queen could slowly and safely descend down the steep smooth slope of the tube and onto the driftwood as they escorted her down following behind her another Royal Guard super major ensuring her safety isn't this crazy AC family it was like watching a president proceeding down a parade haha I was unsure if the Queen was even using her legs as it did seem her workers clumping around her were the ones moving her while this was definitely their monarch an empress whose precious royal legs they didn't even want to be used but then another commotion caught my eye OMG AC family another clump a second Queen was making her way down the portal tube into Olympus awesome I was happy we at least got to see two queens moving in this second Queen was moved along the highway into the darkened retreat of their nest but now I wondered could we possibly be so lucky to have not missed the other two queens from moving in yep I shouted for joy as a third Queen catered to by a major made her way down the tube and here she comes making her way down as they approached this steep part I would always brace myself because I felt like the Queen's might lose their grip and fall it didn't seem like the Queen's were the climbing type and I began to regret fixing the tube so steeply but this third Queen was nimble and had a great competence ensuring her safe transport it did seem like the supermajors were having troubles managing the angle as well but AC family I began to wonder if perhaps the fourth and final Queen was still left to move in and AC family emerging from the container I saw the silhouette of our fourth Queen making her way through the tube yes AC family it seems I woke up right on time to catch all four queens moving in talk about perfect timing the Queen entered Olympus and made her way down the steep slippery slope of the portal team the Queen emerged from the tube and what happened next was totally unexpected and made my heart jump into my throat the Queen suddenly lost her footing and plunged down the mountain no where was her Royal Guard when she needed her there she was lagging behind and looking for her I looked down for the Queen and spotted her she was unmoving and had fallen from quite the height I hope she was okay but how is she ever going to make it up this huge climb to rejoin the colony she needed to at least make it to this rock under which the colony was nested and then the Queen began to move OMG she was actually going to attempt to make the climb workers come to round her and even helped pull her up the great driftwood surface she climbed steadily upwards and the whole time I worried she would slip again but gladly she made it safely up the wood and surprisingly took an interesting turn through this space which happened to be the shortest pathway to the nest Wow the ants had calculated the quickest route and guided her to the nest thank goodness an AC family that was it I resolved to allow the rest of the colony to move in and transport the remaining brood in to Olympus I watched an amazement at all the awesome brood they were transporting I caught the ants carrying some really huge larva perhaps some supermajors they delicately carried these larger larvae down the driftwood and into the nest I even caught the ants carrying queen elate pupae Wow the colony was producing reproductives already meant that's insane and look at how huge that Queen pupae is it took several ants to safely transport this virgin queen to be down the tube I even caught them transporting a newly a closed Queen alight freshly emerged from its pupa she couldn't even walk in but her sisters were more than helpful at transporting her into the new home if that's not at love I don't know what is I assumed this hardening Queen elate will feel much better in the moist soils of Olympus there were more supermajors that again seemed to have trouble with the slope but thanks to some helpful miners were able to make it down safely I never ended up finding out what the piles of soil were falling but my guess was that the ants were trying to block off the pathway and help keep the route to Olympus comfortably humidified just as the colony lexing these ants hate dryness but AC family are you ready for the shocker I was talking about at the beginning of the video I was caught off guard when I saw this a fifth Queen was making her way down the tube heading for Olympus how on earth this super colony had five Queens no way my friend who gave me this colony must not have realized that he had actually collected five Queens Wow this fifth Queen majestically marched into Olympus with her entourage and descended down the tube when she emerged I braced myself where she can afford miss AC family that's not all are you ready for the next shocker a dark mass caught my eye making its way to Olympus there was no way get out of here I couldn't believe my eyes a sixth Queen was fully entering Olympus she emerged from the tube and don't fall don't fall the workers clumping around her carried and guided her down sideways to safety anything to make it down safely I guess and that was it believe me AC family I waited for more surprise Queens but saw that the ants eventually were transporting out bits of garbage and food left behind I did however manage to finally catch a huge and true super major was there really only one in the colony this Titan made its way down the tube with miners riding her like a loyal steed over the next four hours the colony completed their move into Olympus when they were done I removed the tube and checked up on how the new Titans were settling in to my surprise the ants had already begun to form impressive trails all around Olympus with vigor and excitement they traveled up and down the mountain to and from the place they were nesting all the way to the top where I was surprised to see that the ants had already covered the entire space where the highway used to be I looked around for some kind of nest opening and lo and behold there was the highway Wow they had actually built an entire dome over this highway to obscure the nest entrance all of this in just four hours and now we see family it was time for the AC family tradition and offer our housewarming gift a hard-boiled egg which according to my friend these ants loved I felt it also was a great symbol of new life a new beginning for the Titans in the new ant kingdom of Olympus they're lush territory with plenty of space to dig and create tunnels for their growing colony but provision of soil and digging space wasn't the only important provision for life in Olympus to avoid the same crises of the past I made sure to fill the top holes with lots of filter wool to keep any invading wild ants from entering the land of the Titans and speaking of which AC family there was one final thing I needed to do as a memorial monument to commemorate the great and fallen colony we lost in the past which helped us learn how to better care for this new colony of Asian Marauder ants I hung this pendant within which lay a preserved Marauder ant super major something that was given to me as a gift many years ago which started my entire fascination for this species and caused me to dream of keeping them one day it would forever remind me that death is never in vain and that sometimes it takes a few tries to get a thing right this pendant was also actually glow-in-the-dark and as the new Titans began to work their way into the new giant egg carrying little tiny bits of it piece by piece back to their nest to nourish the colony my ant loving heart was so full I had decided that Olympus was going down in anti verse history as one of my favorite ant colonies of all time Acey family what do you think of this six Queen polymorphic super colony isn't this the coolest aunt Kingdom and colony ever alright I will always love my algae and colonies and emerging lands as well but this colony is just so epic I can't even begin to explain let me know what you think of the new Titans I look forward to updating you all on their progress over time let's hope they succeed AC family so be sure to hit that subscribe button and bell icon now so you don't miss out on this continuing aunt stone and hit the like button every single time including now and if you're new to the channel and want to catch up on all your Aunt Canada lore feel free to binge watch this complete storyline playlist here which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant moon so you can follow their stories and better appreciate how these and kingdoms came to be and why we love them so much AC and our colony I have left a hidden cookie for you here if you would just like to watch some extended play footage of the ants moving into Olympus it's pretty amazing and super satisfying to watch Hello 6 Queens and before we proceed to the AC question of the week I'd like to plug my daily vlogging channel daily vlogs which often include a lot of nature style so do check it out if you love birds I'd love for you to meet my new cute baby and now it's time for the AC question of the week last week we asked name one neat fact you learned about mealybugs in this video 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41 thoughts on “My New Favourite Ant Farm of All Time

  1. Sorry for the late video, AC Family! This one took a lot longer to make than I expected, but it is now one of my favourite videos! Hope you guys like it, too! Also this video was just uploaded so sorry if the video appears low quality for the first little bit. This will change as Youtube processes the video. Ant love forever and thanks for your patience, AC Family! Do you guys like this NEW Titans colony?

  2. <intense music>
    “I pulled out the cotton block and inserted the portal tube.”
    “But I quickly realized the portal tube doesn’t
    snugly fit into the larger tube.”
    <gets more intense>
    “There was a space where the ants could escape!”

    Me: oh no oh no

    “So I taped it up.”

    Oh

  3. I am cool with posters like this that use advertisements for money. You gotta think, would this guy be able to have built all these works of living art without making money off the videos? I do miss the days of a free youtube but content like this make youtube great. Cheers bro. You got my sub. !

  4. I know this is a old video but it's also my favorite I love the titans and I love seeing ants moving into new enclosures

  5. 10 minutes ago the idea of an ant farm never entered even the outermost limits of my mind. Now I pretty much have to have one. This guy makes it look epic.

  6. Fastest game called empires of the undergrowth it's about ants and you'll really like it you should play it orb watch another YouTuber play it

  7. Wait don't you have them and call me that's already like that Kearney on the floating island what's the difference between them two

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