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JUNGLE vs. FIRE ANTS! OMG! Fire ants are on a whole different level! They are a force to reckon with in the ecosystems they belong to, are super aggressive and sting, and can even float on water! They are the true kings (or queens rather) of the jungle! Join me as I recreate the fire ant motherland, the Amazon rain forest, in a massive South American biotope paludarium, complete with flowing river and both native Amazonian plants and creatures, in order to provide a new and fitting home for our ravenous and aggressive Fire Nation (red tropical fire ants). Watch how we put this incredible half terrarium-half aquarium habitat together! How will our fire ants deal with the move into this new home? Hope you enjoy this week's episode and debut of the Selva de Fuego!
*Correction: I discovered after creating this video that the Assassin Snail (Clea helena) is actually native to Southeast Asia, not South America, so I will be swapping it out with a Channeled Apple Snail (Pomacea canaliculata), which is native to South America.
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Caption: [music]. and speaking of this delicate and . important partnership it seems one of . our biggest and colonies on this channel. has been long deserving of their own . territory upgrade and expansion and many. of you have also shared the sentiment ac . family you guys demanded for an update. on the most famous and long-standing . ants on this channel the fire nation our . massive and ravenous fire ant colony. these ants are the old geez of the ant . canada and channel and it was time to . give them a new home and so ac family i . would like to introduce to you a great . new kingdom where fire and water shall . meet ac family behold the selva de fuego . the jungle of fire . please subscribe to my channel and hit . the bell icon welcome to the ac family . enjoy oh boy i did at ac family i . created what has to be the most exotic . most ambitious highly complex and . certainly the largest ant world i've . ever made in the history of my aunt . keeping journey. today's ant story is a tale of how the. selva to flegal the name given to my new . amazon river jungle inspired south . american biotope pallid areum which was . designed to be the new home of my . massive and raging fire ant colony was . made and just so you know the ending of . all of this will completely shock you i . was speechless the names of a de fuego . in spanish means the jungle of fire my . desires to recreate the amazon river . jungle the native home of these . notorious tropical ant invaders you guys . named the fire nation began when i first . started to play with pallid areum setups . with my other ant colonies i felt if . there was going to be an ant colony in . my ant room that was perfectly fitting . for a half land half water enclosure it . would be these fire ants who are . designed to take on water as we saw in a . previous video on this channel fire ants . can form living rafts or even underwater . air pockets when submerged living . naturally around water in the amazon . rainforest is something these fire ants . are built for but i knew constructing. such a habitat was not going to be easy . first the enclosure had to be . escape-proof. and the fire nation is an intelligent. society of escape artists they are . constantly and butene ly looking for and . testing out weaknesses in my setups so . when designing their new enclosure i . knew it had to offer zero escape options . and before you guys mention it an . airtight lid was not an option if i was . planning to maintain the inside of the . enclosure the river section of the . pallid area and feeding the ends second . i wanted the enclosure to be big enough . to house the colony for at least the . next two years . currently the colony is at well over a . million. ants and counting this pallid areum had . to be massive third if we were going to . go all out on the setup i figured we may . as well have completely committed to . creating the most accurate replication . of the amazon river jungle possible for. our fire ants my plan was to make this a . south american biotope meaning all life . entering and living in this pallid areum . both plants and animals both on land and . in the water was going to be native to . the south american amazon finally i had . to try to pull all of this off without . getting stung try being the operative . word. the idea was just crazy but as master . and world creators i was up for the . challenge . our beloved fire nation have long . deserved and needed a new and larger. home . so after temporarily relocating the. larger part of the fire nation setup i . went to an aquarium manufacturer to have . them custom design a huge 100 gallon . long but deep glass enclosure and asked . for them to create it with a top lip as . well as a partition which sectioned off . about 35% of the floor area i also . needed a hole for cables when it was . installed in our end room i went . straight to work first adding our soils . then driftwood then the plants. then the substrate for the river . then the water. after many hours of work this is what . our new amazon river jungle world looked . like a sea family behold the selva de . fuego our new amazon river jungle south . american biotope pallid areum do you . like it let me show you guys around all . plants in this habitat are native to the . south american amazon basin first let's . check out the epiphytes we have two . lanza's and spanish moss both air plants . which absorb water from humidity in the . air and rain that hits their leaves also . adding to the natural woodwork our . epiphytic neo rogelio bromeliads which . don't need soil to grow but instead grow . attached to wood and tree fibers along . the ground. we have morontia an arrowhead plant lots . and lots of nerve plants and my personal . favorite these gorgeous silvery purple . peperomia caporetto plants on extreme . ends we have heart-shaped philodendron . all of these plants were hand selected . for their growth size which is critical . because we can't have the plants grow . large enough to offer an escape . opportunity for the fire nation . now let's move in to the river the river. was created using a submersible filter . hidden behind these rocks downstream. whose water output i connected to a tube . which runs behind all these plants and . out the other end of the tank creating a . continual cycle of steady river current . isn't that cool . we fully had a linear river in the setup . i decided to keep the back wall of the . river bare so that we can have a view of . the underground tunnels of the fire . nation when they move in the . entanglement of aquatic moss will be . great at naturally filtering out debris. carried downstream by the currents of . this river and this moss attached to . this rock will help at filtering any . debris floating on the water surface my . favorite though are these floating . plants called frog bit whose long roots. extend like jellyfish tendrils downward. to anchor the plants in place these frog . bit will be perfect at consuming up . toxic waste nitrates produced by the . aquatic animals that will be living in . this river aquatic animals you ask a sea . family you must know by now that of . course will be adding aquatic creatures . to these waters let's meet them now . shall we eagerly waiting to be released . into our amazon river world is our . aquatic dream team first to hang out in . the upper levels of the river meet this . flamboyant and gorgeous gang of black . eared panda guppies just look at their . striking colors metallic sky blue with. black pectoral fins and fiery red . patterned fantails. make these some of the most beautiful . fish i have ever seen in my life this . gang of guppies is a macho group they're . all boys and the reason for that is . because guppies when given the . opportunity breathe like crazy and i . don't want them to overpopulate the. river also breeding happens to shorten. their lifespan and we need these aquatic . adonis's to live as long as possible . guppy gang cuppa gang up again guppy . gang sorry i just had to next to inhabit . the mid-level and lower parts of the . river is this cute pair of golden ram . sick. this breeding pair just met and were . betrothed only a couple days ago so you . may notice the uncomfortable awkwardness . let's not show that we notice moving . along we have this swim team of albino . corydoras catfish these guys will be . awesome at cleaning up organic matter. sitting at the bottom of the river . they are our aquatic cleanup crew what's . cool about this species is they must . breathe air oxygen along with the oxygen . in the water to survive so they come up . to the surface for a quick grab of air . every now and then they love hanging out . together and finally to survey all areas . of the river for standing protein matter . is this assassin snail but don't ever . let him know you're looking he's . terribly self-conscious and there you. have it the community of creatures which . shall live in our amazon river i . selected these animals carefully for. their compatibility with the habitat . space and each other. but also because they may potentially . feed on drowned members of our fire . nation helping with population control. i say potentially because i don't. actually know if these creatures will. eat fire ants but based on their bio . profiles there was a good chance they . would and so easy family let's add these . river beasts into the silva de fuegos . waters viva . [music]. guys you won't believe how beautiful . these new creatures looked within our . amazon river i couldn't look away the . school of guppies danced and played . together riding the river currents with . acceleration and exuberance our assassin . snail began climbing the rocks the . corydoras catfish hung out together . chillin along the bottom warming up to. the huge pebbly ground they've never . before seen but would soon come to love . [music]. [music]. and when they thought i was gone our . pair of golden ram cichlids came peeking . out from behind the rocks to start . exploring and looking for we're in this . big river they were going to establish . their honeymoon home. i was super satisfied with our new river . inhabitants the filter used to keep the . river clean and running contained filter . medium from my larger established tank. so the existing beneficial bacteria . could handle the bio load . created by these water creatures i had . no doubt in my mind that these . originating river plants and animals . would keep the rivers of the sava to . fraggle . healthy and vibrant from now on by the . way these creatures of course need names . so leave your name suggestions for the . guppies rams . quarries and snail in the comment . section and i will choose my top . favorites for us to vote on in a future . video and now the moment you've all been . waiting for it was time to release the . ultimate star colony of this channel the . fire nation into the selva de fuego the . soffit

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