ants not moving out of test tube

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sandwichmanj
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ants not moving out of test tube

Post: # 30864Post sandwichmanj
Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:51 pm

how do i get my ants to move from one test tube to another, i tried exposing them to light but they didn't move
I am new to ant keeping

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Delphie
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Re: ants not moving out of test tube

Post: # 30872Post Delphie
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:44 pm

I keep my colonies' test tubes in clear plastic food containers with an air hole in the lid. When I need to change a test tube, I put the fresh one in beside the old one. They will move when they want and that way I don't have to worry about it.

sandwichmanj
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Re: ants not moving out of test tube

Post: # 30879Post sandwichmanj
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:09 pm

okay thank you
I am new to ant keeping

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iamsl42
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Re: ants not moving out of test tube

Post: # 30921Post iamsl42
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:33 pm

Honestly, if you want to move them quick a reptile heating cable does the trick. Place it near the pupae, eggs and expose the nest to light. I'm starting a new tetramorium colony with just with 9 workers and I moved them from a test tube to a little formicarium within a day. It'll take way longer naturally. But if you have the time there's nothing wrong with that.

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Re: ants not moving out of test tube

Post: # 30935Post idahoantgirl
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:36 pm

um... I would be very careful with that tactic. They can die in a blink of an eye if exposed to too much heat.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeper of Tetramorium Immigrans, Lasius Neoniger

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