My makeshift ant setup

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merkantur
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My makeshift ant setup

Post: # 18526Post merkantur
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:38 am

So about 2 months ago, I accidentally dropped my test tube setup with a young Pheidole colony with 10 workers. Luckily, only the sides were shattered and the colony was still intact. I had to transfer the remains of the test tube to a small container and provided a new testtube set up at the side for them to move in. It has been 2 months, the colony size has doubled, they still refused to move in, preferring their broken test tube nest. I recently added a sugar water test tube too so it makes feeding easier. The setup's a little small, and since it was made on a whim, there are no holes in the container should I want to attach it to a tube and expand it. The sides of the container are lined with Vaseline and covered with a lid(I would usually not cover it completely to allow ventilation) as the barrier doesn't work 100% with ants here in Singapore; I have had escapes with vaseline barrier setup experiements prior to this setup so the lid is a precaution.

Is this setup feasible in the long run?
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Re: My makeshift ant setup

Post: # 18530Post Martialis
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:05 pm

Can you take a picture from further up? So we can see more of it?
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merkantur
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Re: My makeshift ant setup

Post: # 18540Post merkantur
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:19 am

Martialis wrote:
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:05 pm
Can you take a picture from further up? So we can see more of it?
nothing much. it's pretty much the whole setup.
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Re: My makeshift ant setup

Post: # 18548Post Cale3459
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:02 am

I've had similar problems with Vaseline. I use fluon
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Re: My makeshift ant setup

Post: # 18549Post Martialis
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:43 am

Vaseline is easily walked over by most ants. This setup will work for a small colony.
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