Best mold free nest materials?

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GardenGirl
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Best mold free nest materials?

Post: # 31589Post GardenGirl
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:28 pm

What is the best mold free nest material? Is there a 100% mold free option?

I was thinking of purchasing lots of test tubes(can get 72 acrylic for $20-$30; glass is also available in bulk for a little more), and using that as chambers, and setting them in a lidded tupperware like container with a hole cut in it for access. Then, I can also have satellite nests if I am able to capture a Camponotus, for a cheaper price, and instead of tossing a dirty/moldy formicarium each time, I can just wash the tubes.

I am totally new to this, so I apologize if this is a stupid idea.

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Hikari
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Re: Best mold free nest materials?

Post: # 31590Post Hikari
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:01 pm

I've not found a 100% mold-free option, but then I have some rather messy ants. Test tubes are nice, since you can just switch them out when they get moldy or empty. A good way to utilize this is doing a "tubes and tubs" method. There's a good video on AntsAustralia explaining ways to do those set-ups.



Also, not sure where you're buying tubes from, but the prices you listed were WAY more than you need pay. If you aren't going for anything fancy, buy your tubes from here: http://www.lcmlab.com/Test_Tubes_s/129.htm

You can buy them in bulk for much cheaper than pretty much anywhere else, shipping is reasonable, and even their standard shipping is rather quick. They also have great customer service in the event of a broken shipment (as I can attest from personal experience).

Hope that helps. Just passing along useful info that people showed me when I started out earlier this year. :D

GardenGirl
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Re: Best mold free nest materials?

Post: # 31608Post GardenGirl
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:58 pm

Thank you SO MUCH!!!! Awesome info! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Hikari
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Re: Best mold free nest materials?

Post: # 31647Post Hikari
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:44 pm

Happy to help!

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