There's a reason I will no longer be buying any more THA formicaria. I'm lucky in that I let mine air out, but to take a week was ridiculous. The outside still smells slightly, but the inside is fine. It's cool though, it's given me the motivation to learn how to make my own, which I've been doing.CreeperUniverse wrote: ↑Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:06 amI also noticed a darn odor! Mack claimed it is harmless, but even after weeks of waiting, the smell stressed my ants to death! And it was my only colony!Hikari wrote: ↑Sat May 27, 2017 11:50 pm- (5-27-17) Maya is doing well. No new eggs that I can see, granted, she is almost always on top of the pile guarding them at this point. Onyxia is up to six eggs! She seems to be doing well so far despite her gaster dent.
My Tar Heel Ants "Atom C" founding formicarium arrived today too. I was excited, but noticed it had a bit of an odor to it, like paint or something. Erring on the side of caution, I've been letting it air out under my fan (since I have no idea what the things are made out of). I plan on letting Maya move into it once it no longer worries me. Not a huge deal, since I'm patient. Onyxia will have to remain in a test tube set-up for the time being though, since I wasn't expecting to acquire a second queen. She doesn't seem to mind though, and I'd like to make sure she'll even survive in the longer term first before getting anything fancier. Might just do the thing where I put her tube in a critter carrier outworld if she manages to get to the worker stage.
Also, hope you find your dream ant someday. To be honest, I just got lucky with my Camponotus. A lot of it comes down to luck, really.