How do I make my soil moist?

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Nathans
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How do I make my soil moist?

Post: # 49286Post Nathans
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:27 pm

My ants live in a small box especially for ants... it is clear and has 1cm of dirt thickness throughout they have a food pallet a rock and a stick. They also have a water test tube. They used to live underground but suddenly moved into the test tube the water in the test tube has never gone down and they don't drink! I think the soil may be to dry and I need them out of the test tube because I think it may have a black mold on the cotton separating the water from the ants!

How do I move them out of there?
Do I move them into a new box without dirt?

Please help!
Thank you

Hunter36o
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Re: How do I make my soil moist?

Post: # 49347Post Hunter36o
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:29 am

Water the soil, just in small amounts.
You want it to be softish for the water and not a swimming pool. The ants went to the test tube because with is moist and the now have control of dry to damp egg placement depending on their broods current needs.

I use a water dropper or you can also use a syringe.
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Founding stage:
11x Lasius Niger
1x Myrmica Rubra
1x Myrmica ??

Hunter36o
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Re: How do I make my soil moist?

Post: # 49349Post Hunter36o
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:34 am

Oh also this could be just me but I do not directly water the area needed to be moist rather then near and around that area so it does not get water logged.
Officially caring for 4 Lasius colonies :D :D :D

Founding stage:
11x Lasius Niger
1x Myrmica Rubra
1x Myrmica ??

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Re: How do I make my soil moist?

Post: # 50085Post idahoantgirl
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:19 pm

Your ants are drinking. Just think about how small their abdomens are. Now think about even if their gasters were completly full of water how little of a difference you would see in the tube.
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.

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