Ants won't leave moldy test tube

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AdaLollA
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Ants won't leave moldy test tube

Post: # 51768Post AdaLollA
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:44 pm

Hi guys,
i actually don't know if i have a problem or not, but to find out exactly that i thought i would ask the pros here.

I have a very small lasius niger colony and they have been in the same test tube setup for half a year now. I offered them a similar test tube setups with fresh water and cotton multiple times but they never decided to move.

By now the setup in which they live is really moldy and hasn't had water for months. This is what their setup looks like right now:

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I tried offering them an AntsCanada Hybrid V2 nest but as i thought they won't take that, especially when they are still in such few numbers. However i am really confused about the fresh test tube rejections. The fresh test tubes were always offered by a direct connection to the AntsCanada Adapter (i think its called) which i used as a miniature outworld to which the old test tube was also connected directly.

First: Should i be worried about the moldy test tube they live in?
Second: If so, how should i proced in offering new test tubes?

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Re: Ants won't leave moldy test tube

Post: # 51775Post AntsDakota
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:13 pm

Shine a bright fluorescent or LED light on the colony, and cover up the new test tube. Place the old test tube at a higher elevation than the new test tube. This will encourage the ants to move into the new test tube.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

AntsDakota
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Re: Ants won't leave moldy test tube

Post: # 51776Post AntsDakota
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:15 pm

I say fluorescent or LED because incandescent bulbs give off a lot of heat, which could kill the colony.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

AdaLollA
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Re: Ants won't leave moldy test tube

Post: # 51795Post AdaLollA
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:20 pm

AntsDakota wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:13 pm
Shine a bright fluorescent or LED light on the colony, and cover up the new test tube. Place the old test tube at a higher elevation than the new test tube. This will encourage the ants to move into the new test tube.
Thanks, I'll try that (:

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Re: Ants won't leave moldy test tube

Post: # 51848Post AntsDakota
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:12 pm

Glad to be of assistance.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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