Are test tubes always necessary?

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Are test tubes always necessary?

Post: # 54406Post Wolfsbane123
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:52 pm

So I have never kept ants before and I want to try my hand at starting from just one queen and breeding my own colony. My question is, since the whole purpose of keeping a queen in a test tube is to simulate natural underground catacombs, wouldn’t it be just as effective to keep the queen in a formicarium instead? That way, when she starts to build up a colony, I can eventually attach an outworld and they can all explore when they are ready. Instead of transporting them later on and stressing the queen and the workers out. I’m just curious if this would be an ideal plan or if not then I’m curious to find out why not.

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Re: Are test tubes always necessary?

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Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:01 am

It matters the formicarium. if the formicarium is huge you should add dirt or substrate for her to slowly expand her colony. test tubes are just cheaper and easier to find. plus you can store water with out disturbing her. some people have raised queens in other items of course from plant water pickets to tic-tac containers.
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Re: Are test tubes always necessary?

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Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:11 pm

The new AntsCanada Ant Tower is perfect for this. It's a soil formicarium so the new queen can excavate her own claustral chamber. As workers come along, they can forage above ground in the upper section of the Ant Tower. Expanding the setup is easy with tubing as well.
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Re: Are test tubes always necessary?

Post: # 54423Post Wolfsbane123
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:44 pm

ooper01 wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:11 pm
The new AntsCanada Ant Tower is perfect for this. It's a soil formicarium so the new queen can excavate her own claustral chamber. As workers come along, they can forage above ground in the upper section of the Ant Tower. Expanding the setup is easy with tubing as well.
This is a good idea. Then later when the colony gets bigger I can get a bigger outworld and try and get the queen to move to a hybrid nest for better viewing later on. Thanks for the suggestion!

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