Stubborn colony help!

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TippyDisc911
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Stubborn colony help!

Post: # 56089Post TippyDisc911
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:50 pm

So I have a Formica subsericea colony and has been taken out of hibernation last week (test tube). I’ve tried for 3 days to get them to move to a new test tube but they won’t leave the old one which has no water and is molding. Help!
Keeping:
Formica subsericea: 10 workers
Tetramourium Immigrans: 12 workers
solenopsis molesta: 25-30 workers

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Hunter36o
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Re: Stubborn colony help!

Post: # 56101Post Hunter36o
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:44 am

Not much you can do. Just make sure there is light on the old test tube, tilted slightly upwards from the new test tube and of course make sure the new one is nice and dark for them. Out side of all this, it is simply a waiting game.
Research is important before during and even after you have established a colony. There is always time to learn and to listen to others experiences. Live by this and your ants will thrive. Fail to do so and your experience may be brief.

harvesterant
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Re: Stubborn colony help!

Post: # 56171Post harvesterant
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:14 am

I can also suggest adding slight heat to the current test tube, maybe that will help them move? Try not to overheat them though.
Maybe try using a heating cable?

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