digging medium

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cheetawolf
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digging medium

Post: # 51288Post cheetawolf
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:53 pm

what kind if digging medium would i need for a lasius colony? and what are the ratio for the items needed?
also, i will be keeping my colony in a plastic container, what are the chances of mold, and escapees?
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Re: digging medium

Post: # 52006Post AntsDakota
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:15 pm

cheetawolf wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:53 pm
what kind if digging medium would i need for a lasius colony? and what are the ratio for the items needed?
also, i will be keeping my colony in a plastic container, what are the chances of mold, and escapees?
Plain dirt works fine. You could really use whatever, for Lasius aren't picky. Just be sure that there aren't any pesticides or any other ant poisons in it. You can accomplish this by cooking the medium in a microwave or oven.
"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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Re: digging medium

Post: # 52008Post AntsDakota
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:17 pm

And all natural organic matter that is moist molds eventually, unless a living organism has mold resistance. So dirt almost always molds. Sand molds too, but at a much, much slower pace. Lasius are actually more accustomed to plain dirt, so I would use it and let them deal with mold outbreaks in their own way.
"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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