Natural formicarium media?

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Natural formicarium media?

Post: # 32038Post LaLeeRhys
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:22 am

I have what i think is a solanopsis invicta colony, and i want to give them a natural dirt nest, but i don't know what i should do for soil. I don't want to use soil from outside, but I've heard potting soil was bad. Help please? She has thirty workers in a test tube set up and its getting difficult to feed them. (They are amazing, but they scare the crap out of me. I don't wanna get bit anymore!)

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Post: # 32048Post Batspiderfish
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:30 am

I like using coconut fiber, since the organic acids help to maintain a relatively sanitary nest environment. You can find it cheaply at pet stores, used as substrate for crabs and amphibians.
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Post: # 32050Post AntsOnTheCoast
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:21 pm

Hm, what's bad about potting mix? I'd honestly like to know.

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