Is my test tube big enough?

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caters
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Is my test tube big enough?

Post: # 35304Post caters
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:57 pm

I have heard that you need 20-50 workers and a large enough brood before moving into a larger formicarium from a test tube setup. I think I saw a queen ant on my back porch but I didn't have something to catch her in and maybe it was a major worker that I saw and not a queen.

The only test tube I've got that doesn't have anything in it is I think 3.5 inches long and at most half an inch in diameter(probably closer to a quarter inch in diameter. Is that a big enough test tube for up to 20-50 workers, a large brood and a queen? I think I've got either carpenter ant queens(which I know take up to a year to form a colony big enough to move into a larger formicarium) or Lasius neoniger queens on my back porch. In either case, I know they are a black ant species of some sort.

But yeah, is that a big enough test tube? Because that is the only test tube I have with nothing in it. If not, can I use a water bottle as like a bigger version of a test tube setup? It is a half liter bottle with these dimensions:

7/8" diameter opening
8" length
8.25" circumference at maximum

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Re: Is my test tube big enough?

Post: # 35344Post antnest8
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:05 pm

the test tube is big enough
keeper of
3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
!!And A CREMATOGASTER QUEEN!!

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