Trash in the testube

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antsabroad
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Trash in the testube

Post: # 37905Post antsabroad
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:59 am

Here is a link to a picture of the test tube. This is Messor barbarus and they have seed skins, etc. Just chilling in the front of the test tube.
https://imgur.com/YyBz9fz
Is it bad, good, or neither? Please help, as I'm leaving on a trip in a week and for 6 weeks. My friend is watching them and she isn't an antkeeper.
Keeper of:
Messor barbarus
Formica fusca
Lasius cf. niger
Founding:
Myrmica rubra
Camponotus truncatus
C. cruentatus
Myrmecina graminicola

Masterchief
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Re: Trash in the testube

Post: # 37945Post Masterchief
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:33 pm

Wow that is a very blurry pic! Try and set the phone on a surface near the test tube and take a really steady pic! Also you can put your cam in sports mode to have a faster shutter speed. I'm no "experianced" ant keeper but I know from AC that their "trash" needs to be cleaned before it molds or goes bad. Can you remove with small tweezers? When my colonies first workers came there were about 20 and for their first meal I placed them in a small Outworld. They arr absolutely Loving it so far! Here are the pics!
http://imgur.com/gallery/mLXwqt9
Keeper of
1 Liometopum Occidentale (Velvet Tree Ant)
1 Tetramorium (Pavement Ant)

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Trash in the testube

Post: # 37982Post Batspiderfish
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:51 pm

When it's that far away from the damp parts of the test tube, it tends not to be a problem. I would intervene if you notice mold beginning to grow, else leave them along.
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antsabroad
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Re: Trash in the testube

Post: # 38334Post antsabroad
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:08 am

Thanks for all your help! Test tube has been cleaned, and sorry for the pic, as my camera is very bad.
Keeper of:
Messor barbarus
Formica fusca
Lasius cf. niger
Founding:
Myrmica rubra
Camponotus truncatus
C. cruentatus
Myrmecina graminicola

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