Messor Barbarus - Deaths in new nest

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eleyon
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Messor Barbarus - Deaths in new nest

Post: # 68378Post eleyon
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:11 pm

Greetings fellow ant keeper! Im a musician from austria so please excuse my english ;) So I nursed a nearly dying ant colony of Messor Barbarus from 5 to a thriving empire of a few thousands in the last 3 years. I decided to add a new nesting space (in additon to my AntsCanada hybrid nest), so I build a new nest out of Ytong-Stone. They immediately started to eat the Ytong so I decided to make a new nest using modeling plaster. There are many stories of dying ants in very dry plaster so I first let it dry and after setting up I moisturized it again a bit. After a few hours I found a handful of dead ants at the bottom of my nest and disconected the setup. I build some test setups and Im always finding the same reaction: my ants die if they are in a plaster nest.
Anybody found similar problems with their ants? (btw Im using keraquick plaster).
Thanks for your responses ;)

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