A couple weeks ago I moved my 2yr old Aphaenogaster rudis colony of about 70-80 workers from their old, dirty Mini Hearth into an AntsAustralia Ytong nest. It took them a few days to move in. During which, a few ants died but I wasn't too alarmed as I assumed that they were either just old or maybe the stress of the move had gotten to them.
Once they fully moved in, I noticed a few more dead ants in the outworld, but once again, it didn't raise any bells for me. Today, looking into the nest, I saw that they had no brood left (I assume it all died or they ate it) and almost all the ants were dead except for the queen and maybe a dozen workers. I quickly moved the remaining ants to a test tube.
I'm now pretty sure something in the nest killed them. I'm wondering if it might be something like what happened to Tar Heel Ants type II batch a year ago. The dead/dying ants have those droopy/curled antennae that the THA poisoned ants do. The nest does also have a particularly strong odor to it. Does anyone know anything about something like this happening with AntsAustralia?
Also, this is a pretty slow-growing species; it took them two years to get to just under 100 workers. I don't want to have lost two years worth of progress with this colony, as they're now basically back to square 1. Is there anything I can do to extra-accelerate their growth?
Any help/tips/suggestions will be much appreciated!
Edited by Mettcollsuss, November 26 2018 - 6:43 AM.