Okay, so like today I had the fun of finding my Tetramorium escaped AGAIN. They have blown through Fluon multiple times. They are in a plastic box formicarium, but apparently the lid, even though it seems to be a tight fit, is just not quite tight enough.
Oh and you can check out the "Attack on Titan" photos in my Tetramorium journal, page 2. Includes photos of them trying to eat a dead honeypot queen last time they escaped, and now photos of Camponotus quercicola chomping on Tetramorium in their test tube. (Link that will work until I change the journal title: https://www.formicul...cola-etc/page-2 )
Anyway, I'm about done with Fluon for them. I am having trouble cleaning it off enough to put on a fresh layer; every time I try, they go through it within days.
What do you use? Favorite formicaria for tiny ants? Best barrier short of Fluon? I don't think they have reached 1000 ants yet. I try not to encourage them to grow toooo numerous.
At this point I am thinking to try talc + alcohol (will it work over a layer of destroyed Fluon?) and if that fails, mineral oil.
Thank goodness they are the smallest ants I have. I am not getting anything smaller!
EDIT: Those of you who suggested plasticine, putty, or other non-toxic modeling clay: Can it be used ALL around an outworld lid? I'm worried that would introduce more potential for gaps than not using it.
Edited by OhNoNotAgain, October 16 2020 - 3:56 PM.