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How do you clean THA Formicariums?

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#1 Offline gs5248 - Posted December 27 2020 - 9:43 PM

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I have had my tetramorium colony in a mini hearth for a few months now, and they grew really big in that time. Now I have them in a THA fortress. I have the mini hearth just sitting their because I am not sure how to go about cleaning it for uses for another colony. Does anyone here know how to do it?



#2 Offline ZTYguy - Posted December 27 2020 - 9:55 PM

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Just use an acid bath like vinegar.


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#3 Offline gs5248 - Posted December 27 2020 - 9:58 PM

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Wow, I never actually thought of that before. However, wouldn't the acid get absorbed into the Type 3 material and be toxic to the ants?



#4 Offline ZTYguy - Posted December 27 2020 - 10:02 PM

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If you use vinegar then put it in a bucket of water and switch it out everyday for three days.


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#5 Offline gs5248 - Posted December 27 2020 - 10:30 PM

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Thank you for the tip!



#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 28 2020 - 5:57 AM

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Use really hot water and scrub it out with a toothbrush. If you do vinegar, be sure to dilute it. One part vinegar to two parts water will be good.
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#7 Offline DDD101DDD - Posted December 28 2020 - 6:11 AM

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If you soak the mini hearth in water for too long the outworld can fall off.


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#8 Offline gs5248 - Posted December 28 2020 - 11:45 AM

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If you soak the mini hearth in water for too long the outworld can fall off.

How do I prevent this from happening?



#9 Offline ZTYguy - Posted December 28 2020 - 12:10 PM

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You can hold the outworld up with a string


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#10 Offline B_rad0806 - Posted December 28 2020 - 12:47 PM

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What I would do is put the nest area under a sink with warm water to rinse it off. Then put the nest in a bowl with warm water. After this you would leave it in the sun for a day


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#11 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 28 2020 - 1:14 PM

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If you soak the mini hearth in water for too long the outworld can fall off.

How do I prevent this from happening?
Don’t soak it for a long time. It’s not coated in nuclear waste.
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#12 Offline Devi - Posted December 28 2020 - 1:16 PM

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If you soak the mini hearth in water for too long the outworld can fall off.

How do I prevent this from happening?
Don’t soak it for a long time. It’s not coated in nuclear waste.

 

I mean, with tetras you never know...  :whistle:


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#13 Offline gs5248 - Posted December 28 2020 - 2:09 PM

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Thanks you everyone for the tips!







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