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Moving my crematogaster colony into a new test tube

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#1 Offline AntTitan - Posted April 12 2021 - 7:05 PM

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Hey guys, I need some help moving my fledgeling crematogaster colony into a new test tube. My fledgeling crematogaster colony consists of a queen, 4 workers, and some brood. My Crematogaster's are very stubborn and don't like moving, but i'm going on a trip in a few days and their water reservoir is empty and a don't want them to die of dehydration while i'm gone. I'm trying exposing them to light while covering the new test tube, putting a bag of cold water underneath their old test tube to encourage them to move away from the cold. But they are very stubborn.

 

Do you guys have any other tricks or idea's on how to move them out of their old test tube into their new test tube in just a couple days?

 

Ill be leaving for a week, will they die of dehydration in that time, or will they be fine?

 

If they won't be fine, what are some ways I could make sure they are hydrated so they don't die?

 

 



#2 Offline ZTYguy - Posted April 12 2021 - 7:25 PM

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Take the test tube and shake shake shake. Well more like tap tap tap.


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#3 Offline Amazant - Posted April 12 2021 - 8:15 PM

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If you have blue tac or something similar you can join the tubes together so if the tube they are currently in becomes too dry they can move into the other tube with water.
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#4 Offline MinigunL5 - Posted April 12 2021 - 8:22 PM

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Dump them into another test tube. I like to flick the tube to make sure they fall. Any brood that remains can be moved with a q-tip or wet toothpick.

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#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 13 2021 - 2:30 AM

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Yeah, you basically have to force Crematogaster to move by shaking them into the new setup. On the other hand, if you have C. cerasi, they don’t need hardly any humidity to survive as long as they have access to drinking water.
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#6 Offline AntTitan - Posted April 13 2021 - 8:36 AM

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Ok, thank you all for you comments and I will definitely use these to help move my crematogaster's.



#7 Offline JoeByron - Posted April 15 2021 - 11:19 PM

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You could of course always scrap a small hole into the empty reservoir and either refill it or slowly submerge the tube at an angle and they will naturally move away from the flooding chamber.

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#8 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted April 16 2021 - 5:05 AM

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You could of course always scrap a small hole into the empty reservoir and either refill it or slowly submerge the tube at an angle and they will naturally move away from the flooding chamber.

That's not very practical and also the album is private so we can't see the pictures.



#9 Offline Fatatoille - Posted April 16 2021 - 5:13 AM

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You could of course always scrap a small hole into the empty reservoir and either refill it or slowly submerge the tube at an angle and they will naturally move away from the flooding chamber.

kael is right, I would recommend reuploading your pick for some better visibility.

 

you can do this by going to replying to the topic -> click on my media -> click on gallery images -> choose the correct picture you wish to upload.

 

It can be a bit confusing when uploading a picture using the gallery for the first time, I remember getting quite confused when I was trying to figure out how to upload pictures to my journal for the first time, it's just a learning curve.


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#10 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 16 2021 - 8:13 AM

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I have refilled test tubes before, but it's kind of a risky procedure. What I did was use a long syringe to inject water behind the wet cotton. I'd only do it with a smaller colony, and you need to tip up the tube so it doesn't flood in the process. Use only in emergencies!


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