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Question: Moving ant's out of old test tube


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#1 Offline Appo - Posted November 30 2021 - 5:04 PM

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Hey ya'll,

 

I have a small Brachymyrmex obscurior colony of about 9 workers right now, in a test tube setup. I bought a test tube portal from AC and attached the current tube and a fresh one to it, plugging the other two holes up. The current test tube has pretty much completely run out of water in the reservoir but there is still some moisture in the cotton. I've been keeping them in my closet where its dark 24/7 unless I'm looking at them, and I haven't ever seen them enter into the portal yet (which I'm using as a pseudo outworld. I guess what I'm wondering is should I be confident that these ants are going to move house into the other test tube once it becomes bone dry in theirs? Should I pull them out of the closet and keep them in the light, covering the other tube with a sock or something?

 

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#2 Offline Zeiss - Posted November 30 2021 - 5:29 PM

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Best way to move ants is to just dump them out of their tube into something that lets them get into the new tube or just directly into the new tube.


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#3 Online antsriondel - Posted November 30 2021 - 6:25 PM

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try disconnecting the test tube and putting tubing inside the test tube then connect the tubing to a new test tube. then cover the new tube with a piece of paper and shine a bright light on the old tube. 

then wait



#4 Offline Appo - Posted November 30 2021 - 7:08 PM

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Best way to move ants is to just dump them out of their tube into something that lets them get into the new tube or just directly into the new tube.


Wouldn't that be harmful to the ants or mess the queen up shaking them out? It's my only colony so it sounds a little frightening lol

#5 Online antsriondel - Posted December 1 2021 - 6:24 AM

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yes that would stress out your queen and might stop her from laying eggs

 

but that's only from my experience.



#6 Offline Zeiss - Posted December 1 2021 - 3:58 PM

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Best way to move ants is to just dump them out of their tube into something that lets them get into the new tube or just directly into the new tube.


Wouldn't that be harmful to the ants or mess the queen up shaking them out? It's my only colony so it sounds a little frightening lol

Not really.  I do that to all my ants and have for years.  Lots of people do it too.  Just don't shake to the point of splattering the queen, haha.


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