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Test tube water discolouration

test tube water discolouration discoloration color colour lasius niger mold cotton

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#1 Offline Rubenvis24 - Posted April 13 2018 - 7:19 AM



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Hello all,

I believe I have a problem with my Lasius niger colony.

The colony is housed in a test tube within an outworld. I believe the ants have been stacking their waste against the cotton of the water reservoir. This led to the cotton ball becoming green, but I thought nothing of it because Iv'e read it wouldn't be a problem. However, the water in the reservoir is now coloured red. I thought this was alarming, so I'm coming to you guys for help. I've tried moving them with light and heat already. I have even shaken the queen from the tube into the outworld, and she quickly took shelter into a new testtube. However, the ants would not follow her and after an hour she moved back into the brightly lit testtube. I'm getting desperate now. I really don't want to lose this colony as it's my first ever and I have grown quite attached to it. Help me please!


In reality the water is a little more red than the pictures show.





#2 Offline Scrixx - Posted April 13 2018 - 8:12 AM


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What I go by is that the ants know what's best for themselves. As long as you provide a clean test tube, they will move if they need to. The mold probably isn't harmful to them or hasn't reached the point where they feel they need to move yet. 

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#3 Offline Mortamir - Posted April 13 2018 - 8:14 AM


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Yup, just put in clean one so they can move if needed.

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