Thank you both very much for your replies.
jonthefish wrote:Are you providing insect protein a couple of times a week?
The Black is nothing to worry about, its just general ware n tear and ant poo. Provide a second clean test beside the first one so you have given them choice if they would like to move.
That's a relief! Are they not meant to poop outside the tube though?
I'm really not sure how often I should be providing them with protein....
I have 2nd instar crickets which I keep frozen and never bothered gutloading. I have mealworms as well from a local pet shop which I've gutloaded and probably going to freeze very soon too. From my observations the past few weeks they don't seem to eat the whole cricket/mealworm but just eat what they can and then the rest just dries up so it becomes inedible correct?
How often should I be feeding them if this is the case, and what portions do I just put in there? Like half of a meal worm or the whole thing? I'm really inexperienced over this and I haven't been feeding them much (perhaps an insect once every 1-2 weeks) as I'm worred about over feeding them as I read there's such a thing called protein toxicity with ants.
OTHER wrote:How often do you observe them? Six Weeks and just one worker being born doesn't sound good to me.
To be honest, I observed them quite a lot. I'd leave them exposed to light as well for a few hours too.
Now the past week I've stopped and been letting them do their own thing.
But I keep them in the starter kit 0 tub so whenever I had to feed them I had to take the lid off (which is quite flimsy, it's basically a tuperware container) so they get disturbed a lot when I have to take it off. I've thought of an easy solution to this, simply just flipping the lid over so it just sits
The next time I open it probably on Friday I will be putting in a new test tube and have some red sticky window tint to put on it but I'm quite reluctant to do this as I'd like to be able to see their eggs/brood.