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test tube setup + bendable straw = refillable setup?


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#1 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 15 2019 - 8:28 AM

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I just had a bit of a brain flash...

A bendable straw inserted through the side of a test tube setup's cotton into the water could allow one to fill it up from the outside.
bend the exterior part of the straw upwards for easy filling with a syringe and then block it up with Blu Tack or something.

Although I would use those sponge bits that you can get from Aliexpress or similar instead of cotton for a longer lasting setup.

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Edited by CoolColJ, January 15 2019 - 8:30 AM.

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#2 Offline Shifty189 - Posted January 16 2019 - 6:37 PM

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Honestly, I don't see the appeal. Granted I have only been anting for a single season, I haven't had a need to refill any test tubes. I kept a fair number of queens, but most of them died well before the water level was a problem. The queens that I did raise were ready for a true nest before it became a concern. I realize by your activity and posts on this forum that you keep a lot of ants, so is this idea to keep a colony in a "tubes and tubes" setup?



#3 Offline nurbs - Posted January 16 2019 - 7:33 PM

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That doesn't work. Inserting a straw or any kind of long object into the cotton (I once tried using a thin wooden chopstick stick between the cotton and the water so that honeypots could hang) causes the water reservoir to leak.

 

But more importantly I've never had an issue with needing to refill the water in a test tube. Usually the cotton gets moldy and dirty first before you ever need to refill, and by that time you just make a new test tube setup.


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#4 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 16 2019 - 9:00 PM

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Well I keep my ants in moldy cotton test tubes until it's near dry anyway :D

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