So I wanted to find a way to refill the water without making it a hassle every time. I tried to replicate what I got with Tar Heel Ants but with 30 mL plastic bead container and a 40ml snap cap container where there is a hole at the side towards the bottom, covered by stainless steel mesh. I used a glue gun to keep the stainless steel mesh covering down. BUT I had leaking issues. I tried changing the size of the hole 3 times but nothing helped. There was always a trickle.
Last I tried to replicate what Drew made. Similar to his pyramid feeder I used string, but the string i used is not kevlar string like his, just simple sewing string but I quadrupled the amount so its thicker. The way this works is the water gets wicked up by adhesion and cohesion and is able to climb to the top of the container. I tied a loop under the cap so the ants can't pull on the string too much. I next drilled a hole into the top of the snap cap container, and a same size hole at the top of the outworld lid. I put some tubing into the holes of the outworld and into the snap cap container. I also dropped a couple magnets into the container to weight it down and also so i can manipulate the container from outside with another magnet if need be. I put some water with food coloring so i can visualize the water better. This way it would be easier to see if the water was getting wicked up, and I can better visualize the container go empty. The container can hold just under 40 mL of fluid.
here are some pics. questions? comments?
Edited by KBant, June 15 2019 - 4:43 PM.