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Simple Mini-Jar Liquid Feeder

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#1 Offline AntsUtah - Posted November 23 2021 - 8:51 PM

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I found an extremely easy way to create a mini liquid feeder that costs 20 to 30 cents apiece. I use these tiny jars from the dollar store, 4 or 5 a pack, each pack is a dollar. You can also get them online here. Each feeder setup is not only cheap but really easy to set up:
 
After washing and soaking each jar, cut out a piece of material that can wick up the liquid. I use paper towels, but I'm sure there are other materials you could find. Fill up the jar with anything that is mostly liquid (not syrup or honey-like in consistency). After cutting the appropriate size of material and filling up the jars, lay the wick material on the cap/lid so that when you screw it onto the jar, only the material's edges are exposed over the rim of the lid. Keep the jar upside down and let capillary action do the rest. if you find not enough liquid or too much liquid is moving through the wick material, tighten or loosen the cap accordingly. 
 
These feeders are super easy to make and setup, and I hope this helped someone out there who, like me, wanted a cheaper alternative to the classic liquid feeder. 

 

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#2 Online JCRHJM - Posted November 23 2021 - 11:01 PM

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Is that paper towel for the material?



#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 24 2021 - 3:26 AM

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#4 Offline AntsUtah - Posted November 24 2021 - 9:17 AM

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Is that paper towel for the material?

 

Yes, I believe about 2 inches in diameter is the best size when cutting the material.


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#5 Offline PaigeX - Posted November 24 2021 - 9:51 AM

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Thanks so much for sharing this. I've been looking for a cost effective way to give them sugar water without having to pay big money for lots of 3D liquid feeders.


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Favourite Ant Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Here's the list of ants I have so far:
 
Golden Bull Ant - Myrmecia Chrysogaster - Queen in test tube and small outworld. No eggs yet.
Golden Tailed Spiny Ant - Polyrhachis Ammon - Or might be Polyrhachis Brisbanensis. - Colony.
Also a few Queens in test tubes with small outworlds.
Golden Tailed Spiny Ant - Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - Colony.
Golden Tail Sugar Ant - Camponotus Aeneopilosus - A few queens in test tubes.
Household Sugar Ant - Camponotus Humilior - A few queens in test tubes.
White-Legged Sugar Ant - Camponotus Elegans - Colony.
Brachyponera lutea - Queen in test tube - has eggs, larvae and cocoons.
Black Pavement Ant - Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - Queen in test tube. Has first workers.
Black Ant - Ochetellus glaber - Colony. 
 
One mini small orange Ant queen of 3mm in size. (0.11 inch) Has some eggs already.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant queen in test tube with eggs. Larger in size than Polyrhachis Vermiculosa by 1mm.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Smaller than Polyrhachis Vermiculosa by 1-2 mm.
 

May God Bless you. 

 


#6 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted November 24 2021 - 2:06 PM

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This is awsome, my ants loved it and it worked perfectly, you are an absolute genius.


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#7 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 24 2021 - 2:09 PM

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#8 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted November 24 2021 - 2:11 PM

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yea, big brain :lol:



#9 Offline Lazarus - Posted November 26 2021 - 9:32 AM

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The idea to have a wicking source is not new and in fact Crystal, a member here, posted a Youtube video years ago on not only this 'wick' method, but also using a fine mesh.

 

You can see the video showing both solutions here: https://www.youtube....h?v=dxDUf7F16Pg

 

I've actually had mixed results with both methods. When using the wick method, the wick will sometimes dries out at the top. When using the mesh, I find that even using a very fine 100 micro mesh it would sometimes still spill out in a quick burst.

 

One thing I have not tried is to invert the container as you have done with the wick. My thought was raise it just a bit so that the ants can get to it from  under, not just the the bottom as you have done. I hope the wick will not dry out that way. But my trying this will have to wait for next year as my girls are all in refrigerated diapause for this season.


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#10 Offline PaigeX - Posted November 26 2021 - 4:30 PM

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The idea to have a wicking source is not new and in fact Crystal, a member here, posted a Youtube video years ago on not only this 'wick' method, but also using a fine mesh.

 

You can see the video showing both solutions here: https://www.youtube....h?v=dxDUf7F16Pg

 

I've actually had mixed results with both methods. When using the wick method, the wick will sometimes dries out at the top. When using the mesh, I find that even using a very fine 100 micro mesh it would sometimes still spill out in a quick burst.

 

One thing I have not tried is to invert the container as you have done with the wick. My thought was raise it just a bit so that the ants can get to it from  under, not just the the bottom as you have done. I hope the wick will not dry out that way. But my trying this will have to wait for next year as my girls are all in refrigerated diapause for this season.

Have you tried 300-500 micron stainless steel mesh? Its way more costly though.  :/ 


Favourite Ant Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Here's the list of ants I have so far:
 
Golden Bull Ant - Myrmecia Chrysogaster - Queen in test tube and small outworld. No eggs yet.
Golden Tailed Spiny Ant - Polyrhachis Ammon - Or might be Polyrhachis Brisbanensis. - Colony.
Also a few Queens in test tubes with small outworlds.
Golden Tailed Spiny Ant - Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - Colony.
Golden Tail Sugar Ant - Camponotus Aeneopilosus - A few queens in test tubes.
Household Sugar Ant - Camponotus Humilior - A few queens in test tubes.
White-Legged Sugar Ant - Camponotus Elegans - Colony.
Brachyponera lutea - Queen in test tube - has eggs, larvae and cocoons.
Black Pavement Ant - Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - Queen in test tube. Has first workers.
Black Ant - Ochetellus glaber - Colony. 
 
One mini small orange Ant queen of 3mm in size. (0.11 inch) Has some eggs already.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant queen in test tube with eggs. Larger in size than Polyrhachis Vermiculosa by 1mm.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Smaller than Polyrhachis Vermiculosa by 1-2 mm.
 

May God Bless you. 

 






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