I had been wondering what to use in test tubes to feed my ants honey, I used grease paper but it eventually bends and leaks... costing the life of a worker from time to time. Foil is too finicky and easy moves or get stuck.
Also thought about buying 3D printed ant dishes to put in but its too costly when first starting out and having many tubes. I then remembered I had some small pop vials I could cut the lip off and use as a tiny dish.
So here I am sharing this for others just as an Idea. Its inexpensive to buy them and I guess you can use the remains of the tubes for something else.
Some pictures of what you can use. I already used bottle lids and cut them to size but they were still too large for test tubes or small outworlds/founding ones and allowed the ant to get stuck in it easy. (when its just one queen.)
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Replacing old dish with smaller one.
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Small one in test tube.
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I hope this information helps someone.
Edited by PaigeX, December 12 2021 - 10:15 AM.