Jump to content

  • Chat
  •  
  •  

Welcome to Formiculture.com!

This is a website for anyone interested in Myrmecology and all aspects of finding, keeping, and studying ants. The site and forum are free to use. Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation points to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. If you already have an account, login here - otherwise create an account for free today!

Photo

test tube honey leak?


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 Offline Koafid - Posted May 12 2024 - 1:08 AM

Koafid

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 27 posts

Hi,
to feed ants sugars in formicarium, I filled test tube with honey-water in 1:1 ratio, with cotton plug as I did with water in all test tubes, but the honey is leaking. Is that caused by too much water, or not enough cotton, or honey is not usable in this way and I need to replace it with sugar water? thanks.



#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 12 2024 - 2:34 AM

ANTdrew

    Advanced Member

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPip
  • 9,440 posts
  • LocationAlexandria, VA
Honey has naturally occurring yeasts in it. Once it is mixed with water, these yeasts will ferment the honey into alcohol. In the process, they release large amounts of CO2, which is what is forcing the honey to leak out.
  • Artisan_Ants likes this
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#3 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted May 12 2024 - 8:12 AM

The_Gaming-gate

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 401 posts
  • LocationOrlando, Florida. USA.
You should use sugar water, alcohols in the honey water will kill the ants.

Ants are small creatures... but together... they can rule the world.

 

 

 


#4 Offline Koafid - Posted May 12 2024 - 9:13 AM

Koafid

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 27 posts

Honey has naturally occurring yeasts in it. Once it is mixed with water, these yeasts will ferment the honey into alcohol. In the process, they release large amounts of CO2, which is what is forcing the honey to leak out.

cool, that means that clear honey is the way? is that usable? or just sugar water?



#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 12 2024 - 9:16 AM

ANTdrew

    Advanced Member

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPip
  • 9,440 posts
  • LocationAlexandria, VA
Sugar water can also ferment into alcohol, though it may last a bit longer. Hummingbird nectar with preservative in it or byFormica Sunburst nectar will not ferment.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#6 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted May 12 2024 - 1:36 PM

The_Gaming-gate

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 401 posts
  • LocationOrlando, Florida. USA.
I’d assume honey is too thick to be accessible via cotton for an ant-colony, at least not as well as other things. Put honey in foil trays.

Ants are small creatures... but together... they can rule the world.

 

 

 


#7 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 12 2024 - 11:42 PM

dspdrew
  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

Use hummingbird nectar. It's cheap and has preservatives. I get the clear stuff so I can color it whatever color I want.


  • ANTdrew likes this




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users