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Salt is good for ants: New study


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#1 Offline klawfran3 - Posted October 23 2015 - 11:05 AM

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I just found this posted on another forum. Anyone have any thoughts on it?

http://www.berkeley....0/27_salt.shtml


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#2 Offline drtrmiller - Posted October 23 2015 - 12:30 PM

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Sunburst Ant Nectar contains an optimal amount of salt, because it is sometimes missing from captive ant diets.

Other users discussed the importance of salt in other topics, including sharing numerous scientific articles, some months ago.


Edited by drtrmiller, October 23 2015 - 12:51 PM.

 
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#3 Offline klawfran3 - Posted October 23 2015 - 4:39 PM

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Sunburst Ant Nectar contains an optimal amount of salt, because it is sometimes missing from captive ant diets.

Other users discussed the importance of salt in other topics, including sharing numerous scientific articles, some months ago.

ahh. I wasn't here a few months ago so I probably didn't see that. good to know!


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#4 Offline AntsTexas - Posted October 23 2015 - 6:15 PM

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i'm gonna try this with s. invicta outside around my house and c what happens:

 

1. salt

2. sugar

3. salt and sugar

4. honey and salt

5. honey and sugar


Edited by AntsTexas, October 23 2015 - 6:16 PM.

Ant Queens found:

 

Solenopsis Invicta,  Solenopsis xyloni,  Brachymyrmex depilis/Sp,  Myrmecocystus Mimicus,  Pogonomyrmex barbatus,

Forelius pruinosus,  Camponotus sayi, Dorymyrmex insanus, crematogaster ashmeadi,

 

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Ant Queens i have going right now:

 

camponotus sayi, solenopsis invicta, Myrmecocystus Mimicus, Forelius pruinosus

Pogonomyrmex barbatus, and some others (no i.d.)

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#5 Offline LC3 - Posted October 23 2015 - 7:08 PM

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If anyone is planning to experiment on this you would also need to take account in location and what species. Some ants also seem to favor certain sugars over others and the size and age of the colony may also be a factor.


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#6 Offline Runner12 - Posted October 24 2015 - 1:21 PM

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Just offered my C. chromaiodes, C. americanus, C. castaneus, F. pallidefulva, and P. badius colonies 1% salt water and got total lack of interest across the board.

 

Slight derail but I've been noticing a few European sites advising against using distilled water to water ants.  I have pretty much always used distilled water, does anyone know what the reasoning behind this is?


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#7 Offline drtrmiller - Posted October 24 2015 - 4:59 PM

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1% w/v salt is way too much.

 

Distilled water lacks micronutrients present in natural water, which may lead to deficiencies in captive colonies.


 
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#8 Offline Runner12 - Posted October 24 2015 - 5:45 PM

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I just went with 1% since that was the concentration mentioned in the article. I can dilute it a little more I guess. Ok lol, so if tap water is bad due to chemicals and distilled is too nutrient poor, what source of water is left? I have also read about bottled water being even worse quality than tap

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#9 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 25 2015 - 9:10 AM

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I use bottled water for every living thing of mine.



#10 Offline Runner12 - Posted October 25 2015 - 10:29 AM

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Any particular brand or type you recommend?






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