Please explain gel ant farms

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SpeciesK
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Please explain gel ant farms

Post: # 16421Post SpeciesK
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:52 am

Please explain gel ant farms. :geek:
I see comments that they are bad but not why they are bad. :twisted:
What is the gel made of? Do ants actually eat it? Or just move it around?
Are they okay for any kinds of ants?
How about temporary queen housing?
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Batspiderfish
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Re: Please explain gel ant farms

Post: # 16428Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:57 am

The gel was designed by NASA as a solid, edible, and translucent substrate to study the effects of zero-gravity on invertebrates. It was not designed for the long-term habitation of ants, and will eventually mold and kill everything inside. It does not provide full nutrition for ants either.
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