Please pray for my queens.

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Aquaexploder
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Please pray for my queens.

Post: # 21158Post Aquaexploder
Sun May 14, 2017 1:37 pm

So I currently have 2 prenolepis imparis queens in a test tube setup together and their water supply was running low. The test tubes are plastic so I figured that I would just make a small hole where the water was and fill it up. So I made the hole and added some water(it was still far from filled) and noticed that some was leaking through the cotton. The water touched the queens and eggs. After a long and big effort of drying out their test tube useing q-tips I managed tho dry off the eggs and the inside of the test tube. I also completely drained the reservoir leaving them with just the damp peace of cotton. I attempted to get them to move to another test tube but they wouldn't leave. Is their any chance of them surviving? I know I stressed out the queens a lot but it was my last opinion.
Founding:

Camponotus herculeanus (x1)

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

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Re: Please pray for my queens.

Post: # 21160Post Batspiderfish
Sun May 14, 2017 1:39 pm

The water is being held behind the cotton with the help of vacuum forces. The way to replace a dry tube is to give access to a fresh one.
Links:
Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

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Re: Please pray for my queens.

Post: # 21162Post Aquaexploder
Sun May 14, 2017 1:43 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 1:39 pm
The water is being held behind the cotton with the help of vacuum forces. The way to replace a dry tube is to give access to a fresh one.
I was dumb and didn't think of this and now I paid the price. Do you think they will survive?
Founding:

Camponotus herculeanus (x1)

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

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Re: Please pray for my queens.

Post: # 21163Post Batspiderfish
Sun May 14, 2017 1:56 pm

They might. It's still pretty early in their founding stages -- they could probably even start over. I would set them up with a new test tube, though. You can leave the tubes mouth-to-mouth in an escape-proofed container. Don't force them to move or anything.
Links:
Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

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Re: Please pray for my queens.

Post: # 21165Post Aquaexploder
Sun May 14, 2017 1:58 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 1:56 pm
They might. It's still pretty early in their founding stages -- they could probably even start over. I would set them up with a new test tube, though. You can leave the tubes mouth-to-mouth in an escape-proofed container. Don't force them to move or anything.
Ok will do, thank you!
Founding:

Camponotus herculeanus (x1)

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

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Re: Please pray for my queens.

Post: # 21192Post xTNxANTMANx
Sun May 14, 2017 11:47 pm

We all learn from our mistakes. I'm sure we have all made some very poor decisions when first starting this Hobby. I really hope your Queens survive. I hope they are doing okay.
Keeper of:
Tapinoma sessile
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Founding:
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Camponotus castaneus
Pheidole sp x6
Formica pallidefulva x3
Colobobsis impressus

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Re: Please pray for my queens.

Post: # 21334Post CamponotusCommander
Thu May 18, 2017 11:18 am

I know how concerned you must feel. I just had one of the most heart breaking happen. A large drop of water drained from the cotton and drowned one of my queens. I felt horrible about it. :(
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Re: Please pray for my queens.

Post: # 21336Post Aquaexploder
Thu May 18, 2017 2:09 pm

CamponotusCommander wrote:
Thu May 18, 2017 11:18 am
I know how concerned you must feel. I just had one of the most heart breaking happen. A large drop of water drained from the cotton and drowned one of my queens. I felt horrible about it. :(
I feel so bad. I wish you the best of luck.
Founding:

Camponotus herculeanus (x1)

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

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Re: Please pray for my queens.

Post: # 21337Post CamponotusCommander
Thu May 18, 2017 2:13 pm

Thanks for the support my friend. :) How long have you been keeping ants for?
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Re: Please pray for my queens.

Post: # 21339Post Aquaexploder
Thu May 18, 2017 2:16 pm

CamponotusCommander wrote:
Thu May 18, 2017 2:13 pm
Thanks for the support my friend. :) How long have you been keeping ants for?
I kind of started in October but only found drones. On April 9th I found my first queen which happened to be in the test tube incident.
You?
Founding:

Camponotus herculeanus (x1)

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

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