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Gazman73
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Cotton looks dry

Post: # 27797Post Gazman73
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:38 am

Hi
I got my very first queen Lasius niger about 2 weeks ago and since then she has laid many eggs, some are even in the 2nd stage. My worry is that to me the cotton wool nearest the queen and eggs looks very dry and in the last 2 weeks the water hasn't evaporated at all, what should I do?

Many thanks
Gaz.

Cartil
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Re: Cotton looks dry

Post: # 27816Post Cartil
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:28 pm

Gazman73 wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:38 am
Hi
I got my very first queen Lasius niger about 2 weeks ago and since then she has laid many eggs, some are even in the 2nd stage. My worry is that to me the cotton wool nearest the queen and eggs looks very dry and in the last 2 weeks the water hasn't evaporated at all, what should I do?

Many thanks
Gaz.
Do you have a picture?

Gazman73
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Re: Cotton looks dry

Post: # 27836Post Gazman73
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:27 pm

Hi
I took a few photos but when I try to upload them it says file too big, also I took a short vid but don't know how to upload it

Gaz

Cartil
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Re: Cotton looks dry

Post: # 27837Post Cartil
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:30 pm

Have you tried imgur, or even google photo?

Gazman73
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Re: Cotton looks dry

Post: # 28068Post Gazman73
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:10 pm

http://i.imgur.com/aqtCP88.jpg

Cartil
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Re: Cotton looks dry

Post: # 28114Post Cartil
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:28 pm

Gazman73 wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:10 pm
Image
It's hard to tell. When you push the cotton, did you push until the cotton became damp or not? I would be worried to open up the test tube if she already has eggs.

Gazman73
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Re: Cotton looks dry

Post: # 28152Post Gazman73
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:50 am

I didn't set the test tube up. I'm new to ant keeping and got the queen without eggs online, she has lots of eggs in there now at different stages. I'm wondering if it's a good idea to put some of the protein jelly I bought online on a piece of foil in the test tube, would that give her water as well as food. I know she doesn't need food at the moment but it's more about water.

Rhetorik
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Re: Cotton looks dry

Post: # 28185Post Rhetorik
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:23 pm

I used a qtip too push on the cotton, only problem with that is it disrupts the queen and you risk pushing too much and flooding the eggs. I am not a pro by any means.
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Gazman73
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Re: Cotton looks dry

Post: # 28425Post Gazman73
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:48 pm

Thank you for your advice and I think I might try attaching a new test tube to the existing one and see what happens.

averagebilly
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Re: Cotton looks dry

Post: # 28427Post averagebilly
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:52 pm

Try using a syringe to extract water. If you can, then great! But if you can't, then let her move into a new test tube.
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