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Question about "All you need package"

Post: # 19198Post Baltimore410Keeper
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:51 pm

So I got my all you need package in the other day .... i'm trying to figure out what the ziplock bag full of white ball looking stuff is ........



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Re: Question about "All you need package"

Post: # 19199Post jwatson16202
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:53 pm

It's perlite - used as a hydration medium.
Or at least I think it is, seemed the right volume to fill the hydration chamber of the hybrid nest anyway :P

I didn't like it so i ditched it and used cotton instead
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Re: Question about "All you need package"

Post: # 19214Post Baltimore410Keeper
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:45 pm

Ohhhhh OK thanks for the reply ... Yea I too like cotton and have enough of it around :-)
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Re: Question about "All you need package"

Post: # 19218Post jwatson16202
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:04 pm

I found that my Lasius niger ants preferred the cotton too
when using the perlite they ignored the mesh chambers, but when I switched to cotton within a day or so they had dumped a load of sand in one of the chambers and moved the brood in.
the cotton probably presses up against the mesh better i guess? :P
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Re: Question about "All you need package"

Post: # 19254Post idahoantgirl
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:06 pm

am i the only one who uses folded up paper towels and toilet paper as a hydration medium in my hybrid nest? :lol:
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Re: Question about "All you need package"

Post: # 19264Post Cale3459
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:48 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:06 pm
am i the only one who uses folded up paper towels and toilet paper as a hydration medium in my hybrid nest? :lol:
Probably :lol: actually I use the cotton because I have it readily available due to using it to plug ports or applying fluon. It's something versatile that I can use for multiple functions in ant keeping.
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Re: Question about "All you need package"

Post: # 19307Post idahoantgirl
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:13 am

Cale3459 wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:48 pm
idahoantgirl wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:06 pm
am i the only one who uses folded up paper towels and toilet paper as a hydration medium in my hybrid nest? :lol:
Probably :lol: actually I use the cotton because I have it readily available due to using it to plug ports or applying fluon. It's something versatile that I can use for multiple functions in ant keeping.
Yeah. I would use cotton except I currently only have cotton balls witch is harder to make lay flat in the hydration basin.
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and gathers its food at harvest.

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Re: Question about "All you need package"

Post: # 19313Post Cale3459
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:06 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:13 am
Cale3459 wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:48 pm
idahoantgirl wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:06 pm
am i the only one who uses folded up paper towels and toilet paper as a hydration medium in my hybrid nest? :lol:
Probably :lol: actually I use the cotton because I have it readily available due to using it to plug ports or applying fluon. It's something versatile that I can use for multiple functions in ant keeping.
Yeah. I would use cotton except I currently only have cotton balls witch is harder to make lay flat in the hydration basin.
I use cotton balls exclusively. I just shred them really good first.
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Re: Question about "All you need package"

Post: # 19315Post Baltimore410Keeper
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:18 pm

Cale3459 wrote:
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:06 pm
idahoantgirl wrote:
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:13 am
Cale3459 wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:48 pm


Probably :lol: actually I use the cotton because I have it readily available due to using it to plug ports or applying fluon. It's something versatile that I can use for multiple functions in ant keeping.
Yeah. I would use cotton except I currently only have cotton balls witch is harder to make lay flat in the hydration basin.
I use cotton balls exclusively. I just shred them really good first.
Yea definitely have a lot of cotton lol .... I just spread it up like he does ...... haven't needed to really use anything bigger then the test tube portal yet lol so we shall see once I get to that point lol
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