Sugar Water Test Tubes

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Whitelotus
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Sugar Water Test Tubes

Post: # 47512Post Whitelotus
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:07 pm

Hello. This is going to seem like a weird question, but I have a test tube filled with sugar water and I have noticed over time that some of the cotton in the tube is coming off and floating in the water. Should sugar water best be served in a tray or could this just be something normal?

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Re: Sugar Water Test Tubes

Post: # 47838Post idahoantgirl
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:57 pm

Its fine :)
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Re: Sugar Water Test Tubes

Post: # 47843Post colo3000
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:30 pm

Whitelotus wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:07 pm
Hello. This is going to seem like a weird question, but I have a test tube filled with sugar water and I have noticed over time that some of the cotton in the tube is coming off and floating in the water. Should sugar water best be served in a tray or could this just be something normal?

Thanks for reading and have a nice day.
Sounds like just some loose cotton drifting off. Shouldn’t hurt anything.
-Colo3000

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Re: Sugar Water Test Tubes

Post: # 47851Post Batspiderfish
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:56 pm

Give fresh sugar water in small doses unless the colony is very large and drinks it quickly -- otherwise it will just ferment or feed microorganisms, which is what I suspect the cotton-y material would be.
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Re: Sugar Water Test Tubes

Post: # 49963Post PwnerPie
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:05 am

Most likely not cotton, but mold. sugar water molds very quickly. It shows up as a whitish, stringy, semi translucent substance
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