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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
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Why are ants attracted to my water?

I am in the process of starting my tank emersed. I've noticed that if i don't tightly seal my tank with syran wrap, it attracts ants. I never thought too much of it thinking it might be the soil attracting the ants. I also keep a pitcher of dechlorinated water (tap with sodium thiosulfate) next to my tank. After making a new batch of water, in a few days the water is filled with dead floating ants. Anyone have any idea of why I'm attracting ants?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 03:41 AM
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Hawaiian ants must be weird.
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Try putting a bottle of water out that is not dechlorinated. See if it's just that they are searching for water or if it has something to do with the dechlorinated water.
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And put a lid over your dechlorinated water!
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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It's one of those pitcher with a lid but doesn't have a seal.
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the ants could just be looking for a water source. if theres a food source near by its golden...
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the ants could just be looking for a water source. if theres a food source near by its golden...
I'm going to test this. I replaced the water in the pitcher with plain tap water.
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I've always heard that the primary reason for ants entering a house is the search for a water source.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 10:09 AM
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They are looking for water. That's the reason why I find ants in my upstairs bathroom. They get what little water there is from the shower head and faucet.
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Not exactly ants, but I did find a lady bug stuck to my filter intake today.

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