Tanks and Habitats
We have a wide range of ant habitats to suit all your needs from ant habitats for kids just starting out to professional glass and acrylic habitats for anyone wishing to start off their own ant empire in style.
1 - Surface Nest
You can keep your ants on the surface in a tank. Simply place the test tube they are delivered in onto the surface of a shallow layer of sand and loam. Although this may not be how most ants live in nature it does provides a natural environment for them to forage and search for food whilst having a safe home with the correct conditions. It also has the added benefit of allowing you to see everything that goes on in the colony. As time passes sand and loam could be added to increase the nesting space or a vertical ant farm could be connected to the tank.
2 - Tank Nest
A tank nest is the most natural approach to keeping ants and usually provides a colony with ample space for many years. It ensures that there is a large body of soil to help retain moisture in the nest and acts as both a nesting and feeding area. The main disadvantage with this approach is that you can't see everything that is going on underground but this is usually advantageous to the ants as they are disturbed less and can grow without interuption.
3 - Vertical Nest
This is the most common approach to keeping ants and is the design used by many commercially available ant habitats. It provides easy viewing of the ants, their chambers and tunnels as well as the activitities they get up to. Vertical nests can also be connected to an additional tank or surface nest to provide ants with an area to forage for food and dump rubbish.