The Gyroblock Formicarium is a small spinning square nest with all parts held in place by a central magnetic column. Refill the bottom water reservoir easily with a quick spin or slide the tray out.
An “X” shape tunnel in the central column interconnects the four sections, which saves so much space, leaving a clear view of the formicarium internals. This is a very tiny fun formicarium.
The water reservoir sits hidden on the bottom tray, kept tightly in place by the force of a strong magnet, separated by a small round steel mesh screen. Water evaporates and travels into the formicarium through the screen as most air exchanges. The average temperature, as well as the fluctuations, will determine the overall humidity of the nest. Alternatively, the reservoir can contain absorbent material like cotton, clay, sandy substrate or crushed perlite; this would retain humidity for extended periods and release it slowly depending on the material used.
The bottom of the chambers is covered with an absorbent and rugged substrate, providing crevices and grip to ants. In this design, we left the side walls clean and smooth with exposed plastic; this separates the substrate humidity from reaching the glass directly. As a result, ants with difficulty climbing smooth surfaces will be less likely to populate walls; those who can climb will be less likely to deposit wet organic material between the glass and the wall/frame.
Three sides have a 9.5mm (3/8″) vinyl tubing connection port.
The Gyroblock formicarium includes three plugs, a pipette, and the light protection option of your choice.
The unit measures 5×5 cm wide and 2.5 cm tall. The approximated weight is 55 grams.