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The Antworks antfarm is by far the best antfarm available. Forget about buying an antfarm with dirt or sand. With Antworks you can see right through the gel for optimal observation. Here are some helpful tips to make your ant watching experience the best possible!
Order your ants from Life Studies as suggested in other posts. However, go to [...] and order them online. I ordered them online and received them in 6 days! If you use the form that comes with Antworks, it will take longer, and there is nothing worse than staring at your Antworks with no ants!
The directions tell you to poke 4 holes in the gel with the included stick. Poke the holes in the gel next to the glass. This will assure that the ants will stay next to the glass when tunneling. With the tunnels next to the glass, you can see much better detail!
The directions tell you to open the top for a few seconds each week to allow new Oxygen inside. BE CAREFULL - the ants will swarm to the opening, so do it when no ants are near the top.
The ants are huge!! THEY WILL BITE!! Once you get your vile of ants, make sure they are on the bottom of the vile. Open the Antworks, open the vile, and tap them hard to drop them inside. If one falls outside of the Antworks, dont try to pick it up. It is probably best to just squash it!
Sit back and watch you ants build their world!
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Initial post: Apr 1, 2009 10:31:59 AM PDT
J. S Thomas says:
Thanks for the tips...my son and I are looking forward to the ant farm and just ordered the ants from Life Studies...quick and easy, 25 and for $4.95 total....
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2010 8:21:47 AM PDT
Kelly Bardier says:
ALSO, FYI if you put the vial of ants in the refrigerator for 3 minutes, they all go to sleep and will be much easier to dump in. :)
Posted on Nov 25, 2010 11:09:02 AM PST
Diana Chase says:
Should you get a "queen" ant or not?? First time user and buyer
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2011 11:28:22 AM PST
A. Little Bird says:
Someone else's post said that you don't get a queen. I looked into the ant species that you would be getting and you wouldn't want one. Western harvester ants get to be about 1/4"-1/2" long and are known to be aggressive in the wild, meaning that they'll attack their own kind and any animals that come near the nest. Not too comforting for the behavior, but a good size for observation.
Posted on Jan 5, 2012 6:45:47 AM PST
David R. Frick says:
Thanks for the link for the ants
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2012 11:53:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2012 11:54:24 AM PST
In answer to Dianna Chase, who asks if you should get a queen; it depends on whether or not you want your house overrun with ants! These ants try to get out, and if the lid isn't REALLY tight, look out! :)
Posted on Mar 31, 2013 3:36:26 PM PDT
Why would you avoid seeing ants carrying the sand like little workers and making a mound of sand at the ext? Isn't that the whole point?
Posted on Aug 16, 2013 7:11:46 AM PDT
four lads says:
Do you have to order ants ? Can I use the ones in my yard ?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2013 4:39:37 AM PDT
Beau Hebert says:
They still do this, it just happens to be with blue gel. It's more interesting in some ways because they will also stick it to the walls at the top of the mounds, where it will stay until they move it again.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2014 12:44:29 PM PDT
Paxton Wing says:
it is illegal to ship queens across state lines anyways so you would have to catch one or travel to an ant store or pet store to see if they have one.