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- Fascinations designs product to illustrate many magical aspects of our world
- Watch as your ants explore, discover, and develop new territories
- Kit includes instruction booklet with ant order coupon
- Ants sold separately
- Then add your ants and see them transform your design into their own creative patterns
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They're not average house pets, but they can bring hours of fascinating fun and educational excitement. Watch ants live and work without food or water with AntWorks, a space-age habitat for ants. This unique, self-contained environment consists of a nutritional gel that promotes healthy growth in ant colonies. See the ants build intricate tunnel systems within the gel with no other source of nourishment. AntWorks is based on a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to test how ants build tunnels in microgravity. The kit also includes a magnifying glass, stick and an instruction booklet. Imported.
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The AntWorks Illuminator is the Perfect Bedside or Shelf Accessory. Designed to illustrate many magical aspects of our world, Fascinations products will cause you to react with amazement and ask "What makes that work?" or "How is that possible?" By working with engineers, scientists, magicians and most importantly, kids young and old, Fascinations is proud to bring you the best in truly unique toys and gifts. So come on inside and see what amazing creations we've got just waiting for you. The Ant Works Includes: 6.5”L x 6.0”W x 1.25”D Clear acrylic habitat, accessories, and instruction booklet with ant order coupon. Accessories: Magnifying Glass, Extreme Zoom Lens, and Tunnel Starter Tool. STUDY THE LIFE-CYCLE OF ANTS IN THIS SPACE-AGE GEL HABITAT 3-DIMENSIONAL “ANT CITY” IN THE MAKING. Based upon a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to study ants in zero-gravity perfect interactive desktop pet or fascinating gift. Based upon a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to study ants in zero-gravity. Perfect interactive desktop pet or fascinating gift includes: 6.5”L x 5.5”W x 1.25”D acrylic habitat, accessories and instruction booklet with ant order coupon.
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The box includes:
* an informational book on ants (with order form in the back for ants from two different sources)
* the farm itself (pre-filled with gel)
* a green plastic magnifying glass (about 2.5 inches in diameter), and
* a small green plastic magnifying loupe (about the diameter of a dime)
* a little green plastic stick to poke holes in the gel (to start the tunnels)
I should mention the magnifying "glass" (all plastic) is superior to some standalone magnifying glasses I'd got for my son, which had irritating distortion away from the center of the lens. The glass provided with this kit is actually pretty decent for looking at harvester ants. I'll try not to train my son on using it to burn stuff!
IMPORTANT: Once you load the ants in there, assuming they're harvester ants, use a pushpin to puncture the two air holes at the top of the farm. At least with the one I got, those holes were not opened so air could flow into the farm. I didn't realize this till several days in, and so I quickly punched the holes. The holes are still too small for harvester ants to travel through, but you can blow on them or direct a fan to them to get airflow going.
Over time, some ants will pass away, and the living ants will bring them to the surface and cover them in the gel. The gel will start to look kinda gross as the ant bodies will start to color the gel around them, so put the ant farm in the fridge for a FEW minutes to slow the ants down, and then open the farm. Use a plastic fork or spoon to scoop out the dead bodies and surrounding gel, then securely close the top again.
I stress that you check the top when you close it, because, like other people, my ants started EATING the white foam gasket that seals the top...and I didn't realize that the sponginess of the foam caused the top of the farm to creep up JUST enough for some of the ants to escape into the house! I now have rubber bands on both sides to keep the lid down. I wonder if I can order a new gasket...
Overall, I love this farm, and plan to have one at my desk at work. I know I'll have to order more ants in a few months, but it's wonderful to watch them work.
Update- after three weeks the ant have eaten through the plastic seal and are escaping. I found them on my kitchen floor. Poorly made seals- unfortunately I purchased two and cannot use either now. Disappointed!
Years passed and in my twenties decided to replicate the same childhood memory with my nephew using this see through ant farm. All was successful and I was seeing my tiny backyard ants create beautiful tunnels and even disposing dead ants in a specific corner. The only flaw I found is that the tiny ants fit through the tiny ventilation holes and where also starting to eat away at the foam seal around the lid. I had to use extra rubber bands to create a tighter seal on the ant farm and cover the tiny ventilation holes. My recommendation if you do this with backyard ants is to make sure they are not too tiny of a species that can easily escape from the ventilation holes.