Here are the Best Ant Farms available in the market for educational, learning as well as hobby or pastime.
Today’s post is unlike our usual articles that focus on getting rid of ants and other pests. We’ve decided to put this together after receiving requests from a few readers and did some YouTube research to find that there are actually quite a few positive effects of starting an ant farm. [May: my nephew actually raise ants as a hobby and has an extensive ant farm at home].
If you have always been fascinated with insects, or have caught a few ants at home and would like to give ant farm a shot, either for fun or for education purposes, we would say go ahead.
Starting an ant farm with your kids can also add tons of fun and some quality time together. In the process, both you and your kids might just learn much more about these hardworking tiny little insects.
|1||Ant-Cosmo Blue Gel Ant Farm by Evviva Science|
|2||Sand Anthill Ant Farm BIG – By Anthouse|
|3||Sand Formicarium Ant Farm L – By Anthouse|
|4||Sand Educational Ant Farm Basic – By Anthouse|
The Ant-Cosmo Blue Gel Ant Farm by Evviva Science features cool LED lights that not only makes the ant farm look beautiful, it also encourages ants to dig further, creating huge and intricate tunnels, it also increases visibility when you and your kids are observing the ants.
Each purchase comes with a cool magnifying glass to help observe the ants at work and a little stick to help ants to start digging.
The container is made of clear acrylic which allows visibility. It has a lid with a vent and comes filled with clear blue gel that serves as the nutrition and hydration for the ants. The enhanced nutrients in the blue gel help the ants live longer and encourages them to dig more elaborate tunnels.
The cord and the base can be detached for easy transporting (Kids will easily to take to school for show and tell).
Evvival offers 100% Money back Guarantee or Replacement of the farm.
The Anthouse Acrylic Start kit BIG is an acrylic tank that comes with everything needed to get started in the world of ants. It features a separation of 1.5 cm as it’s backdrop where the ants live. The set-up comes with an acrylic cover as well.
The main area is designed for landscaping, and is the playground for which food can be placed. The area can be decorated with extra sand, little plant or stones/ rocks.
Each purchase comes with 1 tank (30x15x10 cm), 1 acrylic cover, 1 pack of Sand/Clay mix for the backdrop where the ants live(300g), 1 pack of sand for decoration (50g), 1 pack of stone granules as decoration in the forage box (50g), 1 feeder, 1 water dispenser, 1 plastic pipette and 1 pack of protein syrup (10g).
Similar to the previous artfarm by Anthouse, the Sand Ant Farm L is an acrylic tank that focuses more on the living backdrop space of the ants.
This kit is ideal for raising of ants with its queen, and also comes with everything you need to get started.
Each purchase comes with: 1 Acrylic sandwich (25x20x1cm), 1 Acrylic foraging box with lid (18x25x10cm), 1 pack of mixed sand/clay for the sandwich (500g), 1 pack of stone granules as decoration for the foraging box (50g), 1 Plastic pipette, 1 Trough for food placement, 1 Water trough, 1 pack of Protein syrup as food (10ml) and 1 pack of sand for decoration (50g).
This is another beautiful set-up by Anthouse. The Anthouse Basic is formed by an acrylic backbox (where the ants build its nest) and a separate foraging box connected by a tube. The front foraging area is where ants can surface to do activities and it’s where the food is placed.
Each purchase contains: 1 acrylic back sandwich box (15x10x1cm), 1 acrylic foraging box with lid (18x10x5cm) 1 pack of mixed sand/clay for the Sandwich (250g), 1 pack of stone granules as decoration for the foraging box (50g), 1 plastic pipette, 1 trough, 1 pack of protein syrup for food (10ml) and 1 pack of sand for decoration (50g).
There are many types of ant farms in the market. Some of which is purely for short-term observation as well as study. These are usually made with man-made gel (like the Ant-Cosmo by Evviva Science) and is not designed for ant colony building or expansion. If you are looking to get something for your kids to play with where you know there will not be a long term commitment to it, these are the ones to go for.
The other type of ant farms are the ones that allow ants to build a full colony, where there are real sand and materials involved for the colony to work and function in the long term (do note that these usually require time, effort and more reading for knowledge). If you are certain about start something as a side hobby where you and your kids have something in common to nurture and observe, these ant farms will be your choice.
Are you currently farming any ant colony at home? Do you like it? Is it a lot of on-going maintenance work? Feel free to leave a comment to share with us.