How To Build A Custom Formicarium

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There is nothing more satisfying than building your own Formicarium and watching your ants flourish becase of your hard work. Here are some suggestions and materials you can use to help you build a formicarium.



When thinking of design, really the sky's the limit! There are many people who want to make it look like a real, natural setting for their colony to live in. Others are on a budget are just looking for simple, affordable setup. No matter your choice, keep in mind this will be the home for your ants and "looks" should come secondary to functionality if you want a healthy, thriving colony for many years to come.



Suggestions and Ideas[edit]

There are lots of ideas out there that many people have tried and may have thought of before you. Some work, some don't. It's about trial and error when it testing an idea, often times it doesn't work on first try, and revisions are necessary. Here are some idea's you may want to try.



Lots of people have questions on what materials you can use for your formicarium. While, sure you could probably make a nest out of grass clippings, but it's better to use the materials that have been tried and tested by Ant Keeping veterans over what you happen to have on hand. There is also Pros And Cons of each.



  • Wood
  • Acrylic/Plastic/Glass
  • Ytong
  • Hydrostone
  • Ceramic
  • Plaster
  • Grout
  • Clay
  • PVC


Not Recommended[edit]

  • Silicone - Too soft, depending on ant species, tend to eat it to peices.
  • Sand - Once dry, tunnels collapse.
  • Gel - Molds fast and will kill your ants.