This founding formicarium is just like one of the big city apartments you would find for a human, small and cozy with tiny rooms minus the outrageous rent cost!
This formicarium has been made with small to medium founding queens in mind, it features the following benefits:
At its core center it has a small chamber with a low height, ants like small cozy places, this chamber also has substrate making cocoon spinning much easier and bringing other benefits and as well as carrying humidity to the environment.
The 2 chambers can be used one after the other, providing a smaller starting space and later when needed, be able to expand gradually, keeping the formicarium space as small as needed increases growth rate.
Ant species like Prenolepis imparis likes to rest against hard moist substrate, the wall next to the water chamber has the most humidity, the rest of the chamber has humidity gradient that lowers as you go further from the water chamber wall.
The entrance chamber, does not have substrate making this chamber drier, this is ideal as colonies will be able to use both areas according to their needs and if by chance food is brought into this first chamber it will be hard to mold.
The water chamber allows to control the humidity depending on frequency and quantity of water added. This means the formicarium can fit dry to humid species. ** The unit is very efficient at retaining humidity and needs very little water on a planned schedule. (see instructions below).
The unit includes a 4 cm vinyl tube that has a polyester fiber plug, this allows to provide ventilation into the unit, please see photos for reference as it can be used in 3 different positions. The plug can be removed and substituted for cotton, or you can plug the entrance with the material of your choice.
You have the option to add-on a pre-cut high light transmission red film for just $0.50 more.
Combined with a small foraging area the apartment is a very small efficient way of starting an ant colony without spending much money.