There are many different formicariums for keeping ants. Actually, most things that can be kept moist and escape-proof is probably usable. Have a look at our guides and try building one yourself!

ant farm formicarium build setup done

The classic ant farm stands proudly, forcing the ants to dig near the glass – giving the ant keeper a great view of the nest.

glass jars formicarium setup done

A formicarium doesn’t need to be very advanced. Try making one out of two glass jars!

tank formicarium decorate

An aquarium, terrarium or other resembling a tank will be great for your ants. As long as it’s ok with moisture!

formicarium ytong nest arena test tube

Ytong is one of the most care free ways of keeping ants. It’s very well suited for almost every ant species!

Let’s combine the classic ant farm with a tank! You’ll have a great view of the nest and a beautiful setup for your outdoors-simulation.

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Coming up! All about how to keep your ants form escaping – using lids!

  1. Zoe 6 months ago

    Hi, I am a kid, i want to learn how to keep one as a pet. Please make a section for the other kids who like ants.

    • Author
      linus 6 months ago

      Hello Zoe! Our antkeeping guide “My First Ant Colony” is the perfect start for both kids and adults. Good luck with your formicarium and ants 🙂

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  3. Susanna 4 months ago

    I noticed many websites show any setups with a tank connected to a nesting area by a tube. Is this completely necessary for the ants or is it just for easier viewing? Can I keep ants in just a glass tank? If so, what would be a good size tank to use? Would it need a lid or are ants unable to climb glass?

    • Author
      linus 3 months ago

      Hello Susanna, sure you can keep ants in a tank without a nesting area connected to it 🙂 Just make sure you have a tight lid (with air ventilation) or use PTFE. Good luck with your ants! /Linus

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