Perfect for beginner ant keepers, the AntsCanada Ant Tower™ is a fully contained ant environment, complete with a nesting area and a foraging area in a single enclosure.
This Deluxe bundle also comes with tools (magnifying glass, pipette, and mini red light for viewing) to enhance the ant keeping experience. It also comes with an easy-to-use hydration system to keep your ant colony well-hydrated and provides easy and secure access for feeding. The Ant Tower™ is an easy-to-use formicarium and allows your ants to create their own nest by digging tunnels and chambers with 100% visibility, requiring very simple maintenance and set up!
Ant Tower User Manual (pdf)
The bottom-up hydration approach more closely mimics the natural environment that ants live in. In nature, the deeper portions of an ant nest are typically moister than the upper portions. The water reservoir provides water for at least a week, sometimes longer depending on local conditions. This way you can leave for a time period and not be worried about your ants dying from lack of water.
2. Nest Reducer
The nest reducer allows you to make the width of the digging area narrower. For smaller ant species, this can be desirable as it forces them to dig more tunnels and chambers against the side of the Ant Tower™ for better viewing. For larger species, its use is not recommended.
3. Easy Feeding Chute
A small feeder chute is situated at the top cover for ease of feeding. Just remove the small feeder cap then place food inside. No need to remove the entire lid when feeding your colony.
4. Cornerless and Seamless Design
Some ant species can climb through any barrier applied if they have a corner to navigate. The cylindrical design of the new AC Ant Tower™ helps you as the ant keeper to avoid this problem. There are also no seams or glue used in the construction of the new AC Ant Tower™, meaning no places for ants to climb over ant barriers.
5. Red Cellophane
Every Ant Tower™ comes with red cellophane (see video above) so you can fool your ants to think they are in the dark, but still be able to see them within their nest area.
6. Built-in Expansion and Connection Points
The built-in expansion and connection points make it very easy to connect your new Ant Tower™ to other AntsCanada products. If you have a young colony living in a test tube setup, your test tube can be connected to the Ant Tower™ with the use of the included adapter, or a Valve Connector from our shop, allowing for a simple way to introduce your young colony into the Ant Tower™. As your colony grows, you can also use our plastic tubing to expand your setup by connecting the AntTower™ to more AntTowers™ or other AntsCanada equipment. IMPORTANT: Your Ant Tower™ comes with two built-in connection points. Remember to block any unused connection points with cotton or an AntsCanada Plug™.
7. Microhole Ventilation
An important aspect of any ant setup is air circulation. Without good air circulation, you may see mold begin to develop. And of course, all living organisms need a fresh supply of oxygen to survive.
8. Air Hose Port
To allow for even more air movement, your new Ant Tower™ has one air hose connection point. If desired, you can connect a standard aquarium air pump to increase air circulation in the foraging area of your Ant Tower™.
9. Strong Design
The Ant Tower™ is made from clear polycarbonate and ABS plastic. Stands up to dings and bumps much better.
10. Magnifying Glass
The small magnifying glass can be used to view some of the harder to see aspects of ant life, like eggs, larva, and ant body parts.
11. Red LED Light
The Red LED Light can be placed under the Ant TowerTM in the void created by the inner cylinder. The small wire attached to the battery case can fit through one of the two tunnels of the base, allowing the Ant TowerTM to still sit flat on the table or desk. When turned on, a red light is emitted from the inside making the tunnels, chambers and all the ant activity much easier to see. Again, the red light is not viewable by ants, so it won’t disturb or alarm them.
12. Water Pipette
The water pipette can be used to add water into the base water reservoir or also into specific locations above ground in the foraging area to recreate a rainy day for your ant colony.
NOTE: The Ant Tower can be connected to other Ant Towers or other AntsCanada Products.
Dimensions: 4″ tall x 3″ diameter
Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees , belong to the order Hymenoptera . Ants appear in the fossil record across the globe in considerable diversity during the latest Early Cretaceous and early Late Cretaceous , suggesting an earlier origin . Ants evolved from vespoid wasp ancestors in the Cretaceous period, and diversified after the rise of flowering plants . More than 12,500 of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and the distinctive node-like structure that forms their slender waists.
Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. Larger colonies consist of various castes of sterile, wingless females, most of which are workers (ergates), as well as soldiers (dinergates) and other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones" (aner) and one or more fertile females called " queens " ( gynes ). The colonies are described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony.
Ants gathering food Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth . The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands. Ants thrive in most ecosystems and may form 15–25% of the terrestrial animal biomass . Their success in so many environments has been attributed to their social organisation and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. Their long co-evolution with other species has led to mimetic , commensal , parasitic , and mutualistic relationships.
Ant societies have division of labour , communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems . These parallels with human societies have long been an inspiration and subject of study. Many human cultures make use of ants in cuisine, medication, and rituals. Some species are valued in their role as biological pest control agents. Their ability to exploit resources may bring ants into conflict with humans, however, as they can damage crops and invade buildings. Some species, such as the red imported fire ant ( Solenopsis invicta ), are regarded as invasive species , establishing themselves in areas where they have been introduced accidentally.