Making your own ant farm can be an amazing and very rewarding project.\u00a0 You have to make sure that you are using the right materials to ensure that your ants do not escape and that they will prosper.\u00a0 It is best to use a fish tank as the enclosure so that you will be able to readily see the ant farm activity.\r\nPicking the Right Tank for Your Ant Farm\r\nYou need to pick a tank that will not leak and that can deal with moisture.\u00a0 The dirt in the ant farm should not be totally dry since most species of ants prefer to live in a moist environment.\u00a0 You can use an old fish tank or aquarium that you may already have laying around. Or you purchase one online. I recommend the starter aquarium by bettlity ( available on Amazon).\r\n\r\nSome people use a plastic conditioner.\u00a0 Using plastic is fine as long as you have tested it to ensure that moisture does not leak out of the container.\u00a0 I would suggest that you add water to it overnight and then seal any areas that might be leaking.\r\nPreparing the Tank for the Ants\r\nThoroughly clean your tank.\u00a0 You need to remove any bacteria, fungus or any other materials that may be dangerous to ants.\u00a0 No need to add harsh chemicals to clean your tank. Certain cleaners can just end up poisoning your future ants. Just wash out your tank with dish soap and warm water.\u00a0 Make sure to rinse out the soap and to hand dry it afterward.\r\n\r\nIt actually is best to let it sit for a few days before adding the ant farm dirt to ensure that it has completely dried out.\r\n\r\nYou should also invest in a piece of plexiglass to add to the top of the aquarium so that it will be harder for your ants to climb out of the tank.\u00a0 You do not want to totally seal the top of the tank since the ants do need air to breathe.\r\nFilling Up the Ant Farm Tank\r\nNow comes the fun part, filling up the tank.\u00a0 The trick is to add a mixture of moist dirt and sand.\u00a0 If you were to add only sand, your environment in the tank would dry out super quickly and this is just going to end up frustrating your ants.\r\n\r\nAnts need to have some moisture present so that they stabilize their tunnels.\u00a0 It is the same principle as within a mine shaft.\u00a0 If the shaft is too dry or unstable, it will collapse in on itself.\u00a0 So, do yourself a favor and make sure to have a mixture of dry and damp soil so that your ants can safely build their tunnels.\r\n\r\nMake sure when you add the dirt and soil that you do not dirty up the sides because that will prevent you from viewing the activity on the surface of the ant farm.\u00a0 Also, having dirt on the sides is just going to increase the opportunity for your ants to climb outside of the tank.\r\nRegarding how much sand you wish to add\r\nThat is totally up to you.\u00a0 Some people just add a few inches into a tank.\u00a0 Personally, I would add enough to fill fifty percent of the interior of the tank so that your ants can create numerous tunnels.\r\nHave Fun Adding Unique Twists to Your Ant Farm in a Tank\r\nYou may have seen ant farms that are strictly dirt in a tank.\u00a0 Why not make life more interesting for your ants and yourself by adding in items that they would encounter in nature.\u00a0 For instance, the ground surface outside is typically not flat.\u00a0 Add in some hills and valleys to the surface of the farm. If you are interested in getting an ant habitat that comes with an led light, click here to view the habitat by Eviva Sciences.\r\n\r\nBesides making the surface more mountainous, you could add in some twigs and rocks to the surface and also within the soil.\u00a0 These items will be scoured by the worker ants since they tend to search out food on a constant basis.\r\n\r\nAnother interesting option is to create a small lake on the surface of your ant farm.\u00a0 This is done by adding a small cup to the surface and partially burying it so that just the opening remains on the surface.\u00a0 I would be careful though, you do not want to use a large glass since ants do need a way of escaping if they were to fall into your manmade lake.\u00a0 It is almost guaranteed that ants will fall into your lakes.\r\nCan Ants Climb the Glass in an Aquarium? If so, how do you prevent them from climbing out of the Ant Farm?\r\nIt is possible for ants to climb the glass of your ant farm tank even though it might appear to be totally slick. I have read in a forum that the species Myrmica\u00a0 Rubra is very adapt to climbing slick surfaces. You will need to add a substance to the lip of your tank so that your precious ants will stay within the ant farm.\r\nHere are a few solutions:\r\n\r\n \tAdd some baby powder to the top of the tank.\u00a0 Some people suggest to dap the surface with rubbing alcohol to the surface first, but that may add some traction for your ants to climb out of the tank. Just add some powder to the top portion of the tank using your index finger. The oil from your finger will help the powder to stay in place.\r\n \tYou could also add some vaseline to the top edge of your tank.\u00a0 Ants will find it difficult to by-pass and they mostly will just turn around and stay within the tank.\r\n\r\nDo You Need a Queen Ant for Your Ant Farm that is in a Tank?\r\nIt is not crucial to have a queen ant for your homemade ant farm in a tank, but it will make your colony last longer.\u00a0 Without a queen ant, you will just have worker ants working pointlessly.\r\nHow are you going to find a queen ant?\r\nYou can actually buy ants online.\u00a0 For instance, click here to purchase two tubes of ants for a total of 60 ants by Nature Gift Store, available on Amazon.\r\nHere are some methods for obtaining a queen ant for your ant tank:\r\n\r\n \tYou could simply try to find one on a nearby sidewalk.\u00a0 You are probably thinking that it is not possible, but it is.\u00a0 Your first step is to find out the length of the typical ants that you can see that are of the same species.\u00a0 Then locate one that has a much larger abdomen and thorax and that is essentially larger than the other ants that you will see.\r\n \tAnother method is to outright buy one online.\u00a0 You just need to do a search online for "buy queen ant" and then add your country after it. You just have to ensure that the species that you are paying are native to your location.\u00a0 There have been raids on companies that are selling queen ants that are of species that are forbidden in certain countries.\r\n\r\nHow Long will Your Homemade Ant Farm Last?\r\nYour ant farm in your aquarium is not going to last forever.\u00a0 If you do not have a queen ant, the colony will slowly die off.\u00a0 The queen is the only ant that can reproduce. On average, an ant farm will last 3-4 months at most.\r\n\r\nNevertheless, if you were to start with just a queen that is laying eggs, you could grow your own colony.\u00a0 You could then technically have a homemade ant farm in a tank that would last for years.\r\nConcluding Statements on an Ant Farm in a Fish Tank\r\nIf you have an empty fish tank, instead of letting dust take it over, turn it into an ant farm.\u00a0 You will get a lot of joy out of watching the ant activity by seeing how the ants work and interact.\u00a0 If you are lucky enough to capture a queen ant or adventurous enough to buy one, your pleasure state will be extended into years instead of just months.