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									?Ant Farms Care

One of the hobbies that is fast catching up the attention of many American's is Ant
Farming. An Ant farm is typically a man made artificial ant colonies used as a habitat
for ants. Ants, these small insects with their well organized social world and divisions
of labor has always fascinated most of us and have drawn more attention in the recent
times. The development of an ant farm depends on the choice of the person intending
to build them but at the end of it becomes quite a learning experience that stimulates
our mind. In most of the cases, ant farms are built as a hobby by fascinated
individuals and children or and in the other cases are built for the purpose of research.
Whatever the purpose of building an ant farm is, it truly offers exciting disclosures
into the captivating and complex life of ants.

The development of ant farms is taking place in many households. Most of the ant
farms can be lidded or lidless and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The design of
most of the ant farms involves the use of glass on the sides and top for visibility.
While considering ant farms as a hobby, it is advisable to be cautious regarding the
variety of ant's one uses for colonies. If you are starting your ant farm, it is better to
avoid the potentially precarious types like harvesting ants and fire ants. These kind of
ants can create chaos if handled improperly. Now the question is from where to gather
the material and most important, the ants. Some of you might consider collecting the
ants from under dried logs or if this seems futile the ants can be ordered. If you are
still insisting on collection your own ants, the simplest way to attract them is to drop
some sweet syrup and wait for them to turn up. For a good collection you will need
one or more queen and broods apart from workers. This way, your farm can keep
bustling with activity for a longer period of time. But while you opt for collecting
your own ants, it seems far more difficult to collect a queen and broods unless they
are ordered.

Moving on to the design of the galls farm, you should use sand or composite
depending upon the color of ants used. This will definitely help in easy viewing of the
ants. Before you start deporting them into their new habitat, make sure that you have
dampened the sand so that they can make tunnels. Now, once they are set up in their
new home, you can feed them with food particles, sweet sugary syrup like maple or
honey and dead insects. Ants cannot starve to death without food, however, water, is
vital for their survival. The general advice is to keep the ant farm moist and away
from direct sunlight. To make sure that they always have water available you can use
a cylindrical tube filled with water and sealed with cotton on the top. This ensures that
water doesn't leak and flood their colony. It is better to seal the farm, to prevent the
ants from leaving it. In such case, the lid should be removed everyday for a short
duration to allow for air.

Resource Box:
Looking for more information on Ant Farm Care check out www.antfarms.net your
guide to Ant Farm Care.

								
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