Beginner Queen Ant Starter Kit

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Due to low stock, the ant nectar has been temporarily replaced by the “All-In-One” ant food. Both items are the same price and are great ways to ensure your colony is getting the nutrients they need!

Starter Kit perfect for a beginner Ant Keeper. No assembly required!

Includes: 
• Easy Care Queen Ant (see below)
• Small Nest (Choose: Mesh Nest / Ytong Nest)
• Small Outworld
• 3 x Glass Test Tubes
• Outworld Feeding Tray
• Test Tube Feeding Cap
• Cotton Bundle
• “All-In-One” Ant Food (Ant Park)
• Feeding Syringe
• Connection Tubing/span>

Choose Ant: From Two Easy Care Ants:
▸ Big Headed Ant (Pheidole)
▸ Black Pavement Ant (Iridomyrmex Bicknelli)

We will send the perfect easy care beginner species (no bite or sting), with impressive colony growth rate.

Starter Kit perfect for a beginner Ant Keeper. No assembly required!
Includes: 
• Easy Care Queen Ant (see below)
• Small Nest (Choose: Mesh Nest / Ytong Nest)
• Small Outworld
• 3 x Glass Test Tubes
• Outworld Feeding Tray
• Test Tube Feeding Cap
• Cotton Bundle
• All-In-One Ant Food (Ant Park)
• Feeding Syringe
• Connection Tubing

Choose Ant: From Two Easy Care Ants:
▸ Big Headed Ant (Pheidole)
▸ Black Pavement Ant (Iridomyrmex Bicknelli)

We will send the perfect easy care beginner species (no bite or sting), with impressive colony growth rate.

With / Without Ant

With Queen Ant, Without Queen Ant (All Equipment Only)

Queen Species

Big Headed Ant (Pheidole), Black Pavement Ant (Iridomyrmex Bicknelli), Not Applicable

Choose Eggs & Workers

With Eggs Only, Queen with 1-10 Workers, Queen with 11-20 Workers, Queen with 21+ Workers, Not Applicable

Small Nest Type

Ytong Hebel Nest (Red), Mesh Nest (White)

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  1. Hi
    I purchased the above starter kit & 1 Queen Ant along with some eggs, i placed the order on the Tuesday morning at 11-30am bound for Sydney & was pleasantly surprised to have it on my doorstep at approx 1pm the following day.
    A big thanks to Jim from Antastic for his advice & my boy was very happy when opening the package the following Sunday on his 18th birthday.
    Upon opening the package we found a healthy & happy Queen Ant along with 6 workers that had hatched sometime in the last 5-6 days & they have settled in well.
    Both Myself & my son are looking forward to extending & upgrading our Ant Farm & have confidence in succesfully doing with the advice & help from Antastic.
    Thanks

  2. My son is very happy with the order and the nest is coming on nicely. Thank you for your clear communication and fast delivery.

  3. I just want to say a few things. I started my love for ants watching AntsCanada on YouTube way back when I was 15, I’m now 23, full time tradie and ready to start the exciting journey of having a colony. I was always planning on buying ants Canada products but as I hadn’t had much luck finding a queen as this is the beginning of nuptial flights post winter. I was desperate to start a colony and my ant keeping journey, so I searched around and found Antastic. While being skeptical about ordering the queen in the mail I messaged the Antastic team and they responded almost immediately and addressed all my concerns and offered so much advice and tips. Antastic being based in Brisbane I decided you know what im going to support local Aussie ant keepers instead. I just want to say I am so happy with my decision every detail of my order from customer service to arrival went beautifully. The queen is alive and well with so many eggs. Everything was packaged well and arrived in 2 days. Thank you Antastic, I am over the moon. Cheers

  4. Extremely happy with purchase, first time keeper. Looking forwards to seeing my colony grow and future upgrades!

  5. Great products and excellent customer service 🙂

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Ant Care

All of our queens come in a test tube, with half of the tube filled with water and blocked off by cotton. Some water seeps through the cotton and allows the queen and her colony to drink.

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You will need to feed the colony regularly by placing a small amount of food in the test tube or outworld. They will need sugars (honey, sugar water, ant nectar) and protein (mealworms, crickets, or other insects) about once every 5-7 days.

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This depends on the species. “Easy care” ants like big-headed ants and pavement ants typically don’t mind if you check on them often, as long as you do not turn, bump, or shake the tube. It is best to place them in a position that allows for you to view them without picking up the tube, such as simply opening up a box and looking in, or lifting up a cloth that covers the tube. Some ants, like bull ants and other semi-Claustral ants, are much more sensitive to disturbance and can eat their eggs or die if they are disturbed too often, so keep disturbances to a couple times a week at the most for these ant types.

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Typically you should only move the ants when they no long fit in the test tube and are often escaping when you try to feed them. Moving them in too early can cause them to become stressed and develop slowly.

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If you’d like to move them, you can purchase some test tubes and a connector from the site and make a new tube using cotton. Once the ends of the tubes are connected, move the new tube/nest into the dark (preferably warm too) and leave the old tube under some bright light, at a slight upwards angle if possible. It can take anywhere from ten minutes to a few weeks for a colony to move into a new tube or nest.

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This happens often in winter. Ants tend to slow down and reduce activity when it is cold, so creating a warmer environment and feeding more protein can encourage colony growth.

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Mould is not necessarily a problem, it’s usually only an issue if the ants are clearly avoiding it and moving to the other side of the test tube. If they are staying near the cotton and don’t seem to care, I wouldn’t worry too much.

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Choosing What to Buy

We recommend starting off small. A nest that is too big for the colony will stress them out, and they may die off. Remember, underground, ants don’t have much space, so it’s better for them to be cramped.

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It can depend on many factors including temperature, time of year, and diet, but typically we recommend pavement ants (Iridomyrmex bicknelli), meat ants (Iridomyrmex purpureus) and big-headed ants (pheidole).

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Typically, whichever one you prefer! You can usually just choose whichever nest you like the look of more, however, here are some difference between the two: The Y-Tong nest will retain moisture for longer than the 3D printed nests, meaning you will have to water them less frequently. They are also larger and can contain more ants. The Y-Tong are built to stand up on their side, however they can also be laid flat. The 3D printed nests must be laid flat. Finally, bull ants will not fit in the Type A (red) Y-tong nests.

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You only need one queen, she will lay thousands of eggs throughout her life and keep the colony growing in size.

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We recommend that all semi-Claustral ants have some form of substrate in their outworld. Please check the information of your ant to determine if its is Claustral or semi-Claustral. We do not recommend sand be placed inside test tubes.

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You should only get bull ants if you are very experienced and patient. They are very sensitive to disturbance, highly aggressive, have a painful sting, and take anywhere from 4 months to a year for an egg to hatch into a worker. Also, they usually only lay a few eggs at a time. It’s a long journey!

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