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This unit is ideal for a small ant colony or a large sized founding queen ant like Camponotus. Inspired by the hexagonal shape found in honeycomb, it uses three cells to create a small glass sandwich formicarium with a discrete watering chamber.


You can plug the nest with cotton for big-sized, fully claustral queen ants while the first workers arrive. Once they come and it's time to start feeding the colony, connect the formicarium to a small outworld, and you have a complete setup.  


This glass sandwich design features a plastic/substrate hybrid frame and a well-hidden hydration system; the hexagonal pattern used in the main chamber is by far one of the most space-efficient shapes found in nature, allowing us to hold a significant amount of ants in a tiny space while having an incredible view. Each hexagon can hold 12 to 32 mid-sized ant species if they get very close and tight.


The inside walls have a very texturized surface that ants love. The substrate provides a rugged surface that feels more natural, gives a better grip and transports humidity. 


Having glass on the front and back makes it easy to observe, learn and photograph.


One of our most common mistakes is moving into a big formicarium too early. The honeycell mini allows for that gradual step as it is small; please avoid stressing your new colony with an oversized formicarium.


The formicarium includes one plug and the light protection option of your choice; red film and black lids cover both the rear and front glass. 


The honeycell mini can also be purchased as a kit; such is paired with a handful of accessories and, most importantly, a mini glass outworld. The basics to get you started in at-keeping.


Don't forget to add an "outworld (foraging area)."


For those colonies needing more space, we also have a more spacious option with the same pattern, "Honeycell Formicarium 12x8 cm".

Honeycell Mini Founding Formicarium

PriceFrom C$26.94
  • Dimensions: 25 x 75 x 24 mm +/- 3% 


    Tubing compatibility:  9.5 mm (3/8").


    Weight: 30 grams +/- 3%


    This nest should stand with the glass in a vertical position; we do not recommend laying it flat on its back as the water port may spill water and the ants will be forced to rest on the bottom glass. 


    Avoid intense vibrations or impacts, as this can crack the substrate and glass.

  • The Honeycell Mini has a GEN 1 hydration chamber that works as a direct hydration mechanism.


    **Please read the "Formicarium Hydration Guide" before first use. 


    **Please read more about the "Hybrid formicaria generations and classes." to help you properly use the equipment by understanding the logic behind hybrid formicaria.

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