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I think its was very bad becausei got it for christmas last year and i forgot about it for about 5 months and when i came back to look at it the gel was about 30cm tall and 0.5 cm wide and was tiny. it was not full and you could not start you ants init.
Ants are great. I'm not going to argue with that, as a bug geek. Ants ARE great to watch, for both kids and adults, and I highly encourage anyone with a interest in nature to get an ant farm set up to watch.
I just can't suggest you use one of these to do it with.
Ant Works are little containers filled with a kind of blue gel which apparently they used to send ants into space. That's all very well for those few rare ants dreaming of being an astronaut when they grow up, but for the rest of them? It kind've sucks.
The idea is that they use the blue gel as food as well as digging tunnels in it. The problem is, there aren't all that many nutrients in it. A queen, for example, can't get enough from it to lay eggs. The thing is only suitable for keeping workers which means you miss the most exciting part of ant life.
Adding food to try and help doesn't work either. The blue stuff goes MOULDY and ick.
Ants don't actually LIKE being permanantly in the light either. Queens are actually photophobic (afraid of the light) and naturally live their lives in darkness after their mating flights.
Final problem - the gel's fairly stiff. Larger ants might manage to dig it, but smaller species like field ants don't have a chance. They just run about on top looking sad.
For £12.99 it's a sad waste of money. The only way it can really be used humanely at all is my removing all the gel and replacing with compost. I suggest avoiding it.
By starting with 10 or more ants from your garden, you can watch as they build a detailed network of tunnels in the AntWorks habitat. Habitat supports a fascinating colony of ants.