The OA-MINI is a premium formicarium designed to house new and small ant colonies, just leaving the founding stage for your colony. This affordable formicarium design has been created with the idea to increase ease of maintainability and accessibility for your colony. It is perfect for ants and designed with YOU in mind.
Each formicarium features the following items.
- (1) OA-MINI formicarium 47mm x 77mm x 19mm
- (1) Sliding acrylic window
- (1) 16mm test tube adapter
- (2) plugs
- (3) hydration sponges
Panoramic Sliding Window
The unique sliding acrylic window provides ultimate protection from your colony escaping and keeps even the smallest ants from escaping. Feeding is a breeze and syringe ports allow for simple liquid feeding. The acrylic window also provides a flat no distorted view of your colony for viewing and photography.
The OA-MINI include two ports for connecting to test tubes, out worlds and other expansions. Using our test tube adapter you can connect test tube directly to the OA-MINI to allow easy transfer of existing founding colonies, or attach a cotton-backed water-filled tube for long-term hydration.
Changing the combination of plugs you can provide a well ventilated or nearly sealed environment for your colony.
Unique Feeding and Liquid Trough
The sliding glass lid is a breeze to slid back partially to introduce food into your OA-MINI and preventing escape. While this is easy, you still introduce a small risk of a random escape artist slipping out. The Liquid feeding chamber features an area of liquid sugars and honey to be introduced and prevents your ants from getting stuck while feeding on the sugars.
Hydration & Heating Gradients
All formicariums require hydration, and each species desire different levels. The OA-MINI is designed to provide different hydration levels in the nest. Specially design hydration ports in the rear allow for re-hydrating using a syringe without moving the panoramic window and the least disruption to your colony.
Three levels within the nest allow the formicarium to handle hydration over-flows without flooding the entire nest and encourage a heating gradient when placed on a heat mat.
Designed for Ease of Maintenace
The OA-MINI has been designed with maintenance in mind. The entire formicarium is submergible, and once you colony has moved out, can be washed by hand with mild dish soap (not dishwasher safe). The removable panoramic window allows for full access to the entire formicarium. All corners are rounded to allow easy cleaning with a cotton swab without dreaded impossible to clean corners.