• Nucleus (Type III)

    Tar Heel Ants

  • $ 145.99

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  • Description

    NOTE: If you need a Nucleus III or other formicarium fast (see below for completion times for custom orders), please click HERE to see our Ready-To-Ship formicaria.

    General Information:

    The Nucleus is a double-sided formicarium from Tar Heel Ants.  The Nucleus formicaria have a number of features that make them different than other formicaria products.  Features such as a two-sided nest, removable glass panels on both sides, substrate-coated chambers, nestmates watering system and water towers, magnetically detachable foraging area, and professionally carved Ytong nest make the Nucleus unique.  This nest is recommended for all species and sizes of ants.  If you feel you have ants that need specialized habitats please contact us for a discussion on modifications at tarheelants@gmail.com.

    The Nucleus II formicarium is made of our Type III material.   The large water towers included in the Type III Nucleus require refilling on average every 3-4 weeks with fluctuations coming based on humidity conditions where the habitat is kept.

    ***Pdf file is available for this formicarium, please email us at tarheelants@gmail.com for an emailed copy***

    ***We recommend species such as Messor spp., Pogonomyrmex spp., Solenopsis spp. along with others s be kept in Type III material formicaria due to their ability to damage formicaria.***

    Watch this short video for a colony tour in a Nucleus (Type II):

    Nest "Levels" :

    • For large species nest, 3 levels per side

    • For medium species nest, 3 levels per side

    • For tiny-small species nest, 4 levels per side***(please read below about ordering for tiny/small ants)


    • Type III Material

    • Nest Block Size 4x8x4 inches (100mm x 200mm x 100mm)

    • Foreaging Area Size 4x8x4 inches (100mm x 200mm x 100mm)

    • 3 Large Water Towers (Screen covered apparatus inside habitat for humidity)

    • Opposite sides connected by access tunnels (allows sectioning of this formicarium)

    • Acrylic friction-fitting lid for foraging area

    • Magnetically removable foraging area

    • Stainless steel mesh vent

    • Nestmates are optional. What is a nestmate?  Click here to find out.

    • Choice of side panel color

    • Choice of foraging area decor

    • Magnetically removable glass

    • Sand-coated chambers giving your ants multiple surfaces for the various stage of development.

    • 1/2" side entry port for connection to other habitats

    Watch the following YouTube playlist for more information on Tar Heel Ants formicarium options:

    Here are some links to the individual options videos: 

    Interior Nest Colors 

    Exterior Nest Colors


    Décor Style

    What comes in the box?  

    The Nucleus formicarium , stoppers, nestmate tubing (optional), blunt-tip syringe for hydration, round feeding dish, Nucleus Formicarium User Guide are emailed upon request.

    Options Explanations:

    NEW: Canyon Foraging Area - (see photos below) - To bypass this option during ordering, please select "Standard Foraging Style". The canyon foraging area décor adds a second level of height to the foraging area.  Feeding dishes can be placed on this raised area or on the lower area.  The photos below depict two available styles, red or white sand.  Décor option are either grassland or desert with sparse or heavy décor options available as well.

    ***TINY AND SMALL ANTS READ HERE: When ordering the Nucleus III or any other formicarium on our website, please indicate the correct size AND/OR note the species name and size in the comments field during the checkout process.  We make many of our formicarium different to provide the best containment potential possible when we know ahead of time that this is what you want.  Why dont we make them all as secure as possible?  There are a few reasons.  The major issue is time and cost.  Small species formicaria require steps to insure there are no gaps in the nest.  These add time to the creation and cost in the way of materials to make them using a different process.  The next issue is ventilation.  For medium or larger species that are just fine in any of the Nucleus III or other habitats (they are too large to escape out of minute gaps), the ventilation is helpful as the colony approaches capacity in their formicarium.  It allows for a more varied humidity from top to bottom in the formicarium.  This is not as important with small or tiny ant species.  Lastly, the vast majority of ants kept as pets are medium to large in size.  This being the case, our standard method of making formicaria is based on the idea that we are making them for ants that are not small enough to slip through gaps not easily seen by the naked eye.  This helps us control costs in using less timely and costly methods as a standard.  We appreciate you taking the time to read this and if you have any questions please email tarheelants@gmail.com or call us at 919-348-3642.

    ***Please Note, this formicarium is hand-made to order in our workshop located in Raleigh, NC.   During normal periods it takes between 3-5 weeks to complete a custom order (you choose the color, decor, etc.), longer times during peak seasons.  If you want this formicarium expedited for a 20% upcharge, please contact us at tarheelants@gmail.com or call 919-348-3642.***

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Nucleus (Type III)

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