• Tower Nucleus

    Tar Heel Ants

  • $ 300.00

  • Description

    What makes the a Nucleus formicarium unique?

    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 due to specific behaviors please contact us for a discussion on modifications at tarheelants@gmail.com.


    • Nest Block Size 8"x8"x4" inches (200 mm x 200 mm x 100 mm)
    • Foraging Area Size 4"x8"x4" inches (100 mm x 200 mm x 100 mm)
    • Opposite sides connected by central access tunnel
    • Acrylic friction-fitting lid for foraging area
    • Magnetically removable foraging area
    • 4 Large Water Towers (Screen covered apparatus inside habitat for humidity)
    • Stainless steel mesh ventilation
    • Removable Vents
    • Glass Type (Standard or Museum Quality)
    • Professionally carved Ytong nest
    • Nestmates. What is a nestmate?  Click here to find out.
    • Choice of stone color(all-natural) and side panel color (premium acrylic paints)
    • Chambers and Tunnel Sizes Optional
    • Choice of foraging area decor
    • Magnetically removable glass
    • Sand-coated chambers
    • 1/2" side entry port for connection to other habitats (nestblock)
    • Professionally painted and gloss-coated side panels
    Watch the following YouTube playlist for more information on Tar Heel Ants formicarium options:
    Here are some links to the individual options videos: 

    What comes in the box?  

    The Nucleus formicarium (including glass panels and magnets), stopper for 1/2" port, nestmate tubing (optional), syringe for hydration, round feeding dish, business card.

    Additional Information:

    Watch these videos on the Nucleus (please use this product page for final specs as some of the video may visually relay outdated images):


    Stone Color:

    Using natural dyes from the earth, Tar Heel Ants has developed a method of dying Ytong called "flash dying" that provides an even and consistent color to your nest. 

    Foraging Theme:

    Desert:  Features a natural sand-coated foraging area with sparse desert style rocks and plants (artificial).

    Desert Stones: Our uniquely casted and colored stones (100% ant-safe materials) inset into a foraging area with white and golden-brown mixed sand

    Desert Mountain: NEW!  Desert-style rocks.  Minimal plants and manzanita wood decor.

    Rocky woodland: Woodland style plants with several woodland-style rocks and manzanita wood

    Forest underbrush: Heavier on the plants(artifical) with 1-2 rocks and manzanita wood.

    Premium: Using high quality wood, decorative rocks, and other decor.  Additional cost is due to additional materials and time expended in preparation of the foraging area.

    Glass Style:

    Standard Glass: Standard Frame Glass, 2.5 mm thick.

    Museum Glass: Reduces reflection by over 85%.  Achieves over 97% light transmission to enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels.  2.5mm thick.

    Tunnel Size: 

    Small, Medium, Large options.  Decision should be based on intended species size.

    ***Please NOTE!  This formicarium, like all of our other formicaria, are hand-made-to-order.  Planning, preparation, and a lot of care go into every single formicaria, every single order.  We strive to get your orders completed as soon as possible. Most small formicaria (founding formicaria plus some like the Casita, Piece of Haven etc.) are shipped within 7-14 days (sometimes much sooner) while other larger formicaria such as the Nucleus, Pioneer and Pinnacle take 4-6 weeks or longer when our volume is heaviest.  If you have a need for fast delivery we offer you to take advantage of the expediting service and email us at tarheelants@gmail.com for more information about this option.

    Other Information: 

    The Nucleus has been the centerpiece for a Formica subsericea colony display in Raleigh, NC for over 2 years.  Originally this habitat was in a 4x8 Nucleus and has now been moved to a Nucleus 360 formicarium.  Head over to the Nucleus 360 page to see some of the colony videos and stop by the "teach me" store if you are ever in Raleigh, North Carolina to check out this maturing colony of ants.


    Watch this brief introductory video about the Nucleus products:

Tower Nucleus

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