Ok So I'm gonna do a bit of a review. It'll have to be a work in progress cause I don't have Ants in it yet but we'll see how everything goes.
I purchased a Large All in One Ant Farm Formicarium Nest Habitat form Antworld USA. You can visit their site to see what it looked like when it arrived but upon purchase you are given a supply of Grout, some plastic plants, small stones, and sand to give your formicarium a custom look. Here's mine
Out World View
One of the coolest things about this setup is the Nest area is divisible. This allows a small colony to move in and grow and then later expand! the nesting area measures about 8"wide and 2.5 inches high over all. Notice in the picture the tab that is dividing so the ants will only be able to use the right side. Once the colony is larger it can be replaced with an "open" tab and ant's will have access to the entire area.
The acrylic top fits recessed into the rest of the tank and is very secure. In the Center of the lid is a large hole covered with a plug that also fits super snug. The plug allows ventilation to the Out World via a very fine wire mesh covering. The size of the hole allows tools to be inserted into the Out World for cleaning, feeding, and other maintenance.
The next pic is of the 3 features located in Out World side of the setup. Bottom left is an expansion port. This can be used to connect tubing to another Out World or Nest and will accept 1/2 inch tubing. Or as I will do I will place my C. castaneus colonies test tube here and allow them (Hopefully) to move in.
The top white area is the Water system. It is basically a clip that hold a small piece of sponge or a cotton wad. This is kept moistened so the ants have access to water. Not real sure how much I like this but I can always use the expansion port for a water tube if necessary or an Ant Feeder type like with the byFormica Sunburst liquids.
Now for Humidity Control: (Bottom Middle Port) The back of the Nesting Area is perforated with micro holes. Behind the actual Nest area is basically a large void. This gives the Out World its basic shape. Humidity is controlled from the Out World side by removing a Perforated tube stuffed with cotton media. The media is moistened and then inserted back into the void area. The moisture is then allowed into the nesting area through the micro pores. (I hope I explained that adequately enough)
Any of the Antworld USA setups are available in either Ivory (Like I have here) or in brown (seen below in a smaller formicarium I got cause I have these delusions that I'll get an Aphaenogaster tennesseensis colony one day. LOL )
Can't wait to move the ants in!!
The best part so far of this whole thing was the Awesome customer service provided by Dave at AntWorld USA! I found him very responsive to all of my many questions.