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Fascinations - Antworks Illuminated, Uk Plug

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  • A space-age habitat based on a NASA experiment to study ants in micro-gravity
  • Ants live, work and tunnel in the nutritious gel
  • Includes 17 x 14 x 3.5cm habitat and accessories
  • Mail-in coupon also included for ants (small charge payable) or collect your own
  • Also included is the AntWorks Illuminator
  • 4 bright blue LEDs highlight the tunnels and illuminate the gel
  • Recommended age 6+

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Technical Details
Item Weight454 g
Product Dimensions22.9 x 22.9 x 10.2 cm
Batteries:3 C batteries required.
Manufacturer recommended age:6 months and up
Item model numberANTW2
Main Language(s)English
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB000F6F8CY
Best Sellers Rank 114,219 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight771 g
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Date First Available1 Jan. 2007
  
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Fascinations AntWorks Illuminated Blue Ant Habitat

Manufacturer's Description

Ants are fascinating creatures and this habitat makes a super cool Space-age desktop toy or funky accessory for a kid’s bedroom! Based on a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to study animal life in space and test how ants successfully tunnel in microgravity.The AntWorks™ Gel is complete with nutrients to promote healthy growth.Watch ants live, work and tunnel in the nutritious gel as they create series upon series of intricate tunnels. This gift box also includes the AntWorks Illuminator; a really cool accessory to the unique AntWorks space-age ant habitat! The Illuminator consists of four bright blue LEDs mounted on a base unit that simply slots into the bottom of your AntWorks habitat. Powered by an adaptor the illuminator shines up through your AntWorks habitat highlighting the tunnels and illuminating the AntWorks gel. Makes for a really cool mood or bedside light - perfect for the home or the office desk. Includes AntWorks habitat, Ilumminator, two magnifiers, fun instruction manual and ant order form (P&P charge applies when ordering ants)


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The major issue that I have with this product is not, oddly, the product itself. It is a perfcetly well made little tank full of blue gel in which ants live and work. I selected this because I thought that the ant and worm farms available using earth might prove visually unstimulating. I bought the already iluminated version for a younger relative mostly on cost grounds as to buy the two separately is quite expensive.

The concept and the equipment were very well received, however enormouse problem with the product is THE LACK OF AVAILABILITY OF HARVESTER ANTS IN THE UK. That's right, Harveser ants, a species that are the only ones that can use in the gel farm and which will cost you upwards of 10 from the one UK supplier that I managed to find. It is certainly not made clear when you buy the farms that this species is he only one that will survive in the gel. If you try and buy them from Antworks direct then they will probably all be dead when they arrive as they are shipped from America, airmail 2-3weeks. The UK suplier posted my first lot out in the middle of the post strike and they arrived dead two weeks later, the second lot arrived at the weekend and they are alive but by the time the live ones arrived the birhday was long past. Ants cost me over £10 for about 25 from the UK supplier so be aware when buying this that the outlay does not end with the cost of the product.
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We sent away for the ants, which you have to buy separately. We had to 'help' them by making starter holes in the gel, but even then they only made one small tunnel, which soon filled up with dead ants. I would not buy this again.
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This item looks great but in reality, its no good. The ants crawl down the side of the gel then die, so you need to try and remove them or the tank starts to smell. When you try to move them the gel rips and looks terrible.
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Its fun to start with, but the ants die within a couple of months. With mine they died between the perspex and the gel and I was unable to get them out. Not sure its really worth the money for the short lifespan.
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Without a queen ant this purchase is only limited fun. Despite ordering the 'correct' ants, they did not seem too keen to dig tunnels and make a home. :-(
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This product was bought for an 8 year old science fan for Christmas and whilst everything arrived on time, well packaged, with simple instructions we found it a little disappointing as the ants just squeezed down the sides of the gel block which had contracted and didn't really fit the tank. We also found that they were able to escape through the bottom as it is not completely sealed with the light fittings etc. this product looks good and I am sure it is pot luck as to whether the ants settle or not but I have to admit I would not buy again just because it was a bit of a waste of money for us once the novelty wore off.
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After reading some other reviews on ant farms it made me think and reflect on how I perceive such 'toys'. I am keen to encourage my little one in his great interest in bugs and wildlife and was contemplating something like this. I didn't stop to think how life might be for the poor creatures in it! Which amazes me as I am against caged animals of all kinds (except in animal welfare centres such as those used for caring for injured animals or breeding endangered animals in a way that respects their natural habitat and instincts). I know I am in the minority when it comes to caged animals as so many people have caged pets of some kind (birds, hamsters, rabbits) but to me it seems like giving them a life long prison sentence keeping them locked up in a confined space. I have to confess I know too little about the normal behaviours and requirements of creatures like fish and stick insects to fairly comment on keeping them. However, to me, having now thought about it, ant farms of this genre are a gimick as they do not teach children the true nature of the animals they're seeing because the environment and situation is too artificial. For example the ants do not need to go and forage as they would in real life. They have food on tap and that is not a healthy environment as they are left with nothing to do and surplus food so how can they possibly replicate normal behaviour. And as someone else mentioned there is no queen which is again unnatural and means they all die off quickly. This means that there is minimal educational value and it's really just a display case to see what ants do in an unnatural environment. In addition to that it doesn't teach children to respect the animals around them and their environment.Read more ›
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