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My grandson received an ant farm for Christmas, but we are having trouble finding an Australian supplier of live ants for his ant farm. The only ‘wild’ ants in his area are the tiny black ants which escaped through the air vents.


Posted by kris cole, 16th January 2014


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  • Try https://hailesaquariums.com/
    They are Australian ant and ant farm suppliers.


  • Is there a small removable section in the middle of yours? Anything that looks like it might slide out? My son was given one with a removable section that you use to trap ants with something they’re attracted to e.g sugar. Once the ants go in you slot it back into the farm to trap them. If unable to do that then check with a large pet store chain as they should be able to help you but obviously free ants would be great!


  • What a shame! My son got an ant farm one Christmas, they are fascinating to watch. We are lucky and have suitable ones around our home


  • i may have a few nests in my garden. if we all stack them together you might get a farm???


  • My kids caught Meat ants… the big ones!!


  • Pet shops/superstores sell them. Might be good but careful of age that they don’t knock it over etc.


  • lol this is a good question. i never thought about it but an ant farm might be fun.


  • Doesn’t pet barn stock them?


  • I was thinking of getting my son an ant farm also but I didn’t know you had to buy special ants for it. I thought you just got the ants from the garden. I don’t think I’ll get him one now.


  • I didn’t know you could actually buy ants


  • ask at your bigger pet stores like Pet Stock or Pets Domain as they may be able to assist you in finding someone who has them or ordering them in if they can


  • i think someone that sells reptiles would be your best bet


  • Pets Domain sell ants for ant farms.


  • Yes I would try a pet shop, they should be able to help you.


  • what did you end up doing


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