So, I got this ant farm for Christmas, but I couldn't get any ants until May through June so I had sent for them around the end of May and finally got them on June 22 (they didn't cash the check very soon). Well, I ended up purchasing the expansion pack with some food, a water feeder, a poster, a magnifying glass, some ants, an ant fun book, and some other stuff.
Step 1: Retrieving Your Ants
Take the package out, and head up for the house.
Step 2: Opening the Package
Start opening one side of the package on the back side (I chose the right first.) This step is hard, considering the flap size that's somehow jammed down in there..... Open the other side, too.
Step 3: Removing the Contents
Remove the ant tube, and study it (optional).
Also remove everything else including the magnifying glass, the ant poster, the ant food, the membership card, the fun book, and all of those instructions.
Step 4: Retrieving the Ant Farm Farm
Make your way to where it's at (my bedroom..... don't mind the messiness. I have posters and drawings and that giant pile of crap is actually an organized shelf of crafting supplies that has come out of one of the four drawers I have full.)
Enter the palace--- I mean place... and grab the farm. Mine happens to be by my unused-as-of-now pink shag pillow and my World Explorer animal cards. (Yes, all those papers and stuff surrounding the farm were booklets and instructions that first came with the farm.)
Step 5: Getting Everything Somewhat Organized
Remove the pink "IMPORTANT! DO NOT OPEN TUBE OF ANTS UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THIS INFORMATION!" slip, which by the way doubles as an order form for future purchases (keep this.)
Step 6: Refrigerating the Ants
Place the ants in the fridge. Again, in my case beside the ultra-homemade-health drink, the Flax seed, and the pop.
Take note of the time, as you must leave the ants in there, and remove them in 15 minutes.
Step 7: Catching Up Basically on the Membership
Sign the membership card stating: "ANT FARM CLUB OFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP CARD: This certifies that the undersigned is a member in good standing (and climbing, building, digging, tunneling, & playing) of the Ant Farm Club. Said member joins fellow ant watchers located all around the world in learning about one of Nature's most fascinating creatures, the ant. Said member pledges to treat all living things with respect and, like the ant, always try to be a good team player, help those who are less fortunate, persevere to achieve his or her goals, and have fun."
Then it's "authorized" by Uncle Milton and I signed, too. (Cheesy, eh?)
Step 8: Catching Up on Everything Else
Read the original ant farm farm instruction manual on how to feed and water the ants.
Step 9: Removing the Ants From the Fridge
Step 10: Putting the Ants in Their New Home
Break the seal on the ant tube and carefully open the tube, not letting any ants out. Remember, as the pink slip stated: "Ants are easily excited and may bite or sting to defend themselves...."
Rest the edge of the tube so that any ants that may tumble out will fall into the open farm. Gently shake and tap on the tube so that all ants come out. Triumph if any successfully do. But not all of them will..... SO.......
Step 11: An Alternative to Putting Ants in the Top
Step 12: Helping the Ants to Feel at Home
Step 13: Preparing Sugar Water (optional)
Get a container with a lid to keep your water in (like so). Set it on the counter. Get some sugar and set it there, too. Turn on the faucet and (optional) test the water to make sure it's ant-temperature; not too hot, not too cold. Fill the cup about half-full. Get a 1/2 tbsp and fill it with sugar, but DON'T put it ALL in yet! Put it in in portions and stir. Taste-test the water to see if it's at-all sugary. When you can taste the littlest bit of sugar in the water, use it, cuz that's what I did... Anyways, get a Sharpie and label the container "Ant Water". Close the lid.
Step 14: Watering Your Ants
For the top chamber, just take off that green cover or top expansion caps and squeeze only droplets down in.
For the lower chamber, take off the lower chamber expansion caps, stick the tube in and squeeze right into the sand. Make sure not to cause the sand to be soggy, just moist. And if condensation begins on the glass, don't water the ants until it goes away.
Step 15: Have Fun!
Oh, remember 1. not to bake your ants, which means don't leave them in the sun
2. don't cause an earthquake, which means don't shake or severely bump the tank as that may cause DESRUCTION of the tunnels
3. don't start a war, which means don't mix ants from different colonies
4. don't overfeed your ants, which means.... don't give them too much food at a time
AND 5. obviously, don't ruin your ants' time, which means don't "aid" them in building and don't purposely disturb them!