|Each completely sealed EcoSphere
contains a fully functional, self sustaining, living ecosystem. It is
like having your very own miniature world at your fingertips. The EcoSpheres
portray a simplistic example of our Earth's life forms & our interdependence
Each EcoSphere is individually crafted to achieve an aesthetic, meditative beauty suitable for any indoor environment. People of all ages can appreciate the simple significance of these wonderful creations. This makes these an ideal gift for that person on your list that's so hard to find gifts for!
As the world's lowest maintenance pets, the EcoSpheres require only a source of light to keep alive. Inspired by technological research and developments for extended space exploration by NASA, the EcoSpheres are a living example of a closed ecosystem. No feeding or watering is required!
EcoSpheres are available in 3 impressive sizes. Excessive
handling can harm the delicate ecosystem inside, so we also recommend the
optional rotating base. See below for more details on care of your EcoSphere.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE'RE UNABLE TO SHIP ECOSPHERES OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED
|ITEM#||SIZE||PRICE||SHIPPING WT.*||CLICK BELOW|
|ES-IMS||5.25" DIAMETER||$190.00||20 lbs (5 lb actual wt)||ITEM NO LONGER AVAILABLE|
|ES-ILS||6.5" DIAMETER||$260.00||25 lbs (7 lb actual wt)||ITEM NO LONGER AVAILABLE|
|ES-IXS||9" DIAMETER||$500.00||40 lbs (16 lb actual wt)||ITEM NO LONGER AVAILABLE|
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*Shipping weight differs from actual item weight
example of shrimp and algae life
EcoSphere care - Do's and Don'ts
The EcoSphere requires almost no care. However, here are
few simple DO'S and DON'TS:
DO notice how much algae is in the EcoSphere when you receive it. The health of the animals inside the sphere is dependent on the water chemistry. This chemistry is affected by algae and microorganism growth. If you allow more than this amount of algae to grow you will raise the pH of the water. This higher pH will kill the shrimp. If you are not providing enough light you can also harm the system. That is why you should look closely at the amount of green fiber algae. This is a good gauge as to how much visible algae should be in the system.
DO keep your EcoSphere at temperatures between 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15C) and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (25C). Temperatures above 85 degrees put excess stress on the shrimp in the EcoSphere. Temperatures below 60 degrees slowdown the metabolism of the shrimp. DO NOT let the temperatures flux erratically from 60 degrees to 85 degrees. The temperature needs to be consistent. Sudden changes can affect the life of the system.
DO provide artificial light or indirect sunlight for your EcoSphere for at least 6 to 12 hours per day. The intensity can be suitable for plants needing low levels of light. One of the following sources is recommended:
Ceiling mounted fluorescent Lamps
Indirect window sunlight
DO NOT let your EcoSphere get too hot or too cold. We may think the temperature is fine but an EcoSphere can warm up and cool down as easily as a glass of water. So a rule of thumb, be aware of the temperature of the room.
DO NOT handle the EcoSphere excessively, the sphere will pick up heat from your body.
DO NOT leave the EcoSphere in direct sunlight. It is a tiny greenhouse and direct sunlight can overheat it regardless of room temperatures.
DO NOT let it go for more than 60 hours without light (if algae growth looks fine). This is a rule of thumb. If your EcoSphere has received light for several days, it will be well "charged" with oxygen and may be able to survive longer without light, but why take chances? If you have an algae bloom (the algae grows at a rapid rate) it may be necessary to place the unit in a dark area, such as a cupboard or closet. The unit can be left there for extended periods: sometimes as long as 3 weeks. If you need to do this check on the unit daily to see if the algae growth has seceded. Over a period of time, like 3-5 months, there will be some growth but it should not harm the unit.
DO NOT shake it, drop it, or otherwise treat it roughly. Remember it is someone's home.
DO NOT place your EcoSphere on televisions, stereo equipment, fireplace mantles, or near heating radiators and vents.