An EcoSphere is a trademark name for a sealed, blown-glass, miniature biosphere.
A natural Ecosystem demonstrates the delicate nature of our home earth environment and utilises its own resources, without contaminating or over populating its environment.
An Ecosphere is a man made equivalent which replicates all of the elements found in a natural Ecosystem and has an average life expectancy of around 3 years, although many have survived for seven to ten years.
How Ecospheres Work?
Inside every EcoSphere there are active micro-organisms, algae and bright red shrimp, each existing in filtered sea water. Since EcoSpheres are a self-sustaining Ecosystem there is no need to feed the life within.
These miniature Ecosystems are virtually maintenance free! All that is required is that they are positioned in an area of indirect natural light, as a way of enjoying this beautiful and unique blend of art, science and beauty.
Because all living resources contained in the EcoSphere can utilise their own resources without contaminating or overpopulating their environment, it often needs no cleaning and only minimal care.
These miniature Ecosystems represent a tiny working Earth model. It contains similar essential elements, which are found on our planet – air, life, water and include micro organisms, algae, shrimp, gorgonia (a non-living branch like material) and gravel. Life functions in these EcoSpheres just the same as it does on Earth.
How does this happen?
The shrimp produce carbon dioxide which is required by the algae. Natural light is needed by the algae to produce oxygen that is responsible for maintaining the life inside the EcoSphere.
When darkness comes, the bacteria and shrimp start to consume the oxygen made during the day when there was light. The EcoSphere can die with too many animals and plants, since they would run out of adequate oxygen at night.
The shrimp are contained in filtered sea water and the gorgonia and gravel provide a hiding place for the micro organisms, as well as a place where the shrimp can eat them.
This highly balanced cycle continues for 24/7 in the EcoSphere, for as long as there is life.
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