How To Care For A Self Sustaining Ecosphere
This is as important to us as it is for you. We want you to enjoy your Ecosphere for the longest time possible. The following ‘dos and don’ts’ will help you achieve the longevity of your EcoSphere.
The beauty about the EcoSphere is that it does not need much care. You do not have to feed the shrimp and cleaning the glass is very easy. In order for the shrimp to have a long life, the most important thing is finding the perfect location to place the EcoSphere. Temperature and light are the key factors. As soon as you have found the perfect spot, the EcoSphere should not be moved. We do not recommend you place your sphere near electronics such as televisions etc. It is not recommended to place the sphere near radiators, fireplaces, on window sills. Direct light from a window can harm the shrimp and a window will have temperature fluctuations with season and time of day and can cause undue stress on the balance of the ecosphere.
The growth of algae from too much light and warmth can influence the balance in the EcoSphere, which leads to disturbing the shrimp’s health. As the algae multiply, the PH value increases and this in turn can endanger the shrimp. The amount of light given to the ecosystem should not be more than you need to read. Either indirect sunlight or artificial light is fine for the EcoSphere, but never direct sunlight.
Remember your self sustaining Ecosphere has everything it needs to survive
When you receive your self sustaining Ecosphere
- On receipt your Ecosphere may appear a little cloudy, do not worry it will settle and clear within a day or two. This is not uncommon after transport.
- The shrimp may seem slow or still, particularly in the winter – they slow down when they are cold. When the temperature is low we put a heat pack in the parcel to keep the shrimps as comfortable as possible. If they are a little cold on arrival, do not heat up the sphere, just allow it to reach room temperature and within 24 hours the shrimp will start to be more active.
- Check the algae (green growth) it should be minimal and appear as thin strands of hair on arrival and this is how it needs to be maintained.
- If the sphere is a gift please remember to provide the listed care prior to gifting the sphere. If a sphere is not cared for it could adversely affect the ecsosphere. Also, keep in mind any further travel for the ecosphere could adversely affect the sphere.
- Keep the sphere out of direct sunlight, this will heat the water and the shrimp (think about being in the car in the summer with no climate control) and be uncomfortable for them.
- Place the Ecosphere in normal reading light – this can be from natural light or lamps. To charge the system will take 4 – 12 hours per day. Any more than this will cause the algae to grow and damage the PH levels causing the shrimp to perish.
- Keep your Biosphere at normal room temperature between 15° and 25° – lower than this will cause the shrimp difficulty and higher will cause overgrowth of algae.
- When finding the perfect place for your ecosphere, it is good to consider the following tips as well. Do not place the ecosphere near radiators or heat sources. Also, do not place the ecosphere near electronics such as televisions etc. Do not place on or near windows.
- Remember if you go on holiday the shrimp will not need a ‘pet sitter’ but will need to be kept in the same conditions as always to survive – particularly important in the winter when you might otherwise turn off your heating.
- Over time micro-organisms will naturally bloom on the inside of the sphere and you may find small grey circles on the glass , approximately the size of a 5p piece. This is nothing to worry about but to keep the glass clear you will find on your instruction booklet a small magnet which can be attached to the base of the sphere. It will then attach to a magnet on the inside of the ecosphere and can be used in a circular motion to clear the glass. The micro-organisms will drop to the bottom of the glass and the shrimp will eat these – this will mean the shrimp might remain at the bottom of the glass for the next few days.
We recommend viewing our FAQ page for further Ecosphere care information.