EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystem is a replica of the paramount, peaceful, serene world of aquatic creatures like shrimp, algae and bacteria encased in a glass bowl. The Large Sphere I own contained a few layers of white stones and shells. Purchasing a regular fish tank is much more than just getting hold of one. You’ve to get the lightings, décor, and fishes, cycle the water, periodically clean the aquarium and regularly feed the fishes. EcoSphere, as you might well be aware of, is a self-sustaining system. It means you just place atop a desk and let nature take its course inside the glass sphere. Made from hand blown glass, EcoSphere ecosystem only requires an artificial or indirect source of light to sustain itself.
The completely enclosed world of active micro-organism, submerged in filtered sea-water, is built from a very special hand blown glass which adds a dash of sublimity to the appearance. Even though “no maintenance required” is the most striking promotional tagline of the product, in reality, in does require a wee bit of care. Living micro-organisms will eventually form film inside of the glass. While it’s not a threat to the marine life inside, it does make the bowl look untidy. The solution is the magnets installed in the unit. With the help of the magnets provided with the manual, drag the film away in minutes without relocating the shrimps elsewhere.
The lights need to be supplied correctly to boost the proper growth of organisms.the algae need sufficient light to grow in size. The shrimps feed on these algae. In turn, shrimps breath oxygen, exhale carbon dioxide and excrete waste which are broken down and converted into nutrients by the bacteria for the algae. The algae live on the carbon dioxide and light converts oxygen for the shrimp to breathe. Now it must be clear why adequate lighting is so integral for the sustenance of the ecosystem. Apart from an indirect (natural or artificial) source of light, the sphere also needs to be kept in room temperature.
A fully enclosed ecosystem in the form of a miniature sea-world is a not only a huge scientific breakthrough, it’s an enviable blend of contemporary art and advanced technology, providing a useful insight of the interdependence of animal and plant life. It’s probably one of the easiest to maintain fish bowl in the world. By observing the mechanism of underwater life in its most natural form, you can learn a lot about how ecosystems actually work. It’ll be a great idea to gift it to a child to boost his interest in science.
The sphere contains gravels, plants, algae and live marine shrimps. There’s absolutely no need to feeding the shrimps. Leave food, you won’t even have to change or filter the water. EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Systems comes in 8 different dimensions, each has a limited period replacement policy.
Glass is a fragile material. Be sure to place the bowl in a safe spot, away from the reach of children.
I can go on days looking at the soothing, playful activities of the shrimps, meditative beauty of the decors and never get enough of it. EcoSphere is an innovation far ahead of its time. It feels downright silly to even comment on how good the features are. It’s one of those best things in life that can be bought with money. Turn off the lights, tune into some soulful, soft music and keep staring at the bowl for hours to get yourself in a trance state.