UNPACKING YOUR ECOSPHERE®
When you unpack your Ecosphere you may notice that the water is initially a little cloudy. This will clear up after a few hours. If your Ecosphere arrived cold to the touch, slowly let the Ecosphere warm up to room temperature. When the temperature is cooler the shrimp's metabolism slows and they may appear still and lifeless. Normally the shrimp will be swimming around within 24 hours. Sometimes the lightweight gravel at the bottom of the Ecosphere will float to the surface. It will eventually sink back down.
Each brand new Ecosphere purchase will come with a ID Number (found on bottom of EcoSphere). An ID number is needed for replacement and recharge.
Do provide light for the Ecosphere for at least six to eight hours per day. The light intensity should be suitable for reading and from one of the following sources: ceiling mounted fluorescent lamps or low indirect windows light.
Notice the amount of green algae in your Ecosphere®
The initial quantity is the inoculant required to produce sufficient oxygen for the shrimp. Do not allow the algae to grow much more than this or the chemical balance will change. Light controls the growth of the algae. If the algae begins to grow, reduce the amount of light by shading the Ecosphere or putting it in a darker area. If the shrimp consume the algae, it will grow back when you place it in an area with slightly higher light. It will take about two months for the algae to noticeable regrow. It is not threatening to the system to lose visible algae.
From time to time you may wish to clean any film that may have formed on the inside of the glass. Some of the micro-organisms, which are of nutritional value to the shrimp, are capable of creating a thin film on the inside of the glass. This film is not harmful to the system.
To make cleaning your Ecosphere easy, we have installed a magnet on the inside of the unit and supplied another attached to your EcoSphere handbook. To clean the EcoSphere, simply take the handbook magnet and bring it near the gravel at the bottom of the EcoSphere to attract the magnet on the inside of the EcoSphere. Once you have the magnets attracted to each other, proceed to drag the magnets across the surface of the Ecosphere in a light scrubbing motion to remove any excess film on the inside of the Ecosphere. It is not necessary to clean the entire surface at one time. If you lose your outside magnet, any refrigerator magnet will do. You will not harm the unit by moving it as you clean it.
The shrimp, algae, gorgonia, decorative shells and lightweight gravel are all part of the working ecosystem. These shrimp were chosen because they do not show aggression towards each other. The gorgonia, lightweight gravel and glass offer surface area to the ecosystem. All of these surfaces are places where micro-organisms and algae can attach themselves. The gorgonia is a non-living material and is hand cut for each individual Ecosphere.