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Re: Giant Ecosphere

Is the lighting for the ecosphere just daylight through the window still?
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Is the lighting for the ecosphere just daylight through the window still?
Yes, other than just a bowl of water, sand, stones, macro algae, and shrimps there's nothing but a 50W titanium heater and an electronic thermometer in there. This Summer, I'll remove the heater and I'll have to start using blinds so as not to overheat it.


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Re: Giant Ecosphere

Great bowl, lighting and camera, then!

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Are they eating the Spectrum food in the last pictures? Mine don't pile up on the Spirolina I give them. Maybe I should try something else? I do have other Bee shrimp foods but I think these guys don't eat protein based foods. What do you think?
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I won't speak for David, but my opae ula eat ANYTHING I give them. Protein included.

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Are they eating the Spectrum food in the last pictures? Mine don't pile up on the Spirolina I give them. Maybe I should try something else? I do have other Bee shrimp foods but I think these guys don't eat protein based foods. What do you think?
They're not picky, they eat whatever I put in their bowl but I don't feed them very often.


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Just took these photos, they were in my wife's classroom for awhile and are back on my desk for the Summer. I feed them occasionally and top off their bowl with R/O water and that's it.







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Still looking very cool, David. Have they reproducing yet?

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Still looking very cool, David. Have they reproducing yet?

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No, I think I'd have to have a setup like yours in order for that to happen but mine is ultra low maintenance which is one of the things I like about these super shrimp.


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I decided it was time for a rescape of the Giant Ecosphere. I liked the idea of using white branch coral to contrast with the red shrimp and black sand to also contrast with the white coral. So I bought some different pieces of white coral and some Tahitian Moon Sand and put them in my spare bowl which I filled with brackish water and a piece of chaetomorpha from the original Giant Ecosphere. I also caught 3 Opa Ulae to put in the new bowl to see how they did just in case the coral wasn't fully cured (I didn't want to loose my entire colony).









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Looks nice... Any sign of breeding yet?
Thanks Rob, I don't think they have ever reproduced but then all I ever do is top off their bowl with RO water and rarely, if ever feed them anything. They pretty much have been living off whatever grows on the rocks in Sphere I and the chaetomorpha plus I don't heat their water, which means it has dropped into the upper 50's quite a few times with the record cold winter we've had here in Ohio, so it shouldn't come as a surprise I guess.


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