Looking for discussion on proper lighting for an Eco-Sphere
If you have an Eco-Sphere you know the recommendations are for indirect light. The manufacturer does not provide a lot of details.
I just wrote to them and asked if they had more specific rules, such as lumens or better yet PAR and a photoperiod, and they replied to say they do not make specific recommendations because each sphere is different.
My last sphere bit the dust, well, the shrimp did because I think I had too much light. I want to try again, and I want to keep the sphere in an interior location and use aquarium lights and timers to give it exactly the right amount of light. Maybe a little LED fixture like you'd put over a betta bowl would work.
But... What is the right amount of light? If you've looked in to this I would love to know what you found.
(BTW, my first Eco-Sphere had live shrimp for over 10 years, until a housecleaner broke it. My second one, the guys bit the dust in under a year despite similar conditions. So, maybe there is something to their claim that providing detailed lighting recommendations is futile. Still seems like they could get us into the ballpark.)