Both of my crickets, Andy and Nugget, died yesterday (so they lasted for 9 days). My ecodome smells like apple+vinegar (not very pleasant).
(Both taken the day the crickets died)
- Smells really bad unlike other ecodomes from before
- Plants died
- The apples are decomposing (probably the reason for the smell)
- Lots of water drops around the inside of the container
Since all the plants were dead, I think that the crickets died of lack of oxygen, because there was still water that was accessible and there were still food left. As you can see in the pictures, there were water drops inside the container, making it easier for the crickets to drink water. Also, you can kind of see the apples decomposing (they become brown). There are also no visible sign of growing plants.I think the plants died because I didn’t put enough water in the soil. Also, I noticed that the place where I left my ecodome has been getting more sunlight that other times. The water compared to the amount of sunlight was very little. I am going to get more plants to have oxygen in my ecodome. Also, I am going to make sure that the soil is wet for my plants.
I learned that cricket’s natural nesting material is damp soil and so to duplicate this a 500ml (one pint). It turns out that I didn’t put too much water!
In my new ecodome (added December 4th), I kept most things the same, except that I changed the food. I aded a few leaves of lettuce and a cherry tomato. I did this because apples smell and it decomposed very quickly.
Things I added:
|Amount incl Units||Reasoning|
|soil||2 cm tall||I think I had too much soil last time compared to the actual amount needed|
|lettuce||5 pieces||lettuce is good for the crickets, because otherwise Mr. Swart wouldn’t use it to feed them before they went into ecodomes 😀|
|cherry tomato||1||for food and nutrition|
|water||50ml||20 mlfor the plants
10ml for the soil
20 for the sponge
|crickets||2||for my experiment|