In our most recent eco-dome build, there were lots of mistakes and one of them was that we still added way too much water in the eco-dome because it condensed and filled the eco-dome with droplets of water that could have limited the oxygen supply of the crickets. Also, with so much water in the eco-dome, there should have been enough water for the plants to stay healthy and survive, but they still ended up dying and we assume this is from the lack of sunlight. As you can see in our pictures, the plants look healthy and this was the case for the first couple days but later as time moved on without anything for the plants to create energy, the plants started to die. We think that next time we do not need to add as much water as before and we need to position the new eco-dome in another spot with more sunlight to allow the plants to create the energy that is needed. We used our observations to create another plan for the eco-dome that would benefit the cricket and the plants. We also researched and found that plants can die from too much water and so we took this into account and made sure that we did not put too much water for the plants to die. We also researched about plants and which plant does a better job of giving out oxygen. We found that different types of plants had different levels of oxygen output and with that knowledge, we put all sorts of different plants in our Eco-Dome to make sure that the crickets got the oxygen they needed.
|Component||Amount incl Units||Reasoning||Daily Observations|
|Dirt||2 inches above bottom||Dirt will house the plants and give a soft area for the crickets to walk and jump around on||The dirt held all the nutrients and water for the plants to survive but after a couple days, the plants died and we are not sure why this happened.|
|Plants||3-4 different plant||This time we want to see what would happen if we added different plants. Different plants produce a different amount of oxygen.||The crickets are still alive and we think this is the different plants that are providing the crickets with oxygen.|
|Water||50ml for plants and soil 20 ml for drinking purposes||The water will make the soil moist and damp so that the cricket can survive. We also added less water to this build.||The water evaporated on the first day but since there was an airtight seal, the water stayed inside the eco-dome which kept the plants watered|
|Paper Towel rolls||1||This acts as a little housing for the crickets so that they can have somewhere to hide from the heat and sleep||The cricket loves to hide inside the paper towel roll and uses it as a way to hide from the intense sun.|
|Petri dish for water||1 bowl of water||The crickets need water to drink so we added a water bowl for them to drink from.||The cricket seems to drink from the bowl of water and eat the fruits we gave them.|