1 Month From When We Started
Unfortunately, this eco-dome was a failure, and I even concluded that it was 2 days before I opened the lid. I think the reason why the cricket died was that he couldn't get to the raisins and nuts. Although crickets could live without nuts or raisins and would prefer rotting plant matter anyway, the cricket must've died because of the air inside of the eco-dome, filled with the rot of the raisins. Besides the raisins, everything else was expected and was the same from last time. The walls were wet, the plants were slowly dying, and the food rotting. But I think in this case, the cricket couldn't even reach to the raisins in the first place, even with the same setup as last time. The food must've rot because of the moist air.
For the next build, and to fix all of this, I figured to not put any food at all, just leaves since crickets like that anyways, according to the website "whatdocricketseat.info". Furthermore, I intend to spray less water (10mil less) in the eco-dome, remove the sticks (crickets can climb on stems anyways), and put more soil in there to sustain the plants.
|Component||Amount incl Units||Reasoning||Daily Observations|
|Plant||6X Plants, 5 leaves on each plant||A lot of leaves for the cricket to eat||The plants are moist from the water constantly evaporating and condensing.|
|Dirt||3cm||3 cm of dirt, enough for the plants, but not so much that it takes to much space in the ecodome||The dirt is less wet, since the water evaporated and is condensed on the walls.|
|Mulch||0.5cm||For variety in the dirt||The mulch is less wet, since the water evaporated and is condensed on the walls.|
|Grass||0.2cm||Soft bedding, so that when the water reaches the ground, it doesn’t create mud||The cricket moved the plants in such a way that hid most of the grass, which is also wet.|
|Rocks||6 half-of-a-baseball sized rocks||Structure for the cricket to climb and hide||Rocks are all still there, unchanged.|
|Water||10 sprays, and 20ml||Moist, so that the cricket and plants could drink.||The water has evaporated, and is being cycled through the plants and on in the air.|