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How to Create Enclosed Ecospheres

Lexi Detweiler Written by Lexi Detweiler
How to Create Enclosed Ecospheres

Would you like to create an ecosphere? In essence, it's creating an aquarium or terrarium from native soil, plants, bugs, water, and all of the microorganisms that come along with it. The idea is that the mini-ecosystem you create is entirely self-sustaining. That includes the cycle of oxygen to carbon dioxide, of growth and decay, and of consumption and excretion. What a fascinating way to experience God’s creation in your own home!

I do have to include a disclaimer; not every enclosed ecosphere will work. God created the world perfectly, and we are trying to recreate those perfect natural systems ourselves. But guess what–we aren’t perfect.

The basic instructions are below, but I recommend checking out some videos online for tips and inspiration. I’ve seen ecospheres that have been enclosed for a decade! Just remember to approach things as you would all things you see online, with a sense of humility (and maybe even a sense of humor).

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