I'm sure many of you have been to the Brookstone store at either the regular store or the mall. This year their hottest item seems to be the Frog-O-Sphere. The Frog-O-Sphere comes with some gravel, a couple rocks, 2 frogs, a snail, and some bamboo.
Here's a look at Brookstone's Frog-O-Sphere:
I admit that I was fascinated by these little frogs that were supposed to be in a self-contained ecosystem. The truth, however, was much different. Not only were these frogs overpriced, at $40 for the whole set, but they were placed into a situation where they were starving and mistreated. PETA exaggerates the whole thing quite a bit...which can be seen here. Yes, the frogs were cruelly replaced, but the tank was more than big enough for the 2 frogs. The real problem is that African Dwarf frogs are carnivores, that automatically means that this ecosystem cannot be self-sustaining. If the frogs it hungry enough, they will eat the snail. The snail cannot handle the build-up that is accumulating in the tank, by itself. The tanks needs to be cleaned once a week, at least. Furthermore, do not follow the directions about feeding that come with the Frog-O-Sphere (2 pellets every week). These frogs need to be feed every other day! Also, you are better off feeding these frogs blood worms than pellets. The frogs require clean unchlorinated water, so before placing the frogs into a tank of any kind it's important to wait 48 hours so that the chlorine evaporates from the water.
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These frogs are low maintenance and can be purchased at your local pet store (Petsmart, Petco, etc.) for only $4. Parents, if you are thinking that this is a pet that you will not need to help you child take care of, that is not true. This is a pet like any other, before purchasing make sure you know what is required to take care of it. If you are still determined to purchase the Frog-O-Sphere, instead of visiting your local pet store, please note that Learning Express sells these same frogs for only $25 and lets you pick out the gravel, bamboo, etc.
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More about the development of the ecoshpere:
So what does an ecosphere look like?
For more examples and an explanation of how it works see:
To see some up close:
How to care for them:
Some things you may not know:
1. Algae in the tank is actually good.
2. You need to wait 24 hours and purify the water before placing the sea monkeys in it.
3. You won't be able to see them for the first 4-6 weeks without a microscope.
4. Yes you can make them turn colors, buy vitamins here.
5. Other things you may not know here.
Whatever you do DON'T overfeed them and more importantly have fun!!!!!