I can not wait to share this product with you! I really enjoyed this! With BLUEiQ you create your very own miniature ecosystem that can survive without any interference from you.
|This is really beautiful!|
|Look how long those tweezers are!|
In my first box I received a gorgeous Hand Blown Glass container. With this is an instruction book for setting up your miniature ecosystem, a thermometer for monitoring the temperature, magnifying glass for viewing your livestock, super long tweezers, and tying thread for securing your plants if necessary. Inside you BLUEiQ Owner's Guide you will find a serial number, to go online and register your kit, and then you can search the site for more information, and order your second shipment. This is the one where you will receive your choice of plant, choice of substrate, 5 Neocaridina Heteropoda (very small shrimp that we will be calling Neos from here on out), and 2 snails. Since we had a trip to take, I waited to order our second shipment until I knew we would be back. I didn't want to come home to dead livestock! This actually gave me some time to read the owner's guide, and look around on the website. I was able to decide which plant type I wanted and which substrate I thought would look best. Everything is included in the $79 plus shipping. There is no extra charge for your second shipment.
|Second shipment in the box.|
|Can you see the Neos?|
|These are my snails!|
|My substrate and slightly larger rocks for tying down plants.|
The very first thing you need to do after receiving your first shipment is decide where you will place your BLUEiQ. It needs to have some light, but you do not want it to get too hot or too cold. You need to use bottled drinking water to fill your container. Make sure you have rinsed it first, then set it up in your chosen location with the thermometer in place, so you have some time to monitor your temperature. Now after reading your manual and visiting the BLUEiQ website you are ready to order your next shipment.
|Tying my plants to rocks.|
|Placing the plants.|
|See my snail!|
|If you look close you can see a Neo.|
Now open your bag of plants and using your tweezers arrange them in your container. If needed use the tying thread and secure your plants to one of the slightly larger stones. After you have everything the way you want it, gradually pour the livestock and their water into the container. Go slow, and make sure you get all your livestock. Last of all top off your container with a little bottled water if necessary so that the water is within 1 inch of the top of the container. Now, place your container in the location you chose, and enjoy! We actually have alot of fun trying to locate them all. The Neos like to hide in the rocks and plants. My 14 year old can usually find them all first. The snails are easier to find because they are usually attached to the side of the glass container.
|There is a Neo on the plant.|
|Can you see the Neo on the rock?|
|Doesn't it look nice? Totally done.|
|Up close through the magnifying glass.|
|Here's a Neo up close!|
Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive a BLUEiQ system. All quotes are from the BLUEiQ website, email, or owner's guide. All thoughts and opinions are mine.