the water stay in the sphere? The sphere opening is
below the surface of the water. This makes the “air seal” needed to
keep the water up in the sphere.
How do the
fish get in the sphere? The fish swim up through the
opening when the sphere is placed on the underwater
How deep does the water need to
be? The stand is 12 inches tall and needs to be one
or two inches below the surface of the water. For shallow water,
the stand can be made shorter by cutting the legs (leaving at
least 6 inches). For deeper water, a platform can be
built or place a cinder block under the stand.
Does the water get hot in the
sphere? The temperature can be different by a couple
of degrees up or down depending on the weather conditions. If the
temperature is uncomfortable to the fish they won’t go in the
sphere at that time.
Does the water circulate in the
sphere? Yes, when the fish go in and out they
displace water, also the water circulates by the change of
temperatures & natural water movement.
How often should the sphere be
cleaned? No more than once a week, twice a month
should be normal. Depending on the amount of algae that grows in
the pond. Try our new Iongen® algae control system
from Aquascape® & cleaning will be
What should I clean my sphere
with? Soft Scrub or a non-scratching
sponge. White vinegar mixed with 50% water works great for
cleaning. CLR or simple green also works well.
What is the Hot
Spot? This happens outside the sphere and will not
harm the fish. The larger the sphere makes understanding the
hot spot more important. At just the proper angle, the
sun magnifies the sphere (just like what happens when using a
magnifying glass), the area 6 to 14 inches around the
sphere. Early morning and late evening sun is of most
concern. Once the angle is great enough the spot will fall into the
water and become harmless. This is a pinpoint event and must
not be allowed to hit anything that can melt or be caught on
fire. The Add-A-Sphere® truly
magnifies your fish inside the sphere for spectacular
viewing. Please be careful this is explained in the manual
along with not putting the sphere over your head or misusing this
How does the food get into the
sphere? Attach feeder device to the pole and fill
with a floating fish food. Dip the feeder with food under the
waterline. The lid will open when the handle hits the lip of the
sphere releasing the floating food.
What type of food is
best? Floating fish food.
Can the sphere be in the
sun? Yes, but you must understand about
the hot spot. See question about (What is the hot
What is the sphere made
of? UV-resistant Acrylic Plastic or
Why do the fish look so big when in
the sphere? The sphere magnifies the fish 2 to
3 times their actual size.
Why do the fish use the
sphere? This is a very interesting question.
They can warm or cool their bodies by using the sphere,
depending on the time of day and the season. To me, it also
seems they like being able to look outside of their pond. Once
your fish start using the Add-A-Sphere® you
will be able to start bonding with your fish, in other words, they
become more like pets. We started naming ours after
getting such close up looks of them.
What does the
Add-A-Sphere® do? It
brings your fish above the water line for spectacular
How can the sphere be
replaced? You can order a replacement sphere or
parts using your retailer or online.
How is the sphere filled with
water? After placing the sphere on the stand, insert
the air-vacuum pole and blow a puff of air into the pole to
eliminate the water inside the pole, then hold a wet-dry vacuum
hose next to the cleared air-vacuum pole and turn on the vacuum.
This will suck the air out of the sphere and draw the water up into
How is the sphere
emptied? Using the air-vacuum pole, place it inside
the sphere and blow a puff of air and the sphere will
What does the underwater light
do? A spot light placed underneath the
give amazing nighttime viewing.
Can frogs or turtles use the
sphere? Yes, but they will die if the air pocket is
still in the top of the sphere. After you have trained the
fish by feeding them inside the sphere, fill the sphere all
the way to the top with water so they will not
try breathing at the top of the sphere and will
Can you see medical issues with the
sphere? Yes, many sphere owners have told us how
they were able to spot problems their fish were having by seeing
them up close and magnified. Many have also dispensed
medication directly into the sphere to treat their medical
What size sphere should I
choose? Be sure to choose a size 2 to 4 inches
bigger than your largest fish and remember to allow for
growth. Also, the size of your pond would determine that
How do you keep algae from building up
inside the sphere?
can’t prevent it completely. But, try
our new Iongen® algae control system from
Aquascape® & cleaning will be minimal!
By using the normal measures in
your pond like Barley straw extract, a UV filter, etc. it does keep
it down. The sphere usually needs cleaning every 2-3
weeks. It only takes minutes with a non-abrasive sponge. But,
I will say everyone who has one says it’s a small inconvenience for
the amount of pleasure they get from seeing their fish up close and