Just wanted to update you on the Ecosphere I received from my sister as a Christmas gift in 2001. Over the last 8 years, 3 of the 4 shrimp have finally died, but their remains have disappeared, I suppose due to the action of the bacteria, helping add nutrients to the system. The one remaining shrimp keeps flitting around the SP (I think) model. I’m a college geology, earth science, and oceanography professor, and as well as being beautiful and personally fascinating, this is a useful tool to teach the students about the atmosphere, humidity, the hydrologic cycle, and the biosphere.
Just wanted to let you that my ecosphere 253203 is still functioning with two shrimp busily swimming about. I am not sure when I was given it, but might well have been in 2000 or earlier. I am glad to see that you are still making these wonderful things.
I thought you might like to see pics of my Eco-Sphere that I purchased at the ACE Westlake Hardware on Saddle Creek Road in Omaha in October of 2001. Yes, I have a dog and a cat, but these four little shrimp provide great therapy and are a great conversation piece. Thanks for creating such a unique treasure!
Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know my EcoSphere is still alive! It will be 20 years old in December. Can you believe it!! I love it! I’m pretty sure I actually e-mailed you guys years ago, when I found out it was 12 years old. Imagine what I thought when I was going through my “warranty” file, looking for something else and came upon my little handbook. Poor thing is getting yellow with age. (HaHa). To think it is 20!!
Just wanted to let you know that after about 18 years my EcoSphere Shrimp died. It was like having a friend pass away. Great product.
I have only had my Eco-Sphere for about a week. You will definitely be very pleased with any of these miracles. While I only have the little one, for myself, when the time comes to re-charge this sphere, I am most positively getting the largest one they have to offer. I love this Eco-Sphere so much that I just bought a medium sized sphere for my parents 65th Wedding Anniverary. The little shrimp are adorable. They require no special attention, no feeeding and are a joy to watch. Very peaceful. The packing is unbelievablely over-the-top. The Customer Service employees are very polite, exceptionally helpful, very knowledgeable and caring. Delivery is unbelievably super fast with an actual delivery date that is YOUR choice. Need I say more? No I am not being paid to write this review! Buy one for yourself, but if you can, buy as large of one that you can. You will not be disappointed.
I got an EcoSphere as a gift many years ago and it is still going. There were originally 3 shrimp but direct sunlight killed 2 of the 3 original shrimp. The original shrimp is still going strong though. The EcoSphere has been a great long lasting gift. I would be hard pressed to name any gift I got more than a few years ago but I remember this one!
Just to add to your reviews. I received my EcoSphere in May 2002 as I started a new business and obtained my Masters degree. My sister presented it to me with a note, “make the world yours”. So much of my life has changed, this piece has stayed timeless.
My son, along with my mother’s other grand children, received Ecosphere Small Pods for Christmas a number of years ago. Some how, the sphere found a home on my desk at home and sat there. We had long thought the shrimp were gone. Well, much to our surprise and enjoyment, my son was looking at it more closely today and announced a shrimp was swimming around. I said, “No way.” But sure enough, there he (or she) was. We were both blown away.
I just wanted to thank you for the attention to detail with your shipping processes. We received our small Ecosphere yesterday and to our delight all 4 of our shrimpy friends are healthy and active! The box was expertly packed and padded and our sphere came in perfect condition.
I recently bought a small sphere and am enjoying it immensely. The reason I bought this is because my husband just retired from the ARMY after 22 yrs of active duty, during which time he deployed several times. He suffers from PTSD which generally gives him nightmares. When he wakes up and looks into the calm, war free, serene and quiet sphere it’s very helpful and extremely therapeutic. I just wanted to thank you for making such an amazing harmonious thing of beauty. It’s done wonders for him and it’s my hope that once I can afford it, I’ll buy the large ecosphere. Thank you again!
A satisfied customer
We just discovered that Ecosphere #124119 purchased in 11/99 is still alive! It was a 3 3/4″ sphere…a most exciting discovery.
I just thought I’d let you know I have a small sphere EcoSphere #189576 with an issue date of 12/05/00 that was received as a gift back at that point, I guess. It is still going strong- both shrimp still alive! It probably does so well because I keep it on a bookcase shelf and forget its existence most of the time. Occasionally when I dust (it’s a bookcase – not often…) I peer in to see if anything is moving. Sure enough – the tiny creatures are swimming around!
I am a biology teacher and I bought a small sphere in June 2006 with 3 shrimp. Today my sphere is still thriving with 2 shrimp. I use it every year to introduce photosynthesis. My kids LOVE my EcoSphere.
I just wanted to give you a personal testimony on an EcoSphere I purchased over 13 years ago. I bought it for my mother towards the end of November in the year 2000 as a Christmas present, and throughout the years she’s given me updates, stating that “the shrimp in the EcoSphere are still alive, it’s amazing that it is still going strong!” Just this morning I received an email from her at work, where she has it displayed on her desk (and people ask about it all the time). Today she exclaimed “Have I told you that there’s still one little guy left alive in the ecosystem you gave me back in 2000? There really is!” and “It’s one of the coolest things I own!! I think of you and that Christmas every time I look over [at the EcoSphere].” So, while the system may not be thriving any longer, there’s at least one happy little shrimp to keep my mom company at her desk. I’ve told many people about it and how incredible it is. I will wait until the unfortunate day when the Ecosystem finally fails, and will gladly purchase another one to give to her on that following Christmas. Your product is incredible and one of the best presents I’ve ever gifted!
Just though I’d add yet another testimonial to the durability of (eco) life. I have a small spherical ecosphere that my wife ordered for me from the Signals catalogue as a Christmas gift in December of 1996. After almost 13 years, I still have the ecosphere on my desk at work and one hardy shrimp still keeps watch over my workspace diligently to this day.
Thanks for making such a wonderful product.
I love this idea. I received a pod as a gift and am completely fascinated with it.
Thought you would like to know. I had the Small Pod since June 2000. The last little shrimp died in November 2009! He was so playful! Thank you for such a cute idea!
I got my eco-sphere as a birthday gift 13 years ago. I lost one of the 2 shrimp about 5 years ago but the other is still going strong. After some experimentation, I now keep it on a relatively shaded shelf and have not needed to clean it for years. It is my only pet and I am very happy with it. It certainly is a conversation starter when I point out the live shrimp. It’s nice to see you are still in business – you deserve it.
Just a note to tell you that today is Sammy’s Fifth ( 5th ) Year Anniversary with our household. I got Sammy as a gift on February 14th 2002 and he has been a very welcome part of the family ever since. Rain or shine Sammy is always there and gives us a true sense of wonder each time we see him living in his little world.
What an amazing experience this has been. Although Sammy is in a separate universe he is an important part of our universe. I marvel at the ecosystem you’ve created.
Thought you’d like to know that I just placed an obituary on my Facebook page for my Ecosphere. It lasted 10 years, 362 days. Gonna miss those little guys!
I am glad to report that the Ecosphere that was a present to me in May 1999 is still in good shape and there are three shrimp surviving. It has given me a great deal of quiet pleasure and a degree of wonder as befits an aging bacteriologist. Thanks for the mysterious and elegant biological consortium.
I was just wondering if you keep up with any customers to see how long their ecosphere has lasted. I lost the booklet that came with mine years ago when I moved. I recieved my ecosphere as a Christmas present from a friend back in 2000 or 2001; I’m pretty sure it was 01′.
I was given an Ecosphere in December of 1996 (serial number: 43552). It is a small pod model. I just wanted to share with you that my shrimp, a lone survivor of a cross country trip in July 1997, is still alive and kicking. It is now almost 11 years old.
For your information my shrimp in ecosphere 65792 finally expired. I have watched them since July 1998!
Anita & Tony
Good morning! I thought you might be interested to know that our small pod has broken endurance records as far as I am concerned. I purchased the small pod on 12/11/2000 for my husband for Christmas (yes, more than 13 years ago). Although we started with three shrimp, for several years now, we have had one survivor. He has lived for 13 years that I know of -I don’t know how long the pod was in store inventory at MacArthur Mall in Norfolk, Va. He has gone through 3 moves, 4 cats and several room changes. The pod has never been recharged and has maintained its seal perfectly. It has been a fun gift for a long time and I thought I would share that. We still have the original EcoSphere handbook, outer cleaning magnet, and receipt for serial number 191062 small pod. We thought we would share this story to give you a smile and chuckle on a Monday morning. Thank you for such a fine product.
THANK YOU! The large eco-sphere arrived safety the other day and all is well! They were swimming around even as I opened up the box. They have settled into their new home and I love that base. Did not know the base circled around for total viewing.
My students really enjoy the Eco-Sphere, and it really works well in describing a closed system.
I have had My ecosphere for many years. In fact I am not sure just how long. I am middle school science teacher in Virginia just 15 miles from NASA. The ecosphere is an excellent way for me to show my students how the Earth is a closed system.
I absolutely love the EcoSphere! They make wonderful gifts and are a great conversation starter. I have had my system for 13 years, and has survived 3 moves and a plane ride! Unfortunately the last little guy died this year in July. I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed this system. I can’t wait to order my the next one!
Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you I have been wanting to upgrade my EcoSphere for a while now but just can’t. You see I ordered my original unit 7/15/99 and it lasted 4 years, I had it recharged on 3/29/04 and the one shrimp in it has been going strong ever since. He or she will be ten years old if it makes it to March 2014. Just an amazing little shrimp I must say. A great testimonial to how well you guys have put this together.
Hello. Happy 2008…and I thought you would like to know that ecosphere #39780, created in June 1995, is still doing okay. All the shrimp are still alive.
Just was moving some boxes around and found the box for my Ecosphere and noted the ship date of “Deliver by 07 Feb 2002” and want to let you know that 2 of my shrimp are still cruising around their globe. I don’t know what the record is, but these guys are still going strong!
I can’t tell you how excited we are to have our EcoSphere! It is amazing! I really think this is the coolest thing! Thanks again for coming through for us. It was so refreshing to have such great customer service! It is definitely a rarity these days!
I would like to inform you that my daughter purchased a 3.75″ EcoSphere Serial No. 38465 with issue date of 11.06.96. I report that of this morning all three (3) shrimp are still alive and active. Thanks for a fascinating object of interest.
I bought my EcoSphere at the Denver airport during a business trip many years ago… It was around 2000–2002. To be honest I am not completely sure (it was so long ago that I am still amazed). Both shrimps are still alive and doing great, but the algae is now white. It has being this way for more than 4 years.
FYI – I have s/n 122255 (oval) that I received as a gift in Dec 1999. It originally contained three shrimp and almost 11 yrs later I still have one shrimp alive! I had no idea that they could live this long.
My ecosphere is 12 years old and still alive. It is awesome
I just wanted to share with you that my Ecosphere was purchased for me by my wife shortly after starting up my business. We just celebrated our 10 year anniversary and although I started with four shrimp I am now down to one and it is swimming around just as much as when I got it.
I just thought that you’d like to know that we have a small sphere with one shrimp still alive after almost 10 years. It is s/n 97129 with issue date 12/98. Amazing indeed!
I currently have an EcoSphere which I “inherited” while working at a previous company. I believe it was a gift to the company at one time. I still work with some of the same people and we were wondering just how old the EcoSphere is. It still has one remaining shrimp which appears to be doing quite well.
I wanted to tell y’all that my eco-sphere is still going strong with one shrimp. It was purchased in 98 or 99 serial number 206176. I am amazed that he is still alive because I don’t do anything to my ecosphere. I sometimes clean it but not very often. Thanks for making such a neat pet.
I just wanted to let you know that I bought one of your ~5 1/2″ high oval eco spheres with 3 shrimp for my office sometime around 2001 or 2002 – not sure anymore. One shrimp died within 2 years, the second within 4–5 years. The third shrimp is still swimming around in the eco sphere – he/she is at least 11 years old. I didn’t realize that they would live that long. Almost as long as most of my cats!
I purchased my eco-sphere 8/22/05. I would like to report that I still have one shrimp remaining. My sphere was an impulse purchase while shopping at Sharper Image. The sphere lived on my desk at work for a couple of years and has lived on my desk at home ever since. I’m sad to say that the other inhabitants eventually started disappearing a year or so ago. But the last little trooper lives on. I love my sphere and just wanted to let you know.
What a cool and educational product.
We purchased an EcoSphere from you in 1996 and I am here to tell you that we still have 1 shrimp still alive and swimming! My husband has been prompted me for years to drop you a note about our now beloved Methuselah once he saw the life span of an eco sphere is 7 years. 17 years and going strong!! It has to be some kind of crazy record for a shrimp. Thank you for your wonderful product and the many, many years of enjoyment.
bought my sphere in July, 1999 in NYC. My “zippy” is still alive and we live in Miami!
It’s with much sadness that we announce the death of “Mr. Shrimpy.” Mr. Shrimpy has been with us since 1990 and has always had a place of honor in our home. An amazing little creature, he’s moved with us three times and always kept on swimming! Mr. Shrimpy was originally a gift to my husband, who kept him on his desk for years. When my husband started working from home, Mr. S. came home and has lived here ever since.
Thank you for all the wonderful years!
This is to let you know how much I have enjoyed my EcoSphere. My son bought it for a Mother Day’s present. Of course, my round paper-weight sized globe is spectacular. But for some reason, my little guys died and I had to avail myself of your replacement policy, which is easy to understand, on your website. I had the supreme pleasure of interacting with Chris. He was so attentive, thoughtful, and concerned I naturally assumed he was the owner of the company. I am predominantly vegan, yet I do not believe we are being cruel to these creatures. They have a perfect environment, and my love. All creatures wish to avoid discomfort and to have satisfying lives. I truly believe they are doing just that in their safe little homes. Thank you for making EcoSpheres.
I purchased a model ISP (small pod) Ecosphere as a gift for my husband in November, 1995, from Signals catalog company. I don’t know if this is some type of record, but we’re proud of our independent guy and hope he/she keeps going for at least another five or so years.”
A satisfied and amazed customer,