Success Stories

“I received a small ecosphere #12407 as a gift in January 2007. What a wonderful sphere. I am a biologists/biochemist.”

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.

My students really enjoy the Eco-Sphere, and it really works well in describing a closed system.

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.

Just a quick note, in case your interested. I received a small (3 3/4″) EcoSphere as a Christmas present in December or 2000. The serial number was 185950. For your records, the first shrimp died in January of 2007, the second in March, and the last shrimp died today.

I have enjoyed the experience of having it my office.

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 have had this one sphere for over 15 years and there are three shrimp still swimming every day.

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.

I just wanted to share with you that my sister purchased the Small Pod 5.25″ ecosphere serial number 54794 back in October 2997, so that was about 15 1/2 years ago, and she had it sent to our family and we still have one shrimp that is alive. I find that rather amazing and we have watched this ecosphere onver all these years and still watch with interest that this one little shrimp is still alive. Our children were not real young at the time, our youngest was 17 when this was shipped to us but our family has watched this pod with interest over the years. It pretty much stays in the same spot on a shelf and in fact we will go for a long time and just about forget it and then we will look in and sure enough that one little shrimp in still alive. I just found the EcoSphere Handbook the other day and checked the pod once again and the shrimp is still alive and the handbook says it was issued October 1997 and I was just amazed that we have had it that long and one is still alive. I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how long we have had ours and it still working!!

My mother gave me my first (large pod #225025) EcoSphere back in October 2001…..which makes my last surviving Shrimpie almost 11 ½ years old. I keep him on my desk at work and he is the envy of many. He’s even survived being mistaken for a snow globe! I had planned on recharging the pod “when the time came”, so was super surprised when Mom bought me the large sphere this past Christmas. Shrimpie has friends again (albeit “next door”), and I now have two beautiful EcoSphere displays… that I hope to enjoy for another 12+ years! Long live Shrimpie!

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!!

You are not going to believe this, but my little shrimp is still going strong after 10 years and a move from NYC to NJ!

I purchased a small sphere in June 2000, as a gift for my husband. We had three shrimp at that time. Over the years, we moved twice, were evacuated for wildfires twice, and raised four kids (not all done yet,) with our shrimp in tow, and our other pets as well. The ecosphere and the shrimp were a great addition to our family, and we always enjoyed watching the shrimp. The shrimp, amazingly, never let their small home get out of balance. Our children checked in on them often, and anyone who came to visit or work, were introduced and cautioned not to accidentally bump our tiny pets home and disturb them. The ecosphere housed them beautifully for many years, and the last remaining shrimp just passed away this month (August 2015.) It is amazing that only after such a small time, the ecosphere is now almost over run with algae, as no one is tending to their home any longer. We will all miss our long time companions.

-Thank you!

bought my sphere in July, 1999 in NYC. My “zippy” is still alive and we live in Miami!

“I received my large pod from Sea World San Diego (issue date 12/96) and look forward to searching for my 2 remaining shrimp swimming in the enclosure or hiding (resting) in the algae whenever I take notice of the pod. I have come to refer to the shrimp as our pets out of jest and do not look forward to the day that I cannot locate them in the pod. I just thought you would be interested in knowing that my system is alive with shrimp 10 years later.

richWell I’m sad to report that my last shrimp has passed away… Globe 190168 is no more. I have had this for approximately 10 years. I am actually saddened that he passed away… I am sending because I didn’t know if you were curious or not on how long some of these have lived for… The first 2 shrimp lasted 3-5 years, this last guy was a fighter ! I hope to be buying a new one in the future. Thank you very much for the years of entertainment and learning !

I bought a small pod ecosphere (Serial # 42493) for my husband almost 11 years ago (December, 1996) and it has been healthy and active. He has kept it on his desk in his office all this time and has enjoyed his tiny window into the sea world on a daily basis. He is a diver so he particularly appreciates his tiny aquarium. I have to tell you the Ecosphere is one of the best presents I have ever given my husband and I have also given them as gifts to others.

I have an ecosphere I bought at Sea World in San Diego, CA. I bought it around 1995. I can’t remember the exact year, but I had it several years before I moved to my current address and I have lived here since 2000. I suppose it would be possible to find out when Sea World was selling them. Originally it had 3 shrimp and a snail. One of the shrimp is still alive. I contacted you a few years ago to report that 2 were alive at that time. This has got to be some kind of record. Just thought you would be interested.

This isn’t a complaint or anything, but how long are these shrimp supposed to last? I bought one for my daughter when she started Middle School. She’s finishing her sophomore year at Harvard and the shrimp is still alive.

I have a pod that was purchased 8 years ago right before Christmas. There are still 2 Shrimp living. I leave it alone sitting on the kitchen counter in fairly dim light. It survived Hurricane Katrina and was found in my destroyed home floating on its side…
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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.

Thanks!

P.S. I received this a couple of months after 9/11, and hand carried it through the airport on the way home. The security personell weren’t happy about it, but the presence of living organisms within convinced them it wasn’t a dangerous device!

Nearly 14 years ago, I received an Ecosphere as a gift that still amazes me. I have one shrimp whom I have named Solo. He energetically swims about his world. I love him and cannot believe he still exists.

I have had my 5 1/4″ EcoSphere for over 11.5 years, on my desk in my office, under office lighting, and it still has 2 shrimp remaining. I have been waiting to send in for an upgrade to the large or extra large sphere for about 5 years, but these 2 just keep on going. On the back of the “Handbook” is a serial number of 175680 and the Issue Date says 6/8/00.

I just wanted to tell you how incredibly happy I am with my Ecosphere. I have 9 lively shrimp in my medium sphere and they are fun to watch as they go about their day. I find their presence on my desk very soothing – especially at the end of the day. At various times of the day, I will take a few moments to see what they’re up to and count them to make sure that I haven’t lost any. I’ve already had two moltings (I received this in December) and a couple of the shrimps have gotten bigger. The low light in the building seems to be fine for them.

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 have a ecosphere that we belive was given to us christmas 1996.It still has 2 shrimp alive.

We bought our small pod Eco-Sphere about 8+ years ago and would like to let you know that there is still one shrimp still alive! I thought I would take the time to let you know that I believe that this is one of the most amazing gifts I have ever received. I never would have thought that the shrimp would have lived this long. Thank you for creating these wonderful living pieces of art!

I was going thru some stuff and found the original booklet for the small pod EcoSphere purchased in November of 1997. It talked about how long the shrimp might live. After almost 10 years, I wanted to let you know that my pod still has 2 living shrimp.

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!

Friends, my step-daughter gave me an Ecosphere many years ago — I lost track of exactly when, but the number (serial number?) on the bottom of the sphere was 252960. Anyway, the shrimp in the Ecosphere finally died sometime between 10 February and 23 February, 2014, just in case you keep track of such things. I really enjoyed having it.

I received a small EcoSphere three or four years ago from my brother in law and it is still going strong! I work for a conservation organization and find the Ecosphere to be a constant source of inspiration. The parallels between the EcoSphere and Earth’s ecosystem are remarkable and a great reminder to take care of ourselves.

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 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!

My last shrimp perished in my EcoSphere. My brother gave it to me as a gift in ’94 or ’95. A 15 year lifespan is amazing.

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!

charlotteBack in high school, my boyfriend got me an Ecosphere as a birthday gift. Slowly over the years two of the three shrimp died but I still have one alive and swimming — 20 years later!!

Amazing. I just noticed that after almost 13 years my sphere is now lifeless. Hard to imagine something that small lives that long.

I was just looking at your website and wanted to let you know that I have had my ecosphere for over 13 years! I truly enjoy watching my little guy and have created quite a buzz whenever someone new sees him on my desk. Thank you for making these incredible ecosystems available to the public.

Years ago I purchased two EcoSpheres and each one lasted a few years. I purchased my present eco–sphere at a reptile auction in Hamburg, Pa. I carefully marked down the date I purchased it on the enclosed information, which my wife discarded about two years ago. Very disappointing. I knew it was long–lived but since I no longer had the date, I thought I’d have to be satisfied with guessing it’s age. Then just the other day, I turned it over, noticed, for the first time, it’s serial number and immediately figured one of the great mysteries of my life was about to be solved. The rapid response to my eco–sphere inquiry revealed that it was created in October 2005. I learned that there are a few that are much older. I don’t know the life span of the shrimp they use, but mine are spry and healthy as if they were on their first date. I hope I’ll do as well in my nonage. Now I’m wondering whether I need to put it in my Will…

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.

name withheldMy son sent me this as a present about 13 years ago. I worked in an office at the time and he thought would be good on my desk. I had it there for awhile and dropped a staple remover on it and cracked the top so I taped it up. Here it is many years later and I am enclosing pictures cause there are still 2 left. This is not a joke.

I got one of your original spheres about 10 years ago, and it’s been on my desk since that time as a testament to the tenacity of life.

I just wanted to tell you how incredibly happy I am with my Ecosphere. I have 9 lively shrimp in my medium sphere and they are fun to watch as they go about their day. I find their presence on my desk very soothing – especially at the end of the day. At various times of the day, I will take a few moments to see what they’re up to and count them to make sure that I haven’t lost any. I’ve already had two moltings (I received this in December) and a couple of the shrimps have gotten bigger. The low light in the building seems to be fine for them.

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!

Thank you so much for your reply to my email. It warms my heart to know that my EcoSphere and serial number will be added to your hall of fame. I shall always treasure those ten plus years of carefree entertainment. “Methuselah” was my kind of “pet”. No feeding, no litter tray to clean, no vet bills, no staining the carpet and upholstery, no pet sitters to hire when I traveled. Every day he was there to entertain me with absolutely no overhead. May he now rest in peace.

I have an ecosphere medium size that I got in Dec 2005. It has three shrimp that are still going strong 4 plus years later! These are sooo cool!!!

I wonder if I was as protective of my children, as I am with my new babies. I am convinced they hear and recognize my voice (oh god, i am losing it)

I LOVE these! Thank you SO much. They look great on the desk. People are fascinated with them when they come in here. Good stress reducers. They got warmer since I opened ’em and they’re swimming all around like little submarines – they have more personality than some people I work with! Coolest desk accessory ever. I will be bringing them home on the weekends to ensure their care, and keeping them by me at work.

Hi. I have an extra-large EcoSphere that I purchased in March of 2003. I just wanted to let you know that the five surviving shrimp continue to thrive after all these years, and my patients find it humorous that these little guys are older than my daughter, who is in fourth grade and writing poetry.

Thought you would like to know. I had the “Small Pod – Serial # 176130 – since June 2000” The last little shrimp died in November 2009! He was so playful! Would chase after the little cleaning magnet and liked to “go for a ride in the car”!!!

Thank you for such a cute idea!

I have an invoice dated 12/20/04 for a medium sphere that was a gift to me from my husband for that christmas. There are three shrimp in it.

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