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.
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 have had my Small Pod EcoSphere for 11 1/2 years now. I received it as a birthday present in June, 2000. It started out having 4 shrimp and I currently have 2 still living. Just amazing that it has lasted this long. I don’t even do anything with it. I’ve never cleaned it but it just keeps sustaining life. The shrimp are always interesting to watch too! Just thought I’d share with you how long mine has lasted and I still enjoy looking at it!
My students really enjoy the Eco-Sphere, and it really works well in describing a closed system.
While home for the holidays visiting my mother in Sierra Vista, she brought out her eco-sphere my brothers and I gave her for Christmas back in 1996. It’s been 11 years and I had no idea she still had it or that it was even alive but it is! She is so proud of it! She absolutely loves it and says it’s the best gift she’s ever received. So, I wanted to say a BIG Thank you for making these spectacular little eco-spheres. They’re really an awesome creation.
I just wanted to contribute to your client testimonials. I received a small Ecosphere from my parents for Christmas in 2000. It was my first year in college, and my three little shrimp were a welcome addition to my tiny dorm room! The sphere moved along with me, from dorms to apartments to houses, a total of 12 moves, through getting married, becoming a veterinarian, and having my first child! I came upon the sphere the other day while attempting to make more space for the baby’s ever–expanding arsenal of toys, and at first glance was saddened to note my one last shrimp appeared to be gone. Happily, he awoke and began swimming around just to let me know, through all the years of change (and let’s face it, forgetting completely about it), he was still around! That little shrimp has been with me for 12.5 years and is still kicking! Thank you for such an amazing little object of wonder!
I just received my new EcoSphere and LOVE IT! Thanks so much! Totally AWESOME. Super customer service, prompt response and shipping. Could not be happier.
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 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!
My 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.
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.
I received the 5″ Eco-sphere from a friend back in 1992. 16 year later, the last surviving shrimp died of unknown causes. Still in mourning, we can’t help but be amazed at how low he was with us…. assuming he was a he. Thanks for years of calming entertainment!
To me, “amazing” is a word which is criminally overused these days. A dog playing the saxophone, underwater, would be something I’d consider to be “amazing”. A restaurant or a new TV series, not so much. Anyway, about 10 years ago (possibly 11–12) , I gave my mother an Eco–Sphere. It’s small –– about the size of a softball. I still have it. Mom lost the magnet–cleaner immediately, so it’s never been cleaned. GET THIS: the shrimp just moulted. Through my magnifying glass, I see its clear–colorless shed carapace hanging from the coral twig. The newly emerged crustacean is lively, seeming to go from transparent to lobster–red depending upon….???? There is a lush plume of green algae fluffing around one finger of the coral, but the water is clear. I have moved this Eco–Sphere from San Diego to Los Angeles to rural northern California, then back to LA over the course of the past several years. My mother has been deceased for several years now, and since this sphere was my gift to her a few years prior, my time–frame is accurate. AMAZING!! Thanks for giving me a sense of wonder in this jaded world.
Amazing. I just noticed that after almost 13 years my sphere is now lifeless. Hard to imagine something that small lives that long.
Just wanted to say thank you for the education. We have had an EcoSphere for 7 years. These little guys seem to be doing great.
Back 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!!
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!
I don’t really have an inquiry, but just wanted to let you know I have an ecosphere that is now 9 years old !! Two shrimp are still alive and seem to be doing well. They were purchased back in February 2001 so actually almost 10 yrs old !! So as you can see they have been my favorite accessory for quite some time- – They somehow have seemed to survive several moves, and living arrangements. I regret the day they no longer exist since they have been with me sooooo long. People kid me about my “jar of water”, but to me I know it is much more – – Its my little “treasure”
I just wanted to let you know my Eco-Sphere is still alive! It will be 20 years old in December. Can you believe it!! I love it!
Amazing. I just noticed that after almost 13 years my sphere is now lifeless. Hard to imagine something that small lives that long
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!!
“I received a small ecosphere #12407 as a gift in January 2007. What a wonderful sphere. I am a biologists/biochemist.”
When I couldn’t afford to buy my future wife the whole world I bought her an EcoSphere® in Studio City, CA. That was 12 years ago.
A few months ago we moved from Los Angeles to Texas. We originally relocated to Galveston, Texas, however, Hurricane Ike forced an emergency evacuation. We could only take essentials out of the house before evacuating… our Eco-Sphere was not one of those items. We left it at the beach house to weather the storm. After the hurricane blew through Galveston we were finally allowed to return to the beach house to see what damage had been done. Even though the damage was light in comparison to many other homes in the area we were not allow to return to the house because of utility outages. We once again were forced to leave our fragile Eco-Sphere with its shrimp inhabitant alone to survive by itself. After 3 months we were finally able to go back to the beach house. It had been boarded up with no light or electricity since the hurricane. One of the first things we looked for when we got there was the Eco-Sphere. We are are happy to report that our 12+ year old shrimp survived all of the drama. Not only did he survive, he was bigger and a much more vibrant color… almost as if he enjoyed it all. The shrimp, now named Ike, is living comfortably with us in our new home in Austin.
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 work in an office with an eco-sphere and I LOVE it. I asked about it one day, to learn that it was given as a gift in the mid-80s. After doing some research, I find it amazing that there are still 5 active, bright red little shrimp in there! I look forward to being able to afford one of these little worlds for myself one day!
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!
My ecosphere is 12 years old and still alive. It is awesome
I just wanted to take a moment to thank your company for the great joy it has provided me with my ecosphere. I’ve had it since the Holidays of 2000, and though I lost one shrimp, the remaining three shrimp are doing great. It is a great stress reliever to gaze into the sphere when you need to unwind for a moment. Thanks for all the joy it’s provided.
I have had a great Eco-Sphere experience, and I wanted to share it with someone. If there is anyone who can appreciate such a story and commiserate on its end, I reckon it’s you.
In May of 2010, my wife at the time got me a small Eco-Sphere as a birthday gift. She had probably seen me ogling them in a shop… As an aquarium hobbyist, the Eco-Sphere was definitely cool.
The Eco-Sphere found a place of honor on my desk at work. The three shrimp did their shrimp thing day in, day out. I’d check in repeatedly throughout the day. Tough day at work? A glance at my Eco-Sphere always made me feel better.
I was always meticulously careful to keep my Eco-Sphere away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures, and under my care the tiny habitat thrived.
A few months after I got the sphere, we ended up moving from Los Angeles to Seattle. I sold off my aquarium equipment, but my Eco-Sphere kept my feet wet until I could settle down and start a new tank.
During the drive to Seattle, I made one error, leaving the sphere packed away inside the car while we slept in a hotel. The temperature that night plummeted into the 40s. When I realized what I had done, I saw terrified I had killed my shrimp–but they made it. They were a little slow until they slowly warmed up, but they survived!
After about 2 years, on my desk at the new job in Seattle, one of the shrimp died. It was around this time that the green sprig of algae in the sphere withered away too. Perhaps I needed more sunlight? Still, there was still plenty of algae film growing, and the remaining shrimp seemed content.
For the next twelve years I continued to care for that sphere. Shrimp number 2 passed when the sphere was 3 or 4 years old. Shrimp number 3 continued to thrive, though, still spry at a total of fourteen years in the Eco-Sphere.
Every time I looked in on him, I was worried about what I’d see. Fourteen years! But he kept darting around, the same as always.
As it happened, about a year ago I decided to remove the Eco-Sphere from my workplace–I was always moving desks, it seemed, so I took the habitat home. That proved to be a fateful decision.
A couple of days ago, shortly after my May birthday, a housecleaner accidentally broke my beloved Eco-Sphere. I found the shattered remains with an apologetic note… the contents of the sphere had been scooped up and placed in a plastic cup, which they filled with tap water. With the sphere broken, I could for once smell the salt within.
There was no sign of the tiny shrimp, of course, as if trauma or tap water wouldn’t have killed him anyway.
If my tiny shrimp had died of natural causes, I would have been sad, but philosophical. We all have to go sometime. But having his home shattered was devastating. My Eco-Sphere survived a half dozen jobs, one marriage, three pet ferrets, two cats, a friendship or two, one apartment, a score of tropical fish, and three houses in its fourteen years of life. It wasn’t just a desktop gimmick to me. I’ll get another Eco-Sphere, but I have a feeling it will never be quite the same.
I buried the shattered sphere in my back yard, under a 130 foot tall tree.. a giant monument to a tiny survivor, taken before his time.
I just received my new EcoSphere and LOVE IT! Thanks so much! Totally AWESOME. Super customer service, prompt response and shipping. Could not be happier.
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 have ecosphere #31808 and our last shrimp died December 2009. Not sure of the exact day, but he was alive during Thanksgiving. My guess is that he was about 15 yrs old. I cant tell you how cool he was, we would always show him off and tell people how old he was and they never believed us that one little shrimp could live that long. The pod is still sitting on the shelf in the kitchen where it has been for years and years. Could you tell me exactly how old my shrimp was by the serial# on the bottom?
I just wanted to write to commend you on your wonderful product. I purchased my 4″ eco-sphere in October of 1998 (its serial number is 116529). It originally held 4 shrimp. It has been sitting on my desk now for over 9 years. It has been shook (mistaken for a water-globe) on more than one occasion and I still have 2 surviving shrimp. The water level has diminished slightly, but it is still a wonderful conversation piece.
bought my sphere in July, 1999 in NYC. My “zippy” is still alive and we live in Miami!
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.
Just wanted to let you know that I bought an ecosphere for my parents in November 2000 and there are still 2 shrimp living happily!!
My name is John Johnson. 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 let you know that I am in love with my small EcoSphere. The ONLY thing I would change, now that I’ve had it for a few weeks, is the style I ordered. I would not get the small sphere again. I keep it on my desk at work and I’ve had to adhere a sign to the base saying, “This is NOT a snow globe! Please do not shake.” I’ve had to save my shrimp’s lives several times. Happily, most everyone in the office now knows about my sphere so I’m able to breathe a little easier. Regardless, I am endlessly fascinated by my sphere. I love watching my little shrimp swim around, and they look so cute when they are eating. Coolest gift I’ve ever given myself!
Thanks for such a cool product!
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.
I received an eco-sphere that was issued in August 2002. It contained three live shrimp. One died in 2003, but the other two lasted until January and February 2008. The later two had a lifetime in my home of ~5.4 years. Amazing!
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.
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 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 have to say… I have had my EcoSphere for YEARS now! I have clients that stop in, and can’t believe it’s still alive. Seriously, I’ve had this thing for so long I can’t even remember when I got it! The number on the bottom is 225713. The shrimp are named Oscar and Matilda. Anyway…I was looking at it today, and just wanted to send an email to express my pleasure with my cute little ecosphere!
I just thought you might be interested in knowing that my 14 year old Shrimp died today. According to my brochure, my EcoSphere was purchased in June, 1999.
I have a small sphere serial #266271 and the last shrimp died in October 2011. The ecosphere was a gift and I cannot remember when it was given to me. I think that it was around 2001 or 2002. Thank you so much for a wonderful product.
I live in the county of Northumberland in the UK I bought an ECCOSPHERE in Los Angeles in December 2000 and brought it back to the UK for your interest one of the three shrimps is still alive and well as I write.
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.