Success Stories

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.

Howdy Folks, I’m sitting at my desk and marveling for the umpteenth time at how my Eco-Sphere is still in business. My Mom gave it to me for Christmas 2003. I’ve had it on my desk ever since. The current generation of shrimp will occasionally follow my finger when slowly moved around the outside of the ball.

I’ve given sphere’s as gifts to friends and none has lasted as long as mine. For what it’s worth I rotate the ball about ¼ turn once every week. Then slowly turn it over 360 degrees once a month. It’s not in direct sunlight.

Thanks for creating a product which brings me back to reality each day between the memos, e-mails and reports.

Peace be with you and yours.

“I purchased my EcoSphere in 1997, Serial #56298. As of today it is still going strong ! This has been a great joy over the years for me. Thanks”

My name is Mitchell and I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with your product. I first received my small Ecosphere (Serial #191959) as a Christmas gift in 1995 and it has been going strong ever since! It’s amazing to think that this little shrimp who continues to swim around in his sphere is over 18 years old as of 2014 and has survived multiple moves and transits throughout his life. As it says in the handbook, these shrimp really are analogous of the resilience of humanity. Thank you once again for having developed this incredible enclosed glass world!

I have an eco–sphere that I received as a birthday gift years ago. It’s issue date was 5–23–2002. It has 2 shrimp left and they are happy (as much as shrimp can be happy, I guess), healthy & still going strong. I thought you might want to know what an amazing product you have. Here’s to 10 more years !!!

Thanks for such a cool product!

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,

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!

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.

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!!

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 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…
Excellent Design!!!
Super Product!!!

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 just received my new EcoSphere and LOVE IT! Thanks so much! Totally AWESOME. Super customer service, prompt response and shipping. Could not be happier.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 ecosphere is 12 years old and still alive. It is awesome

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 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.

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.

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!!!

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!

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

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!

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.

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 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.

anitaGood 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.

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!!

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!

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

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 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.

Hi guys,

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.

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

Hey guys,

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!

I love this idea. I received a pod as a gift and am completely fascinated with it.

Hello! I just wanted to let you know that the small Ecosphere I received in 2000 thrived for 14 years! I received it as a gift from my parents when I was a sophomore in college, and after I graduated and moved abroad the shrimp have lived on a shelf in my parents house. When I came back to the US I didn’t want to disturb what was clearly an ideal environment for them to thrive, and my shrimp made it another 11 years. The last of the shrimp died this month. My mom was convinced he’d outlive us all! Thanks for the 14 years of enjoyment!

“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.

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 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.

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 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.

brianI thought you might be interested to know that one of the shrimp in my 12-21-2000 small EcoSphere (serial number 187693) is still alive. I haven’t cleaned the sphere in at least ten years, but he doesn’t seem to mind.

For your information my shrimp in ecosphere 65792 finally expired. I have watched them since July 1998!

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!

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