Success Stories

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!

-Sincerely grateful,

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 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 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”

I have enjoyed my little “water world” for almost four years! It may sound strange, but I couldn’t wait to check on them every morning. I would panic when there were clinging to a branch and couldn’t be seen. Your eco spheres are so wonderful.

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.

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!

Thanks for such a cool product!

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 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.

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 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 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!

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

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!!!

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…

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 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 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 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 !!!

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.

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

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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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?

Thank you,

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 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 just discovered that Ecosphere #124119 purchased in 11/99 is still alive! It was a 3 3/4″ sphere…a most exciting discovery.

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.

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 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.

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

My son gave me an eco-sphere for my 60th birthday and it is wonderful. The first night I woke up numerous times to go to the sphere and check to see if it was ok and if the little creatures seemed warm enough. Thank you so much for such a fantastic item!!!

Hi, my wife gave me a small SP 13 years ago for Christmas (before we were married) and I just lost my first shrimp and still have one that is alive!! I really enjoy it and just wanted to let you know that it is still kicking.

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

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 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.

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 just wanted to tell you that my EcoSphere (“ISP” size) is alive and well even after 6 years. I received it as a birthday gift, and I think aside from one of the three shrimps dying, it’s still doing well. I’m a high school biology teacher now, and my students (especially younger ones) love it. I’ll be showing it in class tomorrow as a demonstration of an ecosystem. Thanks for a great product.

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!

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

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 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 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.

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