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

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.

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 am the proud owner of a 6.5″ EcoSphere serial number 51357 dated 5/97. There are 2 shrimp still living, which makes them at least 10 years old. A 3rd shrimp died sometime between 7/27/03 and 4/9/05, returning his body to the food chain. Let’s hear it for benign neglect!

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.

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.

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

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!

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

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

Just wanted to let you guys know that I’ve had my ecosphere since 1996 and two of my shrimp are still living. Thanks.

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 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!

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

“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.

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!

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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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!

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.

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 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 bought an ecosphere about 5 years ago and it is still going strong!

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.

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 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!

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.

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!!

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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 received my eco-sphere around 4 years ago as a Christmas present from my sister in law. The biggest one and the littlest one survived until today. My son knocked it off the table. I have to admit, I’m upset- I’m literally crying! I never thought I could become attached to two little creatures I’ve never had the chance to hold. Your product is awesome and I plan to get another one in the near future!

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!

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!

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.

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!!!

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