To the Wonderful staff at Eco-Sphere,
I would like to commend you on such an amazing product. I bought a sphere as a gift for my partner. Like us, our sphere is going strong at almost 5 1/2 years. We continue to enjoy the awesomeness daily.
Way to go!
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!
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!!
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 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!
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.
Yoojin C. Ph.D
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 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 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!
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!
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 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 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 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.
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 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 just wanted to let you know my ecosphere is just over 7 years old! It sat on my desk for a few years, with artificial light, and now sits on a book shelf in my home office. It’s amazing!
Thanks for my little piece of the sea!
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 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 love this idea. I received a pod as a gift and am completely fascinated with it.
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 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 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…
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.
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.
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!
Just wanted to let you guys know that I’ve had my ecosphere since 1996 and two of my shrimp are still living. Thanks.
I have an Ecosphere I wanted to tell you about. My husband bought it for me 8-9 years ago, and one little shrimp still remains…just thought you would like to know. It is truly amazing!
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 just wanted to let you know that my sphere arrived this morning as anticipated, and though one little critter was sluggish at first, they all seem to be moving about now. Cheers, and again, I thank you very much for all considerations and recharging my sphere.
I started practicing law in 2004 and purchased an Ecosphere as a gift to myself. Now in 2012, and I still have my shrimp prominently displayed on my desk. The two original shrimp are still very active. They have provided me a talking point, enjoyment, and pets at work. These two tough guys have even survived a few unfortunate shakes from when visitors thought they were a snow globe. I just thought I would pass on my amazement in your product. All the best.
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.
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…
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.
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!
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 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 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.
Anita & Tony
Good 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.
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!
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!!
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 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.
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.
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.
My ecosphere is 12 years old and still alive. It is awesome
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 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 !!!
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!