I have only had my Eco-Sphere for about a week. You will definitely be very pleased with any of these miracles. While I only have the little one, for myself, when the time comes to re-charge this sphere, I am most positively getting the largest one they have to offer. I love this Eco-Sphere so much that I just bought a medium sized sphere for my parents 65th Wedding Anniverary. The little shrimp are adorable. They require no special attention, no feeeding and are a joy to watch. Very peaceful. The packing is unbelievablely over-the-top. The Customer Service employees are very polite, exceptionally helpful, very knowledgeable and caring. Delivery is unbelievably super fast with an actual delivery date that is YOUR choice. Need I say more? No I am not being paid to write this review! Buy one for yourself, but if you can, buy as large of one that you can. You will not be disappointed.
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 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 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 received my new EcoSphere and LOVE IT! Thanks so much! Totally AWESOME. Super customer service, prompt response and shipping. Could not be happier.
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”
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!
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 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?
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.
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!
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.
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 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…
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Amazing. I just noticed that after almost 13 years my sphere is now lifeless. Hard to imagine something that small lives that long
Friends, my step-daughter gave me an Ecosphere many years ago — I lost track of exactly when, but the number (serial number?) on the bottom of the sphere was 252960. Anyway, the shrimp in the Ecosphere finally died sometime between 10 February and 23 February, 2014, just in case you keep track of such things. I really enjoyed having it.
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!
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 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!
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 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!
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.
Greg M., PhD
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.
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 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.
Just though I’d add yet another testimonial to the durability of (eco) life. I have a small spherical ecosphere that my wife ordered for me from the Signals catalogue as a Christmas gift in December of 1996. After almost 13 years, I still have the ecosphere on my desk at work and one hardy shrimp still keeps watch over my workspace diligently to this day.
Thanks for making such a wonderful product.
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.
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!!!
Hello-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 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.
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!
I just want to let you know we purchased a small pod in 12/2002 and we still have one shrimp, looking healthy as ever. Thank you so much for the education and the pleasure you have provided us and our friends.
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 the Ecosphere in April, 2001, in Washington state and drove it to New Mexico. I don’t remember if it was model SP or LP. The serial number on the bottom is 219677. The last shrimp died in January, 2010.
“I have had my eco sphere about 8 years and the shrimps still swim around.”
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.
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.
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 students really enjoy the Eco-Sphere, and it really works well in describing a closed system.