“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.
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 have had my ecosphere for 8 years now last month and the thing is still going strong. It’s a small pod.
Two of my shrimp have been living since 2002! They are almost 9 years old and still doing great. The people at ecosphere know what they are doing.
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 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.
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 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 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 wonder if I was as protective of my children, as I am with my new babies. I am convinced they hear and recognize my voice (oh god, i am losing it)
I LOVE these! Thank you SO much. They look great on the desk. People are fascinated with them when they come in here. Good stress reducers. They got warmer since I opened ’em and they’re swimming all around like little submarines – they have more personality than some people I work with! Coolest desk accessory ever. I will be bringing them home on the weekends to ensure their care, and keeping them by me at work.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
What a cool and educational product.
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 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 love this idea. I received a pod as a gift and am completely fascinated with it.
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.
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.
Hi, I have had one of youre eco-spheres for quite a few years. 2 of the shrimp are still alive and well! What an amazing little world.
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 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.
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 received an eco-sphere that was issued in August 2002. It contained three live shrimp. One died in 2003, but the other two lasted until January and February 2008. The later two had a lifetime in my home of ~5.4 years. Amazing!
Hi I am on my 2nd ecosphere and I think I’m going to break the record. My first one lasted over 4 years. I ordered a new one almost SEVEN years ago and it is still doing just fine.
Thank you- I enjoy it so much.
I have a ecosphere that we belive was given to us christmas 1996.It still has 2 shrimp alive.
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.
Amazing. I just noticed that after almost 13 years my sphere is now lifeless. Hard to imagine something that small lives that long.
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 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.
This isn’t a complaint or anything, but how long are these shrimp supposed to last? I bought one for my daughter when she started Middle School. She’s finishing her sophomore year at Harvard and the shrimp is still alive.
I just wanted to contribute to your client testimonials. I received a small Ecosphere from my parents for Christmas in 2000. It was my first year in college, and my three little shrimp were a welcome addition to my tiny dorm room! The sphere moved along with me, from dorms to apartments to houses, a total of 12 moves, through getting married, becoming a veterinarian, and having my first child! I came upon the sphere the other day while attempting to make more space for the baby’s ever–expanding arsenal of toys, and at first glance was saddened to note my one last shrimp appeared to be gone. Happily, he awoke and began swimming around just to let me know, through all the years of change (and let’s face it, forgetting completely about it), he was still around! That little shrimp has been with me for 12.5 years and is still kicking! Thank you for such an amazing little object of wonder!
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!!!
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.
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 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.
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 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!
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.
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?
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.
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!