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.
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.
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 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 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”
On my desk is an EcoSphere. I received it as a Christmas present from my daughters on 12/25/2003. The two shrimp were named Scooter 1 and Scooter 2. Scooter 1 seemingly disappeared between 7/16/2008 and 7/17/2008, having survived for at least 4 years. Scooter 2 remains active and seemingly healthy. I am amazed that such a small and delicate creature could last inside the EcoSphere for over 9 years.
I just wanted to give you a personal testimony on an EcoSphere I purchased over 13 years ago. I bought it for my mother towards the end of November in the year 2000 as a Christmas present, and throughout the years she’s given me updates, stating that “the shrimp in the EcoSphere are still alive, it’s amazing that it is still going strong!” Just this morning I received an email from her at work, where she has it displayed on her desk (and people ask about it all the time). Today she exclaimed “Have I told you that there’s still one little guy left alive in the ecosystem you gave me back in 2000? There really is!” and “It’s one of the coolest things I own!! I think of you and that Christmas every time I look over [at the EcoSphere].” So, while the system may not be thriving any longer, there’s at least one happy little shrimp to keep my mom company at her desk. I’ve told many people about it and how incredible it is. I will wait until the unfortunate day when the Ecosystem finally fails, and will gladly purchase another one to give to her on that following Christmas. Your product is incredible and one of the best presents I’ve ever gifted!
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!
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 live in the county of Northumberland in the UK I bought an ECCOSPHERE in Los Angeles in December 2000 and brought it back to the UK for your interest one of the three shrimps is still alive and well as I write.
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.
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 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 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!
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 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!
What a cool and educational product.
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.
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 just wanted to drop you a note and say thank you for a great product. My girlfriend bought me 4 shrimp eco-sphere for Christmas in 2000. It has been sitting on my desk ever since then. I have a stocking hat that I cover it with every night before I leave work and take it off first thing in the morning. The last 6 years it has been a 2 shrimp sphere. Sadly, “Jumbo” and “Popcorn” have just passed away after 9 years and 4 months. Not too bad of a Christmas gift longevity. Thanks for the conversations this sphere has created!
Thanks for such a cool 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!!!
I purchased a medium sphere with shrimp for my husband for Christmas in ’02. The documentation we have says that it was charged in August of ’02. We wanted to let you know that it has survived three moves, and is still going strong on his desk at work. We’re going for breaking a record!!
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.
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.
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.
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 have a ecosphere that we belive was given to us christmas 1996.It still has 2 shrimp alive.
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!
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!!
A satisfied customer
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
“I have had my eco sphere about 8 years and the shrimps still swim around.”
I bought my EcoSphere at the Denver airport during a business trip many years ago… It was around 2000–2002. To be honest I am not completely sure (it was so long ago that I am still amazed). Both shrimps are still alive and doing great, but the algae is now white. It has being this way for more than 4 years.
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 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 ecosphere is 12 years old and still alive. It is awesome
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…
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!
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 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.
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!
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!