Success Stories

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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 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!

Just wanted to share my eco life story. I have had my eco–sphere since December 2000. I still have 3 very active shrimp – Bubba and Jenny! Thank you for this amazing creation!

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 have had My ecosphere for many years. In fact I am not sure just how long. I am middle school science teacher in Virginia just 15 miles from NASA. The ecosphere is an excellent way for me to show my students how the Earth is a closed system.

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 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 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 just wanted to tell you folks, that 13 years ago I bought an ecosphere for my wife. You should know, that there is still life swimming around in that little world. I know that these things last awhile, but I think that 13 years is pretty incredible. Just thought you should know.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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!

Just letting you know that I received the Eco-Sphere in great condition this past Thursday a.m. Everything is fine…all three of the shrimp are moving around actively. I will save the box just in case I’d want a recharge or something much later on. Again, thanks for getting the Eco-Sphere to me in sound condition.

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.

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 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!!

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.

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.

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.

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 – 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 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 !!!

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.

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.

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…
Excellent Design!!!
Super Product!!!

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?

Thank you,

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 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 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.

-Thank you!

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.

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.

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.

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