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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 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”

bought my sphere in July, 1999 in NYC. My “zippy” is still alive and we live in Miami!

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 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!

-Sincerely grateful,

richWell I’m sad to report that my last shrimp has passed away… Globe 190168 is no more. I have had this for approximately 10 years. I am actually saddened that he passed away… I am sending because I didn’t know if you were curious or not on how long some of these have lived for… The first 2 shrimp lasted 3-5 years, this last guy was a fighter ! I hope to be buying a new one in the future. Thank you very much for the years of entertainment and learning !

What a cool and educational product.

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.

Thank you!

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!

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…

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 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 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!

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 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 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.

Thanks for such a cool product!

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 was just wondering if you keep up with any customers to see how long their ecosphere has lasted. I lost the booklet that came with mine years ago when I moved. I recieved my ecosphere as a Christmas present from a friend back in 2000 or 2001; I’m pretty sure it was 01′.

I bought an ecosphere about 5 years ago and it is still going strong!

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.

I just wanted to let you know that I am in love with my small EcoSphere. The ONLY thing I would change, now that I’ve had it for a few weeks, is the style I ordered. I would not get the small sphere again. I keep it on my desk at work and I’ve had to adhere a sign to the base saying, “This is NOT a snow globe! Please do not shake.” I’ve had to save my shrimp’s lives several times. Happily, most everyone in the office now knows about my sphere so I’m able to breathe a little easier. Regardless, I am endlessly fascinated by my sphere. I love watching my little shrimp swim around, and they look so cute when they are eating. Coolest gift I’ve ever given myself!

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.

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 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 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 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!

-Sincerely grateful,

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.

You are not going to believe this, but my little shrimp is still going strong after 10 years and a move from NYC to NJ!

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 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.

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 purchased my EcoSphere in 1997, Serial #56298. As of today it is still going strong ! This has been a great joy over the years for me. Thanks”

Just wanted to say thank you for the education. We have had an EcoSphere for 7 years. These little guys seem to be doing great.

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.

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.

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 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!

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 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.

Hey guys,

I just wanted to let you know my Eco-Sphere is still alive!  It will be 20 years old in December.  Can you believe it!!  I love it!

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.

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.

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.

Hi, my wife gave me a small SP 13 years ago for Christmas (before we were married) and I just lost my first shrimp and still have one that is alive!! I really enjoy it and just wanted to let you know that it is still kicking.

I have a ecosphere that we belive was given to us christmas 1996.It still has 2 shrimp alive.

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.

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!!

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!

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