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 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!
My students really enjoy the Eco-Sphere, and it really works well in describing a closed system.
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!
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!
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.
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…
I just wanted to share with you that my sister purchased the Small Pod 5.25″ ecosphere serial number 54794 back in October 2997, so that was about 15 1/2 years ago, and she had it sent to our family and we still have one shrimp that is alive. I find that rather amazing and we have watched this ecosphere onver all these years and still watch with interest that this one little shrimp is still alive. Our children were not real young at the time, our youngest was 17 when this was shipped to us but our family has watched this pod with interest over the years. It pretty much stays in the same spot on a shelf and in fact we will go for a long time and just about forget it and then we will look in and sure enough that one little shrimp in still alive. I just found the EcoSphere Handbook the other day and checked the pod once again and the shrimp is still alive and the handbook says it was issued October 1997 and I was just amazed that we have had it that long and one is still alive. I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how long we have had ours and it still working!!
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 have a ecosphere that we belive was given to us christmas 1996.It still has 2 shrimp alive.
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 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 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!
“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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
What a cool and educational product.
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.
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.
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 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 have a small sphere serial #266271 and the last shrimp died in October 2011. The ecosphere was a gift and I cannot remember when it was given to me. I think that it was around 2001 or 2002. Thank you so much for a wonderful product.
Thanks for such a cool product!
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.
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 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 thought you might be interested to know that one of the shrimp in my 12-21-2000 small EcoSphere (serial number 187693) is still alive. I haven’t cleaned the sphere in at least ten years, but he doesn’t seem to mind.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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!
My son, along with my mother’s other grand children, received Ecosphere Small Pods for Christmas a number of years ago. Some how, the sphere found a home on my desk at home and sat there. We had long thought the shrimp were gone. Well, much to our surprise and enjoyment, my son was looking at it more closely today and announced a shrimp was swimming around. I said, “No way.” But sure enough, there he (or she) was. We were both blown away.
I bought an ecosphere about 5 years ago and it is still going strong!
I just wanted to thank you for the attention to detail with your shipping processes. We received our small Ecosphere yesterday and to our delight all 4 of our shrimpy friends are healthy and active! The box was expertly packed and padded and our sphere came in perfect condition.
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 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 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 have had my ecosphere for 8 years now last month and the thing is still going strong. It’s a small pod.
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 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”
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 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…