EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystem, Sphere
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- Hand blown glass
- No maintenance required
- Contains live marine shrimp
- Average life span of 2 to 3 years
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From the Manufacturer
What is an EcoSphere?
The EcoSphere is a completely closed, balanced, glass ecosystem. Inside each EcoSphere are shrimp, algae, and microorganisms in salt water. Because the EcoSphere contains everything it needs to thrive, you never have to feed the life within, or change the water. All that is needed is a comfortable room temperature (between 65 and 80 F) and a source of light.
Each EcoSphere comes with a handbook detailing how to take care of the EcoSphere. Also included is an outer cleaning magnet that, when matched up with the magnet inside the EcoSphere, can be used to clean the inside of the EcoSphere.
Shrimp in the EcoSphere
The EcoSphere contains active marine shrimp that feed on the algae inside the EcoSphere. Each model of EcoSphere contains a certain number of shrimp based on the interior volume.
Early EcoSphere Production
Ecosphere Associates, Inc. is a family run business based in Tucson, Arizona. From startup in a small office complex Ecosphere Associates, Inc. has grown to a successful global company with manufacturing partners around the globe. To date, almost 1 million EcoSpheres have been manufactured.
Small Sphere EcoSphere. This fascinating enclosed world contains marine shrimp, algae and micro-organisms. Made from hand blown glass, each EcoSphere is a completely enclosed, self-sustaining little world. The EcoSphere only needs indirect light and comfortable room temperature (between 60F and 80F.) The EcoSphere works on the basis that a closed system recycles its nutrients and does not produce excess waste. The shrimp conume the algae and micro-organisms and they, in turn, break down the shrimp waste. External light, either artifical or natural, keeps the algae growing. There is no feeding or water changes required. The average life span is between 2 and 3 years. Each EcoSphere comes with a replacement, recharge or upgrade policy.
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Top Customer Reviews
All shrimp made the journey out alive. The glass sphere made the journey all the way from Tucson, Arizona to Illinois in pristine condition.
My ecosphere came with 4 shrimp: 1 larger, reddish colored shrimp; 1 small, reddish colored shrimp; and 2 small, clear greyish colored shrimp. The larger shrimp is about 11mm large and the small ones are about 8mm large. This small ecosystem that you can keep on your desk does what it is intended to do. It is a pretty neat and unique item.
My purchase price was $43.27 plus $4.99 one day shipping for a total of $51.27 after tax. I must admit this is quite a lot of money for me to be spending on a desk decoration, but it is the coolest desk decoration out there... Also, no other aquatic sustainable ecosystem maker, if any, sells on Amazon, so I don't have any reference on what this thing should be priced.
0/10 -Teeth Clenching Action :(
It just sits there and you don't have to clean it. WOW
3/10 +Buyer's Remorse
I want to justify buying an over glorified paper weight but for $50, I could have bought something a little more useful. However, I don't know what else would bring me the one of a kind pleasure to have 4 little crustaceans running amok in a silly glass sphere. Well, at least I only had 3 remorse out of 10 remorse for buying this :D
- Such a unique little gift
- They may claim that the shrimp only last a couple of years, but from the reviews I have read they can last up to ten.
- This was sent when weather was below freezing so I was very worried about the shimp. The package actually came with a warmer, so the shrimp would stay the perfect temperature.
- All of the shrimp looked different, so you could tell them apart.
- They were all very active which I was not expecting
- It was so cool that the algae was sort of just floating around in separate little pieces when I opened it. I left it on my work desk and noticed a little green ball of algae at the bottom of the system the next morning. Overnight, the shrimp gathered all the pieces and somehow formed them into a ball.
- Seriously, how cool is this?!?!
- The price is a little steep and I would reaalllllyyy love to get a medium or large system for myself but am not willing to pay that much.
- You don't know exactly what your system is going to look like or how many shrimp you are going to get (which was actually pretty fun for me - especially since I got the max number of fish expected.
My dad absolutely loved this gift! He was confused at first upon opening it since he wasn't sure exactly what it was. Once I explained the system to him and he saw the shrimp swimming around his face lit up!
He called today to let me know just how much he enjoyed having it at his computer desk and reported that all four of his shrimp were doing well and were all very active.
This gift was by far worth the money and I plan on purchasing from this company again for myself and others in the future.
It's about the size of a fighting fish bowl, so smaller than most fish bowls. There's a whole little world in there. What a wonder.
UPDATE: Originally purchased on 2/28/16, all four shrimp died before New Years Day. Very, VERY sad and bummed out. The replacement ("recharge") policy is a joke- with shipping and the fee, it would have been the same price as a brand new Ecosphere. I had wanted an Ecosphere for over 20 years, and as a future RN with a love for microbiology, I thought this would be a wonderful specimen to enjoy for a few years... now I feel a bit guilty for buying one. I will turn my glass orb into a Marimo moss ball aquarium so that it's not a complete waste. I hope others have better luck with this ecosystem. :(