EcoSphere is a self-contained micro ecosystem. It requires no maintenance, is completely sealed and just needs indirect sunlight and stable temperatures to do its thing.
Inside each sphere is a combination of miniature shrimp, bacteria, algae and other micro organisms. Sunlight allows the algae to generate oxygen which the shrimp breathe. The shrimp eat the microbes and algae as well as their own discarded exoskeletons while exhaling carbon dioxide. The algae convert the CO2 to oxygen and you’ve got the whole circle-of-life thing sitting there on your desk.
Prices vary from US$79 for the 10cm diameter sphere up to US$489 for the 23cm version. The small spheres should last 2-3 years until the shrimp die, the larger ones up to 5 years. You can also send your dead sphere back for a shrimp infusion and best of all they come with a minimum 6 month shrimp replacement guarantee.
The Original EcoSphere® is the world’s first totally enclosed ecosystem – a complete, self-contained and self-sustaining miniature world encased in glass. Be wary of inferior and lower quality imitations. Easy to care for, an EcoSphere is an incredible learning tool that can provide powerful insights about life on our own planet… and provide a glimpse of technology that’s shaping the future of space exploration.