by , 06/13/05


For all those out there who are too lazy to feed your fish, and too broke to afford a fine art terrarium ? your salvation has arrived in the form of the Ecosphere. These sealed glass mini-biospheres are the world’s first totally self-contained and self-sustaining ecosystems ? filled with red shrimp, bacteria, algae and filtered sea-water. They require no feeding, no cleaning and no care what-so-ever, except to be kept in sunlight at a comfortable temperature. The ecosphere is meant to represent a simple version of Earth?s own closed ecosystem and contains the same essential elements that are found on our planet: air, water, sunlight, along with the three main facets of a simple food chain: producers (algae), consumers (shrimp) and decomposers (bacteria). They usually last 2-3 years, but have been known to last up to 10 years.

Surprisingly, Ecospheres are relatively inexpensive, starting at $79 for the smallest model.

Ecosphere’s British website is easier on the eyes, and easier to read than the stateside version of the same thing, for some strange reason.

Via Worldchanging

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  1. ecosphere forever November 11, 2011 at 12:00 am

    EcoSpheres are now available in Canada at

  2. jules November 14, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    I too am desperate for one in Canada.
    Methinks a run for the border is in order.

  3. Janice July 11, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    Were you able to find one anywhere in Canada? I would like to get one for myself and don’t know where to find one.

  4. jackie leduc May 19, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    I need some help. Is there anyway that i can get my hands on an ecosphere in Canada? I’m racking my brain and becoming more and more frustrated. I need it for a week from today. Can someone please help me to find a proper site that can give me access to order it here. I’m in Montreal so i don’t think it would be much of a problem.
    Anyway if anyone could help i would appreciate it.

    Thanks alot

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