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Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On June 13, 2005 @ 9:39 pm In Art,Botanical,Decorative Objects,Design,Innovation | 4 Comments

shrimpies [1]

For all those out there who are too lazy to feed your fish, and too broke to afford a fine art terrarium [2] ? your salvation has arrived in the form of the Ecosphere [3]. 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 [4] is easier on the eyes, and easier to read than the stateside version [5] of the same thing, for some strange reason.

Via Worldchanging [6]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2005/06/13/ecosphere/shrimpies/

[2] fine art terrarium: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_160.php

[3] Ecosphere: http://www.eco-sphere.com/care_manual.htm

[4] British website: http://www.ecospheres.co.uk/about.asp

[5] stateside version: http://www.eco-sphere.com

[6] Worldchanging: http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/002881.html#more

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