My dad has had one of these in his media room for years now, and I have always wondered where I could fine one. Fortunately Amazon.com has started carrying the EcoSphere.

EcoSphere is a calming balance of earth, water, air and life — all parts of a working self-sufficient ecosystem that’s much more than science; it’s an original work of art. The delicate coexistence of animal and plant life (red shrimp, algae and microbes) thrives in the hand-blown glass sphere of seawater. It’s easy to care for — just provide sufficient light and enjoy the aesthetic blend of science and art, beauty and balance.

This technology was developed by NASA scientists as part of a growing initiative to study our planet’s biosphere. Makes a unique gift for those who contemplate the mystery of life on our planet and enjoy the serenity of nature! The inside story EcoSphere is a delicate balance of earth, water, air and life — all parts of a working ecosystem:

  • Light: The foundation of life, fluorescent light or indirect sunlight provides everything your ecosystem needs; there’s no feeding or cleaning required
  • Seawater: Provides the backdrop for this educational, self-contained marine environment
  • Red shrimp: Chosen for their non-aggressive tendencies towards one another, these tiny crustaceans live in perfect harmony with their mini environment
  • Algae: Healthy growth sustains and nourishes shrimp by supplying food and oxygen
  • Microbes: To feed the algae
  • Other materials: Gorgonia sprig, gravel, shells and glass provide ample hiding places and smooth surfaces for microbes to attach themselves to and thrive