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EcoSphere - Small

Only £99.00

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EcoSphere - Small

This is a very special little gift indeed. The world’s first completely enclosed ecosystem. It’s a feat created by NASA Scientists – a totally self contained, self sustaining miniature universe wrapped in a clear, glass shell. You really have to see it to believe it.

Every single EcoSphere contains a totally sealed ecosystem. There are teeny tiny micro-organisms inside - they’re the shrimp and algae you can see in the picture swimming around in the clear ‘soup’ of filtered sea-water. You don’t need to feed the little shrimp or clean the water, all you need to do is provide a safe environment with lots of indirect natural or artificial light. Your EcoSphere will last roughly 3 years.

The Small EcoSphere comes in either a round or oval design. The Small Round is the most popular EcoSphere containing 3 shrimp and a hand cut piece of Gorgonia, whilst the Oval is identical in content to the small round with 3 shrimp, it is a taller, leaner shape – it’s just a matter of personal preference which shape you prefer. Once you click the buy button you will be able to make your selection of round or oval.

Space Age Technology

Space Age Technology The result of technology developed at NASA’s research laboratories, the EcoSphere has arrived at Prezzybox. NASA scientists were researching self-contained communities for space explorers to live in during long-term space flights. And out of this work came the EcoSphere.

Dimensions:

  • Round: Height 100mm
  • Oval: Height 130mm

Carl Sagan, the world-renowned cosmologist has written a fascinating article on EcoSpheres. To read the article simply click here.

Please note:

  • The price displayed applies to one EcoSphere in your choice of style.
  • Due to the nature of this item it is not possible to return an EcoSphere as unwanted.
  • We cannot ship to the Channel Islands, sorry.

For a full list of FAQs on the EcoSphere Click Here.


EcoSphere - Small Customer Reviews

Paula Ross 7 April 2014
4 out of 5

So good am ordering a second one!

Jan Smith 24 March 2014
4 out of 5

I was thrilled to bits with my item, it was a birthday gift for my partner and he loved it, thank you very much.

Gill Deakin 17 March 2014
4 out of 5

Bought as something special and unique for my husband as a 25th Wedding Anniversary present. Good to know that after all this time I can still provide a wow moment. Truly unique.

Lyn Johnston 19 October 2013
4 out of 5

Fantastic. I bought it for a birthday present and I wish I could afford one for myself. Certainly will buy one as soon as I have some spare money.

will 14 October 2013
4 out of 5

the best thing i have bought for a long time.even better than the picture. i got it as a birthday gift for my daughter.it is so nice i did not want to give it to her.being a OAP i am saving for one of the big ones.alot of money but worth every penny

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an EcoSphere?

It’s a working ecological system and its biological cycle represents a simple version of Earth’s own ecosystem. While beautiful to look at, it shows the delicate balance of an ecosystem just like our own. It contains some of the same essential elements that are found on our planet. The Earth is represented by the gravel at the bottom, with water filling approximately two-thirds of the system and air filling the balance of the space. Fire is represented by the light Finally, to complete the system, life - the shrimp, the algae and the bacteria.


What's inside an EcoSphere?

Each system comprises a clear ‘soup’ of filtered seawater containing gravel and gorgonia (the non-living branch like material) together with some shrimp, algae and bacteria. Each is a key component of the ecosystem. The gravel, gorgonia and glass all provide surface areas to which the micro-organisms can attach themselves.


How does it work?

The EcoSphere works by gathering energy from the light and converting it biochemically. Light, together with the carbon dioxide in the water, enables the algae to produce oxygen by photosynthesis. The shrimp breathe the oxygen in the water and graze on the algae and the bacteria. The waste from the shrimp is broken down by the bacteria into nutrients, which in turn feed the algae. The shrimp and the bacteria also give off carbon dioxide and the cycle is renewed when the algae use this once again to produce oxygen.


How Long Will The System Live?

If you think the Ecosphere is cruel then fear not. The average life of the small EcoSpheres is two to three years, which is longer than if they were in the real ecosystem as they have no predators to worry about. It is not possible to be precise about this because much depends on the differing light and temperature conditions each system experiences. The actual age of the shrimp is also unknown. Some EcoSpheres have lasted ten years or more. EcoSpheres need warmth as well as light to function correctly. Keeping the temperature fairly constant assists the long-term viability of the system.


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