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W_Oz
10-22-2008, 07:35 AM
I remember a while back when I was in Junior High my Bio Science teacher had one of these little gems on his desk. I recently stumbled back upon them and was curious if anyone else has had one or seen one "in action". They're pretty neat, though now I wonder what species of shrimp they use in them.

Kinda random, just thought I'd share.
http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t107/Kukoishi/ecosphere.jpg

Lady Hobbs
10-22-2008, 10:36 AM
So what happens when the shrimp die? You just throw the thing out?

Gemstone
10-22-2008, 10:45 AM
how on earth would you feed something inside that thing??..and where do they get air from???...looks like one of those christmas thingies that you shake and the sparkles float around in the water...

angelcakes
10-22-2008, 10:55 AM
how on earth would you feed something inside that thing??..and where do they get air from???...looks like one of those christmas thingies that you shake and the sparkles float around in the water...
a snow globe?
its clever but.....................im the same with what lady hobbs has said?

Nightside_Eclipse
10-22-2008, 02:01 PM
It's supposed to be a perfectly balanced ecosystem. The shrimp eat the plants and reproduce and eat each other's dead bodies and the plants consume the shrimp waste and grow so on and so forth.

I think they are only good for a few years, still a really cool concept. I've only seen one in person though at a science museum.

mrs fishpatrick
10-22-2008, 02:23 PM
The thing I am thinking of is the seamonkeys toys we use to get as kids,
would it be similar?

Nightside_Eclipse
10-22-2008, 02:24 PM
http://www.eco-sphere.com


I've wanted one since I saw that one in the museum...

W_Oz
10-22-2008, 06:54 PM
http://www.eco-sphere.com


I've wanted one since I saw that one in the museum...
Yeah, that's them. They're completely sealed environments and have everything needed for a long term sustainable ecosystem. The shrimp they use look like some sort of dwarf shrimp, though in the Q&A/Troubleshooting section they point to salt crystals if it is leaking, so I'm guessing its some brackish form of algae eating shrimp.