Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ecosphere closed aquatic system

My sister surprised me this year with one of the most unique birthday presents I've ever received: an ECOSPHERE ! She noticed me admiring hers sitting on her bookshelf and thoughtfully ordered me one this year. It arrived in a very well-padded/temperature-controlled/protected box from Amazon.

See the little orange and translucent shrimp? They were zooming around the ecosphere when I took this photo, so you can only see little orange blurs around the perimeter.

What is an EcoSphere, exactly? The ecosphere concept has apparently existed since the 1980s but the EcoSpheres that you can order from Amazon are based in Arizona (which makes it even more awesome because Arizona is my birthplace). The shrimp consume the algae, which grows faster when exposed to light. I read the instructional pamphlet that came with the ecosphere from front to back several times because I want to keep my pet shrimp alive as long as possible. The science nerd in me is intrigued by how the enclosed system works and how I'll never have to feed the shrimp. Best. Pets. Ever.

It's already provided me with many cumulative hours of staring at the shrimp, mesmerized by how they move faster when the light is on and become sluggish when I turn off the light.

The "warranty" on it is that if all 4 shrimp die within 6 months, they'll replace the ecosphere. So far, my sister's shrimp have survived for more than a year!

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Amazon for this post. I just thought I'd share about an awesome gift that I received!

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