What if I told you that you could have a pet that required zero interaction from you? No feeding, no cleaning poop, no hair, no training, and no ‘you fill in the blank your least favorite pet chore’.
Yeah, right that low maintenance pet does not exist.
I didn’t believe it either, but I have one!
Introducing the EcoSphere.
A complete little ecosystem. Remember making terrariums when you were a kid? All plants, right? Pretty cool, but not terribly exciting. Now you can have shrimp too!
Here’s the official description:
EcoSphere with turntable base. This fascinating enclosed world contains 3 to 4 marine shrimp, algae and micro-organisms. Made from hand blown glass, each EcoSphere is a completely enclosed, self-sustaining little world. The EcoSphere only needs indirect light and comfortable room temperature (between 60F and 80F.) The EcoSphere works on the basis that a closed system recycles its nutrients and does not produce excess waste. The shrimp consume the algae and micro-organisms and they, in turn, break down the shrimp waste. External light, either artificial or natural, keeps the algae growing. There is no feeding or water changes required. Each EcoSphere comes with a replacement, recharge or upgrade policy.
Yes, please! I had to have one as soon as I read this and I will have more now that I know they actually live (because let’s be honest here, I kill cacti).
I’ve had mine since July and it is just enough low maintenance and joy to look at as I had hoped.
It’s better than sea monkeys, your kids cannot overfeed it, and it doesn’t stink. My only concern with children would be – um, don’t shake it, they are alive in there 🙂
Let me know which one you get! I look forward to seeing your pictures too 🙂