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NeedToKnow 08-27-2012 11:38 AM

Opinions, please?
I got a message from Groupon the other day, for this thing called an EcoSphere. It was a neat little aquarium, if you can call it that.
Basically what it is is a glass sphere, with a plant, some shrimp and some micro-organisms in it. The smallest one is $79, and they say the aquarium is self sustaining, only needing light.
What are your thoughts on this? Is it worth the money?
Ecosphere Associates, Inc.: Closed Ecosystem, Self Contained Aquarium

MiamiLeos 08-27-2012 12:25 PM

I've seen those. They're neat for about five mins, then you start to realize that part of the joy we get out of aquariums is caring for them and with this, all you do it look at it. It would be nice for like an office or something, but with shipping it would cost $105 for a four inch sphere. And what happens if a shrimp dies? It stays in there obviously, so you have to look at a dead carcass until it decomposes and clouds up all the water? Idk.. like I said, it's neat, and this is just my $0.2

NeedToKnow 08-27-2012 12:28 PM

Fair enough. I was thinking about for the desk in my room, but I thought $79 was a bit much. On Groupon it was $49 + $5 shipping, but I missed the deal, so I was trying to decide if it was worth full price.

MiamiLeos 08-27-2012 12:34 PM

I think if you're looking for something for your desk a saltwater nano would be much more entertaining and rewarding :) They make them as small as 2 gallons I think

NeedToKnow 08-27-2012 12:39 PM

I wish. They are just too expensive, and I don't have that kind of money. If you have a link or anything to a website with cheap nano's, please share. Thanks

MiamiLeos 08-27-2012 12:46 PM

Omg I so understand! There would be no way I'd be able to afford a SW if I didnt get deals. Craigslist is great. I'm getting my new setup this week and for a really good price. I have seen quite a few nanos on there too. You never know what you can find there. You can also wait for the chain stores to have sales and bring in coupons on top of that to make it affordable.

NeedToKnow 08-27-2012 12:50 PM

Good idea! I'll have to start checking craigslist. Right now I'm planning a FW tank, but I've always really liked the look of SW.

MiamiLeos 08-27-2012 12:56 PM

Yea a little FW for your desk would be adorable! Here's a cute one for a not so bad price

Tom Mini Deco 1 Gal Kit

NeedToKnow 08-27-2012 12:59 PM

That would be perfect for my betta. He is in a bowl right now, and I hate having to clean it. I might just buy that. Thanks

MiamiLeos 08-27-2012 01:06 PM


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