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>I'm new to the list and this is my first post.  Although I
>hope to have "real" planted aquarium in the future,
>circumstances prevent me from doing it now.  With this in
>mind, are any of you familiar with the items described in
>subject. I have seen different brands in several catalogs.
>They come in different sizes, often spheres.  Some have tiny
>red Hawaiian shrimp or other "wildlife", thay have green
>algae or a plant, sand, shells, sticks, etc.  They are a
>closed system, self supporting, needing only light.  I would
>be particularly interested in hearing comments, pro or con,
>from anyone who has actually owned one vs. theoretical
>comments.  Brand names would be useful.  I'm not expecting
>it to last forever, but the idea seems neat.  However, they
>are not cheap and I would like to know beforehand if they
>are as they are advertised.  If you don't know but have
>ideas for other sources of info on or off the net I would be
>interested in hearing that also.  Finally, how in the world
>do these things get shipped without sloshing the contents to
>kingdom come?

Dave Holtzman, a VP at the InterNIC has one on his desk. He's
had it about 4 years or so. They're really quite cool.

A "friend" of his pointed a laser pointer at on of the little
shrimpy guys once... killed it. The rest are ok.

So what if they get sloshed around, it doesn't seem to bother

Richard J. Sexton                                         richard at aquaria_net
Maitland House, Bannockburn, Ontario, Canada, K0K 1Y0       +1 (613) 473 1719