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Biorb Tanks
March 25, 2009
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Hollso
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Hello everyone, first topic!
In a few weeks time I plan on treating myself to a new fish tank (a thank-god-I've-graduated reward). Something small and fancy for my office/studio/sisters empty room. I'm very tempted by the BiOrb 30: http://www.reef-one.com/biOrb-30 with the added heater for a Betta and some friends (if there's enough room). It's just the right size to fit onto a small chest of draws I have.

So, my question is, does anyone have any experience with these tanks, and really, their filters. Their website goes on about how different their filters are, but I am a little confused as to how you change it and stuff. Is it really as easy as they say?
And is their real difference between LEDs and Halogen, or is that just down to price and personal preference?

Thanks a lot guys!

March 25, 2009
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personally id avoid these and go for the very similar looking ones from aqua vital, most aquatic or pet shops should be able to get them. they are similar in look but have a filter in the hood and also a holder for heater if you wanted to add one. dont like the 'filtration' on the bi orbs. also they should be cheaper.

March 26, 2009
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We had a bi-orb set up in the shop as a display for a while and the filter was essentially useless. Stock was a group of 6 or 7 white clouds so I don't think the bioload was to blame. Never even heard of the Aqua Vital tanks so can't give you an opinion on them but ndc knows what he's talking about as he used to own a shop.

Welcome to SF by the way. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

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March 26, 2009
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Thanks guys!
Do you mean these ones ndc?
http://www.rocketaquatics.co.u.....tropical-a...72_137_512.html
I had a look at these and compared them to the BiOrb; they were my other choice. They've got a few of these one of my LFS and compared to the BiOrb it looks like a piece of cake!
I had asked a guy at a garden centre fish dept about them; they one they had in had been returned as broken/leaking and they weren't stocking them any more (he was also a rude git so I wasn't going to give him my custom anyway...)

Anyway, thanks guys, I'll let you know what I decide!

March 28, 2009
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similar , but theres a larger one, think its about 50litres. ive had both the biorb and the aqua vital ones running in the shop and i definately wouldnt go with the biorb, it does look a bit nicer but the filter is pointless. in all honestly for keeping fish in id go with a more standard shape aquarium, if youve got the space you can get a one from aqua vital which is just about a 2ft cube for a decent price, i think the likes of the biorb are more pieces of furniture than aquariums (if you know what i mean).

March 28, 2009
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I reckon for the price of a biorb you could get a Juwel rekord 60 or 70 which is a much better aqaurium with a good easy maintainable filter.

October 5, 2012
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Hi all

 

Reviving a very old topic here, but I wonder whether BiOrbs have improved now? My wife wants me to buy one ('if you really must have an aquarium, get one of those' Wink). Can anyone offer an opinion?

I know they still aren't cheap.

October 9, 2012
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It doesn't look as though the filter has been redesigned which is what our main problem with them was. Nobody has one of these?

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October 15, 2012
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Matt, We've had 4  x 30 ltr BiOrbs given to us free gratis by Reef One, We're going to be using them as a centre piece display to show off our various goodeid fry in our breeding projects. We're going to be putting them into a false wall with just part of the orbs sticking out of the wall, (similar to a porthole), the idea being that you get a slight magnification with the round display. Hopefully this will be done by the end of the year.

Anyway I digress, when i got them I set up a test tank, off show, to trial them and to see if they would be suitable. I put in 8 Zoogoneticus tequila fry from a brood of 15, to see how they would cope. Well to be honest, apart from an issue with algae, (my fault in not getting the timing of the lighting right) the fish have grown at exactly the same rate as the rest of the brood in the main breeding tank. And not only that  I've noticed this week that one of the females appears to be pregnant. 

I do very little with the tank apart from about 20% water change weekly. Water quality appears to be no different to the rest of our tanks, so I can honestly say I've had no problems with them. Obviously the main thing is not to overstock the tank, but other than that, they seem fine.

October 18, 2012
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That you Shaun? Laugh

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October 19, 2012
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Yep its me Laugh

October 19, 2012
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Haha cool, great to have you aboard! Pretty sure the folk here would be interested in the fishes you keep... *whistles*

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October 21, 2012
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I actually get a bit embarrassed talking about our little public aquarium. I see all these big places with their massive tanks, and all I've got is 15 display tanks from 200 L to 2000 L in size. All done with a staff of 1 (me) and a yearly budget that most public aquariums would spend in an hour. (and I'm not kidding)

 

But then of course I'm the worlds greatest blagger and scrounger and i've got 60 +breeding tanks off show that were ALL donated to us by the general public, (from 10 L to 400 L), and our 23 species/strains of endangered mexican goodeids that are doing well .

 

Just got to find someone to give us enough cash to buy 12 foot of heavy duty racking, so I can set up another 30 tanks off show, for more endangered fish breeding. I've already been offered the tanks to put on them, kindly donated by a guy who originally bought them as a job lot from a local fish shop. 

 

Lots of plans for the future, (another 5 display tanks next year fingers crossed), but as you well know yourself, all dependent on getting the finance. 

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