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biOrb Aquarium Kit with LED Light Fixture
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- Self-filtering aquarium keeps water healthy and clear for months at a time
- Built-in filtration system uses 5-stage method combining biological, mechanical, and chemical filtration
- All supplies and instructions included
- Silver trim looks great in home or office
- Measures 13 x 13 x 13 inches; covered by manufacturer's warranty
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Size: 4-Gallons | Color: Silver
Top Customer Reviews
the tank was really simple to set up, if you follow the instructions there should be no issues
There are several things that you need to know about this tank.
This tank can hold either one beta, or 4-6 (really) small fish
the upkeep of this tank if done the way suggested is EXTREMELY expensive. It runs around 145$ a year.
However you can bring it down to less than 50$ if you follow these guidelines:
(I've added links to the products I mention on amazon, but if you want to save money buy them at the pet store)
a) DO NOT BUY MORE THAN ONE EXTRA FILTER AT A TIME. The filter for the biorb is pretty simple, it is a plastic canister filled with a blend of activated carbon and zeolite cristals topped with a foam ring. Instead of buying a new filter, the old one can easily be reused by washing out or replacing the foam insert and replacing the crystals with a generic blend from petco (the 10$ bottle should last at least year)PETCO Activated Carbon and Zeolite Crystals
b) replacement cartriges come with two different packages of chemicals, one is to make tap water safe for fish, and the other is to cultivate the bacteria needed to keep your tank clean.The first can be replaced by a bottle of tetra aqua safe plus (you can buy this for around $8)Tetra 8-4/9-Ounce AquaSafe Water Conditioner with BioExtract. The company that makes the biorb buys alot of their supplies from a company called API.Read more ›
While I agree that the maintence costs are significant at $132/ year (if you need to change a filter every 4 weeks), the costs balance with ease of maintenance. Personally, my experience with cleaning the Baby biOrb was a snap with the optional suction hose. Took me fifteen minutes to clean the tank, drain the grimey water and add new water. Couldn't have been much easier. And, I am not sure how anyone could have a problem swapping filter cartriges unless they have motor skills issues.
I also built a noise dampening box for the air pump - my only real complaint is that the "whisper quiet" pump sounds like a mini jackhammer after about five minutes.
Great product and looks awesome.
My brother sent me the round BiOrb as a birthday gift six years ago. (Thanks, Bro!) The tank stays incredibly clean. Filter changes are a snap. I don't change my filter or clean my tank as often as recommended: about every 6 months is usually often enough for me and my fish.
As someone with a fair amount of aquarium experience, I can truly say that the BiOrb amazes me. It holds all the joy of fish ownership with shockingly little work in return.
A really cool feature of the tank is the optical illusions caused by the spherical shape. Fish can "disappear" in the visual curvatures of the tank, or be reflected in another area of the tank. (One fish can appear to be no-fish or two fish.) This is nice entertainment for guests who are trying to count my fish. It also keeps me rather occupied when I'm worried that one of my fish is "missing," as it sometimes takes a bit of time to spot the fish I'm looking for. Fish swimming in certain areas of the tank are greatly magnified, so appear much larger than their actual size. After six years of ownership, this tank still provides a LOT of entertainment to me. Very Zen.
I've had to replace the halogen light and the air pump. The pump just lasted a year or two, then I got a replacement from the local pet store. The light shorted after about four years; ordering a replacement from Reef-One was easy. These two replacements do not seem abnormal to me... just part of the regular maintenance on any tank, in my opinion.
Really tiny fish can be sucked into the filter of the Biorb. I've only noticed that happening with small zebra daminaos. I've also had various tetras in the BiOrb (smaller than the daminaos) who had no problem staying where they belonged.Read more ›
I keep 3 dwarf African frogs and one dwarf puffer in the BiOrb and there is ample room. Cleaning day is about every 8 weeks and is generally only a matter of changing a few gallons of water and taking out the old filter cartridge and putting a new one in. The tank is well-aerated and you never see fish gasping for air at the top. Plus, it's a gorgeous tank.
My only complaint is that when I bought the BiOrb, I had no idea that they would soon come out with a 16-gallon version. I definitely would have gotten the larger tank, since with the smaller one, you have to severely limit the number of fish or aquatic creatures you keep in it. With the 16 gallon tank, you can have double the number of pets. Still, I'm very happy with my BiOrb.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work. I find them very easy to keep clean. Instead of replacing the filter cartridge I just rinse out the sponge in my 'discard'... Read morePublished 9 days ago by sterry
Very neat but rather expensive. My version did not come with the blue/night light that illuminates the glow fish😕 I also think cords should be more hidden/thought out for the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brad
Easy to set up. looks beautiful in our living room with a pair of red capped orandas. wonderful service. highly recommend this company.Published 5 months ago by MMH
My first biorb and im ecstatic! Got it to house one goldfish I inherited and he/she "I don't know how to tell goldfish gender" seems quite happy! Read morePublished 6 months ago by HappyShopper
I have nothing but dead fish in this and very hard to keep clean..I would never advise any one to buy this.. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Desiree Young
Don't buy this unless you have baby small fish! HorriblePublished 8 months ago by Zoe Roxanne Ztarrkakas