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After getting my daughter her own Dora the Explorer fish tank I really wanted a new more adult fish tank for my newly designed office. I would love to have gotten a large fish tank a few feet long but unfortunately space was not on my side and I needed an alternative.
I came across this 60 litre tank after searching in a local pet shop and it seemed like just what I was looking for as it isnt too big but its really attractive in a modern space.
The Birob Aquarium was actually selling for 150 euro in the pet shop so I had a search online to see if I could get it a bit cheaper. Eventually I found it on eBay for just 80 euro.
The Aquarium holds 60 litres of water and claims to have an advanced filtration system. It comes with this filtration system, water treatment, fish food and also a halogen light. It was pretty easy to set up with the instructions provided and I bought 3 cold water fish to test the waters.
It looks fantastic and I love how the bowl looks traditional but there is a modern twist on it and it does flatter my office space. The filter seems to work quite well but I still like to clean it out twice a week myself too.
There are so many additional bit and pieces that can be bought for this fish tank so you can really style it whatever way you want.
I really love this aquarium and I would recommend this to any fish owner who wants a spacious fish tank without taking too much room.
15 litre Silver BABY biOrb
Our fish were in real need of a new home so on a recent visit to a local pet shop, when we saw these had a 20% reduction, I decided to buy one.
I have always liked them as they do look like the more traditional fish tanks which I had when young. This one has a capacity of 15L, so is big enough for up to 6 small fish. The modern twist on this being a fish bowl is the fact that in the centre of the bowl is a tube through which water is dispensed and then comes out of the top. This does make a pretty bubble effect especially when the light is on. The tank is supplied with Moonlight which will automatically turn off the Halogen light when the room becomes dark and only power the incorporated LED light as a night light. This gives a very pretty blue glow, so just on appearance, I am already liking this tank.
Onto setting it up, which given that there were only myself and Little Miss in the house, I knew that it would be up to me to get it up and running. The fish tank comes complete with: Air pump, Plug top 12V transformer, Ceramic Media, Filter cartridge, Bubble Tube, Airstone, Tap water treatment and sample pack of fish food. In fact, everything I need to get started as well as detailed instructions on how to set it up. It really is quite self explanatory and within about 20 minutes I had the whole thing set up. The one thing I found difficult and am still having issues with is the pump. It sits outside the tank and the illustration on the instructions shows it on a wall above the height of the tank but there are no means with which to attach it, as in no sucky pads or anything- suggestions gratefully received here. At the moment it is sitting on a shelf and making a very loud rattling noise!!
The instructions give me lots of information about how I am to care for my fish tank, and suggests that it is filled with water for 24 hours before the fish are introduced presumably to let the tap treatment take effect. I followed all of the instructions carefully and the fish so far seem to be doing well. There are care instructions which have to be followed once the tank is in place including information on how to replace the air stone and the filter cartridge. these are all simple to follow and as yet although I have replaced the filter cartridge (6 weeks) nothing else has had to be done.
the tank cost me just over £50 and that was with 20% off the RRP, which I didn't think was too bad given the cost of some less attractive tanks.
There are lots of different accessories which can be bought for the tank to pretty it up but I have found that some greenery is the best. Because tere is very little space between the tube in the middle and the sides there is not really the room for shipwrecks and the like, which actually suits me fine.
WHAT WE THINK OF IT?
The tank is certainly attractive to look at, it is easy to set up and the fish seem to have suffered no adverse effects in their new home. It is basically just a big bowl with a tube in the middle and some stones on the bottom for filtration but it can be very quickly "prettied" up with a few leaves. The one gripe I have about it is the pump piece- why is there no way of sticking it to the wall?
A recommended fish tank if it weren't so noisy
Thanks for reading
The Baby Biorb is the smallest of the 3 Biorbs and holds around 15 litres of water. The filtration system is exactly the same as that provided in the larger versions; a kind of undergravel filtration coupled with specific sponge catridges that must be replaced every 6 weeks. An air-pump is included to power the filtration and provide surface agitation for aeration. The bowl is acrylic which makes it lightweight but prone to scratches.
This aquarium is aimed at beginners. The small volume of water makes this a tricky aquarium to maintain though - the smaller the volume of water the more liable it is to become polluted and suffer swings in pH etc. This means it requires constant monitoring with aquarium test-kits and frequent small water changes in order to maintain a stable, non-toxic environment for the fish. This is fun in the beginning but becomes a chore very quickly leaving the inhabitants at risk when you can't be bothered to go through the process every weekend.
The small volume of water also means you're VERY limited as to the fish you can sensibly keep in here. Bear in mind fish grow (sounds obvious but people forget that the fish you buy at the aquatic store are just babies), need room to swim and will go to the toilet in the water. More fish = more fish waste = more ammonia = more maintenance for you or dead fish. You'll hate me for it but I'm going to say it anyway.....you can't put a goldfish in here. You just can't. A goldfish has the potential to reach 12" long and then some and no, before you think it, they don't just grow to the size of the bowl. This, like many old wives tales, has a sliver of truth to it but for the sake of simplicity and the word count just trust that a goldfish will quickly outgrow this biorb or die in the process. A goldfish has a natural lifespan in the region of 15-20 years (google it!) so having it in a baby biorb for 12 months before it dies is hardly fair. This leaves you with a choice of tropical fish. Smaller and arguably much prettier than a goldfish, 5 or 6 tetras/danios/guppies would be right at home in this bowl. The only downside is that you need to buy the additional heater pack prices at arounf £15. Worth the money in the long run and cheaper than replacing that poor goldfish every month. Some goldfish keepers mistakenly think that tropical fish are difficult to care for, the species I've mentioned are, however, easier to maintain than a goldfish as they produce far less waste and the filter copes much better. This makes you're life much simpler!
The packaging is similar to that of the other biorbs, black and white - quite modern looking. Inside the box the biorb is well protected with anything that could scratch it tucked away or boxed up seperately. I am particularly impressed by the instruction leaflet provided with all Biorbs. Not only does it give you a step-by-step walk through to set the tank up but it also provides detailed information on caring for the fish once you acquire them. The only negative I have is that it advocates placing one fish in the aquarium after 24hrs. Any fishkeeper with experience will know this is not advisable as the filter media has yet to develop an adequate colony of denitrifying bacteria (basically, the filter's not ready!). This is unethical for the fish involved as at best it has to endure toxic conditions until the filter HAS matured. At worst it is at risk of dying if the person looking after it does not follow the instructions in the manual to the letter.
The price is quite steep for such a tiny tank and is comparable to that of a 50-60 litre standard shaped, rectangular aquarium. In practicre you're also going to need a Biorb heater pack at £15 which bumps the cost up some more. Filter cartridges that cost around £7 must also be purchased every 6 weeks in order to maintain the aquarium. This adds up to a considerable amount over a one year period but is perhaps worth the money for the tanks contemporary look. Bear in mind the same cartridges at the same price are required for the larger Biorbs - you could have far more fishies for your money!
My advice? A nice smaller aquarium for the knowledgeable fishkeeper with sufficient time for maintenance. A much better choice for the beginner would be the Biorb 30 or 60 as they're much easier to maintain and are far more forgiving environments should you overfeed or forget to perform a water change. The Baby Biorb looks cute but is liable to end in disappointment.
I had always wanted a bowl shaped traditional fish tank but having children the traditional open bowl type was just not practical. I came across this tank while searching online and decided to give it a go, it seemed a suitable alternative to the open bowl i had imagined myself having.
The tank arrived and i immediately decided to set it up, having never set up a tank before i was surprised just how quick and easy this one was, the instructions were simple to follow and the whole process including filling the tank took less than 30 minutes.
The tank looks good in the corner of my lounge, its easy to maintain and the pump is practically unhearable. overall this tank was just what i was looking for.
I have not allocated this tank 5 stars as i have discovered a few minor issues with it, firstly some fish shops were funny about supplying me with fish for the tank, not sure why??? secondly, we had one fish die and due to the shape and size of the opening at the top, i found it difficult to net the fish. small issues really but still issues!
The tank is a sphere shape, it has a pump and light within the lid, it was supplied with small rocks for the bottom and a spare bulb, aslo included with the tank were the first treatment pack and a sample of food which lasted for ages!
I would recommend this tank to anyone who wants a round and modern designed tank for small fish.
I purchased my BiOrb following a recommendation by a colleague, which he has in his daughters room as a nightlight. The main body is a tough plastic, rather than glass, making it far lighter. There is an element of self assembly but the instructions are clear and concise. The kit is all you need and includes gravel, lighting, filtration, water treatment and air pump. Once assembled and filled its best to leave the water a few days to mature before introducing fish. The air pump is audiable but not intrusive, the lighting really sets the BiOrb off and although a very low wattage is enough to offer a gentle lighting in the room, ours is sat on the hearth of the fireplace in the living room. The design offers 360 degree visibility. I would recommend some plastic plants rather than real ones for ease of maintenance, regular 20% water changes about every 2 weeks but apart from tht it is entirely trouble free and a really nice feature.
Low maintenance aquarium with high tech filtration system / 15l capacity / Coldwater / Complete kit just add water & fish / includes baby halogen light / easy change lids and bases available in a range of colours / Size: 32 cm in diameter / holds 6 - 8 fish / recommended for Minnows and Guppies.