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“Attractive tank”

Written on: 14/03/2013

I have had my biorb tank for 4 years now. I bought it when I did not know much about the requirements of fish. It is a very attractive tank. It's a clever design, but still requires weekly partial water changes and the gravel needs to be vacumed. It can be very difficult to hoover up all the mess at the bottom of the tank and I would not recommend it for small fish. All my neon tetra's ended up in the filter after the first hour, never again. I bought gold fish but decided that they needed more swimming room as they are fast, active fish. I am currently housing 2 angelfish in there on a temporary basis until I buy a 200 litre tank for them and I have to assume they are happy enough in there for now because they are spawning in there which was completely unexpected. In future I would recommend wide tanks so the fish can dart happily from one end to the other with ample swimming space rather then just swimming round in a circle and going up and down.

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Jim4760's Comment

Written on: 20/03/2013

I have a 60lt Biorb.If you put stress zyme in with your full water changes the live bacteria break down all the fish waste and you will get nothing at all at the bottom of the tank.

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Hanaconda's Comment

Written on: 20/03/2014

I agree. When I had my 60 litre life tank set up (next to a window with plenty of light) the tank practically ran itself for 2 years. I had 2 weather loaches, loads of tetras, about 4 shrimp and a bristle nosed plec. I also had loads of plants growing happily up the back of the tank. The only casualties I had were some glass catfish due to my own ignorance in not having enough to shoal together (as they can die if loneliness otherwise).

In the end I only stopped using the life tank because I didn't have enough space for it in my new flat, but now I have made space and hope to try making a mini-reef setup in it with mostly invertebrates and a pair if bangai cardinals (which my partner would like to keep).

I'll write a proper view when I've tried the marine setup as I have bought some marine conversion kits for cheap (as pets at home are discontinuing their marine range).

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