Written on: 17/11/2005 by cloud9 (31 reviews written)
Great filtration system (I only have to clean it/change the filter approx. every 2 months).
Can buy lots of accessories inc. interchangable bases and lids to match your home decor (there is even a pine one), and there is also a new light called the i-Light which cycles through the day from dusk until dawn creating different lighting conditions.
My husband recently bought me a Bi-Orb Aquarium. It is beautiful to look at once the plants, fish and bubble tube cover/ornament are in, and it can be purcased in a 30 litre or 60 litre version. You can use the Bi-Orb for coldwater fish, or Tropical fish if you add a heater.
I wasn't sure whether to opt for the Bi-Orb or the Bi-Ube, so I did some research and found a lot of information from other Bi-Orb and Bi-Ube owners.
All the information on fish keeping really isn't for the faint hearted, and if it is something you have never done before, then don't think it is as easy as just getting a Goldfish from the funfair and hoping it survives.
The people in the various forums are passionate about fish-keeping, and you can guarantee that any help you may need will be available to you.
Before I visited the various forums I had no idea what cycling the tank meant, or that the PH had to be at a certain level, that you had to check for levels of Nitrogen, and that the filter media should never be cleaned using products such as washing up liquid (like we did when we were kids with Goldfish - my poor Goldfish - no wonder).
It took me 24 hours to prepare the Bi-Orb before I could introduce any fish, as the water has to be at the right temperature, and the PH Levels have to be right too. It was recommended that I add 2 - 3 small fish in the first month. Too many and the waste produced from them would have raised the Nitrogen levels to a dangerous level. It is done slowly so that the filter media has chance to work and catch up with the Nitrogen levels in the tank.
So far my tropical fish have survived, and I don't think they would have if I hadn't taken the time to look for advice. If you are thinking of purchasing one of these beautiful aquariums and don't have much experience, I would highly recommend you visit the forums at http://www.thinkfish.co.uk/ There are lots of other forums and websites that will offer advice and inspiration too, but I found the thinkfish website to be an excellent resource for everything I needed to know.
I highly recommend the Bi-Orb to anyone, from beginner to the more advanced fish-keeper.
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