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Nossie
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biOrbs?
« on: January 15, 2010, 11:44:48 AM »

Hello! I'm curious about what you think about biOrbs (they come in 8 and 16 gallon sizes).
I have one 8 gallon, that I got for my birthday along with three small, lovely fantails. I know that this is a much too small home for my babies once they will grow, and I'm aiming to get something bigger as soon as I can.
Still, I haven't had any problems with this so far (I've had it since start of November), and I must say that the filtration system in it is awesome! The water is crystal clear! : D I still do regular water changes every 4th week. And I'm careful not to over-feed.
Do you think it's a completely shitty home for goldfish, or do you maybe have one too?

Btw, I would like to know what kind of filtration systems work best for goldfish?
The aquarium I'm intending to get would be about 800 liters/213 gallons (I intend to have some airstones later anyway to keep the surface in motion.)
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2010, 11:18:36 PM »

Yes, I think any 8g tank is a shitty home for ONE Gf, much less THREE! Angry  Just because water is CLEAR does not mean that it is CLEAN.  I would hate to think of what your ammonia climbs to in the 4 weeks it takes you to do a water change.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2010, 11:43:05 PM »

I would think that 8 gallons would be stretching it for one fish.......probably the 16 gallon would be better.
Can I ask why you do a water change every 4 weeks and not weekly since your orb is kinda crowded with 3 fish?
I personally would not purchase a biorb because I love a bigger tank and it is so lovely and peaceful to watch my fish swim far and fast, almost gliding through the water!
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Nossie
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2010, 04:11:10 AM »

SeaWitch: I think you're missing one important point: it's filtrated, very WELL filtrated. So as far as I noticed (and tested for that matter) ammonia is not a problem. Besides I am not going to keep them there once they grow bigger, of course!

Mindemae: I do it every four weeks because it's not needed to do it any more often. And there was a booklet that came with it saying how to put it together and how to take care of it. It said that the water should be changed every 4-8 weeks, but I have a hard time believing in that 8 weeks thing myself.  And they are still small, so it's not crowded at all. All three of them are about one and a half inch in length without counting the tail.
As I said earlier in my post, I am going to get a rather big aquarium later, 213 gallons at least, but preferably as big as I can afford. I know that the bigger the fish, the more space it needs, but for now, they seem to enjoy themselves a lot in there (:
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roughcolliegirl
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2010, 12:23:47 AM »

ummmm....... what's a "bi-orb"?
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Katarine
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2010, 02:40:08 PM »

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ummmm....... what's a "bi-orb"?
like a snow globe i think, only filled with water and you stick fishes in there. and you dont shake the globe to see snow..
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2010, 03:33:36 PM »

Snowglobe!! LOL! you crack me up!  Cheesy
 It's basically a glorified bowl with filtration system.
Here is a link to all about Biorbs and a video on how it is set up.

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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2010, 07:00:27 PM »

ahahaha oh crap.. its not like a snowglobe?  Grin  i dunno. i heard globe and thought snowglobe. just like i hear lemon and think... fish? thats not entirely appropriate on this site... :S haha
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Nossie
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2010, 12:39:02 PM »

It's simply an aquarium, in one of the many shapes available d: But I do admit that it's a bit of a pain cleaning the grovel :O It's so light that I have to be really careful not to get it sucked up to the hose (it's too big to get stuck inside it and plug it though).

I usually see fish and think lemon.
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