BiOrb Exclusive Life 15 Portrait 15 litre  aquarium £79.99 @ Maidenhead Aquatics
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BiOrb Exclusive Life 15 Portrait 15 litre aquarium £79.99 @ Maidenhead Aquatics

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Found 5th May 2014
Great little tank with mostly everything you need to get started(no heater). This is an exclusive design for Maidenhead Aquatics. RRP 129.99

Free delivery or store collection.

The BiOrb Life 15 Portrait is ideal for keeping small fish or shrimps. It’s compact enough to place on your desk or in a small space at home. Like all Biorbs, the BiOrb Life 15 Portrait uses ceramic media to provide biological filtration which has a surface area equivalent to the size of a football pitch. Any excess waste is collected and held in a filter cartridge at the base of the BiOrb.
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36 Comments

brilliant price!

Nice but TINY

Original Poster

MRGRINGO

Nice but TINY



It's not a show tank but great as a bedside light Picked up one today and it's bigger than I imagined it would be!

No use for any more than one average or two very small fish

Not good for anything other than a few shrimp. Go see what ND aquatics will give you for your £80

*editted
Edited by: "mehmeh" 5th May 2014

I had to read that a few times, and still struggled ;-)

mehmeh

These make awesome Betta tanks too so long as you're regular with your … These make awesome Betta tanks too so long as you're regular with your water changes, don't overfeed, etc. Bit more of a 'pet', a lot hardier than shrimp and trust me it is far easier to convince someone buying it as their first tank to get a Betta instead of a Goldfish or hundreds of Guppies. You have zero chance convincing someone buying their first fish tank to not put fish in it.If you're buying this as an established fish peep then what's wrong with you as once the partner/parents ok another tank then you buy the biggest you possibly can or you're not doing it right. If this is the biggest you can have then fyl



So ..... Is it a fish tank?

mehmeh

These make awesome Betta tanks too so long as you're regular with your … These make awesome Betta tanks too so long as you're regular with your water changes, don't overfeed, etc. Bit more of a 'pet', a lot hardier than shrimp and trust me it is far easier to convince someone buying it as their first tank to get a Betta instead of a Goldfish or hundreds of Guppies. You have zero chance convincing someone buying their first fish tank to not put fish in it.If you're buying this as an established fish peep then what's wrong with you as once the partner/parents ok another tank then you buy the biggest you possibly can or you're not doing it right. If this is the biggest you can have then fyl




I dont even........

I have used the standard biorb a while ago, although was bigger capacity than this, and still VERY hard to keep the water balance just right without harming the fish.

Theses are far more ornamental, than being a decent environment for more than a couple of fish, literally one or two.

Its true, the bigger the tank, the easier to maintain, and anyone using one of these is likely to find it hard to keep fish alive for any length of time.

Even a very small water changed can affect the balance of the water, and harm the fish.

Looks nice though, but just not good for fish...


Was it the incorrect use of a comma that threw you off?

/yawn

musicals

I had to read that a few times, and still struggled ;-)

mehmeh

These make awesome Betta tanks too so long as you're regular with your … These make awesome Betta tanks too so long as you're regular with your water changes, don't overfeed, etc. Bit more of a 'pet', a lot hardier than shrimp and trust me it is far easier to convince someone buying it as their first tank to get a Betta instead of a Goldfish or hundreds of Guppies. You have zero chance convincing someone buying their first fish tank to not put fish in it.If you're buying this as an established fish peep then what's wrong with you as once the partner/parents ok another tank then you buy the biggest you possibly can or you're not doing it right. If this is the biggest you can have then fyl


Fish tank and Aquarium would be an interchangeable term for the people my post was referencing.

/yawn

stepp

I dont even........


Someone going to let me in on this one then?

mehmeh

These make awesome Betta tanks too so long as you're regular with your … These make awesome Betta tanks too so long as you're regular with your water changes, don't overfeed, etc. Bit more of a 'pet', a lot hardier than shrimp and trust me it is far easier to convince someone buying it as their first tank to get a Betta instead of a Goldfish or hundreds of Guppies. You have zero chance convincing someone buying their first fish tank to not put fish in it.If you're buying this as an established fish peep then what's wrong with you as once the partner/parents ok another tank then you buy the biggest you possibly can or you're not doing it right. If this is the biggest you can have then fyl



Personally wouldn't put a betta in here, they breath oxygen and this tank is designed to filled full.

emma1487

Personally wouldn't put a betta in here, they breath oxygen and this tank … Personally wouldn't put a betta in here, they breath oxygen and this tank is designed to filled full.


Ah, thank you. Silly mistake on my part for assuming it was an open top tank. Shall edit my post.

I have a 30l biorb round, but to maintain....you have to left up the bubble tube to clean your filter, the bubble tubes become hard to clean and you upset your aqua scaping every time you have to clean the filter. it looks the part but not really suitable for anything other then 2-3 tetras

emma1487

Personally wouldn't put a betta in here, they breath oxygen and this tank … Personally wouldn't put a betta in here, they breath oxygen and this tank is designed to filled full.



You could under fill it without it looking orrilbe tho I'd guess. And aren't Bettas from orrible murky puddles? I'd guess they would be capable of handling water quality changes. The thing that would bother me is the temp fluctuations as I'd expect (?) the water temp may go over the thermometer setting before ye olde bimetallic strip breaks contact? Would there be any truth in this idea a small water body and a largeish (relatively) heater may kick in with too much heat?

Tank is not designed be filled to the top. Bettas only breath a small amount of air occasionally, so there will be plenty of air if you leave a gap of a few centimetres.

101 guide to fish-keeping:

1. The only fish you can keep in a tank smaller than 30 litres without it being extremely cruel is a betta (aka. siamese fighting fish).

2. Even they won't like a tank this small

3. Bettas also need access to air, so this isn't suitable.

4. You could keep a couple of shrimp in this at the most.

Side note: Goldfish need giant tanks to be healthy/happy. They are very messy fish. Their curse is that they can survive, but live a miserable existence, in a small tank. If you put a goldfish in a tank 5 times this size, it will still live a considerably shortened life breathing/burning in its own excrement.

Cruel to the fish a tank this size :-(

Picard123

Cruel to the fish a tank this size :-(


TRUE!

I have a dozen large Koi in mine..... and an Orca

But it is a good deal!

I had a 60l Aquanano, nice manageable size for small fish (I had some White Cloud Mountain Minnows in it). Was great until it cracked from top to bottom while I was at work, with the force of the water pressure through the crack sprayed water in a 10ft arc! Ruined carpet and furniture. Luckily was covered on home insurance, and yes the fish did survive and were rehoused at a friends house. No more fish tanks for me!!!

Thing

Not good for anything other than a few shrimp. Go see what ND aquatics … Not good for anything other than a few shrimp. Go see what ND aquatics will give you for your £80



You might get an optiwhite front panel for your 4x2x2

emma1487

Personally wouldn't put a betta in here, they breath oxygen and this tank … Personally wouldn't put a betta in here, they breath oxygen and this tank is designed to filled full.



Incorrect, you fill to around 1/2 inch from the top due to the lighting.

I've always fancied having some of those tiny neon tetras - what's the smallest tank I could keep, say, eight of them in without being cruel?

RSteve

I've always fancied having some of those tiny neon tetras - what's the … I've always fancied having some of those tiny neon tetras - what's the smallest tank I could keep, say, eight of them in without being cruel?



Personally I find neons quite boring as if they feel comfortable in their environment they tend to disperse themselves about the tank rather than shoaling. But to answer your question a standard rectangular 40l would be ok. http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/love-fish-panorama-tank-40-litre-(in-store)

Also with neons you want to be aiming for longer shallower tank as they tend to stay from the middle -> bottom and avoid the upper layer. Tall or cube tanks end up looking very empty with just neons in.

Tetras are happiest in fairly strong currents so small vertical tanks aren't great for them. I recall all tetras are schooling fish so you'll need around 5 (as a rough minimum) to keep them happy. This ain't a great tank for tetras. Like some have said, a Betta fish is about the only fish that would work in this tank - though it's a slight fallacy that they work well with little space...

Even then, it's probably better to just put some pretty shrimp in.
Edited by: "jsty3105" 6th May 2014

Meathotukdeals

You could under fill it without it looking orrilbe tho I'd guess. And … You could under fill it without it looking orrilbe tho I'd guess. And aren't Bettas from orrible murky puddles? I'd guess they would be capable of handling water quality changes. The thing that would bother me is the temp fluctuations as I'd expect (?) the water temp may go over the thermometer setting before ye olde bimetallic strip breaks contact? Would there be any truth in this idea a small water body and a largeish (relatively) heater may kick in with too much heat?

Murky puddles? Erm, no. Their native home is usually in rice paddies or large pools of still water. The water in those fields aren't murky.

This would be perfect for my fish...

ebay.co.uk/itm…108

mehmeh

Was it the incorrect use of a comma that threw you off?/yawn



Er, it was the fact that it didn't make sense. I don't give a monkey's about an incorrect comma in your post.



jsty3105

Murky puddles? Erm, no. Their native home is usually in rice paddies or … Murky puddles? Erm, no. Their native home is usually in rice paddies or large pools of still water. The water in those fields aren't murky.



Ah I read years and years ago their resplendence was in part due to the murky waters they lived in necessitating OTT 'visuals'. Had one and loved it. For its size quite a clever little ****. Taught it to jump from the water to take food from my fingers. Then one day he jumped my tank divide and all that was left of him was a small light pink fillet

Super Noob

This would be perfect for my … This would be perfect for my fish...http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/231158283261?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108:D



oh now you got me wondering what they look like from above. Recently set up a little water feature in t' garden. Not bothering with live fish but maybe...just maybe

Meathotukdeals

oh now you got me wondering what they look like from above. Recently set … oh now you got me wondering what they look like from above. Recently set up a little water feature in t' garden. Not bothering with live fish but maybe...just maybe



If you do, please post some pics for us to envy...

Super Noob

If you do, please post some pics for us to envy...



Nah it looked like I could get one for 99p but turns out they are listing on ebay with an option to buy a spare battery for 99p. The fishes are over £3 and I'd want say 3 to 5 so no go. Sorry.

Meathotukdeals

Ah I read years and years ago their resplendence was in part due to the … Ah I read years and years ago their resplendence was in part due to the murky waters they lived in necessitating OTT 'visuals'. Had one and loved it. For its size quite a clever little ****. Taught it to jump from the water to take food from my fingers. Then one day he jumped my tank divide and all that was left of him was a small light pink fillet

That's brilliant! (The part about it jumping to take food from your fingers - not the inglorious death).

Fishkeeping is a hobby I really miss but living space nowadays doesn't permit such luxuries for me - that and the costs of getting an aquarium are shocking. I used to have apple snails and they'd lay loads of eggs on the top of my tank. I could get to them in time before they dried out otherwise I would have cultivated them in another tank...

Having said that, I just realised that snails would be another option for this tiny little tank.

Yeah I miss my tank. When I was at Uni and I was home for vacation Mum said she "liked the ones with little legs". Had no idea what she was on about till I noticed I had more Kuhli loaches than before. That's a sight I missed as obviously the kids must travel around close to a parent's belly for a while. However I have many memories of cool things I did see.

Edited by: "Meathotukdeals" 6th May 2014
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