Biorb fish tanks and accessories all discounted at Wilko's online
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Biorb fish tanks and accessories all discounted at Wilko's online

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Found 31st Dec 2010
I happened to be looking for an air pump when wilko's spat out these set of results for biorb fish tanks

Baby biOrb 15Ltr Coldwater Aquarium = £48
biOrb 30Ltr Aquarium Coldwater Kit, Silver = £61
biOrb 30Ltr Aquarium Coldwater Kit with Halogen Light = £74.75
biOrb 30Ltr Aquarium Tropical Kit = £94.50
biOrb 60Ltr Coldwater Aquarium Kit, Silver = £116
biOrb 60Ltr Coldwater Aquarium Kit with LED Light = £144

Hope it helps someone who is looking for a bio-orb as i know they can be very expensive

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Hot deal, I paid £180 for one of the globe style tanks nearly 3 years ago, although it did come with a stand, well worth it and look good in the home...

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FTCom

Hot deal, I paid £180 for one of the globe style tanks nearly 3 years … Hot deal, I paid £180 for one of the globe style tanks nearly 3 years ago, although it did come with a stand, well worth it and look good in the home...



They look very good, i agree, i used to have a 30litre tropical tank, but i had to get rid of it on the count of how many fish were not surviving despite joining forums and getting tips from the pro's and pet stores etc...

It worth noting if anyone is going to buy one of these that only certain fish can be kept in them, your local pet store will know all the details though as i am sure they are asked all the time

Direct Link - http://www.wilkinsonplus.com/Aquariums+Fish-Tanks/Baby-biOrb-15Ltr-Coldwater-Aquarium/invt/wc00001?htxt=CqRsbJu/utV8PO2VUe7M5tbw0eF0%2BgiZGsyhRiL/A7J/D5ckTwx4gGk9NGxRQ2HoBcTxJmxJa8Ar%0AIS49VztZhg%3D%3D

Please remember before buying, this is a VERY small fish tank and will only house one or two small fish at most (not as pictured). They sell larger sizes, but again they won't house that many fish.

Also if a first time keeper, do some online research to check the requirements.
Often the first one or two fish you put in a new tank will die because the bacteria hasn't had time to build and the system doesn't kick in, so be prepared for that also (we are experienced keepers of tropical fish, yet the first fish we bought for our sons small goldfish tank still died).
HTH

Don't spend a lot of money on the Biorb branded filters, use these DIY foams that work a treat with some activated carbon:
orbitfilters.co.uk

Tigga!

cheaper here … cheaper here ...[url=http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/catalog/aquatics-c-772.html?idx=1]http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/catalog/aquatics-c-772.html?idx=1[/url]



Yeh £44.95 (big saving there) then add £5.95 for delivery and pay more

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Tigga!

cheaper here … cheaper here ...http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/catalog/aquatics-c-772.html?idx=1



not including delivery it isn't

Delivery Costs:
Next Day Courier (Delivered next working day between 8am - 5pm) £5.95

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joetipper

Don't spend a lot of money on the Biorb branded filters, use these DIY … Don't spend a lot of money on the Biorb branded filters, use these DIY foams that work a treat with some activated carbon: http://www.orbitfilters.co.uk



Great shout!

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Tigga!

cheaper here … cheaper here ...http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/catalog/aquatics-c-772.html?idx=1



infact, it appears that only the 15litre on is cheaper on that website
The 30 litre with light and heater is coming out at £102 on your link, wilkos is £94.50

you will get plenty of fish in the new biorb 105ltr in the charterhouse link above :-)

make sure u get one with the LED light too as the halogen one is poor...
Edited by: "foolincats" 31st Dec 2010

joetipper

Don't spend a lot of money on the Biorb branded filters, use these DIY … Don't spend a lot of money on the Biorb branded filters, use these DIY foams that work a treat with some activated carbon: [url=http://www.orbitfilters.co.uk]http://www.orbitfilters.co.uk[/url]

Thanks for that link

Hi all,

I really, really want to point out to anyone thinking of getting this tank, they are not at all suitable for goldfish. I know the pictures and all the literature implies that they are the perfect little goldfish home, but goldfish need much larger volumes of water (in excess of 100 litres) and a tank with a much larger surface area.

These tanks are good for shrimps or small tropicals only

sparklism

Hi all,I really, really want to point out to anyone thinking of getting … Hi all,I really, really want to point out to anyone thinking of getting this tank, they are not at all suitable for goldfish. I know the pictures and all the literature implies that they are the perfect little goldfish home, but goldfish need much larger volumes of water (in excess of 100 litres) and a tank with a much larger surface area. These tanks are good for shrimps or small tropicals only

I found that out after killing several goldfish, cold water minnows seem to survive fine though

sparklism

Hi all,I really, really want to point out to anyone thinking of getting … Hi all,I really, really want to point out to anyone thinking of getting this tank, they are not at all suitable for goldfish. I know the pictures and all the literature implies that they are the perfect little goldfish home, but goldfish need much larger volumes of water (in excess of 100 litres) and a tank with a much larger surface area. Our much larger tropical and brackish tanks have always been so much less maintenance and more successful.These tanks are good for shrimps or small tropicals only



Agreed. Our small tank has to be cleaned really regularly - Goldfish are stinky anyway, but the small surface area means it gets really dirty. They are growing like stink so obviously happy enough, but I can't imagine they would have lasted long with someone inexperienced. It's only the lucky people who keep a goldfish for years in a cookie jar, as a rule it doesn't work out.

And yes those smaller tanks are better off for something really small like cold-water minnows or perhaps tropical Guppies (but again they aren't easy to keep).

As I said above research is so important - so get Googling or visit a reputable seller/breeder (and by that I don't mean cowboys like Pets at Home) before spending any money.

Edited by: "Haylhoo" 31st Dec 2010

Biorbs, due to their shape, can also cause issues such as with the spine in the fish, even small ones, as they don't get to swim straight, only in a circular motion. Please read up before buying one of these - the local pet shop should have something more suitable for a similar price.

Also, please don't just put fish in straight away, its very cruel - google fishless cycling which will mean you not only save money by not having to replace the first ones you buy, but also don't subject them to the searing pain of high ammonia levels. Borrowing a bit of filter material from a current owner can greatly speed up the process.

I have had two goldfish in a 30Lt Biorb for over a year no problem!

sparklism

I really, really want to point out to anyone thinking of getting this … I really, really want to point out to anyone thinking of getting this tank, they are not at all suitable for goldfish. I know the pictures and all the literature implies that they are the perfect little goldfish home, but goldfish need much larger volumes of water (in excess of 100 litres) and a tank with a much larger surface area. These tanks are good for shrimps or small tropicals only



Agreed.

Had a 2nd hand Baby Biorb for about 6 months... and a very happy giant goldfish, imaginatively called Fishy Fish by his 3 year old owner.

I've had a gold fish for 35 years now! Although it does sometimes look a little smaller or a slightly different colour but I put that down to a sun tan!

Fluff

Had a 2nd hand Baby Biorb for about 6 months... and a very happy giant … Had a 2nd hand Baby Biorb for about 6 months... and a very happy giant goldfish, imaginatively called Fishy Fish by his 3 year old owner.



A 'giant' goldfish wouldn't physically fit in a 15 litre tank. Goldfish can and should reach upwards of 6 inches in their first 2 years, single tailed goldfish grow to over a foot. 'They gorw to the size of their tank' is not true, it does serious damage to them.

Oh, goldfish should also live more than 10 years and possibly even up to 20 in the correct conditions.

Biorbs are awful, and have an appalling reputation amongst the aquatic community.

Google is your friend, plus read the reviews on Amazon.

Read up on aquariums before you buy anything.

Think about the kind (and number) of fish you want to keep (and remember they breed!! ). From that, work out the minimum volume tank you'll need ... and then look to buy a bigger tank !

Put the time and effort into reading up and learning about the subject, and you'll be rewarded with a an aquarium that's beautiful and satisfying to look at. Cut corners and not follow the rules - you'll be rewarded with dead fish, and yet another second hand tank appears on eBay.

There's some good forums on t'internet - use them to learn from others' mistakes.

gizmouk

Read up on aquariums before you buy anything.



+1
I fancied one of these earlier in the year, but after reading several forums about the problems they cause to fish I changed my mind rather quickly.

Just because they don't die that doesn't make it okay, it's called torture

I find they're a pain to clean but it's maybe the way I'm cleaning it.

scareyman

I find they're a pain to clean but it's maybe the way I'm cleaning it.


You can buy BiOrb algae magnet's that do the job. I just use a lint free cloth rinsed in old water and stick my hand in (every other water change or so). My neon's don't seem to mind.

sparklism

A 'giant' goldfish wouldn't physically fit in a 15 litre tank. Goldfish … A 'giant' goldfish wouldn't physically fit in a 15 litre tank. Goldfish can and should reach upwards of 6 inches in their first 2 years, single tailed goldfish grow to over a foot. 'They gorw to the size of their tank' is not true, it does serious damage to them.Oh, goldfish should also live more than 10 years and possibly even up to 20 in the correct conditions.



My ast fish was about 10 when he floated off this mortal coil and he came from a travelling fair... when I was too young to appreciate the cruelty of them all hanging there in bags.

And I didn't mean giant as a technical term, just that this little fellas was about an inch and a half long when we got him, and he's now a lot bigger.

These are great as a torture chamber for fishes. If one is serious about fishkeeping, then for similar money you can a decent size 2nd hand tank on ebay. I paid £105 for my 215L tank with cabinet. The 15L version you wouldn't be able to keep fish in it... maybe a shrimp or something like that. Way too small for even 1 fish.

Had a 60lt Biorb for 5 years now. Amazing looking thing. Just get some fake carol, nice live plants and then fill with small to medium sized fish and you've got something that far exceeds any other decorative item provides. Plus the fish seem to love it.

Warning the filters cost an arm and leg and rarely last as long as the instructions state!!

These are great for goldfish - I am no expert, and want something thats minimum effort to look after, but good for the fish. Have had a biorb 30 ltr for over a year, with two goldfish, and both are fine and healthy. The main thing with this is to decide you will have the discipline to follow its maintenance schedule. Do not put more than two.

I always change the water and filter on the 1st of each month, change the airpump at 6 months, and the airstone every 3 months. Also, when doing the monthly change, clean the inside of the bowl with the soft cloth that comes with filter, and move around the ceramic media (stones at bottom) to loosen any dirt. I actually put another packet of this in to that it came with, and thats much better to keep the residues and excretions to next to nothing. Thats keeps the system running perfect and clean. And dont feed more than twice a day, morning and evening, one goldfish pellet each. Its more than enough. A 3rd one is ok, but dont feed 3 a day just as habit.

Keep the unit out of direct sunlight, or TV units, as many do, as the heat causes the water to turn misty green. We have next it to a radiator, which is on mid heat when on, and its doesnt cuase issues. It is also close to out rear patio double doors, and in Summer, when the blinds are open, direct sunlight is covered by not fully sliding the blinds open.

In case someone thinks its expensive to run - I buy 6 service kits at a time for £24, airstones cost £1.50 each, and an airpump (always keep a spare of these) costs £7.50. These are online prices, not special offers, and are about half ore more less than pet shops.

Hope that helps.

Survive and thrive is two different things.

Get this guy into your biOrb

http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00470/GB_BIGGEST_Goldfish_470456a.jpg

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smecky01

Get this guy into your biOrb



You da man!

Is this the equivalent bragging about the size of your pen is but in the fish world?
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