The Biorb comes with everything you need to set up your aquarium, but what will you need after it is set up? The list isn’t very long, but searching for the different Reef One products you need to keep your biorb healthy can take a little while, especially if you don’t know where to look. You won’t need a lot of extra supplies to take care of your Biorb, but there are a couple products that we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that will save you a lot of time and headache when cleaning your biorb. They are listed below
- Biorb Siphon Hose
- Biorb Magnetic Algae Cleaner
- Jungle Quick Dip Water Quality Test Strips
- Biorb Complete Cleaning Kit (Contains siphon hose, airstones, 3 service kits, magnetic algae cleaner, & scratch remover & polish)
Biorb Siphon Hose – The Siphon hose is probably the most helpful cleaning tool you can buy for your biorb. If you don’t have a siphon hose you will have to scoop the water out of your aquarium with a cup, which is a pain, but also doesn’t get any of the fish waste off the bottom of your aquarium, so really without a siphon hose you might think you are cleaning your aquarium, but really all you are doing is letting fish waste build up on the bottom of your aquarium, and putting new water in your tank.
The Biorb Siphon Hose is also better than a regular aquarium Siphon because it has a pump. Since several of the Biorb’s are not very big it isn’t realistic to use a siphon hose where you have to completely submerse it in the water to start the siphon. The siphon simply wouldn’t fit in the aquarium. With the Biorb Siphon Hose all you have to do is drop one end in the aquarium, squeeze the blue pump a few times and the siphon will start automatically! Then you can proceed to siphon the fish waste from the bottom of your aquarium, enabling you to thoroughly clean your tank.
Biorb Magnetic Algae Cleaner –
The Algae Cleaner isn’t a necessity, and you can clean the algae off your tank without it, however, it will save you time and hassle. It is much easier than rubbing the inside of your entire tank with your hand and a cloth. Using the algae cleaner also agitates the water less than cleaning with your hand, which means less stress for your fish. How would you feel if you were the fish in your tank as a huge hand swirled vigorously around your tank scrubbing algae off the sides? Yeah, that’s what we think too, that’s one reason why we recommend the Biorb Algae Cleaner.
Another reason we recommend it is because it is made specifically for the curved shape of biorb. Regular aquarium magnet cleaners are rectangular and won’t work on the curved shape of the Biorb. Biorb had MagFloat design this magnet cleaner specifically for them, so it works in regular aquariums and the Biorb Fish Tanks.
Remember though, the best way to clean algae in your aquarium is to prevent it! Don’t put your tank in direct sunlight, don’t overfeed your fish, and do regular water changes.
Jungle Quick Dip Water Quality Test Strips
For your fish, performing water quality testing is a life or death situation. With your biorb aquarium it is essential to know the PH, Ammonia, Nitrate, & Nitrite. If the levels of these chemicals in your tank are at certain levels it can kill your fish. If you are having problems with sick fish, having fish dying, or just setting up your tank assessing the level of these chemicals in your water will help you diagnose and solve any problems you have.
We highly recommend these test strips because they will help you to know the water conditions in your tank quickly. You can buy water test kits that have drops and test tubes that you take samples with, but we know you are probably busy, and if you can save a few minutes by not having to shake several test tubes of water, that’s great. Testing your water quality is a must, and these test strips make it easy & fast!
Those are the best tools to help maintain your biorb aquarium & keep it healthy. You can buy almost all of them together in the Biorb Complete Cleaning Kit. We hope this article has been helpful, if you have any questions or comments let us know!