IM BUMPING THIS THREAD UP FOR ANYONE WHO IS THINKING OF GETTING A BIORB (MEMBERS OR GUESTS) TO KEEP MARINE FISH.
************* DONT DO IT OR YOU WILL MAKE YOUR FISH SUFFER **********
READ THIS THREAD ALL THE WAY THRU. ALSO READ BELOW.
BIORBS ARE A TERRIBLE TANK, AT BEST A 60 LITRE WILL SUPPORT 12 NEON TERTA, AND EVEN THAT IS A SIN.
QUOTE ------------------------------------------------------------ yeah I set up a marine bi-orb 30 litre, with real live rock.
stuck a zoo and a feather duster in there too.
looked neat for about 4 months, then the coral gave up the ghost.
I also had 6 fish in there. they all spent about 6 months in the orb. their crime, not being able to speak.
5 are alive and well in my display 160 litre tank, the coral goby disappeared after about 6 months in the display tank.
When I transfered the fish into the new tank, they were very weak, and unable to deal with the current, I had to introduce the extra powerheads slowly over the course of a month while the fishes built their strength back up.
The biorb did look cool though. ***FOR A PERIOD OF TIME***
btw, I worked out how much the bi-orb eventually cost, it was about 500 quid (tank, stand, led light, filters (that needed changing weekly, water, live rock, fish and coral)
that 500 quid could have been infinitly better spent starting up a larger tank from the beginning.
the problem was, back then I knew nothing about fish, My knowledge was, they swim in water and eat food.
aparently, this is because the anemone has lost its algae. advise was, the bugger is dying. to save it, it needs to feed feed feed. which i do.
after a few months, the nem spilt into two. theres are two reasons for this, the nem is dying and it split to at least give it's self a better chance of survival (in the wild, I guess this is an evolotion tactic) or its thriving???
anyway. I now have two bubble tip anemones, both were white as white can be, which is a bad as nems are not naturally white.
not so long ago, I upgraded from T8 tubes, to T6 tubes (see previous posts on T-Six)
This week I've witnessed the larger of the two develop brownish spots. slowly, the larger nem has started to change colour, and it seems its getting back its orginal colour (I compared against old photos I had)
tonight I checked the smaller 'baby' nem and it too has the same speckales and is changing colour.
amazed by this I did a little research and found that not only does bad water quailty and under feeding affect colour.
but lighting can also cause bleaching.
anyway, basically, im a real happy chappy, and continue my championing of T6 tubes. I've also witnessed an improvment of the corals in my tank.
If you are marine, and use T8 lighting and cant afford T5, dont delay, upgrade to T6.