Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > DIY Projects
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 09-29-2011, 07:12 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: norwich, norfolk
Posts: 89
Biorb change

Have a biorb 60l. And am thinking of converting this. By converting I mean using a different filter and having a sand substrate instead of the ceramic rocks. Am just curious if this could work and weather the bubble part in middle would still work?? Any ideas????
__________________

__________________
Jimlor123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2011, 07:52 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 4,245
I do not have any experience with biorbs and I have only seen pictures but to my understanding the middle is cut off from the rest of the bottom right? If so and all intakes and outakes were inside the closed off section and not on the bottom (to collect or distribut sand) it should be sweet! I wanna see pics!
__________________

__________________
God is amazing. The proof is in the pudding and the pudding is everywhere
African Leaf Fish Tank Build
GodFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2011, 08:14 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: norwich, norfolk
Posts: 89
I am off to have a look at the filter system on a empty biorb to see how it all works in depth.. If I need to seal firer base and use another filter I will. I think this could be a fun project and can't wait to get started.. I will post pics and keep posting info .
__________________
Jimlor123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2011, 01:40 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 4,245
I will be following! Can we get a before pic?
__________________
God is amazing. The proof is in the pudding and the pudding is everywhere
African Leaf Fish Tank Build
GodFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2011, 05:12 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: norwich, norfolk
Posts: 89
This is biorb at present I made the plant thing for Center tube
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-4190876120.jpg
Views:	79
Size:	59.1 KB
ID:	54457  
__________________
Jimlor123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2011, 06:38 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Brian_Nano12g's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Arizona
Posts: 6,146
I had a biorb once.. The baby version to be exact. IMO, the filter thats integrated in the base was poor and I guess only ran by the air pump. Just doesn't compare to a pump (impeller) driven filter.

Anyway, the ceramic rocks act like a biological filter (similarly to the bio balls in a 3-stage filter) due to their high porous structure. If you remove them and replace with sand, you're not gonna have a suitable place for colonies of beneficial bacteria to thrive and do their nitrifying duty. Secondly, by adding sand, the integrated under-gravel filter wouldn't work because water wouldn't be able to flow through the sponge and activated carbon contained within. You'll definitely have to add a separate filter if you do this. This DIY project of yours sounds interesting. I just don't know how it can be achieved while maintaining the aesthetic simplicity of how the biorb looks. I mean, if you add a filter, wires are going to be hanging out the top? Not to mention the challenge of somehow hiding the new filter or making it appear less noticeable. inquiring minds would like to know...Good luck!
__________________
- [ADA 60P] - [ADA 60F] - [GLA 6g] - [26g] - [2.1g Cube]
Brian_Nano12g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2011, 11:43 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 4,245
They are pretty cool looking
__________________

__________________
God is amazing. The proof is in the pudding and the pudding is everywhere
African Leaf Fish Tank Build
GodFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bio, biorb, change

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
cycling biorb Amandap79 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 4 09-06-2011 07:46 PM
Discus suddenly died after water change Sarretty Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 11 08-18-2011 09:17 PM
PWC and Prime Mumma.of.two Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 75 08-12-2011 01:50 AM
First tank - Biorb? ponypants Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 5 07-19-2011 02:37 PM
Max pH Change at Water Change tlkng1 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 14 06-25-2011 07:03 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.