BiOrb death trap.

  1. Bellatrix Member Member

    I didn't know where to put this. I hope this is in the right place.

    This is completely random but DO NOT ever buy a BiOrb fish tank!

    Yes they look fabulous, classy and chic, yes they house minnows wonderfully, we had six 'Minnows' in there who are the happiest and most playful fish ever.. Until they swim down the bubble tube and get stuck in the bloody filter! I kid you not.

    This has happened twice. First time luckily Greta (my partner) saw it happen as she was watching them at the time, so we were able to do a rescue. The second time however she did a head count (extremely difficult in a rounded tank full of deco) and panicked when she could only find five. Sure enough, there he was, stuck in the filter having swam himself down the bubble tube.

    He’s dead. She’s upset (don’t think she’s silly because it’s “just” a fish. She’s incredibly sensitive, shame there’s not more people like her in the world. There would be less animal and child abuse, less hate crimes and more understanding if there were).

    I’ve bought a tube guard from Amazon that came back yesterday.

    You’d think the people at BiOrb would provide a tube guard in the bloody tank in the first place wouldn’t you??? They obviously know this is an issue as they wouldn’t make them if it wasn’t.

    So I have one dead fish (who I imagine died painfully), one very upset girlfriend (who is unrightfully blaming herself for Sushi’s untimely demise) and the constant worry of a repeated suicide from our five remaining fish all because the morons at BiOrb want to bleed as much money from people as possible.

    Well, you people from BiOrb can whistle, I’ll be sending the corpses of anymore filter eaten fish to you because you’re money grabbers who evidently don’t care about the welfare of the fish being housed in your death traps.

    I'll be upgrading to a better tank ASAP. Does anyone have any suggestions on a good tank to house minnows?
     
  2. clk89 Fishlore VIP Member

    I would just buy a tank, I'm unsure the size requirements for a minnow, then look for the equipment separate. You could try criagslist for a good deal.
     

  3. Redshark1 Well Known Member Member

    I don't understand.

    So, you've found a fault with your Biorb and fixed it (with a tube guard). Job done. You did well. Enjoy your Biorb.

    Many things happen when keeping fish that you can't predict. Unfortunately, things are not always designed well enough.

    Fish will always find a way to commit suicide!
     
  4. Bellatrix Member Member

    What's not to understand?

    And that's a ridiculous statement "fish will always find a way to commit suicide."

    If you're not going to say anything helpful don't bloody comment.
     

  5. superbutterfly12 Well Known Member Member

    They really will find the craziest ways to commit suicide, from jumping out of the tank to most recently for me, insisting on swimming into a space that is too small and getting stuck/drowning. They're curious I guess. All you can do is block off what you can see as potential threat. I had a baby biorb too and found it too difficult to clean and too loud so I'll be trying to sell it on craigslist. Sorry about your fish.
     
  6. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    Can you send a pic of the tank please? And it sounds like you are very mad.
     
  7. Bellatrix Member Member

    Thank you, love.

    Why do you need a picture of the tank? It's a BiOrb they all look the same...

    Yes I am mad. It's ridiculous the way these big companies milk money out of people. They should provide the tube guard with the tank.
     

  8. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    I need a pic of the tank, so I can see how big it is. I know how you feel lol
     
  9. Bellatrix Member Member

    It's a 30 LTE.
     
  10. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    It's a 10gal!?
     

  11. Bellatrix Member Member

    Yes... And?
     
  12. Peacefantasy Well Known Member Member

    Bellatrix im sorry about your horrible experience :(
    Im not too familiar with tank brands, but I will definitely steer clear from that company. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    I would look on Craigslist for a new setup. Lots of good deals to be had there!
    Keep us updated dear, good luck
     
  13. Bellatrix Member Member

    Thank you, darling.

    BiOrbs aren't the best tanks, definitely stay clear.
     
  14. cheese Member Member

    hi there :) sorry you had to experience your fish dying like that, at no fault of yours. :( in my opinion, I would recommend at least a 40 gallon breeder aquarium for minnows. :)

    Sent from my SGH-I337M using Fish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum mobile app
     
  15. Bellatrix Member Member

    I don't have room for a 40 gallon.
     
  16. peregrine Member Member

    Sorry to hear about the poor little fishies. I don't think he was trying to be insensitive with the comment about fish suicide, and don't think anyone would say "they are just fish" we all take any fish passing seriously and are sad when it happens. Fish just have a funny habit of getting themselves into weird situations (i caught one of my danios trying to jump into my filter)