Biorb Troubleshooting Questions - Answers to Biorb Problems
Why is the water in my biorb green?
Why am I getting fewer bubbles?
My service kit (filter) appears to be filling with air?
My biorb light bulb has stopped working?
Why is the pump so noisy?
What happens if my air pump stops?
What happens if there is a power outage?
Will I need to clean the whole aquarium?
Why am I getting fewer bubbles in my Biorb? Back to top
If you have noticed that there are fewer bubbles you may need to change the air stone in your biorb. Alternatively if you have just changed the filter cartridge, air from the sponge may be trapped inside the cartridge. Twist the bubble tube and lift one side of the filter cartridge slightly to allow air to escape. You may need to do this a few times.
My service kit (filter) appears to be filling with air? Back to top
This can be a sign that the air stone has become blocked and caused a small air leak. Removing the air stone will solve this and start the filter working again. Without the air stone the filter will be slightly noisy so we recommend putting a new one in as soon as possible.
My Biorb light bulb has stopped working? Back to top
Light bulbs do wear out. The special halogen bulb used in the biorb light unit should last at least 1600 hours. This can easily be replaced following the instructions included with the light unit.
Why is the biorb air pump noisy? Back to top
Noise from the pump is usually caused by vibration against the surface iti s on. Place the pump on a softer surcae like a mouse mat or hang the pump up. Make sure the airline is pushed into the air pump as far as it will go.
What happens if the Biorb Air Pump stops? Back to top
It is recommended to keep a spare air pump. Without oxygen filter bacteria will start to die and the water may become polluted. If you have live plants remove these from the aquarium at night so that they do not take oxygen away from your fish. Do not feed your fish for a few days. It is advisable to test the water after a noticeable power cut to see if water changes are necessary. After a power outage it is essential that the air pump is raised will above the aquarium water level as per air pump instructions.
What happens if there is a power outage? Back to top
A power cut will interrupt the supply of oxygen into the biOrb. Without oxygen for long periods of time the filter bacteria will start to die and the water may become polluted. Fish may also experience difficulty breathing, and may even die, particularly at night when oxygen levels naturally drop and live plants take their share of oxygen too.
It is advisable to test the water after a noticeable power outage to see if the water has become polluted, so that remedial action can be taken. If long term power failure occurs it is essential that the air pump is raised well above the biOrb water level as per air pump instructions.
Why is the water in my biorb green? Back to top
Green water is caused by algae. This is a singe celled plant that is naturally occurring in aquariums. Small amounts of growth are normal and easily dealt with during a normal service. If large areas of algae grow or the water goes very green very quickly, this indicates that there is a problem with the water that’s causing the excess growth.
Algae needs sunglight and nutrients in order to grow. Too much daylight, especially during the summer months when the days are longer and warmer, will cause algae to thrive. Excess nutrients win the water, from overfeeding for example, will also cause algae problems. It is easier to prevent algae than to remove it once it has become a problem.
Do I ever need to clean out the whole aquarium? Back to top
Providing you follow instructions with regard to feeding, fish selection, location and maintenance you should never need to empty and clean the aquarium. If you do ever need to do this you should keep at least 1/3rd of the old water and clean the ceramic media in dirt water taken from the aquarium (never clean ceramic media in tap water).