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Setting up my BiOrb Flow

Monday 5th December 2011


BiOrb Flow: Setting up the Biorb Flow - ready for the fishless cycle.

My first job was to clean the tank and ensure it was water tight.

I washed the two bags of gravel and carefully added them to the Biorb Flow.  I have sucessfully used large rounded pea gravel in all my Biorbs over the years and the Biorb Flow was to be no exception, I like the way the gravel looks and it is really easy to keep clean.

As with the ceramic media it is essential that the gravel is larger than a pea in size or it will clog the filter.

This image shows half way through filling the Flow with just one of the bags of gravel in place.

gravel-in-place

In addition the filter was quickly assembeled with the orbit biorb compatible filter sponge a lovely fresh blue colour.

Installing sponge1

Quick and easy!

filter-assembled

I will for the fishless cycle and long term be running the filter carbon free with just a sponge. Over the years this has proven itself an extremely effective and popular method on the biorb forum.

I looked for a long time for the perfect piece of wood, I wanted something that would wrap around and highlight the bubble tube, definitely a stunning feature in the Reef One range of tanks.

Finally I spotted a piece of horn wood that was just what I had in mind. Even better it needed very little soaking. Often soaking wood before adding it to the tank is advisable if you do not want a temporary brown tinge to your water. Some woods will release harmless tannins that can discolour the water.

Horn wood

I then filled the Biorb Flow with water added the correct dosage of dechlorinator and left it to come to temperature.

I decided not to add plants at this stage as some plants can suffer the effects of a cycle.

Coming next - Fishless cycling my BiOrb Flow up ready for fish...

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