Setting up a biorb pico reef

exalectric

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
May 9, 2021
Messages
156
Reaction score
204
Location
Rochester
So long story short I ended up with a free biorb 30 and wanted to set up a little pico tank for some inverts and a coral or two.

I know the under gravel filter is trash but not sure where to start. Should I rely on just live rock and sand or will I need something else for filtration? How much and often should I do water changes if I’m going no extra filtering?
 
Corals.com

Montiman

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Sep 20, 2017
Messages
1,098
Reaction score
1,242
Location
Pheonix
I excited to see a BiOrb reef. When I have kept small pico reefs I always used minimal or no filtration and just changed half the water once a week. With a tank so small it would take me 10 minutes or less so it was no big deal.
 
OP
exalectric

exalectric

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
May 9, 2021
Messages
156
Reaction score
204
Location
Rochester
I excited to see a BiOrb reef. When I have kept small pico reefs I always used minimal or no filtration and just changed half the water once a week. With a tank so small it would take me 10 minutes or less so it was no big deal.
Thanks for the feedback! I'm awaiting some supplies in the mail, but will update once I get her going! Yesterday I dissected the undergravel filter to remove it and sealed the bottom back together.
 
OP
exalectric

exalectric

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
May 9, 2021
Messages
156
Reaction score
204
Location
Rochester
Biorb is up and cycling! I snagged a piece of live rock from the 40 gallon breeder to get going but am waiting for more dry rock to arrive in the mail and get the scape designed. My husband decided if I have my own biorb for corals that he needed to go buy a 16g bio cube, and we definitely don’t have enough extra rock for that one.
I’m curious to see how my no external filter orb will stack up against his all in one cube!
 

Have you ever had a Angelfish in your reef tank?

  • Yes and it was a model citizen (tell us which one)

    Votes: 179 33.3%
  • Yes but it did nip from time to time

    Votes: 75 14.0%
  • Yes but I had to remove it because it went rogue

    Votes: 34 6.3%
  • No but I would like to try one

    Votes: 153 28.5%
  • No and not interested

    Votes: 77 14.3%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 19 3.5%
Coral Frenzy
Top