biOrb Fish Tank Review : A Stylish And Affordable Aquarium For Design Lovers

biOrb Fish Tank Review : A Stylish And Affordable Aquarium For Design Lovers

30l biOrb Life fish tank on a sideboard in a living room with green walls behind

We recently got a new biOrb fish tank so that our girls could have pets. They have been asking for pets for quite a while now and we thought that a nice little aquarium would be a good place to start.

The trouble is, we don’t really have that many options. Ever since I was about seven years old I have been allergic to animal fur. I’m not talking about a slight reaction either. As an asthmatic, my allergy is severe and usually, a reaction ends up with me not being able to breathe. As you can imagine, there aren’t really that many pets that we can choose from.

Interior design blogger Stacey Sheppard sat on a tan leather sofa holding a biOrb fishtank box

A Stylish Fish Tank for Design Lovers

When it came to choosing an aquarium, I realised that I have very high standards when it comes to aesthetics. I don’t want something ugly in my home or anything that attracts too much attention unless it looks mighty fine. I remember the fish tank I had as a child with the plastic black lid and the ugly green filter. It wasn’t that nice to look at and I knew I didn’t want anything similar in my own home. I wanted something that would almost disappear into the background.

30l biOrb Life fish tank on a sideboard in a living room with green walls behind

That’s exactly why we opted for a biOrb fish tank. With its sleek, minimalist design, a biOrb aquarium is the obvious choice for design-loving pet owners. After all, these tanks look more like a design object than a fish tank. There are six different styles to choose from in four different sizes (15l, 30l, 45l, and 60l).

In the end, we opted for a 30l biOrb Life with a totally transparent frame. Again, we opted for a transparent frame because we wanted our biOrb fish tank to be as inconspicuous as possible. This model is the perfect size for our small home. Its streamlined, minimalist, seamless aquarium design is just what I was looking for.

A Fish Tank that is Easy to Set Up

After aesthetics, another important factor for us was the ease of setting up our fish tank. I didn’t really want to have to spend any more time researching the setup of our fish tank. The good thing about the biOrb is that it comes with everything you need. So there is no need to research things like fish tank pump and filter systems. You don’t need to look into what plants to put in the tank or how much and what kind of aquarium sand you need to buy.

It honestly couldn’t have been easier to set up. The biOrb fish tank comes with a water conditioner sachet, its own light, an air pump, a filter, an airstone and ceramic media to go in the bottom instead of sand. The only things that don’t come with it that we needed to buy was a siphon hose for water changes, fish food and the fish themselves.

biOrb Fish Tank Decoration Sets

To make things easier for ourselves, we decided to get one of the biOrb decoration kits too. BiOrb offers individual fishtank decorations or complete decoration sets. These allow you to personalise your biOrb fish tank and create a small underwater world according to your tastes.

There are 12 different fish tank decoration sets to choose from including from Red Forest to Pink Ocean and Stone Garden to Winter Dream. We opted for the Summer kit in the end. I really liked the subtle Japanese feel to it and the colours work really well with our decor. As I said, I wanted something that would subtly fade into the background and the green Summer decorations do just that.

If you want to create an even more bespoke look, there are over 100 individual decorations to choose from. So you have free reign to conjure up something much more personal. I can imagine that we will probably invest in a few extra aquarium decorations so that we can mix things up every now and again. The girls will enjoy that!

A Low Maintenance Aquarium

Another priority for us was that any fish tank we chose had to be a low-maintenance aquarium. We have busy lives so we don’t really have a lot of extra time to dedicate to fish tank maintenance. So we wanted something that was easy and hassle-free to run. We are obviously prepared to do the regular fish tank cleaning that is required. But we wanted that process to be as quick and easy as possible.

From what I’d read online, biOrb aquariums are pretty easy to clean. What really caught my attention is the biOrb fish tank pump and filter system. There is an air tube in the middle of the tank which oxygenates the water thanks to the little airstone. The tube connects to the filter with a simple snap and twist movement. This makes the filter really easy to replace. I also really like how the tree decoration slips over the air tube and helps to disguise the filter.

biOrb fish tank close up of filter system and air tube

According to the instructions, the aquarium filter should be changed once a month. We were told in the pet shop that we need to siphon off and replace 25% of the water weekly. This will ensure that the biOrb aquarium stays in optimum condition.

So, all in all, fish tank cleaning seems pretty straightforward.

Innovative Aquarium Lighting

Changing colours on the MCR LED Light system of the biOrb fish tank

The biOrb fish tank comes with two options for lighting. There is the standard energy-efficient LED lighting with a classic on/off switch. Or you can opt for the more sophisticated MCR light unit. No prizes for which one we chose! MCR stands for Multi-Colour Remote and it allows you to select from 16 different colour settings for your mini underwater world. These are controlled by the little remote control unit that comes with your biOrb fish tank.

There are also four different time cycles that are pre-programmed to simulate the light conditions of day and night. We haven’t get got to grips with this yet because the girls are still excited about changing between the 16 colour options.

biOrb Fish Tank Review

So what are my thoughts about our new 30l biOrb Life aquarium?

I’ve been really impressed with it and it is everything that I was looking for in a fish tank. It looks great, it was easy to set up, maintenance is minimal and easy and the MCR lighting is a really special extra touch.

Overall, this aquarium looks absolutely fantastic. It is the perfect size for our small living room and more than manageable for those starting out with fish. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you can simply buy the heating system for biOrb so you can have tropical fish instead.

There was a downside though. In my mind, we were going to get a couple of large impressive, slightly flamboyant fish for our tank. The reality was a little different. We went to a local garden centre to get our fish and we were really impressed with the selection. We didn’t know how we were going to narrow it down.

But after speaking with the aquatics expert we were informed that we had a choice of two types of fish. That was very underwhelming, particularly as the fish he showed us were tiny. We ended up with 6 little Cherry Barbs, which are almost invisible to the naked eye at the moment. Apparently, they are still quite young and will eventually grow to be 1.5-2″ long.

But it is worth bearing in mind that if you want large fish, you may need to invest in one of the larger aquariums by Oase.

The only other criticism that I could come up with is that our biOrb fish tank is a little bit loud. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I actually find the hum of the pump to be quite calming and comforting. However, my husband doesn’t feel the same way and he had hoped it would be quieter. But I am sure that he will get used to it in time.

30l biOrb Life fish tank on a sideboard in a living room with green walls behind

So what do you think? Does this look like a great starter option for you? Can you see the biOrb life fitting nicely into your home decor? Let me know in the comments if you think this is one of the nicest looking aquariums you’ve come across.

And don’t forget to pin this post for later so you don’t forget about biOrb.

Why You Need the Kami Indoor Home Security Camera

Why You Need the Kami Indoor Home Security Camera

Kami indoor home security camera on a table between two plants. The empty box and leaflets are also on the table

Since I opened my coworking space in Totnes, it quickly became clear that I need some kind of security system just so that I can monitor who is coming and going. I already have the Hive system in place and use the door sensors and smart plugs for the lighting and heating. Initially, I thought this would be adequate but then I realised that without being able to see who had opened the door, it wasn’t all that helpful to me.

Kami indoor home security camera on a table between two plants with the empty box.

I had a situation where the Hive door sensors alerted me to the fact that someone had entered the space at 20:30 one evening when we were closed. I had no idea who it was so I jumped in the car and headed straight here to catch the intruder. It’s a 20 minute journey though so unsurprisingly, by the time I had got here, the intruder had gone. However, the offices did smell particularly clean and it was then that I remembered that the cleaner comes in on Tuesday evenings. So that was a wasted journey and a lot of unnecessary stress.

A Simple Indoor Home Security Camera

So I started to look into a simple camera system that I could plug in and have it monitor the space when I am not here. It was luckily at this time that I received an email about reviewing one of these cameras. Kami cameras provide smart AI-driven security and home cameras and their products looked like the exact thing I had in mind.

Kami indoor home security camera on a table between two plants and vase and a statue.

I was sent the Kami Indoor 360 Camera which retails at £54.99 on their website. It looked like just the thing to enable me to see what was going on in the office when I’m not there. This nifty little bit of kit features 360° rotation and AI-driven movement detection and follow-up. The Kami Indoor Camera detects people (or pets if you are using it at home) and keeps them in the field of view as they continue to move. This means I can use one camera to monitor the whole office. When movement is detected I then receive an alert to my smartphone with a short video clip of the detected motion allowing me to stay up-to-date with who’s coming and going. No more covert cleaning operations!

You can upgrade your cloud storage so you can keep your recordings safe which would be really useful if you wanted to monitor your office throughout the day, but as I’m here every day and can monitor it in person, I haven’t needed to do this. the short 6 second clip I receive is more than adequate for my needs.

Kami indoor home security camera on a table between two plants and vase and a statue.

Ease of Installation

At first, I was getting alerts all the time and it took me a little while to work out that you can set the camera to home mode. In this mode, you don’t get any notifications which is perfect for when you are in the office (or at home) and can easily see what is going on.

One of the main things that attracted me to the Kami Indoor 360 Camera was the ease of installation. It was a simple case of downloading the Kami Home app, activating my account and pairing the camera. The cameras simply plug into the wall using a standard plug or USB cable.

Two-Way Audio

The camera also has two-way audio so you can talk to people in the office when you are not there. So if I wanted to ask the cleaner to do something extra for example, I could just talk to her when she arrived (although that would probably freak her right out unless I told her the camera has this functionality beforehand).

I’ve been using the Kami Indoor Home Security Camera for at least six months now and I have been really impressed with it. It meets all my needs and gives me a much better sense of security knowing that my business premises are safe when I am not there. In fact, I was so impressed with the camera that I received from Kami for this review that I actually bought a second camera myself for the smaller second office. And I absolutely haven’t regretted it.

Kami indoor home security camera on a shelf with a radio, a faux plant and an internet hub

An Indoor Home Security Camera that Delivers Peace of Mind

But this isn’t just a useful little device for businesses. It would be a great addition to a home as well. You can use it to make sure that your home is secure while you are away on holiday. For example, checking in to make sure the neighbour who promised to feed your cat is popping in regularly. You could set it up in the nursery to keep an eye on your baby as it could alert you to noises and movement so you know when your precious little bundle has awoken from their nap. You could even use it to keep an eye on older kids playing in another room. There are just so many useful ways that the Kami indoor home security camera can give you peace of mind.

Do you have an indoor home security camera in your home or office? Has it helped to give you peace of mind? Let me know in the comments below why you love yours.