Biorb 16 Gallon Review

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16 Gallon Biorb 60 Review – Biorb Mega Aquarium

Table of Contents

1. Biorb 60 Review – Summary
2. 16 Gallon Biorb Aquarium Overview
3. Biorb 60 Aquarium Specs
4. Detailed Product Description of the Biorb 16 gallon Aquarium (directly from the manufacturer)
5. The Good – Real User Reviews of the 16 Gallon Biorb Aquarium (Summary of best points of the aquarium)
6. The Bad – Real User Reviews of the 16 Gallon Biorb Fish Tank (Summary of worst points of the aquarium)
7. Good Reviews – Real customers quotes of the Biorb 60 aquarium
8. Okay Reviews – Real customers quotes of the Biorb 60 aquarium
9. Bad Reviews – Real customers quotes of the Biorb 60 aquarium


Biorb 60 Review – Summary

The Biorb Mega 60 overall is a great aquarium.  It is MUCH LARGER in real life than it appears in pictures, which is awesome.  Its larger water volume allows you to have larger and more fish than the smaller biorb fish tanks.  Its design and integrated filter system makes it easy to care for and maintain after initially learning the basics.  It has a cool design that is different than a regular square fish tank, which makes it unique.  The downside we found to the Mega Biorb 60 is that since it is a sphere sometimes your fish look larger or smaller than they really are or can get distorted when you’re watching them.  Other than that, as long as you stock your fish responsibly the Biorb Mega gets great reviews from us.


The biOrb 60 aquarium holds 60L (16 Gallons) of water.
For anyone new to keeping fish setting up a traditional rectangular aquarium can be complicated. What filter should you buy? What lighting should I get? What additives so I need? What fish can I keep? What food should I get? Every biOrb  60 contains everything you need, just add water and fish. No need to rush out to the store again to pickup something you forgot (we even include the fish food!). Also, biorb’s detailed instructions take you through setting up the aquarium and our dedicated support team and on hand to answer any questions you may have.


What Comes In the box

* biOrb 60 aquarium (16 gallon biorb )
* Ceramic media
* 1 Standard freshwater filter cartridge – (biorb service kit)
* Low-voltage Air Pump
* 12v Transformer
* Tap water conditioner and Beneficial Bacteria liquid
* Printed documentation

Size and weight – Biorb 60 (16 gallon biorb )

* Height: 20.4 inches (52cm)
* Width: 19.6 inches (50cm)
* Weight (empty): 12pounds (1 kg)
* Weight (full): 130 pounds (61 kg)
* Volume: 16 Gallon (60L)

Biorb Transformer
* 16v transformer
* Two connectors (light and airpump)
* 12 month guarantee

Air Pump
* 12v – safe low-voltage pump
* Quiet operation
* 12 month guarantee
* 1.5m airline with 1-way valve
* 1m power cable
* Plugs directly into transformer (supplied)

Electrical and environmental requirements

* Line voltage: 12V AC
* Safe for children

Safety Standards

* Complies with UL, ULC and CE safety requirements.


The biOrb 60 is the latest edition to the biOrb range. Made from strong, crystal clear acrylic with a capacity of 60 litres (16 US Gallons) of water and weighing 60 kilos (132 pounds) when full, it’s ideal for most types of fishkeeping. Available in 8 different colours and supplied complete with a 5 stage internal filter, ceramic media, air pump, plug top 12 volt transformer, halogen light unit (LED light is optional at extra cost), water treatment, fish food and full set of instructions – just add water and fish. With safety as a major design feature the biOrb 60 is operated at 12 volts ac power which reduces the risk of accidental electric shock.

Quick and Easy Setup

You’ll be amazed at how simple and quick the biOrb 60 is to setup. The aquarium comes with everything you need to start keeping a variety of fish, just add water and fish. Nothing is more frustrating than getting home to find you need something else, which is why we include everything you need in the box, even the fish food! Unlike many aquariums the biOrb 60 uses low voltage lights and pumps ensuring complete safety at all times. Even the aquarium itself is constructed using super strong acrylic which won’t shatter like glass if accidentally knocked.

Low maintenance

If you thought the original biOrb had everything, you can now have even more with the biOrb 60 (60L/16 Gallon). With more space for your fish, it offers even more choice. The biOrb 60 has our largest biological filtration and can be converted into a complete marine aquarium. The biOrb 60 packs all these features into an aquarium that looks great in any home.

Coldwater, Tropical, or Saltwater setup
The biOrb 60 makes mainteance easy, compared to similar sized aquariums the biOrb 60 has the biggest biological filtration system (in fact many aquariums with external filters have less biological filtration). Also the biological filtration in the biOrb 60 remains in the aquarium at all times, ensuring that filtration is not disturbed when maintenance is carried out. The biOrb offers multi-stage filtration, every cartridge contains mechanical filtration, chemical filtration and water optimizers to give your fish the ideal water conditions and keep maintenance lower for you.
Keep freshwater, tropical or saltwater fish in your biOrb  60. The biOrb  60L offers the ultimate flexibility. Out of the box the 16 gallon biOrb  60 is ideal for coldwater fish such as mountain minnows, or fancy goldfish, add a tropical heater pack and start keeping a wide range of colorful tropical fish such as tetra’s, barb’s or guppies. Alternatively add a heater and the Marine Conversion Kit and start keeping wonderful marine creatures such as Clownfish and hermit crabs. The choice is ultimately yours and setting up is as easy as possible.

BiOrb  60 Style
The biOrb 60 follows in the same footsteps as the original biOrb (30L / 8 Gallon) but expands on the size without affecting the style and elegance. Enjoy the quality of an intelligently designed aquarium that offers built-in features that are not found elsewhere, and an aquarium that looks great anywhere in the house.


1. The biorb  60 looks great
2. It comes with everything you need to start your aquarium except for decorations and fish
3. The 16 Gallon Biorb 60 allows for a wider range of fish than the smaller biorb fish tanks
5. The Biorb Acrylic is 10x stronger than glass
6. The service kit filter system is easy to change and clean
7. The 16 Gallon Biorb can be used as a saltwater, tropical, or coldwater fish tank
8. The biorb 60 aquarium doesn’t take long to clean or maintain
9. The biorb instruction manual includes a detailed how to and FAQ, as well as recommended fish for the fish tank


1. Since the Biorb 60 is only 16 gallons you can’t put as many fish in it as a larger fish tank.
3. The round shape of the biorb 60 can distort the viewing of your fish

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  1. louise
    May 21st, 2009 at 07:35 | #1

    i have just purchased a bio 60 how many cold water fish can i have in it

  2. June 1st, 2009 at 15:43 | #2

    A good rule of thumb to go off of is one inch of fish per gallon of water. So if you go by that rule you could have 16 inches of fish, 8 two inch fish, 16 one inch fish and so on. Make sure you keep in mind how big the fish will grow after you buy them though.

  3. dainty
    August 4th, 2009 at 15:35 | #3

    Hi, how many gold fish can I keep in a Biorb? I have heard that that goldfish need twice the space. Can I keep 3 goldfish in a 8-gallon?

  4. August 7th, 2009 at 14:43 | #4

    the number of fish you can keep depends on the size of the tank, and also the type of fish. Some goldfish won’t work at all in a biorb, and you might be better off using other fish, I hope that helps

  5. anonymous
    August 25th, 2009 at 10:49 | #5

    Would the aeration system of the Biorb 60 make this tank unsuitable for a Betta? I don’t want him to have to fight his way to the surface or end up with fin damage because of the current. I know this is a fairly large tank for one betta, but I’ve found that aquariums routinely hold less than is advertised, and 16 gallons leaves plenty of room for error (a 12 gallon would be perfect though). Thanks for any insight you can offer.

  6. August 26th, 2009 at 08:19 | #6

    The aeration is sometimes a little strong for betta fish, I have a betta in a 4 gallon and it does fine though. If you set up your aquarium and think the air flow is too strong you can put a clamp or pin on the air hose to slow down the air flow, then you can control the airflow to where you think is reasonable.

    October 7th, 2009 at 03:59 | #7

    hi, love my biorb 60, took my two goldfish about a month to feel totally happy. the only downside is that the air motor is quite noisy. i have tried different positions but it doesn’t make any difference. i still wouldn’t change though

  8. Steven
    October 27th, 2009 at 14:13 | #8

    Greetings, invested in 16gallon biorb 2 months ago and after required cycling period, all tropical fish are thriving! Think of the 4-6 week cycling period as downtime for your prep-work on which types of fish u want to keep. I’ve upgraded my air pump to a quieter Whisper20 model that aerates even better! I’ve got a female betta harem of 5 that loves to surf the currents of the biorb and well as swim laps around the equator of the sphere! They have no issues getting to the surface for air. They’re stronger swimmers than u think who seem to thrive after being released from their 1pint tupperware cells. They also get along with several dwarf gourami cousins, golden yellow & sunset red. Cheers!

  9. Terry
    November 30th, 2009 at 20:34 | #9

    I am thinking of getting a biorb 60 for a Christmas present for my daughter, the low maintenance is attractive when you have a 4 year old. I’ve read your comments about the goldfish sometimes not doing well in this tank. Could you please recommend what type of fish would do the best in this type of tank.

  10. rida
    January 7th, 2010 at 08:06 | #10

    hoe do u set up an jun aquarium air pump for cold water fish

  11. January 7th, 2010 at 14:26 | #11

    I’m not familiar with a jun aquarium air pump, sorry I couldn’t help more

  12. Sophie
    September 16th, 2010 at 09:52 | #12

    I want to get my five year old Comet Goldfish out of his grown out of tank! I have started making a pond outside for him made out of a recycled bath. I am worried that by the time it is ready it might be getting too cold for him especially because he has always been in doors. This problem has led me to look in to buying a Biorb 60. This could be the answer for him to go in to over winter and then I will put him outside in spring. I also wouldn’t mind getting him some Shubunkins for company. Could you advise me on this?

  13. bill
    September 26th, 2010 at 09:00 | #13

    i have 8 fancy goldfish in a 60 ltr bio all thriving well i do every thing you shouldnt i change the water compleatly every 2 wks & clean ou t the orb even wash the media inly in cold water then put the water conditioner in then the fish back ive had my fish for 9 mths never had ANY problems they are very happy even fed at same time every night where the almost take food from your hand

  14. October 18th, 2010 at 16:14 | #14

    We recommend using the ceramic media because it actually helps with filtration of the aquarium. It allows beneficial bacteria to grow in it and thus helps clean and cycle your aquarium properly. If you use more decorative, larger rocks we recommend you put them over top the ceramic media, that way you still have the biological filtration they provide.

  15. k sheehan
    March 17th, 2011 at 08:19 | #15

    I have a bio orb 30 and have changed the filter etc many times but the new one I bought last week just doesn’t want to go back. I eventually emptied the tank completely so I could make sure there were no stones in the way but it seems too big for the fitting. I phoned the pet shop and they said there is only one size filter so what on earth is going on please ??