The world’s first complete and sustainable
Enjoy the wonders of the ocean in your home or office
with the all-in-one Biota Aquarium.
Starting at $599
Frequently Asked Questions
You say you are a 'sustainable' company. What makes you different from other fish suppliers?
We only sell captive-raised or tank-raised fish. Most other companies sell wild-caught animals. This is not to say that all wild-caught animals are not sustainably harvested, but it’s almost impossible to know which ones are and which ones are not. The future of the marine hobby is in aquaculture and Biota Aquariums is proud to offer the first-ever commercially available aquarium that includes only cultured animals.
Can you ship Biota internationally?
Due to International Agriculture Laws we are only able to ship Biota and our living organisms to the contiguous US (48 contiguous states & Washington DC only).
What is live rock?
Live rock is a calcium-based rock that provides both important habitat for your fish as well as bacteria that aid in maintaining your water quality. It is carefully conditioned in seawater for 4-6 months before being shipped. The live rock included with your Biota Aquarium is man-made in California.
How long do Clownfish/Gobies live for?
Since your fish are captive-raised, their birthdates are known. Clownfish have been documented to reach 30 years or more in captivity. Rainford Gobies have only recently been cultured and are believed to live six or more years with the proper diet.
What is Biota's 30-Day Guarantee?
Biota Aquariums is committed to providing the highest quality, sustainably cultured animals that have been thoroughly conditioned for their upcoming journey to you.
If for any reason our step-by-step setup instructions and acclimation guide are not successful in the first 30 days, Biota will replace the wildlife and will work with each customer to ensure a healthy re-introduction of the fish and coral.
Can I add more fish, live rock, or corals to the tank?
The Biota Aquarium has been specifically designed to house the three fish, live rock and a maximum of four Biota-sourced corals.
It is highly recommended that you enjoy your ecosystem and that you do not introduce any other fish to the aquarium as this could comprise the health of your tank and cause biological instability.
Once outside fish or corals are introduced to your tank, Biota cannot guarantee the success or livelihood of the ecosystem.
What happens if I am going out of town?
Your fish need to be fed daily so proper arrangements should be made to have someone monitor the tank and feed the fish in your absence. There are also fish feeders you can purchase that can feed your fish while you’re away.
What type of pump does Biota use?
Biota uses a submersible pump with a flow rate of 500 gallons per hour (GPH).
Do I need to buy replacement filters?
Yes. Biota’s carbon filters should be replaced monthly and the Biomax Media and Foam Cartridge needs to be changed annually. A 6-month supply of these items can be purchased through our website.
Why do I need a thermometer? Is there an ideal temperature the tank should stay at?
Because the fish and corals come from tropical regions where coral reefs are found, water should ideally be kept at 74-78 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain healthy, happy marine life. This is vital to the health and longevity of marine life.
What is the Bio Starter?
The Bio Starter adds beneficial bacteria to the aquarium during the start-up process and the first month of ‘cycling.’ This helps establish necessary biological filtering bacteria to maintain proper water quality.
What color is the live sand substrate, how much is included, how long will it last, and where can I buy more?
The live sand substrate is white coral sand and 6.6 pounds will be included in your starter package. Luckily it lasts years and there is no need to replace it.
Do the fish have to be removed in order to clean the tank?
No. You can safely clean the glass, pump sponge and filter area without removing any animals. For water exchanges, the water can be carefully siphoned out with a small hose into a bucket. Use care not to siphon up your fish or corals.
Where do the fish come from?
Our Clownfish come from an aquaculture farm in Florida, USA, and the Rainford’s Goby comes from our Biota Marine Life Nursery in Palau. We carefully acclimate the fish at our marine life center in Florida with the aim that you receive healthy, disease-free fish.
Why did you pick Clownfish and Goby?
Clownfish and Gobies were chosen because they are captive-raised, beautiful, hardy and they get along great together. They also can live their complete life span in the Biota Aquarium since they do not grow larger than 3″.
How many corals can I have in my tank?
To ensure we are providing you with a sustainable aquarium, we are limiting each Biota Aquarium order to a maximum of four corals. Biota Aquariums offers several hardy soft corals that are appropriate for the tank. These were chosen because of their ease of care and lighting and water flow requirements.
How do you ship the items to me?
Biota Aquariums uses courier company FedEx for all US shipments and we provide you with tracking numbers for your order. The fish and coral are shipped overnight ensuring safe and healthy wildlife. We send your aquarium package to you in 3 steps to ensure it is set up correctly.
How much should I feed my fish?
One of the most important factors in successfully maintaining your new aquatic habitat is following the feeding instructions.
DO NOT OVER FEED!
The Biota Aquarium comes with a food packet and a measuring spoon.
The fish should get one spoonful two times per day. The best time to feed is after the light has been on for at least 30 minutes and again before the light goes out.
Feeding should be at least four hours apart. Your fish “sleep” too and eat best during the times when the light is on.
Can I add plants to the tank?
The Biota Aquarium is a marine ecosystem that will not support freshwater plants. We recommend that you do not add anything to the tank other than the animals, live rock and optional corals offered by us.
What is the wattage of Biota's LED light?
Biota’s LED light is a 16-watt output, 1383 lumens.
What does the carbon filter and Biomax Media do for the tank?
Biota’s carbon filter removes organics and tannins that make the water yellow, ultimately maintaining crystal clear water. Biomax Media serves as a biological filter to keep water safe by removing ammonia and nitrite created from fish waste.
Why do I need a hydrometer?
- To measure the salinity or specific gravity of the water
- To make weekly replacement seawater
- To monitor the aquarium water
Sometimes water in the aquarium slowly evaporates leaving salt behind, gradually increasing the salinity of the aquarium. You’ll need to use the hydrometer to monitor this activity so that filtered freshwater can be added to keep salinity constant.
Please note salinity should be kept constant at 26 parts per thousand (PPT), 1.019 Specific Gravity for fish only, or 32 PPT/1.023 for fish and corals.
What type of fish food comes with my Biota Aquarium and where can I buy more when I run out?
The fish food we provide is sustainably-sourced mysis shrimp pellet food. You will be provided with 1 month of fish food in your starter kit. When you run out, you can simply purchase more fish food from our website.
How much aquarium sea salt is included, how long will this last, and where can I buy more?
Biota comes with two packs of aquarium salt, which provides enough salt to set up your Biota Aquarium at the proper salinity. You will need more aquarium salt one week after setting up, as you need to change the water of your Biota Aquarium weekly. You can also buy extra salt on our website or from your local fish store.
What sort of fish do you release back into the ocean for the fish I buy?
At our Biota Marine Life Nursery in Palau, we release Rabbitfish into the protected waters to help restock the ocean. They are hardy fish whose stocks are depleted because they are popular fish to eat.