Animal

Please refer to our Species Guide for recommendations for type and quantity of species in each Biopod model.

In general we do not recommend putting different types of animals (example: a reptile with an amphibian, or a reptile with fish) in a Biopod. The results can be unpredictable. If you still wish to do so, proceed at your own risk.

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The video highlights the following steps:
1. Set up your tank, add water & start cycling
2. Do 50% water changes every day for the first week
3. The tank needs a source of ammonia (substrate or fish)
4. Add beneficial bacteria
5. Take water to be tested for ammonia (your local pet store should be able to do this)
6. Add more fish if ammonia/nitrite levels are low
7. Once your tank is established, do 25% water changes once a week.

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Please refer to our Species Guide for recommendations for type and quantity of species in each Biopod model.

Currently only the Aqua, Aqua II and the Grand can house fish. However, we urge caution because you must allow your Biopod to properly establish the living-wall filter and plant roots (we highly recommend plants in the living wall to be used as a filter). Please refer to our how-to video tutorials on setting up your Biopod.

Yes! However, this water filter works through the living wall. Since the Biopod is designed to be an all-in-one system, the living wall (which has substrate and ideally some plants) will filter out the water for you in a trickle-down method (assuming it has been setup properly).

Since the living wall is the active water filtration system, it only works as intended if it contains many plants. Specifically, it is a biological water filtration system. Water is recycled from the floor of the Biopod (in the case of the Aqua (AQUA 2) and the Grand, the water is recycled from the floor and the fish habitat (if you choose to have fish that is)) and pumped back up and down through the filter. The micro spaces and plant roots within the filter substrate uptake nutrients and deposits and incorporate them – essentially filtering and cleaning the water.

The Aqua (Aqua 2) and Grand both contain an air pump to oxygenate the water constantly. Additionally, the air ventilation system introduces fresh air into the Biopod and this allows a passive exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to maintain dissolved gas equilibrium between the water and the air when the system is at disequilibrium.

Currently there is no nutrient sensor or injector for plants or for fish, but we are working on introducing both a micronutrient sensor and automatic injector into Biopods in the future. Stay tuned!

We recommend small tropical fish between 2cm – 3cm in length, however slightly larger fish can be used but users should take caution to minimize material/objects inside the water tank so fish have plenty of room to roam. Additionally, larger schools of fish (10+) are recommended only in the Grand.

They definitely can! However, we urge users to take caution and be wary of the combinations of terrestrial and aquatic animals they house within the Biopod. Some combinations may not work out too well, and some combinations may require an extremely well setup and well established habitat before they work well together.

Again, we urge users to take caution and be wary of the combinations terrestrial and aquatic animals they house within the Biopod. Some combinations may not work out too well, and some combinations may require an extremely well setup and well established habitat before they work well together. Our app will list combinations that do and do not work well together, but these notices will be based on compatible/incompatible parameters such as temperature/photoperiod etc.

You can see which combinations we recommend using by downloading and using our app from any smartphone/tablet device.

The Biopod doesn’t have any kind of coating on the inside walls. We have strived to design the inside of our Biopod to be of food-grade quality so that no animal/plant can be harmed by any material.