New Features of the New BiOrbAir Terrarium

This is my new terrarium, The Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium. This terrarium is planted up with plants which have been grown in cultivation, but originate from Madagascar, pictured on the 9th April 2017.

BiOrbAir terrarium features

I love my BiOrbAir terrariums!  I so enjoy growing miniature orchids, ferns, and other terrarium plants inside these specialised, automated terrariums.  I loved the older BiOrbAir terrarium models, but I have been so impressed with the new 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium model, and the fantastic improvements that have been made to this new, updated terrarium, which was designed by Barry Reynolds.  I love the wonderful new features that this fabulous, new, BiOrbAir terrarium offers.

Silent operation

My new BiOrbAir terrarium, a 2017 model, offers a definite improvement on the older BiOrbAir models.  The most noticeable difference of the new BiOrbAir terrarium’s features, is the sound of the BiOrbAir’s fan; previously the sound of the fan was audible – it was comparable to the sound of a laptop fan in operation.  The new 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium fan is silent, I can’t hear it at all, which is wonderful!  This new, quiet fan allows the BiOrbAir terrarium to work more effectively as a soothing and relaxing, inspiring feature, which you can enjoy in your home or at your office.

My new BiOrbAir terrarium has many new features, including an adjustable fan and humidity settings, which allow you to create your own specialised terrarium environment which will best suit the requirements of your chosen plants. The Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium, pictured on the 9th April 2017.

BiOrbAir Terrarium fan

The 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium’s fan offers three adjustable settings, which allow you to create your own chosen growing conditions to suit the various types of terrarium plants that you could grow inside your terrarium; the adjustable settings allow you to adapt your BiOrbAir terrarium to provide the differing conditions which the various terrarium plants require.

Higher, faster fan speeds will draw more air out of the BiOrbAir terrarium, resulting in lower humidity but better air circulation.  Higher fan speeds may be desirable if you have closely planted areas inside your BiOrbAir terrarium, or if you’re growing a miniature orchid which requires good air circulation – the faster fan speed will provide good, constant air flow and continuous air circulation around your plants.  It’s very simple to adjust the fan speed.

To adjust the BiOrbAir Terrarium fan’s speed:

  1. Open the BiOrbAir terrarium’s lid.
  2. Hold the button for three seconds.
  3. The lights on the BiOrbAir terrarium will flash once, twice, or three times depending on the current fan setting. 
  4. To adjust the fan speed, tap the button again, to cycle through low, medium, or high speed.
  5. The LED lights will flash each time you change the setting to indicate the new fan speed level – one flash for low, two flashes for medium, and three flashes for high speed.
  6. Close the BiOrbAir terrarium’s lid to store the setting.
This is a photograph of the BiorbAir terrarium’s lid, showing the power connection and the setting button. This button is used to reset the 24 hour light cycle, to trigger the ultra sonic misting unit, to set the humidity levels, and to set the fan speed.

BiOrbAir Terrarium Humidity Settings

The 2017 BiOrbAir model has adjustable settings to alter the terrarium’s humidity, as well as to alter the speed of the terrarium’s fan, which allow you to customise the growing environment inside your terrarium to be best suited to the plants you’ve chosen to grow inside, thus allowing you to grow a wider range of plants successfully inside your terrarium.  It’s very simple to set your terrarium’s humidity level.

To set the humidity level:

  1. Open BiOrbAir terrarium’s lid.
  2. Tap the button.
  3. The lights on the BiOrbAir terrarium will flash once, twice, or three times depending on the current humidity setting. 
  4. To adjust the humidity, tap the button again, to cycle through low, medium, or high humidity.
  5. The LED lights will flash each time you change the setting to indicate the new humidity level – one flash for low, two flashes for medium, and three flashes for high humidity.
  6. Close the BiOrbAir terrarium’s lid to store the setting.
The new 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium has many great and useful features. When the terrarium lid is opened, the terrarium lights automatically come on. The lights stay on for the duration of time that the lid is opened, allowing you to mist your plants before you leave for work in the morning or undertake any other terrarium maintenance at your own convenience.

BiOrbAir terrarium lid

Another great new feature that the 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium model offers, is when you open your new BiOrbAir terrarium lid, the light automatically comes on inside, lighting up your plants and allowing you to see clearly inside your terrarium, regardless of whether the terrarium is in sleep mode with the lights off, or operating on the daylight setting with the lights on.

This is a tremendously useful feature, especially if you wish to mist your orchids before you head off early for work, or if you remember you wanted to remove a dead leaf before you head to bed, or if you wish to admire your newly opened orchid flowers at whatever time of day or night you choose.  Whatever your reason for opening your terrarium lid, the lights turning on automatically when the terrarium lid is opened is such a useful feature.

I am absolutely thrilled with my new BiOrbAir terrarium!  I so appreciate the BiOrbAir terrarium’s silent operation and its new adjustable settings, which will allow me to grow a wider range of terrarium plants inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

I have chosen to plant my new BiOrbAir terrarium with orchids which have been grown in cultivation, but are endemic to Madagascar; you can read the first part of my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial here.

My new BiOrbAir terrarium is a specialised, automated terrarium, which has adjustable humidity levels and adjustable fan settings, as well as LED lights, an ultra sonic misting unit, and automatic watering system. The Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium, pictured on the 9th April 2017.
The Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium, as seen with the ultra sonic misting unit in operation, pictured on the 14th April 2017.

Other articles that may interest you…………….

The new 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium model shares many of its fantastic features with the older BiOrbAir terrarium models.  To read about the other great features of the BiOrbAir terrarium, please click here.

To visit the BiOrb website, please click here.

To read the first part of my Madagascan BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To find out how to mount epiphytic orchids onto cork bark or other wood mounts, please click here.

To see a Planting List of a wide range of beautiful and interesting plants suitable for growing inside terrariums, vivariums, orchidariums, and bottle gardens, please click here.

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10 thoughts on “New Features of the New BiOrbAir Terrarium

  1. Hello Beth,
    Is there any chance to maintain a certain temperature in the biorb air terrarium? Thank you! Beth

    1. Hello Bernadett, the BiOrbAir doesn’t have an in-built under-soil heating element, but it is designed so that you can fit one. The rubber bung that fits in the middle of the BiOrbAir (you can see it in the middle of the green capillary matting, in this picture http://www.pumpkinbeth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/P8262445.jpg) has cross-hairs marked on it, and can be punched through to make a ‘sealed hole’ for the cable of a heating coil run through. You can then lay the coil on the capillary matting, under the soil/compost. I hope this helps. I don’t have a heater fitted to any of my BiOrbAir terrariums, I rely on the heating of my home. Best wishes, Beth

  2. I have read all your comments about biOrb terrarium. You’ve done a great job 🙂 My question is where did you buy the new model (in 2017) or where do you think I could buy it in Europe?

    For those who want more details about the new improvements, you can find them in the catalog at pages 26-27:

    http://fliphtml5.com/xtwl/zjuo/basic

    You are an incredible source of inspiration!

    1. Hello Cosmin,
      My BiOrbAir was ordered online, I should have links to the online shop in each of the articles, have you tried the BiOrb website? I love my BiOrbAir terrariums so much! I am so glad that you’ve enjoyed reading about my terrariums. If you have any other questions, do let me know – I am always happy to help.
      Best wishes, Beth

  3. Thanks for your support. On the official site at the moment there are no prices and sales. However, I talked to a store in my country (probably over a month) and I found an offer at http://www.greenaqua.hu/en/biorb-air-60-feher-dekoracios-terrarium .html? ___ from_store = hu. I got in touch with them and confirmed they had the last model.

    For now, the price is too high for my budget. I have to raise some money and who knows what I get for Christmas 🙂

    I would also like to ask you some technical data about the biOrb model:

    1. Can you tell me how many cm is the diameter of the pot on top? I would need to know to buy wood to enter the terrarium.

    2. An important question for choosing my plants (potential!): How many degrees are in the aquarium day / night? Could you measure me please?

    I ask you because I’m thinking of building a terriary of species of epidous orchids from America of Suud (Colombia, Ecuador, etc.). From what I read about them, they prefer cold or cold temperatures. I saw that you succeeded to grow and to bloom mini / micro orchids that attract me (Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’, Masdevallia etc). You are extraordinary!

    I especially like those of the genus Platystele and some Pleurothalis (as well as groshes or sciences).

    If you somehow did not know you found an online store that hours of high variety of plants:

    https://www.orchidwubben.com/

    1. Hello Cosmin

      BiOrbAirs aren’t heated. My terrariums are indoors, so they are at room temperature. There is access for you to place an undersoil heater in the base of the terrarium, but you’d have to buy this separately. There’s a rubber bung which you place on the inlet, just above the planting tray and capillary matting. This bung has three cross hairs on it, which allow you to punch a ‘sealed-hole’ through for cable access. You can then lay your heating coil under the soil. I haven’t found any need to do this, but you can buy an under soil heater if you wish.

      I have just measured the diameter of the top of the access point of the BiOrbAir, it measures 68mm. Sometimes it’s just getting the correct angle to insert ornaments etc, sometimes you have to make a few movements to get things inside! There used to be some artificial wood stumps available on the website which fitted into the terrariums, I haven’t looked at the website since I got my terrarium, but they may still offer these. If you’re looking for objects to go inside, please err on the side of caution, and go for a little smaller rather than larger – I’d hate for you to purchase anything that doesn’t fit inside. I have just measured from the top of my pillow moss to the top of the terrarium, it’s about 25cm.

      I have looked at the orchid Wubben website a few times, they have some nice orchids.

      I absolutely love Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’! It’s such a great orchid, and thrives inside the BiOrbAir. I have one specimen inside my Miniature Orchid Trial Terrarium which is in bud at the moment.

      I am sure that you will do well with Platystele and Pleurothallis. I wish you every success!

      Best wishes
      Beth

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