New Features of the New BiOrbAir Terrarium

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.

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.

Further Trials

You may be interested in some of the other trials I have conducted.

Terrarium, Vivarium, and Orchidarium Trials

To see the design of my Rainforest Terrarium, please click here.

To see how my Orchidarium was created, 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 Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

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

To read about the general care I give to my orchids and terrarium plants, and the general maintenance I give to my BiOrbAir terrariums, 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.

To see a planting list of beautiful and interesting miniature orchids suitable for growing inside terrariums, vivariums, orchidariums, and bottle gardens, please click here.

To read how I track the temperature, humidity, and light conditions inside my terrariums, please click here.

Compost Trial Reports

To see all of my various Compost Trials, please click here.

To read advice on planting up containers, please click here.

Sweet Pea Trial Reports

To read the results of my 2017 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2015 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.

Scented Daffodil Trial Reports

To read the results of my 2018 Scented Daffodil Container Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial, please click here.

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One thought on “New Features of the New BiOrbAir Terrarium

  1. Sam

    June 10, 2019 at 9:33pm

    Hi,
    Do you think fuschias would do well in a BiOrb terrarium? Thanks for your help!
    Sam

    • Author

      Pumpkin Beth

      June 10, 2019 at 9:47pm

      Hello Sam

      I wouldn’t grow Fuschias inside the BiOrbAir. But there are so many plants that you could grow inside the BiOrbAir. Look for plants that thrive in a humid environment, and will flourish in the temperature ranges we find inside our homes, these are great plants to grow inside the BiOrbAir. There are so many plants you could grow, here’s a link to my planting list of terrarium plants to plant into the compost inside a BiOrbAir.

      Here’s a longer planting list of terrarium plants that includes orchids. There are just one or two of these plants that are a little too large for a BiObAir.

      I hope this helps!

      Best wishes
      Beth

  2. Michael

    April 25, 2020 at 1:30pm

    Hello Beth,

    Have you noticed any difference in the frequency of misting when changing the humidity level? When I’ve set it up at the highest level, the misting occurred every 10 to 15 min, but when I’ve set it up at the medium level nothing happened or, at least, I didn’t see anything for hours. I don’t think that the difference could be so big when passing from one level to another. Maybe my BiOrb is not working properly.
    Sorry for my English but I’m not a native English speaker 🙂

    Thank you,
    Michael

    • Author

      Pumpkin Beth

      April 25, 2020 at 1:56pm

      Hello Michael

      Thank you for your message. Your English is excellent! I’ve not timed the frequency of the misting according to the settings in my BiOrbAirs. For my epiphytic orchids, I’ve misted my plants by hand (once a day or once every few days – depending on the plants) to provide their main irrigation and the BiOrbAirs have just created the ideal environment for the plants to grow. The terrariums encapsulate a small area, so the misting unit doesn’t need to operate very often to maintain sufficient humidity for the plants. I’d advise you to be guided by your plants – if their leaves are wrinkled or they look too dry – hand mist your plants more frequently and set your BiOrbAir on the highest setting. Whereas, if your plants look as if they are too wet, decrease your hand misting and use the lower settings. I hope this makes sense.

      I’d offer to time how often my terrariums misting unit operates, but I’ve got so much to do at the moment that I don’t have the luxury of time. As soon as I have time, I will record and make notes – but I can’t promise when this will be – sorry.

      If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Best wishes,
      Beth

      • Michael

        April 26, 2020 at 2:15pm

        Hello Beth,

        Thank you for your answer and useful advices. I wasn’t looking for a precise timing but it seemed curious that the misting happened very often at highest level and not at all at medium level. I’ll water the orchids as you said because it seems to be the best way.
        Thank you!

        Best regards,
        Michael

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