After our sweet class hamster died this spring, I decided not to get a new pet immediately. Pebbles was my third class pet in my eight years of teaching and her death was the hardest one. Finding your pet dead on the morning of the Very Big State Test that determines whether or not your kiddos will go to fourth grade is terrible. I had to tell a “teacher lie” about where our friend was and come clean after the tests were over. We were heart broken and I decided to wait until summer to look at getting a new pet.
A few weeks ago, I was contacted to review a Bio Bubble. If you aren’t familiar with a Bio Bubble, it’s an animal habitat that can be used for land or water animals. After much debate, I decided to try something new and get the aquatic version that holds about 3 gallons of water. I visited several pet stores and did a lot of reading to decide what kind of fish I wanted to get. I ended up going with Glofish. They are so fun!! The Glofish site has many educational activities related to the unique fish so they definitely fit my requirement of learning from a class pet.
I was so excited when my box arrived! It comes in many colors, but I of course chose pink. It comes with everything you need (filters, lights, tubes, bubbler). Here it is right out of the box.
It was really easy to put together. I know because I watched my husband do it. 😉 Here’s what it looks like after it has been assembled and snapped down into place.
Now it’s time to decorate! Tip: buy the small decorations because the filter is in the middle. You’ll have to decorate around that. It’s going to get very heavy, so move it where you want it BEFORE you fill it up.
Time to add water. Be sure to condition it correctly and let it start cycling before you actually add fish. Fast forward and you’re ready for the next step, closing the BioBubble.
How easy was that? It did splash a little, but not too much. The fish look so happy in there! This is shown with the recommended white light so the Glofish look especially bright.
The BioBubble also comes with other colors. The lights literally snap right into the lid.
|This one just looks spooky to me.|
|This one was pretty with the tank color, but the fish don’t glow with it.|
|Check out those green plants!|
Overall, I’m really pleased with the BioBubble. It’s easy to feed the fish right through the top and changing water is really simple too. I did add my own bubbler instead of using the one in the tank because I like smaller bubbles than the original one puts out. Totally personal preference though.
It’s summer so I haven’t been able to show my students yet, but I know they’ll love it! I’m tempted to leave it in my home office because it goes so well with our beach theme. 😉
If you want to grab your own Bio Bubble, you can scoop it up at a discount today on Educents. You can also choose from the land or water version, so it doesn’t have to be fish. They’re kind of hard to resist though. So cute!
That is one of the coolest things I have ever seen! And that educents site I have never been to. Definitely something to keep an eye on. Good luck with the new pet. So sorry to hear what happened to your last pet. And of course the timing 🙁
Reaching for the TOP!
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Pardon my crass language, but HOW FREAKIN' COOL!! I love this and love how well it would fit in the classroom. I've never heard of them before but I saw them on Educents.. so now I know what they are!! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂
Miss V's Busy Bees
LOL! I think the kids will have that same reaction.
I love your fish! That is soooo cool! I have always had a huge tank ~ I love the smallness of that tank! Thanks for sharing your great pics! 🙂
Crayons and Curls
The pink is soooooooooooooooo cool! Hope all of your fish are behaving! Great post!
This looks fun! But it also looks like a huge air-popcorn-popper!
Thanks for sharing such a neat product. I'm not one for class pets but I think I've just changed my mind!
These guys are so easy to manage. Much less work than a hamster. 🙂
I just found your post via the Biobubble facebook page 🙂 It looks amazing!! I totally want one!! Can you tell me a few things? When I went to the website it looked like the terra bubble is big enough to hold chameleons and snakes but I can't see dimensions anywhere. I wondered if it would house a box turtle – or if I should just leave my tortoise where he is and get a cool aquatic bubble instead and have fish as well. With 2 pets my kiddies will be in heaven 🙂 I can, of course, contact the site directly but it's much more fun to talk to teachers 🙂
Fun in the Fours
It's 16x16x19 when it's expanded for the land animals. I don't know what turtles need, but it seems pretty roomy in there!
Holy cow, that is awesome! I want one, but of course I'm late to the ballgame, so it's no longer on Educents. I checked their website but didn't see pricing or where to purchase–any ideas?? (Of course, I'm assuming it's probably out of my price range…but my students would LOVE LOVE LOVE this!) Plus, it seems way easier than the guinea pig I used to have!
Oh my goodness! This is too cute! I would love one. I've always been more of a class plant person because I didn't really want to take care of a pet. What's the workload like with the biobubble?
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