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!