Top Questions

  • What exactly is Biopod? Biopod is an app-controlled microhabitat that automatically controls and regulates temperature, light, humidity, rainfall, and ventilation. Grow anything from an herb, vegetable or flower garden to a rainforest for your pets. Biopod replicates the ideal environment for your plants, animals or both!
  • What inspired Biopod? Biopod was first inspired by the conservation of the sensitive dart frogs that live in rainforests around the world. These little creatures are vital to the ecosystem and many of them have become critically endangered or even extinct in the wild. Human expansion, settlement, pollution and toxins, and many other factors are responsible for this.
  • How is it different from other terrariums and vivariums I can buy in the market? The difference is that the Biopod is a complete terrarium/vivarium/paludarium; it comes with all of the essential components that are needed in a typical terrarium/vivarium/paludarium setup. Creating such a setup yourself requires a lot of time and separate purchase of the many parts that make up the housing, such as: lighting, sensors, heating, pumps, nozzles, tubing and many more, often times adding up to a hefty price! Building such a setup yourself is extremely costly, can cause many compatibility issues, needs to be manually adjusted and monitored frequently, and requires you to do an immense amount of research beforehand. With the Biopod, everything is done for you so you can start housing your favorite animals/plants right away with a tap of a button and watch the Biopod come to life!
  • How many temperature sensors does the Biopod have? The Biopod currently has two temperature sensors, one for the temperature of the air and one for the temperature of ground substrate (water, solid, or semi-solid substrate).
  • How many humidity sensors does the Biopod have? The Biopod has one conveniently located humidity sensor near the top right of the right-side panel.
  • How many lights does the Biopod have? What type of lights are they? Here is the breakdown of the number of LED’s in the Biopod units:
    Biopod EDEN: 8
    Biopod TERRA: 8
    Biopod AQUA: 14
    Biopod GRAND: 28
  • What is the specific wavelength output of the lights inside the Biopod? The continuous wavelength output of the LED’s is between 400nm – 800nm. However there are two main peaks between 420nm-450nm and 630nm-650nm, with a minor peak between 540nm-570nm. These LED’s closely resemble a natural light output that is similar to the sun.
  • Can the Biopod replicate/output ultraviolet rays? Yes! The Biopod has a UV emitting diode which emits UVB-B rays.
  • What specific wavelengths are emitted for ultraviolet rays? The specific wavelength of UV rays emitted is between 295-305 nm.
  • What is the resolution of the camera inside the Biopod?The resolution of the camera is full HD (1080p).
  • Can the video camera be viewed live and controlled/moved from the app? Absolutely. The camera can be viewed from the app as long as your Biopod is connected to the internet.
  • How are temperature and humidity transitioned throughout the day in a Biopod? Temperature and humidity change throughout the day just like they would in a natural environment. Because the Biopod is intended to replicate micro-habitats, temperature and humidity change steadily as the day and night go on, while at the same time sensors give active feedback to each parameter (light, temperature, precipitation, humidity) so that they adjust according to a set pattern.
  • Can the Biopod simulate a gradual transition from day to night/night to day from its onboard lights? Yes! The on-board LED lights slowly transition during the entirety of the day to replicate a natural daily photoperiod cycle.
  • How is the Biopod heated? Can the Biopod also be cooled? The Biopod is heated through two main systems. One is an air heating system which directly controls the temperature of the air. The other is a substrate heating system which is placed on the floor of the Biopod and heats the “floor” of the Biopod, this includes water or any other substrate you decide to use as the “floor” of your Biopod. Currently the Biopod cannot be cooled, but we are working on an add-on to add this feature in the future.
  • How many misting nozzles are inside a Biopod? What pressure do they output water? How many mm/inches of water can they output per second? There are currently two misting nozzles inside the Biopod units.
  • Is the Biopod compatible with different voltage and frequency outputs internationally? Absolutely. All Biopod models come with an internal voltage adapter.
  • What materials are Biopods made with? In general Biopods are made of glass, aluminum, and plastic materials.
  • What is the life expectancy of the LED’s within the Biopod? The LED’s are designed to last for approximately 30,000 hours – under normal circumstances these would last for 5.5 – 7 years.
  • Is there a warranty given with the purchase of a Biopod? Yes, every Biopod comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
  • I want to “hack” the Biopod, will this void my warranty? Yes, making any kind of physical modification to any of the Biopod unit materials will void your warranty.
  • Is the Biopod app free with the purchase of a Biopod? Yes! The Biopod app is completely free. Even if you don’t own a Biopod you can download the app for free.
  • What does the app interface look like? Check it out here! (Give link)
  • What does the app allow me to control on my Biopod? The app allows you to control several parameters: Sunrise & Sunset, Minimum & Maximum temperature, Minimum & Maximum relative humidity %, precipitation, and wind (ventilation).
  • How does the app connect to the Biopod? The device the app is installed on (smartphone/tablet, etc.,) connects to the Biopod through its own Wi-Fi network.
  • I want to connect the app to the Biopod using Bluetooth, is this possible? Unfortunately no, Bluetooth technology is unreliable and faces range and compatibility issues. All our Biopods connect using Wi-Fi.
  • Do I need to be constantly connected to Wi-Fi for my Biopod to work? No, your Biopod can work manually through the App even when it is not connected to the internet. However, an initial Wi-Fi connection is required to set-up your Biopod. If you wish to receive daily parameter changes to your Biopod habitat (Temp/Humidity/Photoperiod etc.) it must be connected to the Internet. Otherwise the Biopod will simply run the last programmed day.
  • Do I require a high-speed Wi-Fi connection for the Biopod to connect? No, but a high-speed Wi-Fi connection is better to allow your Biopod to adapt the programmed habitat faster.
  • I have an old N router for my home Wi-Fi, will the Biopod still work with it? Yes, although we recommend a high-speed connection so your Biopod can upgrade its software/firmware as well as its daily habitat fluctuations quicker.
  • I want to replicate a Biopod setup based on a picture I saw on your website, is there a demo example with a list of animals/plants? Check it out here! (Give link)
  • Does the Biopod come with pre-designed datasets for animals and plants? For sure! We have a repository of 300+ animals and plants for which we have created data for.
  • How does the Biopod access these datasets? The Biopod is always linked to our cloud service which directly feeds information to the Biopod from our animal/plant datasets.
  • I want to house a specific animal/plant; do you have a dataset created for this animal? Check out this list to see if your animal/plant has a dataset created for it: (Give link)
  • Is there a list of animals/plants that can be housed with the Biopod? The Biopod can accommodate almost any small animal which naturally lives in temperature/tropical/warm areas of the world. If you’re unsure whether a certain animal can be housed within the Biopod, send us a email at admin@biopod.com and we’ll get right back to you!
  • The animal/plant I want to house doesn’t have a dataset created for it, what do I do now? Not to worry! We are constantly expanding our animal/plant program database! But if you really want a data program for a certain animal/plant shoot us an e-mail at (Email) and we’ll create it!
  • What parameters are included in these datasets? The specific parameters included are: Sunrise & Sunset (photoperiod), Minimum & Maximum temperature (Air & Substrate), Minimum & Maximum relative humidity (&RH), and precipitation.
  • How are these datasets created? What data sources are used? These datasets are created by our Biology and Data management team; we use a wide array of complex resources in our data – from weather stations to scientific literature and even pet/plant hobbyists.
  • Can I create my own datasets to be used in a Biopod? We will be working on a feature in the future that allows Biopod users to create their own complex custom data to be used in a Biopod. Stay tuned!
  • Can datasets be shared and viewed through the Biopod cloud? Yes! This is also a planned feature that will be coming along with the ability to make your own data.
  • Is there a Biopod model designed for tall plants? Currently we are working on a few new Biopod models which will allow users to plant and grow very tall vegetation/plants.
  • What kind of substrate is recommended to be used on the floor in the Biopod? This entirely depends on the type of animal/plant you intend to house. For example, if you want to grow edible plants hydroponically, than a solid
  • What kind of substrate is recommended to be used on the living wall in the Biopod? In reality you can use any kind of semi-solid substrate as long as it is porous enough to allow water to drain through. We recommend coconut coir (this is the substrate used in many of our Biopod displays/demos).
  • Since the living wall is a vertical growing system, are there any plants that cannot be grown on it? The only plants that may not grow well on the living wall are ones with large and deep roots or plants which grow very tall.
  • How are the plants on the living wall watered? Plants and vegetation growing on the living wall are watered by an active filtration system that trickles water in a downwards fashion. The source of this water (if you have a Aqua/Grand) will be from the deeper base layer of water, from the terrestrially-exclusive Biopod models the source of the water will be water from under the substrate.
  • Can the Biopod be used hydroponically for plants/vegetation? Absolutely! In fact we recommend you use a hydroponic method in the Biopod if you want to grow your plants to grow quickly.
  • Are there any Biopod models which are not recommended for housing certain animals/plants? The recommendations we make on housing are purely based on species you wish to house. If the animal/plant is large than we recommend a larger model, and if the animal(s) requires extra roaming space than we recommend the Biopod Grand.
  • Which Biopod unit is perfect for Housing my animal/plant? The recommendations we make on housing are purely based on species you wish to house. If the animal/plant is large than we recommend at least the Terra. If the animal is semi-aquatic or completely aquatic than the Aqua or the Grand are a must. If the plant is large and growing taller/outward than the Terra or Aqua or Grand are recommended. The general rule is that if the species of plant/animal is large, we recommend a large Biopod model.
  • Which Biopod Models are designed to house fish? Currently only the Aqua 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.
  • Do the fish supported models contain a water filter? 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).
  • How exactly does the water filter inside the Biopod work? 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 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.
  • How is the water which the fish inhabit in the Biopod re-oxygenated? The Aqua 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.
  • Is there a water nutrient sensor/injector in the Biopod models that can house fish? 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!
  • What size fish can the Biopod house? 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.
  • Can fish and terrestrial animals (such as frogs and lizards) be housed in the same Biopod unit? They definitely can! However 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.
  • Are there some fish and terrestrial animal combinations that cannot be housed 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.
  • What animal + plant combinations go well together in the Biopod? You can see which combinations we recommend using by downloading and using our app from any smartphone/tablet device.
  • Is there any kind of coating/material inside of the Biopod that may be dangerous for my animals/plants? 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.
  • Is the Biopod able to simulate a cold habitat/environment for animal brumation/hibernation? Currently all of our models can only simulate warm habitats; however, future iterations of Biopods will also come with a cooling feature. Stay tuned!
  • What accessories are recommended for the different Biopod models? This is entirely dependent on how you want your Biopod to look and what to intend to house inside your Biopod. Currently we have two accessories: the Waterfall and the Automatic Feeder. The waterfall is mostly for aesthetic purposes, and it pumps and recycles water from the bottom of the Biopod to the top, in a straight down “waterfall” like fashion. However it can be useful if the animals you intend to house require a constant flowing supply of water. The automatic feeder is only intended to be used for animals which eat live food like small crickets and fruit flys. This live feed is ideally grows/populates within the feeder, and naturally leaves the feeder to be eaten by your animals.
  • Is there a list of Biopod accessories? Yes! They are listed on our website.
  • I have an idea for a Biopod accessory, who can I suggest this to? We’re always open to new ideas and suggestions! Please communicate your idea(s) on your suggestion board on the official Biopod forums.
  • Is there a 360° view of each Biopod model? How about a size comparison? We have many different types of pictures/viewpoints as well as a size comparison chart on our website: (Link)
  • What are the main differences between each Biopod model? The main differences are size (dimensions), total volume (air and water), and housing capability. The Biopod One and Terra are intended to house terrestrial animals only, while the Aqua and Grand can house both terrestrial and aquatic/semi-aquatic animals. As far as plants go, the One and Aqua are great for small plants, but larger plants can only be grown in the Aqua and the Grand.
  • Do I have to submerge the bottoms of the Aqua and Grand models in water? Nope! This is completely optional. The Aqua and Grand are intended to house both aquatic and terrestrial animals at the same time in a nutrient and water cycling micro-habitat. However they can also exclusively be setup for terrestrial animals, usually if the animal(s) require more roaming space.
  • In place of water, can I use a dirt/sand/substrate matrix for the Aqua/Grand? Yes this is definitely possible. Although we urge caution on the type of substrate you choose, substrates that tend to clump together with water may cause problems with the drainage system.
  • Will there be new models released in the future? Absolutely! We will be coming out with information in the near future about more models we intend to introduce. Stay tuned!
  • Is there a Biopod model designed for tall plants? Absolutely! We will be coming out with information in the near future about more models we intend to introduce. Stay tuned!
  • What is the maximum water level/depth in fish supported models? The depths are:
    Biopod Aqua: 5.9”
  • Is there a drainage layer within the different Biopod models in case of excess water/precipitation? Definitely! The excess water is drained and cycled through the Biopod to be reused through the living wall.
  • Is there a tutorial on how to setup my Biopod? We have many tutorials available through the Biopod APP.
  • Who can I contact if I’m having trouble setting up my Biopod? You can contact our technical support team through our contact form.
  • Is there a water nutrient sensor/injector in the Biopod models that can house fish? Currently there is not, however we intend on introducing such components in future models of the Biopod which also house fish. Stay tuned!
  • Is the Biopod modular? Can I connect two Biopods into one longer Biopod? Currently none of the Biopod models are modular, however this is a feature that we intend to introduce to select Biopod models in the future.
  • Where can I purchase a Biopod? You can place an order on our main website.
  • What are the prices of the different Biopod units? The prices are listed on our website.
  • What if my Biopod is damaged during shipping? Is it insured? Absolutely, we insure every single Biopod from accidental damage during shipping and delivery.