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The Peguin 330 Bio-filter

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I think Bio-Wheels make a big difference in getting a tank to cycle.

My experience:

After losing three of my favorite fish, wasting two bags of Bio-Spira, and living in constant stress for the past two weeks, my tank is nearly completely cycled shortly after replacing my AquaTech 30-60 with a Penguin 350. Note, the Penguin 350 is practically the same filter as the AquaTech 30-60, except that it has two large Bio-Wheels.

Before switching the filter, my tank parameters were stuck at 1-2 ppm ammonia, 2-5 ppm nitrites, and 5 ppm nitrates after one month of setting up my tank. Just 8 hours after adding the Penguin filter, I got my first flat zero reading for ammonia! Within 24 hours, nitrates were up to 40 ppm, and nitrites down to 0.5 ppm. I only added about 5 ml of Bio-Spira with the filter change, because that was all I had left. I had used almost all of my 1 oz and 3 oz bags (about 125 ml total) of Bio-Spira before the filter change.

So, my conclusion is that Bio-Spira is pretty ineffective without a Bio-Wheel filter. I had previous success with Bio-Spira, but it was with an AquaTech 5-gallon hex tank with a Bio-Wheel filter. Because of this success, I had too much faith in Bio-Spira when setting up my AquaTech 55-gallon tank, which included a filter, but WITHOUT a Bio-Wheel. I have no idea why AquaTech would include Bio-Wheel filters in their small tank kits but not with their 55-gallon kits. It would have been a minor upgrade, and difference cost me dearly.

Anyway, learn from my mistake. Don't bother with the Bio-Spira without a Bio-Wheel filter!

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Giving your beneficial bacteria a place to live is what it is all about! :D Biowheels are good. In the back of your 350, there is a place to stuff still more media - a place for the bacteria to live. I make a point of stuffing every nook and cranny with bio-media.

In tanks that do not have a biowheel, you can still have a sponge, bio-balls, ceramic rings, etc. that will do the trick.

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Giving your beneficial bacteria a place to live is what it is all about!  :D Biowheels are good. In the back of your 350, there is a place to stuff still more media - a place for the bacteria to live. I make a point of stuffing every nook and cranny with bio-media.

In tanks that do not have a biowheel, you can still have a sponge, bio-balls, ceramic rings, etc. that will do the trick.

:)

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Well, the Aquatic-Tech filter did have a bio-fiber, which was suppose to do the trick. Apparently, the spinning Bio-Wheel is still vastly superior!

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:exactly I LOVE my Penguin 330! I was looking at both the Emperor and the Penguin when I was looking at Bio wheels/filters, but I had heard that the Emperor could get a bit noisy. My Penguin is super quiet and does a great job filtering.

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\Emperor's have to sit just right,or you'll get that god awful grinding.zzzzzzone you get them in place ,and watch out,they're silent as the moon.Great filters those Penguinns & Emperor's

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Aren't Emperor and Penguins made by the same manufacturer (marineland)? Why does the company have 2 HOB filters in the market? What's the difference between them?

I have a mini Penguin in a 10 gallon tank as extra filtration and I think it's great! I have aquaclear in all my other tanks, but I'm starting to get tired of the the baskets/media floating and pushing the cover out of the filter! (and I cleaned them every 2 weeks!) One of them started to leak water through the top cover, when I got back home 1/4 of the tank's water was gone and my living room flooded!

I might switch to Penguin or Emperor dependending on what their differences are.

Chris

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I think the Emperors have a slightly higher GPH output, so they are a little more expensive. I've never used an emperor though.

I have had my penguin 350 for about 2 years now, and I completly love it. I have just recently bought a 350 B, and I'm not so crazy about this one. It works perfectly fine, it's just some changes that they made to the regular 350. It has a cover over the wheels that is supposed to cut out the splashing, but it actually makes MORE noise than my 350 (which has no wheel cover, just a top cover) and they have an additional intake strainer up in the top part of the tube, which can be opened or closed, but I have found that this makes me have to unplug the filter during water changes as soon as the water gets below that part of the strainer. If I could find an "old" model 350, I would buy it faster than the speed of light.

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If you're really cheap, you could go to the W store and bring a clean dry rinsed filter catridge and compare the size of your penguin cartridge to the aquatech cartridges and buy the aquatech cartridges instead. They're both made by marineland. Also in the DIY section of this site, there is a pinned topic for converting a aquatech filter into a biowheel filter. Instead of the bearings though (which were missing) I cut a piece of straw from the dollar store and used it. It works nicely. Just measure the width of your filter output and of the biowheel bracket if they match get it. I've done this with all three of my aquatechs and they all work good.

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