Penguin 350 BioWheel - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 10-01-2007, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
jeaninel's Avatar
Penguin 350 BioWheel

For those of you with Penguin 350 filters what do you like to put in the extra media slots? I don't really want to put more of the carbon filters there. Is there a sponge or pad sold to fit in that slot or can I cut something to fit? What's the best surface for the bacteria to grow on but won't impede the flow too much?
jeaninel is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 10-01-2007, 06:15 PM
JouteiMike's Avatar
I'm a big fan of ceramic rings for biological filtration.

But sure, you can buy filter floss that you can cut yourself, or sponge, or you can put other types of biological filtration in there.
JouteiMike is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 10-01-2007, 06:36 PM
I'm running a 350 on my 55 gallon, and I actually just leave the second slot empty. The biowheels provide the biological filtration and the carbon filters do both mechanical and chemical filtration.

I have heard, though, that the bacteria can die off in the biowheels quite quickly if the wheels have to be stopped or removed for any reason, so it may actually be a good idea to add a sponge or floss to ensure a continued biological establishment. Plus, if you ever want to start another tank, just pop one of the extra sponges into your new filter.

Best wishes for your fishes!
Julie's Julies is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 10-02-2007, 01:09 PM
tophat665's Avatar
I chuck a bunch of bioballs behind the media. I prefer Emperors in any case. The spraybar keeps the biowheel turning better, and they come with U-fill-it baskets that I either fill with cut foam or with biological media (or even peat). I really don't care for the marineland pre-packed filter cartridges.

Logic is only the beginning of wisdom
tophat665 is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 10-05-2007, 08:32 AM
beetlebz's Avatar
i have the next size smaller penguin on my 30 gallon now, and behind the filter i stuck the sponge biomedia pad from the old filter in there. im just going to leave it there, thats extra media to help me along on my next tank!

you could also put something like bioballs, like tophat suggested. I have an old tetra biobag filter as secondary filtration along with my ehiem ecco 2236 on my 110, the big mamma with the 2 outputs, i dumped the carbon out of the filter bags and filled each filter bag with eheim substrat pro, same with the smaller tetra bio bag filter on my 30 gallon. so far so good :)

Dedicated, converted, lowes / home depot bulb buyer!
beetlebz is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pre-filter for BioWheel HollyinWA Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 18 01-12-2010 09:43 AM
Questions about my new Penguin Biowheel Filter Kim Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 8 01-19-2009 07:40 PM
penguin 350 biowheel with aquaclear inserts? murphyk32 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 3 03-25-2008 08:41 PM
Penguin biowheel Lindsey88 Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 6 01-30-2008 10:56 PM
Biowheel? musho3210 Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 10 12-30-2006 02:28 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome