Marineland Penguin 350 SHHHH
So I had to throw out the biowheels in my Penguin 350 filter (had to nuke the tank) and replace the carbon pads. So now there are only two carbon pads in the filter and the thing IS SO DAMN QUIET YOU HAVE NO IDEA IT'S LIKE BLISS. Anyway...I was thinking of not putting any wheels back in. Ideas?
I could make my own "cartridge" with extra filter pads I have with no carbon? That way I can just leave them in the filter? Does that work? IDEAS PEOPLE lol.
Skip the carbon and fill it full of floss and sponges. It works well. I did that with an aquaclear HOB. Nothing to replace, just rinse out the media and way you go. The bio wheels serve a purpose but it is redundant. I really don't know why a manufacturer would introduce more moving parts in a device that runs 24 hours a day every day, it doesn't make sense other than for built a in failure mode.
haha true. I was wondering what I should put in there...:/
The emperor filters, on the other hand, have a second pump that drives the biowheel. The water that comes out of the spraybar comes straight from the intake and does not pass through any media. This means that the water has a full concentration of ammonia in it, which means that the wheel can support a much larger colony of bacteria.
Food for thought.
When I used those filters, I just put Aquaclear sponges in them.
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