02-18-2009, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by aspects
Actually the aquaclear filters have far superior capability based on media volume if nothing else. And that's without going into detail abput tye faulty hio wheel system.
And while the penguin filter it a tiny bit easier to maintain, it will also cost you quite a bit more in the long run. To me its pretty simple.
I'm not going to get into the debate here, but feel free to PM me for more information.
I wasn't trying to debate, because it is all opinion. AquaClears are excellent filters. As are the Biowheel filters by Marineland. I have run literally dozens of freshwater aquariums using the Penguin and Emperor filters. I can confidently say, with a ton of first hand experience, that there is nothing faulty about the biowheel system.
However, given that this is a saltwater thread, the AquaClear is a more versitile filter. The biological capability of the biowheels is not really helpful for a marine system. The AquaClear has a much larger chamber which allows for activated carbon and other chemical filtration to be utilized on a marine system. Many hobbyists have even created a small refugium by doing a modificaiton to the AquaClear.
Both are excellent filters. This isn't a one or the other choice.