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I have a Penguin 150 filter system in my 20 tank.
I noticed over the last week or so the bio wheel was slowing down and would stop from time to time. Over the weekend, it stopped rotating completely.
1. Is this an issue?
2. How do I keep it moving?

I cleaned the entire filter housing, the notches for the bio wheel and where it sits. I replaced the cartridge filter also and still no movement.

when I spin it by hand, it seems to be lopsided and heavy on one side.

Is there a correction I can make to fix this? I don't want to get a new bio wheel since I've only had the tank 3 months and cycling a tank with 10 fish will not be ideal.

Thanks in advance!
 

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sounds like it will need to be replaced

I have a Penguin 150 filter system in my 20 tank.
I noticed over the last week or so the bio wheel was slowing down and would stop from time to time. Over the weekend, it stopped rotating completely.
1. Is this an issue?
2. How do I keep it moving?

I cleaned the entire filter housing, the notches for the bio wheel and where it sits. I replaced the cartridge filter also and still no movement.

when I spin it by hand, it seems to be lopsided and heavy on one side.

Is there a correction I can make to fix this? I don't want to get a new bio wheel since I've only had the tank 3 months and cycling a tank with 10 fish will not be ideal.

Thanks in advance!
I'd replace the wheel, or see if you can take it apart and clean it without killing the bacteria. Did it have a warranty?
 

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It should have one. I will have to talk to my LFS where I got it from.

Any ideas how to keep the bacteria while I get another bio wheel so the cycle is shorter?
 

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It should have one. I will have to talk to my LFS where I got it from.

Any ideas how to keep the bacteria while I get another bio wheel so the cycle is shorter?
If you can drop it in the tank in a corner, the bacteria should be ok. Then leave it until the new media is populated.
 

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The wheel is supposed to slow down over time, but it shouldn’t stop all together. Check the wheel seats - make sure they are properly greased. There’s no need to buy new wheels - they last a really, really long time. Another thing you can do is swish the wheel around in the tank water to dislodge any solids stuck to it.
 

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I have a Penguin 150 filter system in my 20 tank.
I noticed over the last week or so the bio wheel was slowing down and would stop from time to time. Over the weekend, it stopped rotating completely.
1. Is this an issue?
2. How do I keep it moving?

I cleaned the entire filter housing, the notches for the bio wheel and where it sits. I replaced the cartridge filter also and still no movement.

when I spin it by hand, it seems to be lopsided and heavy on one side.

Is there a correction I can make to fix this? I don't want to get a new bio wheel since I've only had the tank 3 months and cycling a tank with 10 fish will not be ideal.

Thanks in advance!
At times, "gunk", for lack of a better word, will build-up on the handles or cradle where the bio-wheel sits. I would recommend using a tooth brush to clean-off any debris on the handles and cradle. Another recommendation would be to check your filter cartridge. The filter media may be full with debris, diminishing the flow of water through the return, and may just need to be replaced with a fresh filter cartridge.

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Phil

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At times, "gunk", for lack of a better word, will build-up on the handles or cradle where the bio-wheel sits. I would recommend using a tooth brush to clean-off any debris on the handles and cradle. Another recommendation would be to check your filter cartridge. The filter media may be full with debris, diminishing the flow of water through the return, and may just need to be replaced with a fresh filter cartridge.

Regards,

Phil

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Good advise, except for the last part. A complete replacement of the filter cartridge will loose a vast majority of beneficial bacteria. Instead, washing in old tank water or dechlorinated water will restore flow rate and not loose a lot of bacteria. :)

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Good advise, except for the last part. A complete replacement of the filter cartridge will loose a vast majority of beneficial bacteria. Instead, washing in old tank water or dechlorinated water will restore flow rate and not loose a lot of bacteria. :)

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Thanks, for clarification, I meant possibly replacing the carbon filter material if it needed to be replaced, and was restricting water flow within the filter. The bio-wheel media itself should never be washed / cleaned for the beneficial reasons previously mentioned.

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