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Old 05-24-2005, 05:54 PM   #1
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Remove the wheels for my Penguin 330 dual bio-wheel?

I have a Penguin 330 dual bio-wheel filter on the back of my 55gal. I removed the dual bio-wheels about a year ago because I read somewhere that it is a nitrogen-harvesting factory.

Is this true, or do the biowheels do denitrification? Is it better to have the biowheels in or out?

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Oh, and how often should I clean/get new filter media for it (Not the biowheels, but the normal filter media).
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I wouldn't leave the biowheels on. They can trap deterius that will lead to the buildup of nitrates. If I had a HOB filter, I would run some carbon twice a month, and leave LR rubble in there for added circulation.
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the biowheels create a grat place for aerobic bacteria to thrive. This is why they are helpful in removing NO2. The bacteria that removes NO3 needs an anerobic enviornment to grow. this is why they do not do a great job at removing NO3. Just leave them off. As Rob mentioned, use the filter as a place ot run chemical filtration like GAC or Chemi-Pure. LR rubble in the filter will also aid in the romoval of NO3 if it is covered completely in water.
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create a grat place; ot run chemical filtration; the romoval of NO3
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Wow, that is bad. Sorry, must have been in a hurry.
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Thanks for the help. What about my question number two on replacing or cleaning the other filter media? Should I rinse them out in my used saltwater after doing water changes?
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If you put LR rubble in there you should not need to do anything. YOu should replace the GAC or other mechanical filters as needed.
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