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Old 10-30-2011, 05:16 PM   #1
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Biowheel wont spin?

Biowheel wont spin on my penguin filter. Any ideas why??
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:20 PM   #2
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The intake and/or media in the filter is clogged up. I just accepted that mine would never spin again lol. Clean out the filter media and check the intake tubes to make sure there's no gunk.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:29 PM   #3
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The intake and/or media in the filter is clogged up. I just accepted that mine would never spin again lol. Clean out the filter media and check the intake tubes to make sure there's no gunk.
Haha i have so many plants, the media will always be clogged... Does it matter that it doesnt spin? The water is coming out crystal clear.
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Yeah it's the same with me lol. I think it's meant to be a sort of place for bacteria to colonize, but unless you have an empty tank with just fish or want to clean out the filter everyday it's really not practical. Mine doesn't spin anymore, doesn't affect the tank in anyway.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:41 PM   #5
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Yeah it's the same with me lol. I think it's meant to be a sort of place for bacteria to colonize, but unless you have an empty tank with just fish or want to clean out the filter everyday it's really not practical. Mine doesn't spin anymore, doesn't affect the tank in anyway.
Awesome. I kinda liked the look of the spinning though hahah
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:06 PM   #6
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I was told several times that the wheel doens't need to spin to still perform its job, which is a place for bacteria colonization. The water will penetrate the wheel flanges/wings/panels? so water doesn't necessarily have to be directly added like when the wheel is turning.
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Rinse your filter media, I've had one for about 2 years and it still spins fine. I use these on all my tanks and they all spin fine
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I had one for about 2 months until the motor went bad. I won't ever buy one again.

That said, usually raising your water level a bit, so that the water leaving the filter gets a little 'backed up' will help your wheel spin.
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:25 PM   #9
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I had one for about 2 months until the motor went bad. I won't ever buy one again.

That said, usually raising your water level a bit, so that the water leaving the filter gets a little 'backed up' will help your wheel spin.
Hm i did that today. And the filter media as inside the intake tube, or the hole it bubbles up from
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:14 PM   #10
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Well, the penguins don't have the spray bar that the Emperor does. They won't always spin. The spray bar, well, sprays water on the bio-wheels. I have an Emperor and the wheels never stop turning. Penguins just spin with the water flowing under them. I don't think it would be very uncommon for the penguin to stop spinning.
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