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Old 02-23-2005, 02:28 PM   #1
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Canister with Biowheel

I remember seeing a canister filter that had the option of a biowheel but I don't remember which it was, and is that a good idea?
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Old 02-23-2005, 02:31 PM   #2
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I think you saw a Magnum 350. I currently have a Magnum 350 but don't run the bio-wheel as of yet. I have always heard good things about them though.
My guess is that it surely wouldn't hurt matters to have it.
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Maybe the H.O.T. Magnum?
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Magnum has a canister with a biowheel.

http://about.pricegrabber.com/search...num%2520filter

But I bet you DIY it. As a mater of fact I think I saw a DIY biowheel somewhere here.
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It is the HOT Magnum filter that has the bio-wheel attachment. Its the one that hangs on the back and pumps 250gph.
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The Magnum 350 also has an optional biowheel attachment
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i got the magnum pro HOT w/ biowheel ... awesome filter
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Biowheels (IMO) are great portable biomedia, but any established tank is going to have plenty of biobugs all over it and the filter, so if you have a healthy adequately filtered tank with a canister you will not see any change if you add a biowheel.

If you have other tanks and you experience a mini-cycle, or you are trying to jump-start a new tank cycle you can put the biowheel on the other tank, or even just toss the wheel itself into the water to float around, but otherwise I don't see a need for them. I have some tanks with them and some without, and there is no difference in terms of water quality.
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Thanks TG! I really needed to hear that!
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The Bio Wheels available are the Pro 30 (one wheel) and the Pro 60 (two wheels). You can add them to any canister or run them with a powerhead. I like Bio Wheels in FW because they give you a good biofilter that isn't disturbed no matter what you do to the filter or tank...as long as they don't dry out. You can remove the filter,clean it , trash all the media and replace it with new and you'll never see a trace of ammonia/nitrite buildup. I'm not saying they are necessary of course, just that they have worked for me for years without the slightest problem.
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