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Old 12-30-2004, 01:34 AM   #11
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I used a penguin 170 on a 30 gallon tank.Thumbs down. I had to modify one of the filter cartridges for the filter to eliminate many floating particles.I cut out the filter material and removed the plastic fins underneath and placed fine filter material inside.I switched to a Jebo cannister,(Eheim clone). GREAT filter! Check out superfishstore.com or aquatraders.com for the best prices.
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Old 12-30-2004, 01:54 AM   #12
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What filter you should get depends not only on the capacity of the aquarium it is going to be used with but also how many fish, what size fish and if the tank is planted or not. I would recommend a canister filter for a planted tank using CO2 injection but a power filter for a planted tank that doesn't use CO2 injection as well as for a tank with no live plants. You would also want more powerful filtration if you have a tank with messy eaters like Oscars as opposed to smaller fish like tetras.
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Old 12-30-2004, 11:08 PM   #13
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what is the difference between a penguin bio-wheel and a emperor bio-wheel?---both by marineland.
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Old 12-31-2004, 06:08 PM   #14
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Old 12-31-2004, 08:58 PM   #15
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emperors are better and they have an extra slot for more media???
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what is the difference between a penguin bio-wheel and a emperor bio-wheel?---both by marineland.
As far as I know the main difference is that the Emperor has a spray bar that hits the biowheel to rotate it. I bought a cheap walmart knockoff and bought a kit to convert it to a biowheel. It is the equivelant of the Penguin 330 Biowheel because it doesn't have the spray bar for the biowheels. My waterflow just turns the wheels. It doesn't work great because my filter media slows down water too much. Also when my tank water level drops 3" or so the wheels stop spinning.

The Emperor also comes with two baskets that hang behind the filters that my walmart knockoff didn't come with. I'm totally sure that the Penguin is like my knockoff. Chances are the two filters are identical.

Hope this helps somewhat...
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Make a wise choice:Aquaclear HOB or a cannister filter.Vertical pad filtration that's incorporated in the Penguin series is a poor engineering design.Also consider that GPH rating is not the only factor when choosing a filter.The finest cannister filters,Eheim, generally have lower GPH ratings due to the exceptional filtering capabilities through the media.Cannisters that actually use the no-bypass feature have another factor that will be used in determining its capabilities.
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what is the difference between a penguin bio-wheel and a emperor bio-wheel?---both by marineland.
Emperor is the higher grade/quality item (and larger aquariums if memory serves) and penguin is the lower end for the same product type.
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Make a wise choice:Aquaclear HOB or a cannister filter.Vertical pad filtration that's incorporated in the Penguin series is a poor engineering design.Also consider that GPH rating is not the only factor when choosing a filter.The finest cannister filters,Eheim, generally have lower GPH ratings due to the exceptional filtering capabilities through the media.Cannisters that actually use the no-bypass feature have another factor that will be used in determining its capabilities.
The Emps are much nicer than any aquclear you can buy IMO but than again I like marineland's stuff much better. Canisters can be a pain in the butt if not cared for properlly. If it was me...I would be putting the LARGER Emperor on my 30 gallon. The larger emperor can go on aquarium up to 75 gallons and it is only about $35 from big als. Beware though this current could be high for some fish. The smaller emperor is basically the same as a penguin. The smaller one does not have two baskets just one. The smaller ones biowheel just runs on the waterflow but mine works great.

Anyhow...Its really your choice. Canisters are nice but make sure you buy what you think will be easy to work with.
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