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Old 11-29-2005, 10:15 PM   #1
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on the 150biowheel, on their site it shows a very short suction tub, on mine i have an upper section that has up to four to five line of opening and i have it set to only show two short lines to suck in thru, then an extension and then the end sucker at about one to two inches higher than the gravel. Should i take the extension off? should I make it short nearer the surface? should I open up more my higher suction? or should i leave it as is? changing any of this would it matter on anything that has to do with cleaning, filteration etc? I have my water drop at center back of my tank and the suction tub is towards viewers right and my powerhead is on the left back corner half way down the tank blowing towards the suction tub of the biowheel. does all this have to do with the process of filteration, cleaning etc in my tank?
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Old 11-29-2005, 10:33 PM   #2
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Old 11-29-2005, 11:57 PM   #3
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Most all of my hob filters are Aqua Clears, I extend the intake tube down, and sometimes off to the side, with clear tubing from the hardware store. Water safe tubing is much cheaper than extension tubes, and you can customize it to whatever length you want. If you look at the bottom 10 gallon inthis picture, you can see the white hose that hooks down to the left;



Here's a couple of 29's with a little shorter extension;




I figure the more flow you can get across the tank, either vertically or horizontally, the better water circulation & filtration you will get. Those intake tubes in your link are horribly too short for my taste. I would extend them, it seems as soon as the water exits the filter, it goes right back in.

With an intake tube that short, you will have to shut off the filter for even a small water change. With a longer tube, you can do a pretty good size water change without unplugging & having to restart the filter.
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Old 11-30-2005, 01:39 AM   #4
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the picture I provided is what I have now, my tub runs down to almost one inch off of the gravel so from what you say I think it is good then what I have but maybe I can get another powerhead or one that I have is good enough?
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I have the input for my biowheel about an inch off the gravel. My larger tank with pool filter sand it's a little higher, as the sand sucks up into the filter if it's too close.
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Old 12-02-2005, 05:36 AM   #6
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if any how many times a month do you clean totally your filters inside out?
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Once every 3 months I pull my filter out, keep the biowheels in the tank (you should never clean the biowheels or run it under tap water), and give the case a quick rinse. Never thoroughly clean them. Monthly I turn it off, pull off the spray bars, and run the spraybar brush through the spraybar and put it back in. But if you don't have a spraybar, then you don't need to do it. I also pull the impeller unit out monthly and just rinse it off, not thoroughly clean it.
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Old 12-02-2005, 05:34 PM   #8
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what is a spraybar?
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also last two days ive been noticing my biowheel making loud noise from the curculation suction mechanism.
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The spraybar is what sprays water onto the biowheel. I believe the Penguin doesn't use one, it uses water flow in the path of the biowheel.

If your filter is making a noise, you have 1 of 2 problems.

First is it lost suction. To solve this, just open the top of the filter and pour water down where the impeller is.

Second, it could be the impeller unit wasn't completely in place when you started up the filter, and it came loose.

First try water. If that doesn't work, unplug the filter, pull out the impeller unit, take the impeller out, put it back in to reseat it, then put the impeller unit back into the filter. Then fill with water and plug back in. The instruction manual shows how to do it as it's the regular maintenance with the filter. You shouldn't have to pull the whole filter off the aquarium, just take the top off and you should have access to the impeller unit. That's how it is with the Emperors, just the only difference is the Emperors use a spray bar to operate the biowheel rather than water flow.
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