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Old 07-28-2005, 01:55 PM   #1
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Whats the difference between a Bio Wheel Filter and Power filter?
They look the same

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Old 07-28-2005, 02:12 PM   #2
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The bio wheel is an extension of a power filter. Water travels first through the power filter and then is sprayed onto the bio wheel and then it travels back into the aquarium.
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whats the point if it water just sprays on it?
Do power filters and bio wheels come as a set together?
Or do i buy one then the other.
If i went to the sotre and bought a bio wheel would that be a filter or just and extension to one?
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Old 07-28-2005, 02:31 PM   #4
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Penguins and Emperors are the power filter brands that have the Biowheel attached to them, so if you choose one of these you will not have to buy a Biowheel. The point of the Biowheel is to provide biological filtration, a place for beneficial bacteria to grow. You never have to replace them, you just change the cartridges in the filter. Also, you never clean a Biowheel unless it stops turning, and then only clean it in tankwater. I use both Penguins and Emperors and have had good experiences with them, and I also like Aquaclears (even though they do not have a Biowheel).
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Bio wheel filters use a propritary bio wheel, basically this is a rotating wheel that keeps the bacteria bed of the filter in check. For most freshwater settings I prefer bio wheel filters.
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Bio wheel filters use a propritary bio wheel, basically this is a rotating wheel that keeps the bacteria bed of the filter in check. For most freshwater settings I prefer bio wheel filters.
Why would you want to create bacteria?
Thats kinda nasty.
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Bacteria is what keeps your fish from dieing. The bacteria converts Ammonia to Nitrites then Nitrites to Nitrates. Bacteria is the end result of a cycle.
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Bacteria is what keeps your fish from dieing. The bacteria converts Ammonia to Nitrites then Nitrites to Nitrates. Bacteria is the end result of a cycle.
so is changing water in the tank part of a cycle?
how do i cycle?
how long does it take?

What are the steps?
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here is an article on the nitrogen cycle
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showqu...q=2&fldAuto=21
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read it , great article, ok, what is a good level of nitrates?
what is too high?
At what level of nitrates should i do a water change?
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