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Old 08-15-2004, 11:32 PM   #1
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Just bought a Penguin Biowheel

Can I use TWO filters on my tank or would it be best to just replace my old one? Im currently cycling and dont want to get rid of the filter in the old one because of the bacteria that is growing and maturing there. Can I just pull the filter media out of the filter and put it in the back of the Penguin? What should I do with it?

I just dont want to mess up.
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Old 08-15-2004, 11:54 PM   #2
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Remind me. what size size tank you have and filter.
What penguin did you just get?
Most likely running both will be fine. Taking out the old one could prolong the cycling.
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Old 08-15-2004, 11:56 PM   #3
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20 gallon tank. Just got the Penguin Biowheel Powerfilter 170.
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Old 08-16-2004, 01:11 AM   #4
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If they'll fit, I would use both filters for a while until the Biowheel in the new filter has had a chance to colonize with bacteria. Run them concurrently for a few weeks to be safe.
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Old 08-16-2004, 01:13 AM   #5
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I can make em fit, I think, but just cutting off about 3 inches of plastic from my hood...shouldnt be much of a problem.
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Old 08-16-2004, 01:14 AM   #6
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Running both filters shouldn't hurt anything. I've been told many times that you can't really OVERfilter an aquarium, you just speed up the rate that you remove the ammonia and nitrites. I agree with Madame_X, run them both for a while until you can start to see some bacterial growth on the biowheels, then you should be able to remove the old one.

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Old 08-16-2004, 01:15 AM   #7
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How will I know if there is bacterial growth in the biowheel?
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Old 08-16-2004, 01:21 AM   #8
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The biowheel will start to look discolored. There will be areas that start to get visibly dark. After 3 months in my 38 gallon aquarium, I swear there are areas on the biowheels that look like they are caked with sludge, but it is spinning away and ammonia and nitrites have been absent for months now.

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Old 08-16-2004, 01:30 AM   #9
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so when the wheel gets to looking bad, thats good? LOL. Cool!
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Old 08-16-2004, 04:57 AM   #10
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here is some good info on the biowheel.

http://marineland.com/science/pdf/BIOwheel_QA.pdf

here is a pic showing how I rebuilt the cartridge on my filter.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/photop...cat=543&page=2
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