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Old 01-20-2005, 11:39 AM   #1
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New Biowheel

I have a ten gallon tank with an eclipse filter and light system. The biowheel makes a a loud splashing sound. I called Marineland and after trying several different things, they are sending me a new biowheel.

My tank has been cycled since November. The Customer Rep said that I didn't have to worry about a mini cycle occuring as most of my good bacteria is in the tank and my old biowheel isn't that old.

Is she correct? Do I need to worry. I have some sensitive fish in the tank that I don't want to lose.
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:49 AM   #2
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I'd be wary of swapping it.
What do you think is causing the splashing? Jeff
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One thing you could do when you get the new bio wheel is just float the old one in the tank for awhile until the new has a chance to grow new bacteria
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Quick question for Canadians. I understand that WallMart in the US carries WallMart branded Marineland filter media for half the price of the name brand media.
Do Canada's Walmart's do the same? Jeff
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Do Canada's Walmart's do the same?
I would have to shop at Walmart 8O 8O 8O
I'm not sure. We have had a biowheel for 3 years and I just rinse the bugger, I have never felt a need to change it.
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One day I took the biowheel out and floated it in the tank. The Rep told me that after awhile it should sink. It never did that.

When I take the biowheel out, the tank is very quiet. In my 15 gallon tall, I barely hear the filter. One day I almost had a heart attack as I thought it was off but it was just being quiet. My ten gallon is very noisy and my husband is complaining that he can't sleep.
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richie, how long should I float it?
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Do Canada's Walmart's do the same?
I would have to shop at Walmart 8O 8O 8O
I'm not sure. We have had a biowheel for 3 years and I just rinse the bugger, I have never felt a need to change it.

I was thinking of the cartridges that have the carbon in them. Jeff
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I didn't know that Marineland made a 10 gallon eclipse. Are you sure your 10 is not a 12 gallon? They come in 3, 6, 12 and 37.

Anyways, you should have no problem replacing your biowheel since you have your filter bed, which holds a lot of your beneficial bacteria too.

Unless you are overstocked, I think a quick swap should not cause any problems. But as a percaution, as mentioned above, just let your old one float around in your tank for a couple of days while your new one is running.
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a 2 - 3 month old bio-wheel is nothing to worry about ... I had to swap one of mine out after 4 months and it was all good.
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