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Old 02-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #1
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Penguin bio-wheel 150 problems

I've had this filter for years now and it's done fine, but after I turned it off and on after a water change, the bio wheel stopped spinning. Is there something wrong with the filter? Could it be from age? I've had this happen a few times before but it always started spinning again.

Is it time to upgrade to a new filter? If so, what kind should I get that is similar to size of the penguin bio wheel 150, and will do adequate filtration for a 26 gallon bow front tank. Thanks !!
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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I have the same filter on my 26 gal. bowfront. The biowheel stops from time to time. I take it off and rinse it in aquarium water during a water change. Clean the "slits" that the biowheel sits in at the same time. Just to warn you, it may make noise after you do this...

Which is why I am changing to a Aquaclear 50....

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Old 02-23-2013, 03:55 PM   #4
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I have the same filter on my 26 gal. bowfront. The biowheel stops from time to time. I take it off and rinse it in aquarium water during a water change. Clean the "slits" that the biowheel sits in at the same time. Just to warn you, it may make noise after you do this...

Which is why I am changing to a Aquaclear 50....

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I might try out a new filter to! Atleast this problem just isn't happening to me though.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:57 AM   #5
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[QUOTE=warrior13;2353930]I've had this filter for years now and it's done fine, but after I turned it off and on after a water change, the bio wheel stopped spinning. Is there something wrong with the filter? Could it be from age? I've had this happen a few times before but it always started spinning again.

Is it time to upgrade to a new filter? If so, what kind should I get that is similar to size of the penguin bio wheel 150, and will do adequate filtration for a 26 gallon bow front tank. Thanks !![/QUOTE
The problem is probably the bearings that the bio-wheels ride on. Look at them to see if they are worn where the axel sets in the bearing. I have had this issue in the past. New bearings should cure the problem.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:43 PM   #6
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The bio wheel still isn't spinning this morning. What should I do?
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Have you cleaned your filter lately? The filter intake or filter may be dirty and causing less flow so your wheel isn't spinning.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:08 PM   #8
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Have you cleaned your filter lately? The filter intake or filter may be dirty and causing less flow so your wheel isn't spinning.
I cleaned the filter thorough about 2 weeks ago. The filter just stops working on occasion and my dad has to mess with it and hit it a few times to get it to work again. I feel like its from old age?
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I have two Emp. 350 filters with the wheels, if I don't keep the spray clean ( the holes ) I notice the wheels slow down. You may be better off getting a new filter so you don't have to worry about it. One of my filters is over 9 years old and I should have a extra filter on hand, just in case. I keep putting it off.
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First i personally have owned that filter and had the same problem, you don't have to get a whole new unit. You may be able to buy a new Biowheel at your local pet store. Although, a new unit has its benefits, you can get a new Biowheel for a tenth of the cost of a new unit.
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