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Old 05-06-2004, 01:45 AM   #1
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BIO-Wheel storage question

Hi, I'll be moving home from college soon, and am thinking of switching to a smaller tank and putting my BIO-Wheel Mini in storage. Someone's mentioned to me before in this forum that dead bacteria on a previously-used BIO-Wheel can be a big problem if I decide to use the filter again. Can anyone suggest some ways of properly storing it, or perhaps cleaning it?

Also, if for some reason I decide to keep the large tank, there will be a couple hours in between during my move that the BIO-Wheel won't be running. How should I treat the wheel after I get the large aquarium set up again?
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How should I treat the wheel after I get the large aquarium set up again?
Just store the wheel in aquarium water. It should be fine if it's only going to be a few hours. Just handle the wheel by it's frame. Try not to touch the wheel's "fins" to avoid killing off bacteria.

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Someone's mentioned to me before in this forum that dead bacteria on a previously-used BIO-Wheel can be a big problem if I decide to use the filter again.
I'm curious as to why. I've stored wheels before after running under tap water and cleaning with my fingers before. I wait til they dry out and then brush over the fins with my fingers to knock loose anything that remained. I rinse again and then add to existing aquarium at water change time (I'm adding dechlor at this time). After a few days to let bacteria colonize the wheel again, I put it into the tank I need it in.
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How should I treat the wheel after I get the large aquarium set up again?
Just store the wheel in aquarium water. It should be fine if it's only going to be a few hours. Just handle the wheel by it's frame. Try not to touch the wheel's "fins" to avoid killing off bacteria.
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This is a good way to store the biowheel. Another good way, the way I use if I have to take my biowheel out is to take a papertowel, soak it in aquarium water (put the aquarium water in a cup, don't dip the papertowel in the aquarium). Wrap the papertowel around the biowheel and seal in a zip-lock bag.
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Honestly, I've never had a problem, and my Bio-Wheels have been dried 100% twice (moved to different houses/stored/etc.)
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How should I treat the wheel after I get the large aquarium set up again?

This is a good way to store the biowheel. Another good way, the way I use if I have to take my biowheel out is to take a papertowel, soak it in aquarium water (put the aquarium water in a cup, don't dip the papertowel in the aquarium). Wrap the papertowel around the biowheel and seal in a zip-lock bag.

I've used this method and my bio-wheel stayed ok for days.
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my Bio-Wheels have been dried 100% twice
I noticed on mine that the slime that doesn't get washed off dries into a layer of crud. That's why I run my fingers over it somewhat forcefully after it's dried for a few days. Do this over the sink as it might be a bit messy. It looks like big brown chunky bio-wheel dandruff...
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