Saturday morning I had unplugged my original penguin biowheel 150 (Size B Filters) to do a small cleaning of my tank, and upon re-plugging in...it stopped working.
There was no incication of trouble, no smoke, no noice, simply....stopped.
So I had to run to the LFS
and noticed that there has been a re-design of the whole Penguin filter system. Sicne I already had quite a few 'B' filters left (unused) I decided to get the new 150
Well, I noticed the new 150 is designed upto 30 gals where the new 100 is up to 20 gals. But the 100 only uses 'A' filters, and for a few bucks more I could use all my 'B' Filters.
Well, I must say, straight out of the box, it is a pretty slick design. I think they did a real ggod job in re-designing the 2 part top enclosure which seperates the filter and teh bio-whell sections. It really cuts down on over-splash water and noise. The long siphon tube also has a mid-tank level strainer (adjustable) as well as the bottom. Nice!
The only thing I was really bummed out on was the size of the new bio-wheel itself. I could not take my old one and put it in the new one. Totally new size
But it is much faster and spins much more freely. I also noticed that the surface water agitation, while quieter, provides much more oxygenation to the water than the original. So in order to seed the new bio wheel, I have the old one free floating in the tank.
I am much happier with the performance hands down than the original, so despite shelling out $25 I guess it was a good thing.
But anyone have any idea how long I should keep the old bio wheel in the tank before safely removing it so as the new bio wheel gets seeded?