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How would you rate this product?

This product sucks
0
No votes
This product has its use, but there are better
0
No votes
If you can get it cheap, it's worth it
4
24%
This is a good product
10
59%
I highly recommend this product
3
18%
 
Total votes : 17

Penguin 350

Postby Kmuda » Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:35 pm

The site review for Penguin filters can be found here:

http://www.oscarfish.com/power-filters/penguin350.html

Please reply to this thread with your own review for the Penguin Filters.
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Re: Penguin 350

Postby Kmuda » Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:32 pm

I may have to redefine my opinion on these filters. I've had two in use for a good while. Neither has given me any troubles. I just bought a third one and man.... has Marineland gone off the edge. While this appears to be of the same design as the prior two, it's not of the same quality. Its stopped working on me twice. I've discovered that if you allow the impeller to fit fully into the impeller housing, it freezes up, so you have to get the impeller in "just right" and hope it does not settle futher down into the housing.... and even then it's twice as noisey as the others.

Thankfully I only paid $20 bucks for it (new). So I guess I'm off to find a new "preferred" inexpensive filter. It's a shame.
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Re: Penguin 350

Postby Kmuda » Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:34 pm

I could not keep the filter running, so I pulled it, replacing it with a spare AquaTech 30/60 I had in the closet.

The odd part is that a couple of days later, I decided to work on the filter. I hung it on a tank, powered it up, and it runs like a champ. :huh:

The noise is gone, it ran overnight without locking up, and the impeller does not freeze up regardless of how it is seeded. I'm confused.

Regardless, it's now in the closet as a spare.
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Re: Penguin 350

Postby Kmuda » Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:42 pm

I found the problem. One of the AquaTechs developed the same exact problem. The issue turned out to be sand in the impeller housing. I'm just talking a grain or two. After a complete rinsing, insuring all sand is removed from the filters, they are working like champs.

Odd.... I've never had this issue before. But it's worth noting. I think it has to do with the Pleco swirling up sand and it's being ingested by the filter. For now, I have removed the extensions and am running open tube. The only thing in the tank is the Pleco, so no worries about running the open tube.
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Re: Penguin 350

Postby OscarbitteninOhio » Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:26 am

Christmas 2007, Deb and I bought a second hand 55 gallon tank to use as the show tank in the living room. The tank came with an Emp 400, but it was far too noisy for use in the living room, so we hung it on a 38 gallon in the office/fish room and moved the Whisper 60 from the 38 to the Show Tank. To finish off the filtration, we bought a new Pengnuin 350B. We had the 350B in use for one year. Then tossed it in the trash and replaced it with another Whisper 60. And here's why.

The 350B had horrible performance in terms of mechanical filtration. It really pulled in very little of the poo and food debris that the fish in the tank generated. We fed the fish, with flake and sinking foods, on the left end of the tank...the end with the 250B hanging on it. Yet, come time for the weekly water changes...the filters in the 350B were nearly spotless while the filters in the Whisper 60, hanging on the other end of the tank, would be grimmy with debris. It was like this week after week. Each week the Whisper filter media would be cleaned and the ones in the Penguin would not need cleaned until the 6th or 7th week. We used the same filter set up in the 350B as we used in the Whisper 60. Bio-3 Clamshell filter frames ordered off of DrsFosterandSmith.com, 1 inch thick blue and white bonded pond filter media (cut to size) ordered off of E-Bay and 1 inch thick black bio-mesh originally made for one of the Cascade canister filters...cut to fit inside the filters, just before the water returns.

The 350B simply would not start flowing until the tank was nearly full. It simply did not have enough draw to pull the water up more than an inch or two. The Whisper 60, on the other hand, would resume full flow even when the water level in the tank was less than half capacity.

After one year's worth of use, the impeller in the 350B needed replaced. It was simply worn out and was slapping on the shaft something terrible. The racket it made drove us nuts. We went out to the pet store, bought a new Whisper 60, tossed the Penguin in the trash and put the Whisper in its place.

I did like the bio-wheel feature on the Penguin 350B for the first 4 or 5 months. After that, it was a fight to keep the bio-wheels rolling. I had to resort to pulling the bio-wheel media off the white rollers, taking it to the sink and cleaning it with a toothbrush to lighten them enough to get them to roll again. I don't think the Penguin had enough water flow to keep the bio-wheels moving.

Overall, I found the Penguin 350B to be an inefficient filter, unreliable, and a terrible waste of money.

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Re: Penguin 350

Postby Tommy » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:47 pm

While I think the Penguin 350 is a good filter, I have to say for a few dollars more the Emperor 400 is a much better filter. $55.00 versus $44.00 at the local pet shop. I did have the problem with sand in the impellers and have removed the extensions from the inlet, leaving the baskets far enough above the sand as not to suck it up. I have found these to be quietest when the water level in the tank is slightly higher than the outflow from the filter and all you hear is the babbling brook affect. The only other noise issue I had was with the biowheel jets. When the biowheels are brand new, they look like they are going about 60 mph unless you position the jets to barely hit the wheel. This does however cause excess noise as the jets will splash in the outflow pool. That was temporary as the wheels have slowed down since and I can let the full force of the outflow jets hit the wheel.
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Re: Penguin 350

Postby Whiplash4ever » Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:07 pm

Kmuda wrote:I may have to redefine my opinion on these filters. I've had two in use for a good while. Neither has given me any troubles. I just bought a third one and man.... has Marineland gone off the edge. While this appears to be of the same design as the prior two, it's not of the same quality. Its stopped working on me twice. I've discovered that if you allow the impeller to fit fully into the impeller housing, it freezes up, so you have to get the impeller in "just right" and hope it does not settle futher down into the housing.... and even then it's twice as noisey as the others.

Thankfully I only paid $20 bucks for it (new). So I guess I'm off to find a new "preferred" inexpensive filter. It's a shame.


You may recall, I was having that trouble with mine. For the the past year though, it has given me no trouble at all other than getting progressively louder. It's my experiences with this one filter and the entire Emperor 400 line that had me trying to eliminate my HOB filters, but I have since discovered the AquaClear brand and may go back to having at least one on each tank.


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Re: Penguin 350

Postby 1wickedchild » Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:21 am

I have the penguin 350 also. I have found it to be a good hob filter.

Pro's
price is not bad
filters well
has nice look
built well (also check the con)

Con's
over all built well but the bio wheel
can be loud if water line isn't high enough
replacement filter are not cheap
not as easy to clean as some hobs

My biggest problem is the bio wheels they always stop spinning.
The second thing would be the media for the filter I would have to change them once a week if I didn't reuse them.

So if I was to rate this filter with a scale from 1 to 5, One being POS to 5 being the best thing since fire was discovered I would give it a 4.
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Re: Penguin 350

Postby Kmuda » Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:45 am

1wickedchild wrote: The second thing would be the media for the filter I would have to change them once a week if I didn't reuse them.


Hey wickedchild, if you go back to the site review for the Penguin 350 and look underneath the "other information", you'll see a couple of links. One to the Bio3 filter cartridges and another to blue bonded padding. If you purchase these two products (and use them as identified in the review) you'll never have to purchase filter media for these filters again.

And the Penguins and Aqua Techs can use the same media. :lthumb:
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Re: Penguin 350

Postby 1wickedchild » Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:45 pm

thx Kmuda I will check them out. I am liking this site has a lot of info and so far I haven't seen people bad mouthing others about what they think. I only wish I knew about this site earlier could have saved me time and money but then again I always have to learn the hard way.
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Re: Penguin 350

Postby Kmuda » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:48 pm

Came downstairs tonight and the Penguin 350 on the Oscar Fish tank was dead as a doornail. TU.... scrapped for spare parts. Fortunately, I had a spare Penguin 350 in the closet to replace it.

I bought this one in 2006. So it lasted 7 years. I have a pair of Penguin 170's that have been running non-stop since the 80's. :lol: They sure don't make things like they used to. :-?
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Re: Penguin 350

Postby Dana C » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:17 am

I have a new Penguin 350 running currently. It came with two filter/carbon cartridges and two slots for what I assume are spaces for fill it yourselfmedia cartridges. The local Petsmart does not sell them inspite of selling the 350 and the only other pet store in Twin Falls doesn't either.
I need a good source for these as well as suggestions for what I might put in them. I have purchased some cut to fit blue filter sheets but what else would help the general water quality?
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Re: Penguin 350

Postby Kmuda » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:08 pm

In the first post of this thread is our "Review" of the Penguin 350. At the bottom of that article is an "Other Information" section that contains links to recommended filter media for the Penguin 350. You can either go the route defined in the article or you can use four of the Rite Size cartridges Marineland sells for these filters.

Or.. you can purchase the Optional Media Baskets and fill them with something like Eheim Ehfilav.
http://www.aquariumguys.com/mediabasket.html

When using the media baskets, you'll want it in the back two slots (closest to the wheels) with either the Marineland Rite Size cartridges or the items linked in the review (the Bio3 Clamshell with blue bonded padding) in the front two slots.
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