Eliminate toxic ammonia and nitrite on contact. Extra large BIO-Wheels provide superior biological filtration - 10 times more than other power filters. Adjustable intake system draws water from bottom AND mid-level for total water circulation and filtration. Innovative vented-hood reduces noise for quiet operation. Clear two-piece design means unobstructed view and convenient access to easy-change, longer-lasting, Rite-Size mechanical/chemical filter cartridges. Traps more debris and removes more odors, discoloration, and impurities. Models 200 and 350 feature an additional media slot for optional Media Basket(s), to customize your filtration needs.
Installation/Quick Setup Guide
- Verify Model. Includes BIO-Wheel Cover, Filter Cover, Impeller Housing, Impeller, Intake Tube, Mid-Level Intake Strainer, Extension Tube, Strainer, BIO-Wheel(s), BIO-Wheel Bearings, Filter Box, and Filter Cartridge(s).
- Install Filter Cartridge(s). Rinse filter cartridges thoroughly and install with blue side facing back of filter box. BIO-Wheel should rest securely in BIO-Wheel Bearings.
- Assemble Intake. Attach strainer to extension tube and insert extension tube into mid-level intake strainer. Attach mid-level strainer to intake tube and insert intake tube into impeller housing.
- Install and Fill. Install Power filter on back of aquarium frame before adding water to filter box. Fill filter box with water. Replace BIO-Wheel and filter covers. To start your system, just plug in. Adjust intake if desired.
Replace filter cartridge every 2 to 4 weeks. NEVER clean or replace BIO-Wheel. Discoloration of material is normal and desirable. If excessive buildup occurs, rinse gently with dechlorinated water (room temperature) as needed. Extra media slot is for inserting additional filter cartridge or adding other filtration media.
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Penguin 350 Review:
The Penguin 350 is perhaps the best value of any filter on the market. For a very low cost, you get a very reliable and effective filter that surpasses almost all other HOB filters, excluding its big brother, the Emperor 400, in biofiltration.
The inherent dynamics of HOB filters limits their biofiltration capacity. Biowheels eliminate this limitation.
A dependable filter
Use of Biowheels ensures adequate biofiltration
Use of biowheels allows full use of the flow rate for biofiltration
Very low cost, perhaps the best "bang for the buck" of any aquarium filter.
Cannot be considered "silent". If absolute silence is at the top of your list, spend more money... and even then, you might not find an HOB that is any more quiet. (Note: My Penguin 200 is the quietest HOB I have ever owned. The 350s are not as quiet.)
Replacement cartridges can be an added expense, look under "Other information" for recommendations
Looses prime relatively easy during water changes (when the water drops to a certain level) and may not self prime on power up after a water change (may have to pour water into the filter to get it restarted).
I don't use the manufacturer cartridges. Instead, I use Bio3 Penguin Filter Cartridges, only using the clamshell and blue sponge, setting the carbon pads aside, and using blue bonded padding cut to fit, using four of these cartridges in each Penguin 350.
I have several "cut to fit pads". Each week, I pull the cartridges, removing the blue bonded padding, replacing it with a recyled pad, and squeeze the blue sponge out into a bucket of water. The dirty pads are taken to the sink, rinsed clean with a dish sprayer, and then boiled for several minutes. Boiling returns the pad to "like new" condition (including fluffing it back up). This cleaned pad is then dried and stored for reuse. Using this process, I have not purchased additional media in several years.
The biowheels almost never need to be replaced. I have the same biowheels on a couple of Penguins that have been in use for over 20 years. The only maintenance I perform on biowheels is a weekly to monthly shake-out in a bucket of tank water. The exception to this would be if you have hard water, in which case calcium build up on the wheels will eventually force replacement.