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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Bio-wheel won't spin

The biowheel in my penguin 200 won't spin consistently. Most of the time now it doesn't spin at all. What should I do?

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have you taken the wheel out, and put it back in? i had that problem when i first started mine up. took a couple attempts but i got it working right, and hasn't stopped in almost 2 months now

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 10:59 PM
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Leave it be. When it stops spinning it means that there is a lot of bacteria built up. Your doing just fine!
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 11:08 PM
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ive had my wheel not spin. i simply took out the prop that drives the water through the filter ive found it clogged witth debris your wheel should spin after that
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Leave it be. When it stops spinning it means that there is a lot of bacteria built up. Your doing just fine!

if you do that you aren't allowing all the bacteria to touch the water and are limiting the capacity to which the bacteria can work

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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 11:46 PM
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Had the same problem. Switched filter cartridges and both of my penguins spun great...... for about a week. Now they stopped spinning, again -.-
I Have em in a shrimp tank along with a sponge filter so im not too worried about filtration. Just going to let it be.. Might be a clogged filter if you havent changed it or your prop has dirt and gunk and stuff preventing it from producing enough flow.

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Mine usually stops spinning when either my water level is to low or when my in take sponge is clogged up.check those k.
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It might also be a good time to check the little notches where the hweel axle sets. They can get build up in them which makes the wheel stick. They were one of the pains with Emperor filters which drove me away from them.
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I worked on it for an hour last night and I got the bio-wheel working again. I had to clean the filter media and change out some of it.

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The wheel stopped spinning again. Should I use less filter media so it gets better water flow?

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penguins are horribly designed filters. If you must have a bio wheel get an emperor.
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 09:28 PM
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Personally I wouldn't worry about it. The bulk of the biofiltration is going on in the tank not on your little bio-wheel.
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penguins are horribly designed filters. If you must have a bio wheel get an emperor.

yes the emperor 280 is a great filter and the wheels never ever stop turning even if you dont clean the filter very often'
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Ok. Maybe I'll have to pickup a second filter like an Emperor..

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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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I figured out what the problem was. My filter didn't have enough INTAKE flow. I opened up the mid-water intake and immediately the wheel starting spinning again.

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