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Help with Bio-wheel failure.

Anyone familiar with Penguin 330 Power Filters help me out here. I have 3 of them on my 125g African Cichlid tank and on all three of them the right side wheel does not spin. I have rotated wheels amongst all three filters and it is always the right side that fails. Anyone else have similar experiences?? I have tried cleaning the wheels, the tracks the wheel sits in and everything else I could clean. Still, no luck. I appreciate any help someone might offer.

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Here is a link to the parts breakdown. Maybe #7 or #8 is worn out. Have you tried flipping the bio wheel bearings around? http://www.marineland.com/sites/Mari...=2054&mid=3295

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Doesn't run with bearings. Its actually a marineland 350 or 330. Sorry for the mistake

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Try using some Vaseline on the track where the wheel sits in, this worked on my 100.


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Try using some Vaseline on the track where the wheel sits in, this worked on my 100.
Vaseline? Petroleum Jelly? Doesn't the aquarium water run over that track?

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vaseline has been used to for a seal in aquariums for a long time. I've used it in my filters to keep the gaskets pliable. It is perfectly safe.
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Well if it is the Magnum 350 Bio-Pro System with the Biowheel Pro 60 then it does have bearings, Part #PR2001. They are triangular shapes that the biowheel spindle ends go into. Try switching the left bearing with the right to see if the problem stays the same.

Have you cleaned out the spray bar and made sure all the holes are clear? A tube brush & toothpick will clean it out. Also if there is an excess of 'gunk' on the biowheel, you can clean this off by swishing rapidly in a pail of fish water.

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The filters in question are actually Marineland variety, 400's I believe. They have no wheel bearings, just a track the wheel sits in. The wheels that aren't spinning look new, ie. no bacteria build up. I've cleaned the filters with a tooth brush and everything looks brand new but still won't work. The filters are about two years old and used to work fine, but now the right sides don't. Thanks for all the suggestions!

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Here is the manual for the Emperor filter. Unfortunately you have to look at the English version upside down. It too has bearings. http://www.marineland.com/sites/Mari...ror_manual.pdf

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Double check the fit of all mechanical parts, has the output flow changed recently? Are the filters all level on the tank? Just a few thoughts

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