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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:75 gallon tank

I know we've beaten this horse to death but here's how it breaks down.

Bio Wheels are better at biological filtration then any other type of filter, including the canister filter. They can "do more, and do it better with less size" and that is a proven fact. They are adequate for mechanical filtration, but usually need pad maintenance about twice as often as a canister might.

Canister filters are better at Mechanical filtration, by virtue of their larger mechanical filter media area, which need to be changed or cleaned less then the above. Holding all that dirt is a double edged sword though as it robs valuable oxygen and slows down the flow through the filter, further degrading the oxygenation of the biological cycle. This is also a proven fact.

I honestly feel a good compromise is to utilize at least one of each, either independently filtering and feeding back into the aquarium or to have the canister filter pump back to tank via the bio wheel for increased oxygenation and biological filtration.

I happen to currently run all bio wheels and have found filter media in bulk to allow for less expensive pad change outs. I have used canister filters (good big ones) in the past and like them too but its too easy to let maintenance go for a while, which is not really a good thing. The pads on bio wheels are much much easier to inspect vissually for dirt (in a canister, you need to disconnect it and open it up, so you might as well just clean it anyway.) No one can argue with canisters as they've been the staple filter unit of larger aquariums for a long time. Bio Wheel technology is relatively new but is a proven performer, again on the Biological aspect of filtration. Personally, I feel there is just as much value to talk about and promote the use of a gravel vacuum (water python) which does a great job of removing all that chunky large dirt. Like you said, we all will have differing opinions and preferences too. No one answer is perfect, nor should it be. ;)

Lastly you needn't find a single bio wheel filter that says its rated for your 120 or 150 or whatever sized aquarium you have. You can run multiple units to achieve the proper flow and filtration or as I have been trying to say all along is that one (any) makes an excellent compliment to whatever filtration you are running. It just helps at providing good quality oxygenated water and that's what it does best. Somewhere I remember reading a paper that stated aquariums running a bio wheel filter had a lower instance of H.I.T.H. then aquariums with other types of filtration. I need to find where I saw that, and THAT ALONE should make every Oscar owner want to supplement their filtration with at least one bio wheel.

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Since you are not too familiar with bio wheels, you do realize that the water is normally first pumped over or through a mechanical filtration pad or media right? Like on my hood, the Power Head type pump pulls water out and sends it through a mechanical media first, then through another basket (which I have empty but could contain carbon or some other media too) and finally over the bio wheel, back to tank. There are versions (such as the Bio Wheel Pro which eliminate the mechanical aspect altogether and are intended solely for biological filtration either as an extension of your own existing pump / filter or just as a stand alone bio filter using a power head. These wheels do not clog and are rather tightly woven, not nearly like a sponge material is.

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OFL replied the topic: Re:75 gallon tank

As you know, I am having a sump filter fitted to my new aquarium. I have been trying to decide what sort of filtration I am going to have. I think I'll probably have three chambers with biological and two types of mechanical. Check these links out. The filters are just an example of what mine will be like, but the mechanical and biological filtration looks like what I am after.

http://www.cdaquatics.co.uk/catalog/filters-filters-professional-setup-c-143_77_78_94.html


http://www.cdaquatics.co.uk/catalog/alfagrog-filter-media-20kg-p-155.html


http://www.cdaquatics.co.uk/catalog/filter-media-matting-2mtr-1mtr-p-158.html


http://www.cdaquatics.co.uk/catalog/filter-media-brush-8dia-p-151.html

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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:75 gallon tank

I still can't believe how different thngs are across the big pond. Many sumps here utilize a bio wheel too, or another form of wet / dry drip through filtration. Looks good though! I'm sure that just by virtue of the sheer size this will be that it will give you great filtration and water quality.

Hows the new tank coming along? Is it ordered yet? Do they assemble this in place in your room?

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frogman5 replied the topic: Re:75 gallon tank

alright ive decided on the 2 emperor 400's i was just wonderin how often do i replace the bio wheeel
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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:75 gallon tank

You DON'T replace the Bio wheels ever. That's the beauty of them. They get better with age. Maybe once every few months all you do is lift the bio wheel out and dip it into the tank ot a bucket of tank water to remove any loose built up solids that may have gotten on it, but really, they rarely need any attention at all. New bio wheels spin fast and constant but as they age and break in, they will get a tad erratic which is normal and perfectly fine. As long as it continues to turn, it is fine. Now the pads in the filter do need to be changed, anywhere from once to twice a month is about normal. If you pull the plug on your filter to do filter maintenance and it will be off for more then 3-4 minutes, lift the bio wheel out and let it simply float in the tank water until you're ready to start the filter up again. You must keep bio wheels wet so they remain biologically stabile. They are soooo easy to operate and maintain too..

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By the way, ou needn't pull the plug to do normal maintenance, like replacing the filter cartridge. They simply lift out and drop in, and you can do it on the fly in about 20 seconds time.

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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:75 gallon tank

Ahhhh, I found it! I did remember reading this somewhere:

You can help to improve the rate of survival by keeping the tank water clean with regular fresh water changes or using biological filters. The disease were said to be a cause from poor water quality with secondary bacterial/viral infections.

Hole in the Head often occurs in aquariums with under gravel filters, and sometimes in aquariums with canister filters, but rarely in aquariums with a BIO-Wheel filters.
FOUND HERE:
www.fishdeals.com/fish_diseases/hole_in_head/


CHECK THIS LINK OUT FOR MORE INFO ON EMPORER FILTERS:
www.fishdeals.com/equipment/biowheel.shtml

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