Penguin® Power Filters

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All Penguin® BIO-Wheel® Power Filters deliver easy, three-stage mechanical, chemical and biological aquarium filtration.

Convenient Penguin Rite-SizeTM Filter Cartridges come ready to use with each filter...ready to mechanically and chemically remove waste, discoloration and odors. Each contains new faster-acting Black Diamond® Premium Activated Carbon for maximum efficiency. Biological filtration is provided by the revolutionary and patented BIO-Wheel - proven best at removing toxic ammonia and nitrite.

All BIO-Wheel filters feature Noise-Reducing Two-Piece Vented Covers, and Adjustable Mid-Level Intake Strainers.

The Penguin® 75 BIO-Wheel® Power Filter brings Penguin's 3-stage filtration technology to aquariums up to 10 gallons. The 75 is ideal for new aquariums as well as establish tanks in need of an upgrade.

Penguin® Power Filters is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 171.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Penguin 150 Three weeks old and the penguin 150 that came with my 28gal bow front is doing wonderful. Filter impeller is almost silent ( I have to strain to hear it) and I love the sound of the return flow surface agitation.
Date published: 2012-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF THE GREATEST FILTERS EVER MADE! I have tried a lot of filters on my tanks. Most of them filtered okay, but there was still that fish tank smell. These filters take away all those odors and keep the water so clear! They are nice and quiet too. I also like the fact that they feel well made and are reliable. I don't know much about the Bio-wheels but they must work because I have never had an ammonia or nitirite problem. I own 4 of these filters and when I get a bigger tank I am going with Marineland! A great investment!
Date published: 2012-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 150's & 350's I don't get it. Where do people get noise from with these filters. I purchased 2 350's and 2 150's and they are very quiet. My older ones produce the water trickling sound but no other impeller sounds. I am recently back in the hobby and have purchased 6 Emperors 4 pengiuns and have just ordered 4 more 350's. One thought I have on noise is if people are getting sand substrate in the filter which will ruin an impeller in no time. One other thing is if the carbon filled cartridges are not rinsed to remove the small particles, which will also destroy the impeller causing noise. I came close to ordering a different brand of filter because of a good deal but backed out before I put in the order. I started thinking about my old Penguins that my son has that are still running and have been for many many years. The price of these on line is like stealing and they're better than most all other filters out there.Sorry for the long rant but i hate to see a great filter beat up on. One more thing my experince on filtration is at least 8 x tank size.(30 gal = 240 gph filter) for healthy fish.Thanks Bob
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Decent filtration, loud impeller I have had the Penguin 200 in my 30gal. freshwater tank for about 6 months or so and I will say the water does stay reasonably clean even with the large number of fish I have. The down side to this filter though is that the impeller makes a TON of noise. I have tried various ways to quiet the noise, but it will not stop. My last resort is to buy a new impeller and see if that solves anything. I personally wouldn't recommend this filter because the price does not match the quality and the noise is very irritating especially at night while I'm trying to sleep.
Date published: 2012-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product - Penguin Bio-Wheel 200 I don't know why other reviewers have a problem with their Bio-Wheel 200 being noisy. I set mine up according to instructions and it's worked fine with very little noise. I installed a second filter in the slot closest to the Bio-Wheel and noticed that it was obstructing the wheel. Then, I realized that I'd put it in backward. I turned it around, re-installed it the RIGHT way and again, works perfectly and quietly. I would recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2011-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I think the reviewers are using this product incorrectly... Since my boyfriend has moved in with me, he's made me add 8 fish, 2 cats, and a second chinchilla to my family. I had an Aquaclear 30 filter that was given to me with a 29gal aquarium, and he just wasn't satisfied with it (I saw no problem, but I guess that's how hobbyists are.) He suggested we get the Penguin 150 filter, and now I can see what he was talking about. We only use one filter slot at a time, and it gets disgusting!! Sadly, the filter cartridges are expensive. I try to rinse them out to prolong their life at least a few days, but it normally doesn't work. I'm going to have to look online for cheaper filters. However, the filter is silent! I don't understand all these negative reviews concerning the sound. The only time this filter gets loud is if the water level is too low (especially if the slits in the tube are above water) or if there is air trapped in the filter somewhere. The solution: Pour some water into it and make sure the tube is securely attached how it's supposed to be. (Meaning: just mess around with it for a few moments and you should have no problem.) However, for a while our biowheel would not spin even when there was adequate water flowing under the wheel. Out of the blue the wheel started to spin again and has been spinning like a champ ever since.In conclusion:Pros: works well, silentCons: expensive filters, wheel sometimes doesn't workPS: why is my nickname "punky" and it had some weird email already typed????
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's just OK. This filter is just OK. If I were to do an HOB filter again I would go with the Emperor 400. I have the Penguin 350 and I'm just so-so with it. It seems flimsy when I clean it and I prefer the additional filter area of the 400. Wouldn't buy this one again.
Date published: 2011-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I would expect to be blending margaritas with something so noisy For the past 9 months this filter has done a great job keeping my 35 gallon tank clean. For this reason alone I have given this product a second star, but cant rank the filter as "average" due to the insanely short life span of the impeller.
Date published: 2011-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from RIDICULOUSLY LOUD....Short life, BIO-Wheel 200 RIDICULOUSLY LOUD. I have used Marineland filters for 4years but no more. I have been through 2 bio-wheel 200s in about 1.5 years. They both started out quiet but slowly started to sound like they are chewing through gravel. I have tried cleaning the impeller housing but it was a waste of time. This filter does it's job but I would expect it to last longer and not sound like a rock tumbler.Also, the impeller it's self looks like it is corroding...... Why can't you buy just the impeller I'm not paying for the entire "assembly".
Date published: 2011-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Penguin 150 is a great filter I have never had the noise problem with mine. But the water fall effect dose show up a little faster due to the outlet being a little shorter the aqueon's in my 75 gallon. Not big deal, just keep the tank full. Recovers faster than the aqueon's after tank cleaning. Over all im very pleased.
Date published: 2011-06-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from PENGUIN 150 VERY LOUD Seems to be a problem with these filters. I have 2 of them, one is okay but after a few weeks the impeller bacame very loud in the second one. Everything I have tried ( cleaning, repositioning impeller and impeller housing and lift tube) has not helped. It does drive you crazy after awile.
Date published: 2011-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best outside filter I have used. I currently use two of the 200s. They are very quiet and effective. The only negatives are that the flow rate can not be adjusted (minor issue) and that is not a refillable carbon element available. I would prefer a separate foam filter and separate refillable carbon cage or bag.
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from LOUD, VERY LOUD. I purchased the Penguin 150, this thing is loud. I could hear it all over the house. I don't recommend it. At all!
Date published: 2011-05-29
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I purchased one of your Penquin 200 Filters and noticed some comments on Amazon.com about needing an air pump with this filter. Is that true?

Asked by: VickyPar
No, not at all. It provides oxygen by moving the water. You only need an air pump if the tank is heavily stocked or poorly maintained. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-13

is this sill available? and can I get a description

Asked by: Bob54
Yes, our entire line of Penguin filters are very much available. http://www.marineland.com/Products/aquarium-filters-and-protein-skimmers/penguin-bio-wheel-filter-saltwater-filter-freshwater-filter.aspx BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-13

Hello I purchased the penguin 200 for my 39 gallon tank last Thursday. I have been seeing comments that I can add a second filter cartridge inside. Is this true? if so could I add now that fish are in the tank? Also which way does the blue part face?

Asked by: rashida
Yes, you can place two filter cartridges inside the filter, and yes, they can be removed or added, after the filter is installed on the tank. It doesn't bother the fish. The blue floss faces towards the back of the filter. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-08

My 38 gallon bow front Marineland has two Penguin 200B filters. The intakes only reach a little below the center of the tank. What is the ideal location off the bottom of the substrate for the intakes?

Asked by: SteveTrustworthy
Hi Steve, It is recommended to place the strainer halfway to three quarters of the way down the back of the tank. Sounds like yours is in the ideal spot. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-07

Hello there!  I have a Marineland Penguin BioWheel 100.  Everything I have read or seen on YouTube says I won't have to replace...but will I ever have to replace the BioWheel?

Asked by: Justin M
Hi Justin M, No, not unless it becomes damaged somehow. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-06

I purchased a new 20 gallon starter kit with a 150 filter. I put everything together and plugged in the filter while the intake was properly submerged and with water in the reservoir. All it does is make noise and blow bubbles insise the unit. Help! 

Asked by: masimons47
The water level in the tank must be to the top of the tank. If it is, then pull up the intake tube and impeller housing, and re-seat them as they may not be properly installed. If you are unable to resolve this issue yourself, please call us at 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-05

I just purchased a 10 gal tank and came with a 75 biowheel. Will the tanks be ok using a penguin 100?

Asked by: Kim85
Yes, the Penguin 100 is rated for tanks from 10-20 gallons. Make sure you only use the intake tube and the bottom strainer. The two middle pieces will only work if you have a 20 gallon tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-01

I'm curious if my marineland penguin 200 is defective? On random days & times it stops filtering/pushing water through the bio wheel. I have to lift covers off, (still water inside) lift the impeller housing a little, then it starts working again.

Asked by: Emilio
Hi Emilio, Do you have sand in the aquarium or an air stone near the intake tube? This issue usually happens when sand or bubbles get pulled up into the filter system. Move the air stone further away if that is the case. If it is sand, take the filter completely apart, and thoroughly clean it, then place filter floss inside the bottom strainer, or you can buy a sponge accessory at Petsmart to put over the strainer. If you have neither, then take the unit apart, and clean out the motor and the impeller as something may be interfering with it. Call us at 1-800-322-1266 if you are unable to resolve this on your own. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-01

I just bought the 10 gal aquarium starter kit and the 75 penguin was quiet but not good enough so I switch out to a 100 penguin and this one is louder than ever. I need help on any advice to get rid of the rattling sound please.

Asked by: Kkim85
Rattling is usually due to one of a couple of things: - air bubbles trapped around the impeller - pull the intake tube up and re-seat it several times to work the bubbles out - impeller, impeller housing or intake tube not seated properly - remove all of these, inspect them, and re-seat them - air stone near the intake tube - move it - hood pressing against the filter - check to make sure everything is fitting correctly Please call us for further assistance. 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-31

The 10 gallon starter kit came with a heater but it does not fit inside the lid. Maybe I didn't do it correctly but the water like ok the heater and the water level on the top of my aquarium do not match the heater is basically fully submerged into mytank

Asked by: Kkim85
All of our heaters require being fully submerged. They can be vertical or horizontal, and should be under water at all times. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-31

I run twin 350's hob filters on my 125gl aquarium. One of them bought from amazon doesnt sit on the tank correctly and now the bio wheels wont turn. It has been cleaned. Any suggestions out of the norm?

Asked by: Crp0069
The frame on the tank is probably too wide for this filter. However, you might check the stand off. This is a plastic piece on the filter body that holds it level against the tank. You will need to remove the filter from the tank to check on this part and make sure it is there and/or not damaged. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-31

Are bio wheels made of carbon?

Asked by: Koi56
Great question! The bio wheel is not made of carbon. The BIO-Wheel filter forms a large three-dimensional area for cultivating aerobic bacteria which work to eliminate toxic ammonia and nitrite from aquarium water. Read more about filtration here: http://www.marineland.com/Guides/Advanced-Filtration-Infographic.aspx.
Answered by: Customer Service
Date published: 2017-05-31

How many filters does the Bio Wheel Penguin 200 pump need? Thank you.

Asked by: Miss Laverne
Hi Miss Laverne, It needs at least one, but can hold two, depending on your tank's needs. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-23

I have a Marineland 75G tank and I want to use two Penguin 350 filters. The filter doesn't fit on the frame, though, which is odd since I'm using all Marineland products. It doesn't sit all the way down and it makes it lean forward. Any advice?

Asked by: LCLCola
It's definitely a Marineland tank. I bought the LED AQUARIUM 75 & STAND set from PetSmart. I have purchased everything I own for the tank from Marineland except the gravel, driftwood, and the fish themselves (I'd probably get those too if you all sold them). I can see the sticker sticking out a bit but it is obscured by the center brace of the stand. To be more clear, the Penguin 350 will hang on to the frame but the frame on the 75 is a bit thicker than the 29 Gallon I used to have it mounted on, so it doesn't sit completely on the frame. If you sit one on a smaller aquarium and then on the frame of the 75, you'll see what I mean.
Answered by: LCLCola
Date published: 2017-05-19

My bio wheel doesn't turn unless I cover the overflow outlet. I've cleaned all the parts, what else can I do?

Asked by: Jknt
I'm not sure I understand what you mean by covering the overflow outlet, as that should not effect it. If you only used water to clean, soak the impeller in distilled white vinegar, and clean out the bottom of the filter box, specifically the motor well, with vinegar and a paper towel. You may have deposits interfering with the flow rate that only vinegar can remove. Also, make sure your purple bearings are in place at each end of the bio wheel. If you are unable to resolve this, just give us a call at 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-16

I bought a Biowheel 350 and from the beginning it is very noisy. Not "splashy", it's a very loud mechanical sound. The aquarium is right in the middle of our house and can be heard from every room. I don't remember this happening the last time I owned one

Asked by: MrsG
We are sorry to hear you are having some noise issues. Remove the intake tube, impeller housing and impeller. Inspect all of them, and clean any debris off that you find. Also, check down in the well of the motor where the impeller resides to make sure there is no grit or sand, any debris in that area. When inspecting the impeller, make sure it was connected to the impeller housing properly. The blades should not rub the underside of the housing, for example. This would definitely cause a mechanical sound. If you cannot resolve this, please call us at 1-800-322-1255. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-04

We have the 350 and it does not work. Any suggestions on what to do?

Asked by: Tolly
Hi Tolly, That depends on what you mean by "it won't work" as well as how old it is at this time. If it is brand new, pull up the intake tube, and remove the impeller housing and impeller, then re-seat them. They could be in the wrong position. Also, prime it by filling it with water, and make sure the water level in the tank is to the top of the tank. If this is an older filter, the same basically applies, except you need to clean the parts, especially the impeller and the well of the motor. Please call us if you cannot resolve it. 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-08

I have a emperor 400b filter both bio wheels were stored with something laying on them they look like new but some of the pleats have a fold in them I can not seem to straighten out I tried soak them in water bending them back could I use a hair dryer

Asked by: Moew
As long as the bio wheels will turn, it doesn't matter what the folds are like. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-05

Purchased a penguin 350 a friend, all parts dirty/nasty. I have been told I don't need to replace the bio wheel, but should sterilize by soaking in bleach/water mix for 30min, rinse, & dry. Is this correct?

Asked by: KJZ1
Hi KJZ1, We would recommend cleaning the plastic parts with a distilled white vinegar and hot water mix then rinsing well with hot water alone. As for the bio wheel, as long as it is intact, and will spin, you should not need to do anything. Everything living on it will dry up and die off. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-02

Right out of the box it isn't working. I followed the directions to the t, but it isn't working. The motor is going but it isn't sucking up the water. I pulled apart the housing for the wheel and it rotates fine.

Asked by: halle
Hi Halle, Make sure the tank is filled to the top, and you have primed the filter with water. Re-seat the impeller, impeller housing and intake tube. If one of these is not seated correctly, it won't prime. If your water level is really low, it won't prime, and if there is no water in the filter, it will not prime. Call us if you continue to have issues, 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-19

My Penquin bio wheel 200 filter is not rotating, is it supposed to.

Asked by: Mama
Hi Pesche, Yes, the bio wheel should turn on its own. It may stop and start, that is fine, but it should not stay stopped. Here are some things to check: - make sure the purple tabs are in place at each end of the bio wheel, and are seated properly and clean - pull out the intake tube, impeller housing, and impeller, clean the impeller and filter box, flow is important - check the cover and make sure it is not pressing down too hard on the bio wheel, it may need a minor adjustment Let us know if you need any additional assistance. We are here to help! BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-27

What's the best way to do a filter change without Losing benifical bacteria on a penguin 350??? Do I place new filters in back, or do I put old ones In back and new ones in front?

Asked by: Donnie123
You would put new ones in back, old ones up front. Rotate them two at a time. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-09

I need to replace the biowheel because it is damaged. Is there anything special I need to do or just take the old one off and put the new one on? Should it be soaked in the tank first? Is there a way to move the bacteria from the old one to the new one?

Asked by: bhava324
If possible, you should float the new one for a few days before taking the old one out. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-24

my dad got the family a fish tank, he and I put it together successfully, but we are wondering what the grey lever does/ is for on the Bio-Wheel filter for our tank. please help.

Asked by: little tom tom
The gray lever allows you to pull water in from the middle of the tank, and not just from the bottom of the tank. This increases circulation, and allows for more water movement, especially in taller tanks. Whether you leave the lever open or closed is totally up to you and does not effect the filter. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-24

I recently bought marineland 20G tank comes with penguin power filter, after a week running the filter I started to notice significant amount of micro bubbles all over my tank. Is this due to the filter?

Asked by: sarors
Most likely it is due to a low water level in the tank. The water level should be to the bottom of the top frame, otherwise, water spilling down from any filter will create more bubbles. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-19

Do I need to replace the bio wheel after using kordon rapid cure Ich treatment? 

Asked by: Dooley
No, just boost your biological filter with Marineland Bio Spira for Freshwater Aquariums. http://www.marineland.com/Products/Food-and-Water-Care/Aquarium-Bacteria.aspx. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-18

I purchased a Marineland tank from someone. The person I purchased the tank from said her fish passed due to an illness. I am concerned whatever made her fish ill may have infected the bio. Should I replace it before introducing my fish to this tank?

Asked by: vNocturnalAngelv
No, you do not need to replace the bio wheel. As it has presumably dried out, whatever disease was present is no more. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-18

I purchased my Marineland tank from someone without a box or instructions. It seems to be about a four gallon tank, bowed front and a hinged hood with filter and light. I looked on the outside for a model number but couldn't find one. Any insight?

Asked by: vNocturnalAngelv
We would need to see a picture of it to be sure what it is, but it could be a Pillar or an Eclipse. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-18

Can the penguin power filters be run without the carbon? I would like to use the filter for a saltwater QT tank and do not want to use carbon filtration in case I need to medicate a fish/coral.

Asked by: Dale64
Yes, it can be operated with other media if you prefer, as long as you do not overfill it. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-17

I want to one filter off my freshwater tank to my saltwater tank do I need to replace bio-wheels or just clean

Asked by: Thedoc
Just clean the everything but the bio wheels. The bio wheels will not need cleaning at all. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-12
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PF0075B - Penguin 75 - 10 gal/75 GPH
PF0100B - Penguin 100 - 20 gal/100 GPH
PF0150B - Penguin 150 - 30 gal/150 GPH
PF0200B - Penguin 200 - 50 gal/200 GPH
PF0350B - Penguin 350 - 75 gal/350 GPH

Penguin Power Filter Manual 75B

Penguin Power Filter Manual Models 100B, 150B, 200B and 350B  

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Product

Certified Flow Rate

Aquarium Size

Rite Size Media

Penguin 75B

75 GPH

up to 10 gallons

A

Penguin 100B

100 GPH

up to 20 gallons

A

Penguin 150B

150 GPH

up to 30 gallons

B

Penguin 200B

200 GPH

up to 50 gallons

C

Penguin 350B

350 GPH

up to 75 gallons

C

Penguin & Emperor Cartridge Dimensions

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