Penguin® Power Head

Penguin saltwater aquarium powerheads deliver superior and consistent flow.
  • Penguin saltwater aquarium powerheads deliver superior and consistent flow.
  • Penguin Aquarium Power Head 550
  • Penguin Aquarium Power Head 660
  • Penguin Aquarium Power Head 1140
Product No. PH0550
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Quiet freshwater and saltwater powerheads ideal for creating less noise in your tank.

Penguin® Power Heads deliver constant flow with fully adjustable aeration and increased surface agitation...and they remain silent at all times. The custom air valve regulates air flow, the air filter eliminates noise and dust, and the intake strainer keeps debris from fouling the impeller... that's efficiency!

Would a 660 be to powerful for a 30-gallon tank?

Asked by: SoniaW
That will depend on the type of fish, and whether you mean a 29 gallon or a true 30 gallon which is 36 inches long but only 16" high. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-08-07

I bought 2 power head penguin 660 in 1999 when a lived in Houston, Texas. I never used them.I need to know what is the consumptium in wats of this power head. Where I can find the specifications? .

Asked by: neymartin
That would be directly molded or pressed into the powerhead itself, most likely on the side of it. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-07-31

what is the best size power head for a 6 foot long 100 gallon tank

Asked by: greg57676
That depends on what you want from it, but we would recommend at least two of the Penguin 1140 Powerheads. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-07-12

I have cleaned my power head inside and out but it’s difficult to get the areation out.  No problem with the other one. I cleaned propeller and housing , air tube  , but I have to power on and lift unit towards top of tank to get the areation going again.

Asked by: Ronbar
Make sure the unit is no more than 2" below the surface of the water. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-07-02

I have a 40 gallon tank with under gravel filter and two power heads. The power heads have started expelling shots of air rather than a constant flow with a swish sound.   I Have also noticed more debris than usual on the bottom and floating in aquarium. 

Asked by: alecia123
Well, first, we recommend you take the powerheads apart and thoroughly clean them. Remove the impeller in particular, and clean it, and inside the motor. Also clean out the venturi and the tubing. Last, how long has the undergravel been installed? They lost their popularity by 2000 or so because you have to take the tank down once a year to remove the UGF and clean out the bottom of the tank. If you haven't done this in the past year, it is way overdue, and may be the issue. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-11-20

I have a Marineland ML90609 tank. The pump is failing. What is the model/manufacturer for that pump, please?

Asked by: JBart
Pumps either totally die or they don't die at all. There is no "failing" where they seem to be getting weaker. If the flow is reduced or they are turning on and off, they typically need maintenance. Pull the front cover off, take out the impeller and clean it, as well as inside the pump extremely well with white vinegar and hot water. If the pump does totally die, call 1-800-322-1266. We do not sell it separately at this time, but will replace it under warranty. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-03-27

What size powerhead do I want for a 10 gallon fist tank?

Asked by: kat087600
Any of them will probably be too big, but we would recommend trying the 550, which is the smallest. That one has a flow rate of 145 gph which is the rate of flow for up to a 30 gallon tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-03-27

Do you have these powerheads in sizes for nano marine tanks

Asked by: markssaltlife
The smallest one we make is the 400 so no, there isn't anything quite small enough for a nano tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-03-12

Is it possible to get the clip for mounting it on tank? My 660 clip broke and haven't been able to find a replacement.

Asked by: peitzf5
Is this what you are looking for? BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-02-26

I have a marineland magnum 350 that I use in conjunction with a 360. I can't find a new coil/motor for it anywhere. Is there a pump that I can splice in the tubing to get it pumping again? Or can u direct me to where I can get a new coil/ motor?

Asked by: Coolbreeze
Sorry, Coolbreeze, that is not available at all any more. Time for a new filter. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-02-23

Does this item osculate? If not do you carry something that does?

Asked by: cwafty
No, and no, unfortunately. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-01-12

undecided which size I should purchase - I have a 90 gallon and want 2 to power my undergravel filter - think 2 of the 660's would work well - am going to to raise angel fish and have some tetras schooling around as well -

Asked by: Maxxim
I know this is an old posting, But - I would use the Penguin 550 for your Angels Maxxim. I have 2 tanks of Discus Fish, and Angles are much like Discus Fish and like slow moving current.
Answered by: DiscusMan65
Date published: 2018-01-08

What prefilter can I use on these power heads?

Asked by: Todds
I use the ATI Filter-Max prefilter sponges on my Penguin 550 power heads, when my Discus Fish are breeding and the fry are small. Thanks for your question. DiscusMan65
Answered by: DiscusMan65
Date published: 2018-01-08

What kind of filter is it? (Mechanical, Chemical, or Biological.)

Asked by: Snapdragon7
This is just a powerhead, it is not a filter. It's purpose is for flow only. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-12-12

Does the air intake before the impeller? Or is a venture on the water output side? 

Asked by: marine7
There is a venturi right before the water outlet. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-12

How come I can't oder it on line?

Asked by: Ryder
We are a manufacturer, not a retailer, therefore, we do not sell direct. It is available online through various pet vendors such as Pet Solutions, Pet Mountain, Drs. Foster and Smith, and That Pet Place. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-23

What is the best powerhead for a 40 gallon tank?

Asked by: CJ Smith
Depends on what you wish to do with it in your tank, but typically, the Penguin 400 or 660. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-10-04

Do you still have your kits for reverse flow on you power head 550 and 660?

Asked by: Jreilly
We appreciate your interest in this product Jreilly! Unfortunately, no we sure don't! BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-08

Um I have a huge tank that's 150 galons and nothing in ite yet but I don't now what pump to use

Asked by: Samy20
Thank you for your interest in this Marineland product! That would depend on what type of livestock you intend to keep, and what purpose your power head will be serving. If you want additional air, the Penguin 1140 would be a good choice, and we would recommend two of them. If you want more current or movement, the Maxi Jet 1200 would be our recommendation, and again, two of them at least. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-05

hi! I tried to look online for the manual for the penguin 1140 powerhead, but it doesn't have the link attached to the text. could you send one to me? I would like to know how to maintain and clean the 1140. and how it bubbler part of it works.

Asked by: Barbie dahl
Sorry about that, all of our sites are having some problems right now, but we are working on them. I would be happy to send that to you! BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-10-24

Do u have penguinbiowheels

Asked by: Lissa
Yes, they would be under the parts tab on the Penguin Power Filter product page. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-09-21

It keeps stoping how do I fix it

Asked by: Tailsian
Make sure you do not have anything interfering with the impeller by removing the powerhead, opening it, and pulling out the impeller for inspection. Clean out any sand, debris, sludge, algae, hard water deposits, etc. Use hot water and vinegar to clean the impeller, and swab out the inside of the powerhead. This should prevent any more issues, but if you have sand as your substrate, make sure the powerhead is at the top of the tank or put some floss inside the little strainer to keep sand out. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-27

I need to replace the filter assembly in my Marineland Silhouette Glass Aquarium Kit 3 gallons

Asked by: janjuaryshan
Typically, this should last a few years. If it has stopped operating, be sure to remove the bottom cover, in order to pull out the impeller and clean it. ML90624 is the item number for the pump/filter assembly. You may need to special order it through your local fish store, if cleaning does not resolve the issue. If you are under warranty, please call 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-09-08

I want to use an underground filter in a 120 gallon XH with African Cichlids. What size power heads should I purchase and how many?

Asked by: Marlowe
I'm not sure I would recommend a UGF for a number of reasons, but if you do decide to go that route, I would use at least 3 or 4, and probably the Penguin 660. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-06-25

Got a penguin 550 powerhead. Comes with an "air valve with Aerator/Air Tube". Does the air valve go inside or outside the tank. I know the airtube connects under water 2the Impeller Housing, but I need 2know if the other ends goes inside or outside tank

Asked by: Rbtt
It has to be outside the tank in order to pull air into it. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-06-02

The lift tube on the 1140 is smooth unlike the others. Will the 1140 still work with an under gravel filter?

Asked by: jthall07
Yes, it is definitely for undergravel filters, although a bit powerful for them. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-03-04

Snubber circuit to protect relay controlling 550 and 660 powerhead

I am constructing a digital timer to control 550 and 660 powerheads. I want to connect a snubber circuit across the relay contacts to protect them from the inductive spike triggered by the pump motor upon turn-off. Can you recommend resistor & capacitor component values for this job, or alternatively propose a ready-made snubber device. Failing that, I need the resistance and inductance of the 550 and 660 powerhead motors. Thank you.
Asked by: julianop
From our engineer: I do not have any suggestion for the values needed for a RC snubber. The DC resistance for both motors is about 170 ohm. The motor inductance is unknown. My suggestion to the customer would be to pick nominal RC values and try to witness the contact in a dark room. That is assuming that the case of the relay has the contacts visible. The value of the RC components can then be altered to minimize the apparent spark on opening. Otherwise try an electronic relay or our Wave maker power strip. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-27

Penguin aquarium powerheads

I am interested in getting a penguin powerhead. Which one would be the best for a 75 gallon aquarium. Can the flow be adjusted? Thank you.
Asked by: bulldog51
That depends on what you wish to do with it, but most likely the Penguin 1140 would be the best one if you wish to circulate water from one end of the tank to the other. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-10-12

Penquin 1140

On your website, you show a picture of the Penquin 1140 along with the 550, 660 and 550R. But when I go to order, the only options are the 550 or 660. Do you no longer make the 1140, and if not, why is it still on your website?
Asked by: Alchemist
We do make the 1140. If it is not an option currently, then it is out of stock at the moment. As of next week, however, we will no longer be selling anything other than parts and media on the site. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-09-19

In 2001 I bought an Eclipse System - The pump is dying. I need a replacement.

I believe it was a system 6
Asked by: atpopper
Unfortunately, that is no longer available. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-05-11
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PH0550 - Model 550 - 145 GPH
PH0660 - Model 660 - 170 GPH
PH1140 - Model 1140 - 300 GPH