Help! Bio Wheel is dead!

Discussion in 'Fish Filters' started by CUCCI-WALDRON, Apr 14, 2009.

to remove this notice and enjoy 3reef content with less ads. 3reef membership is free.

  1. CUCCI-WALDRON

    CUCCI-WALDRON Astrea Snail

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    Messages:
    63
    Location:
    WARNER ROBINS, GA
    Ok so i was home for lunch and the fish eat before i do...anyway i feed the fish 1 cube of frozen tubiflex worms, 2 cubes of bloodworms, and one cube of spirulina brine shrimp. that stuff gets real messy so i turn off the 2 penguin 330's so the filter pads dont get foul. well i was turning them back on and only one came on. :angry::angry: i had this problem before but i can't remember what i did to fix it. i know i didn't have to buy any parts...i just cant remember what was wrong....i mean i dont even hear any buzzing from the motor...did i kill it?
    im not worried about oxygen levels b/c i have an eheim canister running on it also. can anyone help me fix it? i dont wanna have to buy another one. :angry:
     
  2. Click Here!

  3. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Messages:
    5,958
    Location:
    Chesterfield, VA
    well first of canister filters deplete the oxygen level which is why i dont like them.

    i would take the filter apart and clean the magnetic pump wheel. and the siphon tube.

    edit: but thinks for reminding me i need to clean mine on my fresh tank.
     
  4. RHorton

    RHorton Pajama Cardinal

    Joined:
    May 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,406
    Location:
    upstate NY
    well you might have to take the impeller out and clean the motor casing alnog with the magnet, usually they get gunked up over time and need to be cleaned.
     
  5. Annie3410

    Annie3410 Teardrop Maxima Clam

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2008
    Messages:
    827
    Location:
    Kansas City, MO
    oh and float your biowheel in the tank while you work so your bacteria doesnt die
     
  6. CUCCI-WALDRON

    CUCCI-WALDRON Astrea Snail

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    Messages:
    63
    Location:
    WARNER ROBINS, GA
    thanks!
    New question....
    Why do canisters deplete O2 levels
     
  7. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Messages:
    5,958
    Location:
    Chesterfield, VA
    because aerobic(oxygen using) bacteria are in them. these are the bacteria that covert ammonia to nitrite and nitrites to nitrates.
    unlike a wet/dry or a biowheel there arent periods where they are exposed to air. so they are forced to use the oxygen in the water to survive.
     
  8. Click Here!

  9. CUCCI-WALDRON

    CUCCI-WALDRON Astrea Snail

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    Messages:
    63
    Location:
    WARNER ROBINS, GA
    Do you think i should turn off the canister until i can get the other penguin to work??
     
  10. RHorton

    RHorton Pajama Cardinal

    Joined:
    May 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,406
    Location:
    upstate NY
    do you have anykind of airstones running in the tank?
     
  11. CUCCI-WALDRON

    CUCCI-WALDRON Astrea Snail

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    Messages:
    63
    Location:
    WARNER ROBINS, GA
    No....i know i should...
     
  12. CUCCI-WALDRON

    CUCCI-WALDRON Astrea Snail

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    Messages:
    63
    Location:
    WARNER ROBINS, GA
    @ the time i thought i had plenty of filtration so i figured the o2 levels would be fine....guess i was wrong :-[