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canister

I have a marineland canister 360. It has worked great... until now. It has a leak where the handle closes down. I have checked the rubber o ring. There are no indents or cuts in it. What other reason could cause the canster to start leaking. I have open and closed to reseal it several times.
Thanks
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
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tennessee
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I had the same problem and it came down to me replacing the O-rings and applying silicone grease to the O-rings. Problem solved.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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Charleston, SC, USA
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I just encounterd the same problem... My canister is exactly 1 year and two months old, so no warranty and no fix to the problem. I will not purchase Marineland again because this is the second filter that has failed this way. I even went as far a replacing the 'O' ring and it still didn't work. I think it is a defect in the housing where the plastc weld looses it's bond.
Aquarium Type: Both
Aquarium Size: Large (60g+)
answered 8 months ago
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Madison, WI, USA
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I think we have the same problem and we have same canister 360,my guess is the leak is coming from the valve block,one of them is not closing all the way,that's why it leak(out take side)call the marineland they will help you.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Large (60g+)
answered 3 years ago
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san francisco,california
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Hello,
You will need to contact customer service at 1-800-526-0650. We can help troubleshoot the problem and get it resolved for you. You can also email at consumersupport@unitedpetgroup.com.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
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Are we suppose to fill canister up with water first and why does it take so many pumps to create siphon ?

On the Marineland C-530, I've had to pump literally 100's of times and over an hour to get the siphon working why is that ? The instructions doesn't say to fill up with water but I read some people do. Would it have to do with when you use the disconnect valve and the water is still in the hoses ?

Or could it possibly be due to the way I have my hose setup. The intake hose is cut to to fit and goes upwards to top of tank. The outlet I did differently, no cutting, using the full length of the hose, it loops around and upwards and at the end I have an inline ETH heater attached. Then with the remaining left over hose from the inlet, I attached that to the top of the heater and the other end to the diffuser.

Flow wise it works great but every time I have to unplug and clean I have to go through this pumping ordeal again.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Large (60g+)
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
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California
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While the instructions do not specifically say to do so, with my C220 and C360 canisters, I employed a little analysis to the situation and filled up my canisters (almost to the top) prior to closing them up and connecting the hoses, Especially when you are dealing with larger canisters, it just makes sense to fill them up first before attempting to spend all day priming it.

Also, with an empty canister, especially a large one, if you prime it using water from the tank, you end up lowering the water level in the tank (as you are using tank water to fill the canister), and you then have to 'top up' the tank water.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Large (60g+)
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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New England
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in my c-360,I use to fill it with water first before I plug it in the wall,in that way I don't need to pump and when it run I just tap the canister so the bubble will come out from the canister,try it.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Large (60g+)
answered 3 years ago
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san francisco,california
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Since there are many factors that may be contributing to your problem, can you please call 1-800-322-1266, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time and we can help you pinpoint your issue.

THank you for contacting MARINELAND
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
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Something is wrong with my Marineland Emperor 400..its not pumping water but the engine runs fine and its new

Everything worked fine except its not pumping up the water
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Large (60g+)
 
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Not sure of your specific trouble but I've had to 280 and a 400 as well as full spread of penguins.

If you hear a "chup chup chup" sound you've lost siphon, either by power outage or tank water level OR a crack in the intake pipe (very uncommon).
Hang On Back power filters use a submerged impeller to suction water up the intake pipe, if the water level in the tank is too low compared to this impeller it can often stall either by a momentary power outage allowing the water to siphon from the filter and leave an air pocket in the intake that the pump cannot clear OR you can develop an air pocket in the top of the pipe from excessive dissolved gasses in the tank.

These aren't the only ways you can have a "stall" but if the impeller was spinning and your intake strainer and pipe are clear, other than a broken impeller-magnet linkage they are the only two I can think of.

Clear the intake strainer. Clear the intake pipe. Make sure water level is at or above the return flow lip. Check for broken impeller-magnet linkage pin. Check for fully clogged filter media. Add treated water to impeller area of filter. Remember to wet the intake pipe before inserting it into the impeller top ring.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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Please contact us so we can trouble-shoot the problem further. Thanks. 800.322.1266.

Thank you for contacting MARINELAND.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
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If the engine is running than your filter should be operational. Below are a couple of trouble-shooting things to try. If you continue to have issues, please contact us immediately so we can trouble-shoot the problem further. Thanks. 800.322.1266.

• Make certain the outlet has power and is functioning properly. Unplug electrical
cord momentarily, then reconnect to power source to restart the Impeller.
• Check to make sure Flow Manifold Housing is firmly seated in Filter Box.
• Remove Impeller Housing and make sure the Impeller Assembly is free to rotate.
• Inspect aquarium water level. Maintain at 1/2 inch below top of frame.
• Make sure that Flow Manifold Housing is firmly seated in Filter Box
and that water is at correct level.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
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Hex 5 (EX5) replacement pump

I have a 5 gallon Hex 5 aquarium. The pump stopped working and I need a replacement. Would you please send me the part number and price on this pump.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
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Evansville, IN
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Part: : PR3340
Available for $18 or so from the Marineland online store. I do not think this includes the impeller, bio-wheel or impeller cover. Lately the online price for complete new HEX-5 Eclipse tanks in the box has been running about $40 without shipping.

If your system is still under warranty be sure to contact Marineland at this website for troubleshooting and support of any warranty claims.

Marineland is VERY good about product support!
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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Florida
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Hello,
The part number is PR3340. Click on the picture of the tank below, then click on the red tab marked "Buy Parts Online" to find the current pricing. You can also order this part through a local pet store or through many online retailers. You might also need the impeller, PR3342.
 
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Impeller shaft snapped on C 530 canister filter.

My C 530 canister filter started to rattle. After opening it up and removing the impeller, I noticed that the shaft had broken. How can I get a replacement for it? I don't need the whole impeller assembly. The filter has only been running 6 months
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Large (60g+)
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
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The C-series canister filter's impellers are designed as a 3 piece impeller that snaps apart when exposed to sudden jams and some suffer from doing so when they draw water after a large air bubble. If it is not the white plastic shaft that broke, check to see if the impeller snaps back together. When re-inserting the impeller be careful to seat the deep end of the shaft correctly in the socket.

The entire assembly is sold as a package but contact Marineland through this site (www.marineland.com) for warranty coverage of a broken part.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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Hi,
Please contact the Warranty department at consumersupport@unitedpetgroup.com or at 1-800-526-0650. We will be happy to get a new impeller sent out for you. If emailing, be sure to include your name, address, and phone number.
 
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Motor won't run in my C 530 canister filter.

I was doing a water change in a 180 g tank, syphoning water directly into the sewer. I had left it alone for awhile and when I returned, I noticed that the water level had dropped below the lower end of the intake tube and that the filter had been running "dry" for a few minutes. Checking the filter, I noticed that the motor was not running. I unplugged it, opened up the canister, removed the impeller to see if it was okay, filled the canister with water and plugged it in. The motor didn't start. Is there a thermal safety on the motor? Or could the motor be burned out? The intake tube provided is not very long and draining the tank broke the syphon into the filter. Can a new motor be gotten? Thanks.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Large (60g+)
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
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Winnipeg, Canada
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There is a thermal safety on the electromagnetic drive inside the canister's head.

After it cooled off did you try running it upside down with water in the socket and check to make sure the 3-piece impeller was still hooked together?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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Florida
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Hello,
Try emptying the canister. Make sure it is unplugged. Then push the primer button several times to get the water flowing in from the aquarium. Then plug it in once the water is near the top of the canister. If you still get no noise then contact us either by email: consumersupport@unitedpetgroup.com, or by phone: 1-800-526-0650. The unit has a 3 year warranty.
 
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Penguin Bio-wheel 200

about a yr and half ago I bought the bio wheel for a 30 gal tank. I had issues that were tank related and thought it was filter was leaking. So I later bought a new tank that came with a filter. Recently this filter stopped working so I went back to my Penguin. It was not ran for about 6 mo. Now it runs great (no leaking) but has the most awful noise. Sounds almost like it's being ran without water. Which I've never done except for once for a second when I forgot to prime it when first purchased. Have taken apart impeller and there is nothing there sticking or any damage that I can see. Sometimes it will run for a week and then get quiet. But now it seems to be getting worse and LOUDER! Do I just need to replace the impeller and/or housing?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
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Spokane, WA
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I'd suggest using vinegar to clean off any deposits and checking to see that the shaft-end rubber caps are soft and flexible. Vibration noise is common if the impeller shaft caps are misaligned in their sockets or if there are deposits in the impeller housing, the motor sump the impeller fits into or on the shaft OR on the impeller itself making it unbalanced.

The noise may also be coming from a vibration of the splash guard against the housing or from the housing itself becoming warped in storage. If this is the case see if gently deforming the top edge of the housing reduces or eliminates the noise.

There's no procedure for correcting a warp in the housing but it gives you peace of mind if that's all it is.

If your new tank is smaller I would suggest a 150b but use the intake strainer from the 200b on it. The 150b is a champ of a filter!
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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Florida
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Sorry to hear about the noise. You will need to replace the impeller. The motor itself is not a noise maker. Only the impeller is a moving piece so only the impeller, or sometimes the impeller housing (because it connects directly to the impeller) can create noise. Once replaced this should fix the issue. The penguin filters have a two year warranty so if you have had it within this time frame contact us by email: consumersupport@unitedpetgroup.com, or by phone: 1-800-526-0650. We will be happy to assist with getting you an impeller. Outside of warranty, you can purchase parts here on this site. Click on the picture of the Penguin filter below and then click on the red tab marked "Buy Parts Online." You can also buy from many online retailers and order through local pet stores.
 
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Eclipse 3 filtration system overflows into BioWheel section.

I have only had my Eclipse 3 system for about three days now and some of the water already bypasses the filter medium and overflows into the BioWheel chamber. Is this normal operation?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
 
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This can happen and is why there is a gap at the bio-wheel end.
Don't worry about this bypass flow if most of the flow is going down through the filter cartridge.

The filter cartridges are designed to distribute the carbon flakes into the slots on the bottom and force the water to go through the carbon to filter out very very fine molecules of the chemicals that can harm our fish. The more effective and well placed this carbon is distributed onto these gaps the better the efficiency of the filtration system.

The bio-wheel itself is "self cleaning" for the most part, unless it starts developing a stringy slime that bridges the gaps in the fan-fold, it will operate correctly even without the filter cartridge in place.

You can take the filter cartridge out and bap it a couple times upside down to knock the carbon loose back into it and reposition it at a slight uphill angle but be sure it can still overflow into the bio-wheel's sump or you're at risk for water overflowing out over the top and off the tank.

I occasionally have to "work" the surface of my hex-5 filters with a plastic fork to break up the slime that forms in the corner by the pump's output. I have 5 Hex-5 Eclipse systems that I use for my male Betta and a little bypass isn't a bad thing, the water still flows across and through the top fibers of the filter.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
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Hello,
So long as your water level in the aquarium is about a half inch from the top, your water should go over the filter medium and down under the Biowheel. New systems tend to work a little faster where your flow may move rapidly. As buildup forms on the impeller, the water will slow down and trickle more slowly over the cartridge. Once a month you will want to take out the impeller, and soak it in distilled white vinegar to remove this buildup, or the flow may slow down too much.
 
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Is a model 4 sump a good filter for a 220 reef tank?

Aquarium Type: Saltwater
Aquarium Size: Large (60g+)
asked 3 years ago
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"Model 4 is rated for aquariums 180 to 300 gallons and is designed for dual overflow systems."

The model 4 is the largest sump they manufacture and is a combination of two sump units into a single housing designed for TWO return systems from the aquarium.
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Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
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Hello,
Yes the Model 4 Sump would be the recommended sump for the 220 High aquarium with corner overflows. You would need two pumps with the two overflows and could choose from the following:
NJ3000 Marineland Utility Pump Model NJ3000 (500 gph @ 4ft)
NJ4500 Marineland Utility Pump Model NJ4500 (600 gph @ 4ft)
NJ5500 Marineland Utility Pump Model NJ5500 (700 gph @ 4ft)
 
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Emperor 400/micro bubbles

I recently purchased this filter and after a couple weeks micro bubbles started coming from it. I've done alot of research about this problem and only a few people have had this issue. It makes the water look dirty and nothing seems to stop it. I've tried everything possible to solve this with no clear results. please help it's driving me crazy. I purchased the emperor 400 after hearing how great they work but I'm starting to doubt it is anything but a headache. I've been a loyal customer to marineland for many years and I don't want this to change my views on your products.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
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Michigan
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Check the intake siphon tube by using a cup to pour aquarium water slowly over the pipe.
If the bubbles stop then you know its the intake siphon pipe and you can request a new one by warranty from support.

The Emperor series will also produce fine bubbles if the spray-bars are not aimed at the back of the bio-wheels. Some people aim them over-top and others aim them down the back of the wheels, but aimed in the water you get bubbles galore.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
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Hello,
Any issues with one of our products can be resolved by contacting the warranty department in most cases. Consumersupport@unitedpetgroup.com or 1-800-526-0650. Micro bubbles from the Emperor filters are not common at all. It could be your filter is sucking up air bubbles from a source such as a bubble wand in the aquarium. (Just move it away from the intake tube) It could also be a small pinhole in your intake tube, which will draw up the air, spitting out fine bubbles. Please contact us about receiving a new intake tube. We'll need your name, address, and phone number if you email.
 
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I have a Marineland Tank Model PFES 05HX I bought for my daughter 4 years ago. What is the product number for the bio wheel?

Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
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PR1932B

Available from Marineland's online store at www.marineland.com
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
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Hello,
The Biowheel is item number: PR1932B. You really don't want to change a Biowheel though unless it is physically damaged as it is a housing for beneficial bacteria to grow on. Over time it can become discolored but that is just from the good bacteria, which help to break down the ammonia in the aquarium.
 
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does the impeller assembly for the 350 or 150 fit the pingwin 200?

for that is what i have and there does not seem to be a impeller assembly for the pinguin 200 bio wheel on your site? pls addvise i need new one makes horable noise.
Aquarium Type: Saltwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
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No.
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Hello,
The Penguin 200 impeller is PRIM200B. We will be happy to assist you with getting one. Please contact us at consumersupport@unitedpetgroup.com, or at 1-800-526-0650. If you email we will need your name, address, phone number, and a brief description of the problem.

You can also buy parts by ordering through a local pet store or from many online retailers.
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filter carbon canister mesh sides concave on magnum 250hs?

What would cause the mesh sides of the carbon canister of my magnum 250hs to concave?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
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Squeezing it too hard or leaving the filtration sleeve in operation too long without rinsing it out/replacing it.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
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Hello,
The carbon container should have a sturdy center tube in the middle that prevents the container from inwardly collapsing such as what you are describing. If you filter is still within warranty, you can obtain this from us. Please contact consumersupport@unitedpetgroup.com or at 1-800-526-0650. If not in warranty, click on the picture of the HOT (Hang On Tank) Magnum below and then click the red tab marked "Buy Parts Online." You can purchase a new carbon container. You can also order this item PR1545 through a local pet store or online retailer.
 
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Penguin 100 bio-wheel intake assemble is too long for my 10 gallon tank.

I purchased a Marineland LED Aquarium Kit 10 (10 gallon). The intake on the Penguin 100 bio wheel filter hits the glass bottom of the aquarium and pushes up the intake tube that goes into the impeller housing. The intake tube (intake tube, mid-level intake strainer, extension tube, and strainer) is about 1 and 1/4 inches too long. Any solutions?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
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I'm gonna jump to a little conclusion on this and say that you've got too much gravel in the bottom of your tank. Having too much gravel in the tank is a bad idea, debris dirt and decaying food can lodge deep within a thick layer and produce bursts of ammonia and nitrite as well as keep the biological processing from developing correctly on the bio-wheel.

The Penguin 100b is designed so that the intake rests just above 35mm of gravel.

You CAN shorten the intake pipe by carefully cutting some off the in-tank end with a box knife, razor or fine saw. This is a replaceable part and any alteration to it is taken at your own risk against being able to return the product.
Be careful of the sharp ends and tools!
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Hello,
The extension tubes on these are made longer so that people with tall aquariums can also use them, but you can easily cut the extension tube down. Use a small hack-saw. You want to cut it down so that your strainer is an inch or so above the gravel. Then again, you don't have to use the extension tube at all. Just take it off and the mid-level strainer piece. Attach the regular strainer to the short intake tube.
 
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I just bought a marineland 60 gal tank. I will be using 2 penguin bio-wheel filters. What model should I use?

Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
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You could use two of the Penguin 150 filters. Each is rated for about 30 gallons so together they would be great for a 60 gallon. You could also use the Penguin 200 filters. These are rated for 50 gallons so the current of water they produce will be stronger. If you use a stronger filter, be sure you have varieties of fish that are strong swimmers and without long fins. Angelfish, for example, would not appreciate strong current in the aquarium.
 
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You could use a combination of two Penguin 150 filters, each rated for thirty gallons. You could also just use one of the Penguin 350 filters rated for 75 gallons. Basically you can use any combination that would not produce too much water current in the aquarium. This will depend too on what types of fish you have. Long-finned varieties of fish will have a much harder time with strong water currents.
 
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Magnum 350 Pro Bio Wheel Placement

I purchased a Magnum 350 Pro system. I have a Marineland 38 gallon aquarium with a piece of plastic that goes down the middle of the tank to help support a lid. The Bio Wheel assembly with both connected will not fit on either side. Is there a way I can seperate them and put one on each side?

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Finding a pair of the connectors used on the Bio Wheel Pro 30 and using a hose T connector would do the job just fine.
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Unfortunately there is not an option to make the spacing wider between the wheels. You could get the elbow piece, PR2040, to allow for using just the one biowheel. Contact us at consumersupport@unitedpetgroup.com or 1-800-526-0650 to obtain this part. If your email we'll need your name, address, and phone number.
 
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Emperor 280

I'm thinking about buying the emperor 280 and would like to know the clearance need behind the aquarium?
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About a half gallon jug/carton's width. Six inches if you don't want to struggle getting it on and off the tank.

Remember to keep the water at least a half inch above the bottom return lip for a happy filter.
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The filter occupies about 4 inches on the back of the aquarium. I would suggest leaving some breathing room.
 
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Do I need more than just the 350 Canister?

Just upgraded my 27 gal to a 75 gallon. Purchased the 350 Magnum in-store (replacing older Bio-Wheel power filter). Saw the Pro series online that included the Bio-Wheel for a better price. What we like about the Canister is the silence (no motor or splashing water), so we elected to not exchange and get the Pro. Will set up the new tank next week, so question is, do I need something else to go with this 350? Do I need some sort of Bio-Wheel, or undergravel filter? Do I need a Powerhead of any sort? It's a tropical aquarium but am looking to convert to planted tank at some point. Please help. Thank you!
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The 350 Magnum is a simple mechanical filter used for removing debris and particulate from the aquarium. It is not a biological filtration system on its own, more of a sweeper.
The Biowheel kit return with the PRO series is a fairly good amount of biological filtration capacity but at 75g I would suggest a primary filter of a C-360 or better canister, while the flow rate looks the same the Magnum 350 just cannot compete with the heavy processing the canister can provide. My little C-220 is about equivalent to four Emperor 400 filters in that respect.

I'd get a C-360 or equivalent canister with a reliable reputation with a nice large pre-filter intake sponge and keep the 350 Magnum in the system for circulation and sweeping the tank.

Generally a filter like the Magnum 350 (and the H.O.T. 250) are designed for such applications as heavily planted tanks or tanks with existing gravel filtration or sponge systems that need a good particulate filter.
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The Magnum 350 should be adequate for about 100 gallons so that's all you would need. You can always add another filter if you like. More filtration isn't a bad thing so long as you don't have excess water current in the aquarium. If you intend to make it a planted tank you don't want excess water motion.
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I would like the owner's manual and all instructions for my C-530 Canister Filter. How could I get them?

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The full manual and instructions are available from Marineland's website.
http://www.marineland.com/sites/marineland/products/Detail.aspx?id=3453#tabs-Ask
then click on "support and parts"
The two manuals will be linked below.
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The instructions are here on our website. Go to "Our Products" on the top left of the homepage to navigate to the product then click on the red tab marked "Support." You can also click on the picture of the filter below to go to the page.
 
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Will a Penguin 100 power filter self prime and self start after a power failure if the water level is correct.?

I was wondering if I would have to put more water in the filter to prime it if it gets shut off. How about after a water change?

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There will be some back-siphon through the intake pipe but generally they can re-start themselves after they lose siphon if the water level is at or above the output shelf and the filter's impeller shaft is plumb.

It's not a guaranteed action, just my experience with them.
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Most of the time the filter will start back up after a power failure, however there are some times when you will need to pour some water in the back of the Penguin filter to get it started again. You'll hear the water "chugging" in the back of the filter and this will be your que. It is usually not necessary to do after a water change, but from time to time you might need to. As long as the water level in the aquarium is near the top it shouldn't be too much of a problem. In tanks where the water level has dropped down from the top frame by more than a couple inches, you will need to re-prime the filter with water. The Penguin filters are designed to work in aquariums with water to the top.
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