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We lost the manual for our Penquin 100 filter. Do you have a manual online?

Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
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Yes, we do. Here is the link: http://www.marineland.com/sites/mar...

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penguin bio wheel 150

Does this filter system have the capacity to hold two filters?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
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I own a Penguin Bio-Wheel 150, and it holds two rite-size B filter cartridges. It was designed with two slots for filter cartridges, in which I use Rite-Size B filter cartridges. They advertise, on the box, that it is a three stage filtration system. 1. Rite-Size B filter cartridge 2. Additional Rite-Size B filter cartridge 3. Bio-Wheel - The two cartridges are back to back, meaning that once the water flows through one there is an additional one immediately after the first prior to the water turning the Bio-Wheel that collects the good bacteria needed to complete the nitrogen cycle in your tank.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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I have a Penguin Bio-Wheel 150, 29gal tank. I use both of the filter cartridge slots, and have since I bought it. The Penguin Bio-Wheel 150 does have slots for two filter cartridges.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
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answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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Do you mean hold 2 filter cartridges? The Penguin 150 does not but the 350 does have an extra media slot.
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correct filter size?

I am about to purchase one of your bio wheel filters. My question is this. It is for a 10 gallon tank but I am probably going to move to a 30 gallon at some point in the near future. Can I "oversize" your filter? I am thinking of buying a model 150 so that I can use it with a larger tank later.

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Aquarium Type: Freshwater
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The Bio-Wheel is the filtration device that collects the good bacteria to complete the necessary nitrogen cycle; similar to the carbon cycle in our planets atmosphere, which is being overridden by our CO2 introduction into our atmosphere. Point is that without the necessary bacteria that feeds on the Nitrates at the end of the filtered nitrogen cycle, the water will become more toxic for the fish. The plants use the nitrates, it's good for them, so your tank needs some nitrates in the water, but not to much. Like I said, too much nitrate in the water is harmful to the fish.

Running the 10 gallon w/the 'oversize' filter would be alright, as long as you allow the added time for the Nitrogen Cycle to balance itself. Time is money, right, so you can wait longer for the optimal environment for you fish in the 10 gallon, or you can spend the money on one Marineland 100, which wouldn't take as long for the Bio-Wheel to collect the necessary bacteria. Although, nothing would be wrong with buying an additional 100 for your 30 gal - which in fact would still be a little overkill - but then your 10 gallon would become unfiltered because you would transfer the filter to the thirty. It all depends on whether or not you are going to be setting up an environment in the ten gallon as well as the 30. If you are simply giving them a "bigger house" with the 30 then you have no further reason to filter the 10 gallon, because you would transfer the fish.

The whole thing sound like a bad idea if you want to keep your fish alive. Do you care more about your pocketbook, or the fish? It's just risky, and there is little chance that your thought pattern about the two different tanks will ever work, keep the fish alive. Unless you have the time and money to set up the 10 and 30 gallon appropriately, simultaneously then you are being careless with your fish; not to say it's not possible. The fish will be stressed out so much that once they make it, if they make it through the transfer the slightest problem could push them over the edge.
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Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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You will be fine to use a Penguin 150 on a 10g tank.
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New Penguin 200 Bio-Wheel

I noticed two slots for filter cartridges in Penguin 200 series HOB filter but the rite size C filter only fits in the front slot, what filter cartridge will fit in the back slot? or is my filter messed up?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
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I have noticed the same thing. I had to break off the little tabs to get it to fit in the back slot. But with both pads in it overflows in just a matter of days anyways.
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Two Rite-Size C replacement cartridges so fit in those slots. It could be a couple of things... make sure the filter tank body is clear of all parts. Part of the intake tube is packaged in the tank body and they cartridges won't fit all the way down. Also, make sure that they are both facing the correct direction. That would be the blue floss side facing towards the back of the filter.
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Marine 200 not working

I bought a marineland 200 power filter abt 6months ago and it was just perfect. But this morning when i woke up i realised it was not working...no sound...no suction nothing. There is a faint hum however if i put my ear to it. What can i do?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
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Have you tried unplugging it, taking it apart, cleaning everything, and reassembling (making sure every part is secure, especially the impeller)?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
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Sorry you are having any trouble, below is a couple of trouble-shooting tips. If this doesn't solve the problem, please call customer service so we can trouble-shoot further if necessary. 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.
• Make sure that Flow Manifold Housing is firmly seated in Filter Box and that water is at correct level.
• 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.
• Clean inside of Intake Tube with Filter Cleaning Brush.
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size (dimensions of tank opening)?

Hi, I can't find online specifications anywhere to determine what size opening in my aquarium I need for the Marineland Penguin 200b / 350b - I have an acrylic tank with acrylic lid (light sits on top of the lid) with pre-notched snap-outs, so I would like to know if it is going to fit before I order it online.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
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From the outer edge of the tank, mine is approximately 2.5 inches deep and 9.5 inches wide. I have a 39 gal. tank and it fit in the notched opening of the hood with a lot of room to spare. It really doesn't extend very far out into the aquarium very much at all. I would give it 2.75 - 3.0 inches to be safe.
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Hi,
You'll need to a bit more than 15 inches long by 3" wide for the Penguin 350, and a little more than 9 inches long by 3 inches wide for the Penguin 200.
 
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Bio Wheel 200

Why is the bio wheel starting to have a loud dripping sound? I have my new 29 gal tank for a few weeks now and the bio wheel is starting to drip inside the house casing and make a loud dripping sound. How do we correct this?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
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Hello,
This is some information I found from our site:

When a BIO-Wheel is new, it has a tendency to rotate more rapidly, which can cause a "lapping" noise. Over time, as the bacteria culture grows, the BIO-Wheel will slow and operate more quietly. (To immediately reduce the sound of water hitting the wheel, grab each end of the wheel simultaneously and gently turn them in opposite directions. This will cause the incoming water to contact one side of the wheel before the other, reducing noise level.)

Also, make sure your water level in your aquarium is no more than an inch or so below the top frame of the aquarium. The penguin and emperor filters must be used on full aquariums to work correctly, and will be noisier if the water level drops.
 
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Hello,
I found this information on our site:

When a BIO-Wheel is new, it has a tendency to rotate more rapidly, which can cause a "lapping" noise. Over time, as the bacteria culture grows, the BIO-Wheel will slow and operate more quietly. (To immediately reduce the sound of water hitting the wheel, grab each end of the wheel simultaneously and gently turn them in opposite directions. This will cause the incoming water to contact one side of the wheel before the other, reducing noise level.)

Also, make sure the water level in your tank is near the top. (Usually about an inch from the top frame) Low water in the tank can actually make the biowheel noisy. The penguin and emperor filters are meant to be used on full aquariums only.
 
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Hi. I purchased a 10-gallon set, which came with a mini bio wheel filter. It suddenly stopped working, today. It is plugged into a surge protector.

Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
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Bland, broad question

What has stopped working? The bio wheel? or the whole pump? Does it hum? Does it get warm? Have you tried plugging it in to a different outlet?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
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Hello,

In general, when filters stop running suddenly, they may have become clogged. You want to unplug the unit, remove it from the tank, pour the water out, remove the filter cartridge and biowheel, and then take the rest of the filter apart. Specifically, remove the intake tube, the impeller housing (the piece the intake tube pushes into) and the imeller assembly itself. You may use hot water and/or distilled white vinegar to clean the parts thoroughly. Be sure to pay close attention to the impeller assembly and the area of the filter box that it resides in.

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Penguin 350 Filter

What direction should the filter in a 350 be placed? I noticed that if I put the filter with the blue fabric facing away from the tank I must clean the filters every single week, If I have they face the front they last much longer. Why would it matter what direction they face? Please explain. Thanks
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Large (60g+)
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Blue faces AWAY from tank
-Now your filter catches all the junk from your tank on the OUTSIDE of the pad allowing you to remove from the pump and wash off a few times

Blue faces the tank
-Now your filter catches junkfrom your tank on the INSIDE of the pad making it look clean

If your tank is well established (3 months or longer with same fish) then there is no need to constantly replace filters as your bacteria colony will be massive enough to control the ammonia. You can remove the pad wash it off and put it back in forever until it falls appart

((I still replace mine every 5 months or so just cause the look so bad after awhile haha))
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Hello,

The blue fabric should face towards the back. The purpose of this is to clean the water as much as possible. Water is pulled in through the back of the filter first, allowing the fabric to trap debris and clean the water. When you turn the cartridge around to face the front, debris is not as readily trapped.

If your filters are cloggin in one week's time, you either have too many fish for the tank, or are overfeeding. They should last 3-4 weeks, in the proper position.

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Unfiltered Water Flows Over and Back into Tank...

When I started it up..makes noise. I add a little water. Then it fills up quickly and overflows into the tank. Tanks is getting algae/dirty. I can't keep the water below the line so it doesn't spill into the tank.
I know there's a solution.
Penhuin Bio Wheel 50 gallon. Just bought it. Great product otherwise.
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This happens to some of my filters if the FILTERPAD is facing the wrong way or isnt sitting right.

Though you didnt provide much info there, Do you mean its spilling out from random places on your filter and falling back into the tank?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
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Hello,

Not sure what is going on, as I need a bit more information to be really helpful, but in general, when a filter overflows, there is a clog somewhere or the impeller is not positioned correctly. So I recommend you take the filter off the tank, and completely apart. Pay close attention to the impeller assembly, how it is attached to the impeller housing, whether it has any damage to it, etc, and also, to the area of the motor where the impeller resides, down in the bottom of the filter box. Make sure there is no carbon, gravel, sand, etc, in this area. If you need additional help after these steps, call 1-800-322-1266.

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Size

Would I be able to put a Penguin 150b filter on my 10 gallon marineland aquarium kit that I bought? Or would it be too much for the fish? I want to do this because I want to keep my tank more clean and healthy.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
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Hi i have a 10gl and i use the Penguin 100 and it works great. It would seam that a 150 would be better but some times more is not better. i would go with what Marineland recomneds. hop this helps.
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We recommend the 100B but it's not a problem to use the 150B.
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Wheels stopped rotating

I have the Bio Wheel 350 and the wheels have stopped rotating. I change the filters every 2 weeks. I've tried adjusting the water flow but nothing seems to help. The wheels are only 6 months old.
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
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Sometimes the small, detachable colored brackets accumulate a film which over time builds up into a thicker layer of "crud", which can completely stop the wheels from functioning properly. Try removing those and cleaning them thoroughly with an old toothbrush. This happens to me on occasion and this fixes it right up. Also examine your bioload. It may be causing those brackets to get that buildup rather quickly. Hope this helps.
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Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
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You may need to clean the impeller. This would need to be removed for cleaning once monthly.

If this doesn't help, you may want to float the bio wheels in the tank for a few days. This will even out the bacteria on the wheel, instead of them being heavier on one side.

If you do float the wheels, continue to run the filter.

I hope this helps.

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Filtration for my 55gal tank.

I just purchased a 55gal tank that came with 2 penguin 350's on it and i was wondering if it is too much filtration for this size set up? Also does it matter if I use the the extended tube for both or just one and what the application is for the extended tube?? What would be the most effective for my situation?? My tank has a sand media and is not established yet.
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It may be a bit to much filtration but if you have a lot of fish you may want to use both filters to be safe. Also, if your fish are larger than one or two inches then you should probably use both. Remember. Don't over feed! The extended tube is a good idea to use because it will draw water from the bottom of the tank to the filter. If it looks like sand will be drawn up try putting some decorations or something close to the bottom of the tubes so it won't get sucked up and break your filter. Lastly, get some feeder goldfish in your tank and they'll start the biological processes. Good luck!
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No, it is not too much filtration. It is hard to have too much filtration. Since you are using sand, we recommend NOT using the extension tubes. You do not want to pull sand up into the filter as it will destroy the impellers.

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Can I put a Penguin 100 filter on the back of my 5 Gallon Marineland Cresent tank?

My tank came with the Tetra Whisper filter which takes up room and I dont think it will work well as the 5 Gallon Crescent tank is going to hold 2 dwarf puffers which produce alot of waste. I noticed the opening on the plastic top is a little bigger than the current filter. Will this filter fit and if so does it have a high flow that will cause too much of a current in the tank?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
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no. i have the same tank and it didnt work at all
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While the Tetra Whisper filter is rated for that aquarium size, you may be able to alter the filter to suit your needs. the dimensions of the Penguin 100 is 5.5" L x 3.5" W x 7.5" H out of tank. You will need to see if this fits in the cutout on your acrylic lid. In that size tank, you may see more water movement as this filter has an hourly turnover rate of 100 gallons per hour.

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Installation question

I purchased the 100 version of the filter for my 10 gal tank the extension for the intake hits the bottom of the tank and sinks into the gravel. Is it supposed to sink in the gravel to filter it or do I not use the extension?

Also does this item oxygenate the water?
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Every filter as long as it disturbs the surface of the water oxygenates the water somewhat, if there is a carbon filter your answer is a resounding yes.
As for the extension, shorten the intake tube, or you can have big problems in the future - NO extension should be that close to the bottom unless it is an under-gravel filtration system. I think you actually might have a 200, not 100 - if it truly is a 10g tank a 100 wouldn't reach the bottom of the tank.
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For a 10 gallon tank, you would use only the upper intake tube, and bottom strainer, no extension. And yes, by moving the water, it creates oxygen in the tank.

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my biowheel stopped spinning. I have replaced it twice and cleaned the entire filter system. now waters getting dirty. what can I donto fix this?

Do these things breakbdown? Its only a yr old
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Your water level is too low (at least that's what the company says), but you are never supposed to replace a bio-wheel it will ruin a tank cycle completely and may kill your fish.
To answer your question is I have had tried at least three this year alone and every single one the motor goes out shortly after the bio-wheel stops turning which in my experience even if the water level is above the line it will get stuck, even deep cleaning and taking these filters apart will not save them from imminent failure.
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Biowheels typically stop spinning when flow rate slows down due to a clogged impeller, slimy filter box, clogged intake tube, clogged cartridges, or missing biowheel bearings. They can also stop when they become warped or torn from improper cleaning, etc.

Water will not become dirty just due to a biowheel not spinning so it sounds like you have other issues going on. Make sure you are vacuuming and removing/replacing 25% of your water every week or two, depending on the type and number of fish you own.

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Penguin Bio-Wheel 100 with Betta

I'm sure you're going to berate me for not following proper set-up. I unexpectedly needed to move my betta and dwarf frog into an old 10 gallon aquarium that has not been used in several years. Because this was not a planned transfer, I'm doing things a little backwards and have already moved them into the tank. The filter system we have is the Penguin Bio-Wheel 100. Is this appropriate for a betta fish or will it be too high of a flow? Also, what do I need to do to get the filter up and running again? The bio-wheel has been dried out for many years. Does it need to be replaced or will rinsing it in dechlorinated water and floating it for a few days be fine? Also, I need to order new filter cartridges. Should I run it with just the bio-wheel in the meantime or wait until I have the filters? This doesn't pertain to your product, but do you know if I should use the bubbler with the betta? I know it's not necessary. I don't know if the flow would be advantageous or problematic.
Thank you!
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As long as your water flow isn't out of control your betta and frog are fine. He will actually be more active and happy in a big space, trust me I breed them. I honestly think all you need a bubbler for your frog's comfort, you don't even need the filter. "Keep it simple with simple pets" is the motto - or "less is more" which ever you prefer.
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We would NEVER berate a customer! :-) I'll answer your questions backwards. No to the bubbler. That would bother your betta too much. In regards to the cartridges, just go ahead and run the filter to provide oxygen and begin your nitogen cycle, until you get the cartridges. As to the biowheel, as long as it is not warped or damaged, float it for a day or so, then insert it and it will re-develop bacteria over the next few weeks.

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I have a Penguin Biowheel 350, but I only see 350B replacement filters. Can I use the 350B wheels in the 350 machine?

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Aquarium Size: Small (20g or less)
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Yes, they are the same. The B means nothing to the consumer, it is a designation for the marketing folks.

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Yes, they are one and the same thing.

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Follow up to my previous question on 9/4 about my filter overflowing back into the tank

I was not sure if I put an answer to my previous question that it would be seen so this is a follow up to that question. It seemed odd to me that if I were to clean the filter that it would stop the problem. I figured that if anything the slime would slow the water flow, therefore making it easier for the filter to handle the flow of water and not pour out of the overflow between the bio-wheel and the intake tube. Therefore I figured cleaner filter parts would cause a lot more water to overflow due to the increased flow. However I did follow your instructions and I cleaned the entire thing (except bio-wheel of course) and put it back in the tank. The water flow into the filter did increased greatly which meant much more water was pouring out of the overflow and into the tank without being filtered, defeating the purpose of a filter. If I lift up the cartridge a bit the water flows more freely out the normal path through the bio-wheel but I just assume the water is flowing freely underneath the cartridge, again not getting filtered, plus it didn't stop the overflow problem completely. I replaced the cartridge to check if that was the problem and the water flowed perfectly fine, no overflow. Is it possible that the cartridge was faulty and not allowing the proper water flow?
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The water started to overfloe again after one day of having a clean impeler, intake tube, filter box and cartridge so cleanleness is not an issue. Maybe the last two cartradges I got are defective, can't figure out any other reason.
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The overflow area is engineered into the filter box to prevent it from overflowing onto the floor when it becomes dirty or the filter media becomes clogged. A dirty impeller, dirty filter box, dirty intake tube or dirty cartridge makes it much harder for the impeller to move the water through the cartridge, thus water "backs up" and instead of pouring over the edge of the box and onto your floor, it goes back around the intake tube.

A cartridge can have too much "flashing" on the back of it as well, which can also impede flow. Flashing is excess plastic in the little slots, that was not removed in manufacturing. Other than this, or debris, a cartridge would not be able to cause the problem.

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Filter size

I'm setting up a 38 gallon 36" long planted tank. Is a Penguin 200 adequate filtration? I don't heavily stock my tanks but don't want to be too limited either (i.e. if I want to add a small catfish or a couple of angelfish)
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The 200 is the right size. I have a 38 gallon with angelfish.
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Yes, that would suffice. I do use a Penguin 350 on my planted 38 gallon, but I have a moderately heavy fish load.

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