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BIO-Wheel Filter for an Aquarium
This page contains Customer Comments and our Replies about using a BIO-Wheel Filter for an aquarium. Click here to go back to the previous page in this discussion.
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Congratulations on having a awesome web site. Very informative and easy to use. I know that you recommend Eclipse filters, so I thought I'd give a warning. I used to have a 15gal with a Eclispe filter/cover. I was very happy with it except for the lack of flow control. One thing for sure my clown loaches loved it! One day I couldn't find one of them for days then it suddenly reapeared. Then I couldn't find it again .... till one day I saw it!
He swam right up the section where the water flows out and made camp in the part where the bio wheel spins and didnt come out. Since then 3 out of the 9 loaches I have had in any of my tank have done the same thing. So one day if you can't find one of your loaches, you know where to look.


Reply. Hello Jody. Thank you for your complimentary comments about this web site, and thank you for sending us your interesting observations about your Clown Loaches.
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I find the advice on your website very helpful. I've been keeping an aquarium for about 10 years now. Currently, I have a discus tank, well planted, with a pressurized CO2 system, 110 watts of lights. Except for a slight algae problem, which should be kept in check with the SAEs I ordered from you today.
I use an Eheim2213 and absolutely love it. My water is always clear and nitrates and nitrites are non-existent. I have to actually add nitrates to make sure my plants keep growing. A biowheel wouldn't help my setup as I would loose all that good CO2.
That being said, I think beginners, especially those without plants, will greatly appreciate your info. Any chance you guys will ever sell discus? Thanks, I'm looking forward to my shipment.
Jorge Q.
Reply. Hello Jorge. We're glad to know that you find our advice to be helpful. 

I agree with you, that in your aquarium with live plants, a BIO-Wheel will remove the CO2 and oxidize the nitrites. So a filter with a BIO-Wheel may not be the best choice for your aquarium.

We have kept Discus, and they are magnificent aquarium fish. But they are difficult to ship, and they require special water conditions, so we do not now foresee selling Discus.

Thank you for your order. I'm sure the crew in our facility will ship you some very good SAE.


Customer Comments

First, I would like to compliment you on your excellent site. It has helped me to learn more about fish, and has added to my enjoyment of keeping them in my beautiful 55 gallon aquarium.
I also thought you should know that your advice on UGF's proved to be very correct, I love the Emperor 400 I bought based on your advice. It works much better than a UGF filter and a normal exterior filter ...
Again, thanks for all of the information. You are doing a real service for all aquarium enthusiasts!
Lucus H.
Reply. Hello Lucus. Thank you for your email. We are glad to know that you tried our advice, and it worked out well for you. Good luck with your aquarium and your fish. Thank you for your nice compliments. Click here now to buy an Emperor Filter with a BIO-Wheel.

Customer Comments

Hi, I have both a fresh and salt-water aquarium. I have a bio-wheel on my fresh tank, and was thinkng about adding one to my salt.
I was surprised to read that you don't seem to recommend this for salt-water tanks. Can you tell me why? Seems that you could use one instead of protein skimmers to produce the same results. Thanks.
Reply. Hello Paul. Thank you for your good question about BIO-Wheel Filters and Protein Skimmers. I apologize to you for not explaining this more carefully.

First let me warn you that we have not kept any saltwater aquariums. But we still understand the different processes involved in freshwater aquariums and saltwater aquariums.

Freshwater aquariums contain fish that normally live in water with no salt or just a small amount of salt.

Saltwater aquariums contain saltwater fish that need lots of salts in their water like the water in the ocean.

Usually the saltwater in a saltwater aquarium is a mixture of freshwater and artificial salts, which are sold in pet stores. These artificial salts are rather expensive, so keepers of saltwater aquariums prefer not to remove saltwater and add new water with the artificial salts.

Freshwater from the tap is very inexpensive, so keepers of freshwater aquariums can easily afford to change 20% of the water twice each week and keep the freshwater fresh.

The beneficial bacteria living on a BIO-Wheel filter will quickly break fish waste down into non-toxic chemicals that can be easily removed from a freshwater aquarium by doing partial water changes.

In a saltwater aquarium a protein skimmer removes some of the fish waste before the beneficial bacteria break that waste down. So in a saltwater aquarium with a Protein Skimmer the saltwater stays fresher longer and saves money. Click here for more information about Protein Skimmers.


Customer Comments

Your site recommends Bio-Wheels. It also states gravel is not needed and shouldn't be over 1/4" thick if the aquarium has a Bio-Wheel.
The Marineland documentation for my new Eclipse Hex 5 aquarium with a bio-wheel recommends 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of gravel per gallon.
Since this is substantially more than 1/4" I'm a bit confused as to how much gravel is really needed. Would you please clarify the discrepancy?
Carrie D.
Reply. Hello Carrie. Thank you for your email. I am surprised by your report about Marineland's documentation. I've read elsewhere in Marineland's information that they recommended a very thin layer of gravel in an aquarium with a bio-wheel. I thought they probably meant 1/4" or less.
We have tested various amounts of gravel for many years, and more than 1/4" often causes problems for fish. In an aquarium with a bio-wheel the gravel is only ornamental and serves no other purpose, and even no gravel will work fine, but no gravel might not look good to you.

Click here for more information about aquarium gravel. We still recommend a layer of aquarium gravel 1/4" thick or less.

Thanks again for your email.

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