Bio-wheel Plus Cannister Filter?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Tank Equipment' started by Aphelion0, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Aphelion0New MemberMember

    I've been browsing this forum for a while now, so I thought it was about time I actually posted.

    I've owned a few aquariums up until now - all tropical freshwater. Recently, I bought a 125l tank which I really want to deck out and spend a lot of time/money working on. Though I've loved my past tanks, they didn't get much TLC due to study and work commitments, but now I have a bit more time on my hands to really go to town on a nice setup.

    I'm putting together a wish list of all the things I want to eventually have in this new tank. Currently, I have the filter and heater that came with it, but I'm hoping to replace the filter with an external one with a bit more kick. I'm also planning to invest in a CO2 system to give my plants some love.

    Anyway, I've recently been reading about bio-wheels and the huge amount of good they can do when it comes to biological filteration. My question is, is it worth having a bio-wheel in addition to a cannister filter? Or would the bio-wheel just be redundant? The filter I currently have is a Fluval U3.

    My tank is planted, soon to be heavily so. It currently only houses a few cherry barbs, but I'm hoping to add some shrimp and other small shoaling fish over the next month or so.

    Thanks in advance for any help. :)
  2. BuganjimoWell Known MemberMember

    I think the filter is enough for the tank, although I don’t believe that is a canister filter. It’s just under 5x turnover per hour, which is sufficient. You could do both if you want to, I always go overkill on filtration for my tanks, and thats never a bad thing.

  3. Aphelion0New MemberMember

    Ah yes, I meant power/internal/whatever the term is for one of those. Thank you!

    I was thinking along the same lines. Better to over filter than under filter, right?

    A bio-wheel on its own doesn't seem sufficient, though. For a tank this size, at least. Would that be correct? Or can a bio-wheel be the sole source of filteration?

  4. BuganjimoWell Known MemberMember

    Bio wheel can be the only one, but you’d need a big one. I say get it (if you have the funds of course) and if you realize you dont like both, you have an extra filter incase there’s a mishap! But over filtration is always better. I say get it.

  5. Aphelion0New MemberMember

    Interesting. I didn't consider the benefit to just having a spare filter, worst comes to worst.

    Okay, thank you! Appreciate your input. :)
  6. Thunder_o_bFishlore VIPMember

    Greetings and welcome to Fishlore :)

    I run Bio wheels and canisters on all our aquariums but the 10 gal QT.
  7. BuganjimoWell Known MemberMember

    No problem, never hurts to get a second opinion, thats what we’re here for! :)
  8. Aphelion0New MemberMember

    Thank you! That's helpful to know.
  9. Aphelion0New MemberMember

    Hmm... I actually just realised that I probably can't get a conventional bio-wheel (the hang-on style ones) as my tank is completely covered.

    Does anyone know of any that I could use? Or if you're feeling really generous, do you have any specific recommendations of makes/models?
  10. Iverg1Well Known MemberMember

  11. Aphelion0New MemberMember

    Thanks for your reply. Is there anything a sponge filter does that my U3 or a bio-wheel doesn't?
  12. Aphelion0New MemberMember

    Interesting. I've just been doing some research on these - they look super good!

    I'll definitely consider this when making my upgrade. Thank you so much.
  13. Iverg1Well Known MemberMember


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