Bio Wheel Will Not Spin

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by 0morrokh, May 2, 2006.

  1. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    My Bio-wheel like won't spin. (refraining from using bad word) If I stick my finger in there and give it a push it works just fine, but then it eventually just stops. Anything I can do?? (besides cuss at the thing... :mad:)

    *in... out... in... out...*

  2. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    is the filter media in all the way?

  3. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    luckily the tank is right here in the family yeah I just pushed on it a bit and it's as far in as it's gonna go, which hopefully is all the way. ;)

  4. ebbandflowValued MemberMember

    I dont know anything about biowheels but could it be that the flow is to slow? Thats one reason I could think of why the wheel might stop.
  5. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    But I don't see why the flow would be too slow. ???
  6. vinWell Known MemberMember

    Intake tube could be clogged or blocked, the impeller that draws water up the tube could be dirty and in need of cleaning or your biobag could be at the end of it's lifespan.......Did you try any of these?
  7. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    marineland filters dont use bio bags they use "rite size" filter cartages
  8. vinWell Known MemberMember

    Same thing....different name....They serve the same purpose........
  9. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    you ant add extra media to the marineland filters
  10. vinWell Known MemberMember

    I'm not sure what are you talking about..... ??? Who said anything about adding anything extra???? All I asked was if it had been changed recently......I used the wrong terminology........The only thing that would slow the water flow down would be how the water is drawn in and the media it flows through...There is really nothing to these filters.

    It's a small motor which drives an impeller, which spins to draw water through a tube and push it through fliter media....It's that simple.....If all of these are intact and the water flow is unrestricted but trickling and the wheel itself is seated correctly but not spinning, then the motor is spent and the filter needs to be replaced.....
  11. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    sry i used the wrong words they differ because you cant add extra media to the marineland ones
  12. vinWell Known MemberMember

    Again.....Who said anything about adding anything???? ??? ??? ??? All I said was they were and did the same thing but you informed me that they were called cartridges and not biobags.....WRONG TERMINOLOGY USED BY ME.........there is absoultely no difference in what their function is......
  13. MarcWell Known MemberMember

    Make sure there isn't any filter floss or algae wrapped around it.
  14. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Will the bio-wheel come out? If so swish it in used tank water just like you would your filter media. Sometimes they get clogged also and need to be swished ;)
  15. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    All good ideas except the filter and tank are brand new--set up for like 2 weeks. I have been cycling with flakes but I don't see how enough flakes in this amount of time could have gotten into the filter (most just get stuck to the outside of the intake) and clogged it enough to slow the flow of water.
  16. MarcWell Known MemberMember

    Did you take it out, regardless? There may be something very small - even a piece of hair - which could be wrapped around it.
  17. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    Sorry, wrapped around what?
  18. MarcWell Known MemberMember

    Around the wheel.
  19. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    Oh, I didn't catch that. I will see if there is anything cought on the wheel itself.
  20. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    Well then...nothing wrong with the wheel. It spins just fine if I give it a push but it eventually stops again. (insert expletive here)
    Well, oh well, it is still a great filter even if the BIO-Wheel doesn't work.

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