Something wrong with my filter?

  1. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

    I have to admit, I haven't used this filter in 1+ years.
    The problem is, After I plug it in and let it start filtering the water, it just stops after about 20 mins. It holds water and everything, it just stops.
    Its a
    Penguin biowheel 200 (50g filter)
    The brand is
    Is there any information I'm missing?

    Thanks in advance for all suggestions and solutions
  2. peregrine Member Member

    Do you mean it just totally stops running, or that it just stops seeming to pump water through?
  3. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

    Never mind this post, I think I fixed it sorry.
    Anyways, another question, I found out this filter is really loud (for what I like) and I was looking for a really quiet filter.
    Any suggestions on a 35+ gallon filter that's super quiet? Preferably one that's on the low side when talking about price, but is also the best for its price (if that makes sense).
  4. peregrine Member Member

    I have an aqueon quietflow and it's REALLY quiet. If you went with the 55/75 it will give you a little over 10x water turnover per hour. Also takes 2 cartridges which means you can alternate replacing them when need be to not lose any BB on the cartridge. You could go with the 50 depending on your stocking level but only has a single cartridge.

    If you want to go with Separate media type HOB. You could go with an aquaclear.
  5. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

    Its a 29g tank that's just slightly overstocked. And I prefer a HOB filter. Thank you for the suggestion (I will look at it after this post) Anyone else have a good filter that fits my description?
  6. happygolucky Well Known Member Member

    I mean, AquaClears are going to be the best filtration, but aren't the quietest because their outflow is pretty high up, you will get the small waterfall noise, and the motor makes a hum. Aqueous QuietFlows are good filters though, if you modify them to fit in actual bio-media instead of that stupid blue plastic that doesn't do anything.
  7. peregrine Member Member

    Both of those are HOB. That is usually where you will find the less expensive ones. Biggest difference is Quietflow uses cartridges, and the aquaclear uses separate media.. ((EG filter sponge, bio media, other stuff, all separate))
  8. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

    I don't mind the sound of the water, its the motor that I can't stand. Thanks for suggesting
  9. peregrine Member Member

    To give you an idea of how quiet the quietflow is... I just tried doing a video and the fly buzzing around the room is all hear on the video with my phone sitting about 1/2" from the filter. Don't hear the water because I have the water right at the bottom of the outlet since it's in my 3 year olds room, and last thing we need while trying to potty train her is running water sound.... Can't speak on the aquaclear as don't have one of those but have heard they are extremely quiet also.
  10. Lady Monster Well Known Member Member

    I have a topfin aquarium kit that uses a 30 power filter. My filter gets a little loud if it gets too clogged. I just remove the filter floss and squeeze the slime out in a separate bowl of tank water. Let me tell you that water turned pitch black!!!! Idk how, i do water changes and clean filter at least 2 times a week. So that should tell you how quickly the pad can collect gunk. After i clean the pad the water flows properly and the motor is quiet again. I have no idea about a bio wheel, since I don't think my hob filter has that. And I'm not sure how your type of filter is structured. I would thoroughly clean any mechanical filtration in a bowl of tank water, that is the reason my motor gets loud at times.
  11. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

    The filter hasn't been used in about 1 year, and I cleaned it thoroughly , but thanks for the tip
    I just put a small, thick piece of cloth over the top and its a lot quieter now.
  12. Lady Monster Well Known Member Member

    Ive also heard that lubricating the bar that the impeller sits on can quiet the sound.