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Marineland Penguin Bio-Wheel Power Filter 150 GPH, Multi-Stage Aquarium Filtration,black

(10 customer reviews)


  • WITH ROTATING BIO-WHEEL: Patented Bio-Wheel technology provides excellent wet/dry biological filtration.
  • MULTI-STAGE FILTRATION: Delivers mechanical, chemical and biological aquarium filtration to maintain a clean aquatic environment.
  • MARINELAND FILTRATION PRODUCTS: Count on Marineland brand for the most reliable, technically advanced aquariums and accessories on the market.
  • COMPATIBILITY: Use with Marineland Rite-Size Filter Cartridges (see individual filter for sizing recommendations).
  • FIVE SIZES: Available in 75 GPH, 100 GPH, 150 GPH, 200 GPH and 350 GPH sizes.

Product Description

Marineland brand is the world’s leading brand of innovative equipment and environments for consumers wishing to create the ultimate aquatic showcase. Committed to fishkeeping success for over 40 years, the brand is the professional’s choice for commercial display systems and scientific research. Whatever you’re passionate about – freshwater or saltwater, big or small, beauty or science – make your aquarium your own. Marineland Penguin Bio-Wheel Power Filter delivers easy, three-stage mechanical, chemical and biological aquarium filtration. This powerful filter contains patented rotating Bio-Wheel technology to provide superior wet/dry biological filtration for nitrifying bacteria growth and eliminating toxic ammonia and nitrate fast. As it rotates, the Bio-Wheel exposes beneficial bacteria to the air, helping bacteria work harder and faster to keep your aquarium ammonia-free. The Bio-Wheel never clogs or needs to be replaced. All Bio-Wheel filters feature noise-reducing, two-piece vented covers and adjustable mid-level intake strainers. Uses Marineland Rite-Size Filter Cartridges with Black Diamond Premium Activated Carbon to filter out dirt and debris for maximum water clarity. Available in five sizes: 75 GPH (for aquariums up to 10 gallons); 100 GPH (for aquariums up to 20 gallons); 150 GPH (for aquariums up to 30 gallons); 200 GPH (for aquariums up to 50 gallons); 350 GPH (for aquariums up to 70 gallons). Clean, sparkling water is the mark of a healthy, thriving aquarium. The amount of filtration needed to maintain an aquarium depends on a number of variables. These include tank size, individual maintenance habits and fish population. Whatever your individual needs, Marineland brand has the filtration products you need to deliver on-target, advanced filtration.


Penguin Power Filters: Easy and Effective Filtration

Penguin BIO-Wheel Power Filters deliver effective, easy, 3-stage aquarium filtration—without the hassle of air pumps, valves, and tubing or air stones. Convenient Rite-Size Filter Cartridges come ready to use with each filter . to mechanically and chemically remove waste, discoloration, and odors. Biological filtration is provided by the revolutionary BIO-Wheel—proven best at removing toxic ammonia and nitrite.

Additional Features

Two-Piece Vented Cover: Designed for convenient filter cartridge access and quiet operation

Adjustable Mid-Level Intake: Attaches to the intake tube for improved water circulation

3-Stage Filtration

Stage 1: Mechanical Filtration

At this stage, the Penguin Rite-Size Filter Cartridge floss screens out dirt and debris and utilizes a patented ribbed back for maximum water to carbon contact.

Stage 2: Chemical Filtration

Black Diamond Premium Activated carbon works to remove odors, discoloration, and impurities.

Stage 3: Biological Filtration

The patented BIO-Wheel eliminates toxic ammonia and nitrite on contact and is designed to grow the beneficial bacteria needed for biological filtration. The BIO-Wheel now features 50% more surface area.

Pick the Right Filter for Your Size Aquarium

Certified Flow Rate Aquarium Size Penguin 100 100 GPH Up to 20 gallons Penguin 150 150 GPH Up to 30 gallons Penguin 200 200 GPH Up to 50 gallons Penguin 350 350 GPH Up to 70 gallons

Start-Up and Maintenance

The Penguin Power Filter requires virtually no set-up, making it perfect for any fish lover. Simply follow the manual in connecting the parts and then hang the filter onto the back of your tank. Be sure to prime your filter with aquarium water before you plug it in. Once you have set-up your filter you can adjust the water flow by using the mid-level strainer. After the initial set- up maintenance of this filter is quite easy. Simply remove and replace the filter cartridge after approximately one month and clean the filter as needed. It is also important to maintain an adequate water level in your tank to insure your Penguin Power filter runs quietly and efficiently.

Find the Rite-Size Filter for You

Each Penguin Power Filter comes with one Marineland Rite-Size Filter Cartridge. Take a look below to see which cartridge is correct for your filter and ensure proper maintenance.

Rite-Size A Cartridge Rite-Size B Cartridge Rite-Size C Cartridge Fits Penguin 100 and Mini Power Filters Fits Penguin 125, 150 Power Filters Fits Penguin 170, 200, 330, 350 Power Filters

Tetra Water Care

Tetra sets the bar high in water care treatment and maintenance with a four-step, color-coded system. From aquarium start-up and routine maintenance, to trouble shooting solutions and testing, Tetra offers everything you need to keep your aquarium water healthy. Take a look at the chart below to see the full line of Tetra water care treatments and testing supplies.

Start-Up New Aquarium? Tetra SafeStart allows you to safely add fish to your tank immediately. Maintenance Use AquaSafe whenever adding water to neutralize chlorine and heavy metals. Use EasyBalance weekly to keep your water chemistry balanced. Solutions High ammonia? Use AmmoniaSafe liquid or tablets. Cloudy water? Clear it up with WaterClarifier Liquid or Tablets. Algae issues? Keep in check with AlgaeControl liquid or No More Algae tablets. Testing Tetra EasyStrips make regular water testing a breeze.

Important information


Each Contains New Faster-Acting Black Diamond Premium Activated Carbon For Maximum Efficiency. Biological Filtration Is Provided By The Revolutionary Bio-Wheel – Proven Best At Removing Toxic Ammonia And Nitrite.


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Weight 1.86 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 7.38 in
Product Dimensions ‏

‎ 8.25 x 6 x 7.38 inches; 1.86 Pounds

Item model number ‏

‎ PF0150B


‎ Filters

Date First Available ‏

‎ June 24, 2004


‎ B0009IODZ6

Country of origin ‏

‎ China

Domestic Shipping

Item can be shipped within U.S.

International Shipping

This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More

Manufacturer ‏

‎ Marineland

10 reviews for Marineland Penguin Bio-Wheel Power Filter 150 GPH, Multi-Stage Aquarium Filtration,black

  1. godzilla

    My filtration unit (Penguin 275) died and I got this more powerful one from Amazon before 10:00 pm the same day! I’ve used these for a long time and I’m a big fan. On this unit the Biowheel ran and it turned fast! For two days. Now it’s stopped. And the overflow is NOT engaged (the filter is NOT clogged and impeding the flow). Strong flow. But wheel won’t turn. But wait… I cleaned off the debris from the intake pipe and it’s running fast again. This is a great powerful unit. I also hacked the disposable filter cartridge. I cut open the top and stuff extra carbon in it. I’ve always done that with great success in terms of happy healthy fish. Lots of green plants. I mean a TON of plants. Lots of scavengers (I have two HUGE Dojo Weather Loaches and 3 Cory Catfish). Lots of fresh activated carbon to keep the water pristine. I haven’t seen a single blip of fungus ever in almost 3 years.

  2. Anna’s Picks

    Great filter. It comes with to filter cartridges but you can purchase 2 additional cartridges and use a total of 4 for extra filtration.We went on vacation for 2 weeks and cleaned all the algae off the glass and this filter had the water looking crystal clear in less than 24hrs

  3. LadyT

    I bought this as a replacement for my other penguin filter that after almost 5 years of almost continuous use ( maintenance on tank or power outages is only time it’s been shut off) it finally gave out. I could’ve probably replaced the motor , but just easier to buy another and keep all the other pieces in case of “ emergencies “ . I highly recommend this filter if you’re considering a hang on back . Even if you have a canister you can use this to clear up water after medicating the tank or trying to fix an issue. I use a sponge , bio media in bags and seachem purigen ( when needed) I have filter pad in a case that’s made to slide down into filter .

  4. Roy Kressman

    Works as described, upon installation I had to clean the filter daily as there was a lot of debris in the water, a few days later I didn’t need to clean the filter very often and the filter very quickly removed bad smell and cloudiness in water.Used in a 20 gal with 4 small turtles.

  5. Amazon Customer

    Took me a while to figure out how to get it to work. I’m expecting things to click into place and hold solidly. Took several tries of taking it apart and putting it back together. Thought maybe I needed to put more water in it but that wasn’t the case. Once I got it working it works fine. Quiet too. This was the model 100 for a 10 gallon tank for plants

  6. Tom

    Works well in my 10-gallon tank. Pretty much a very low mantanceitem,

  7. pengem789

    My 25 gallon tank has had “yellow” water since I moved into my apartment 2 years ago. I’ve been through 4 filters (The last 2 were awful and kept “dying” and having to be restarted manually with a flush of water). This one had the water clear in 3 days and is running strong.

  8. Jesse

    If you are hearing a lot of rattling or rumbling noise from the filter, or it is just loud and the loud is not a water sound, its probably a worn out rod. What happens is the impeller spins millions of revolutions over time and wears out the stainless steel rod. You would notice that there is some play in between the hole of the impeller and the shaft. There should be no play. If you have a magnifying glass of a jewelers loop you would be able to see the rod getting thinner the closer it is to the impeller. You can replace that rod for a lot less than buying a new one. Here’s what you need to do.1. Get some needle nose plyers and pinch the rod just below the end cap, if the end cap is at 12:00, have the end of the plyers at 4:00, and then pivot the plyers up to 2:00 and this should push the cap off.2. Remove the shaft, at this point there would be the other end cap on the other end of the shaft.3. At this point you can do 1 of 2 things, get some Vaseline like others have said and cover the shaft in it and put it back together (this will get you by for maybe a few days) OR3b. Go out and buy 2.5MM stainless steel rods on amazon, they come in 10 packs 300 mm long so you could make 30 of them if you needed to. ($9.99)4. Use your old shaft to determine the right length and cut exactly to that length using cutters and a grinder or dermal tool to smooth it off. Just make sure the length is right.5. Use Vaseline on the rod and put it back together with the end caps on the ends. You will have plenty of material left over for additional shafts.Takes about 20 minutes but I promise you will never have to spend $30 on a Marineland PRIM350B 350b Impeller again

  9. Jesús Armando

    Funciona bien
    Buena relación producto precio.

  10. Aron

    Cleans tank well powerful motor
     I’ve used this brand for over 30 years and always liked them. I also used Aqua clear for many years and like them because you can change the media easily. But they don’t restart often after a power failure so I went back to this brand and they almost also start sucking water up again if the power goes out which is important if your not home. I ended up buying the plastic filer inserts for these to save on buying filters from the company. I can mix media however I want. And I also bought the foam filters so I just wash those off. All in all I can mix filter media however I wish with these. Yes sometimes the spinning wheels stop turning but that is mostly due to lack of water flow because filter needs to be cleaned or the space where the tabs are need to be cleaned. Good value for price at least when I bought them. I have a 80 gallon tank and I use this one and one smaller one of the same brand. I like to always have lots of filtration.** only thing I wish it had was a water flow adjustment. It’s a small thing and not so important that it kept me from buying it but in certain situations it would be nice.

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