Marineland Penguin Filter Unboxing and Review

Hello Fellow Fish Keepers,
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We recently had to upgrade the filter in our very heavily stock 40 gallon breeder filler with bristlenose pleco fry. We’ve had good luck with Marineland filters so we think this will do the trick.

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Comments

Teddy Bonkers says:

I bought four because of your video. I’ve been very impressed with them and at half the price of an aquaclear but can fit double the amount of media? I’ve just been damn impressed. I use media bags filled with lava rock and then we been doing GREAT when they are cycled, I hope they will keep my pleco breeding tanks clean. I used to view these as low quality due to most people’s negative opinion, stupid me…not everybody is right. I plan to buy six more.

Monkey Nut says:

It’s better just to use sponges instead of Cartridge and wheel

JOHN SCALES says:

My Aquarclears are more trouble than they are worth. The baskets are constantly rising, even after only a few days from cleaning. Drives me crazy, that I have to clean almost every week, or the media trays rise. I think I’m going to go back to Marineland. AC are over-rated!

Mad Fish Diva says:

I’m running two smaller versions of this filter on my 30t. They are work horses.

An Old FisH ChiCk says:

Always enjoy your videos but the background music is distracting while I’m trying to listen to you talk but maybe it’s just me as I had a headache today LOL!

EJ Fishes 76 says:

Great info Jason, I would like one for my 75g in addition to my sponge filters. I couldn’t get my aqua clear between the wall & tank…could you let me how inches that one is between your tank & wall?

Redacted Xx says:

I’ve never had good luck with the penguin bio wheel filters. That wheel never spins and there is always poor flow. You are obviously doing something better than I am with those filters.

Edwars Delaoraygoza says:

I have the exact one i just got it yesterday but its not pumping the water through the intake, any ideas? Maybe i need to add more water? (Its a turtle tank and its only filled about half way 40-50gal tank

Catfish Cave says:

I’ve always thought these were a brilliant idea for an aquarium filter. (borrowed from the sanitation industry) I’ve just never liked the implementation; they had to compete price wise and thus ran into some shortcomings. A gear driven biowheel would be awesome – but would really jack up the price. I like the idea of really separating the mechanical from the biological filtration – the concept is very efficient. I wonder if all the problems I hear about are because people don’t clean them properly?

Aquariums With Ty says:

Nice review!

Phoenixs Aquatic 4'11 Legacy says:

I love the marineland penguins bio wheels.i have the100 on the 20gallon high the 150 and the 200 penguin bio wheel for the 40gallon breeder saltwater marine tank

PalJoey1957 says:

Good video, but you’ve raised a specter. I’m goin’ nuts. You’ve hit my biggest beef with the present day aquarium hobby – that is, the popular configurations used by HOB filters.

1) The ‘waterfall’ returns dump the filtered water right back in the vicinity of the intake spout. Preposterous. 2) The waterfall type returns do not take advantage of the filters gph ability to agitate the water over the whole surface of the tank, thereby breaking up the surface film and oxygenating the water better. In the “old days” we had the Supreme Aquaking that had a 90 degree laterally adjustable water return that could be aimed for the furthest recess of the tank. 3) The bio-wheels do next to nothing. If one thinks they fulfill any significant portion of the benefit a wet/dry trickle filter would bestow, you’d be dreaming. 4) The filter cartridges are gimmicks to provide ongoing income for the manufacturer. The floss portions are not thick enough to give effective mechanical filtering, and there isn’t enough high quality carbon to make you sneeze. 5) The size of the media tanks are in no way adequate. They need to be 2 – 3 times bigger. It’s the size of the beneficial bacteria bed that counts, even more than the gph, not the gimmicks. 6) They have custom parts and fittings such as a rectangular, internally connected intake spot, that prevent customization and make you go to the manufacturer for replacement parts.

You can’t tell me that the manufacturers couldn’t give us a large media box and a directional return spout for the same price or a couple of dollars more, if they eliminated the gimmicks.

It’s a real shame, because the modern ‘magnetic drive/impeller’ type motors used with today’s HOBs are much superior to the old designs which had motors that needed lubrication and had bearings that burned out. So what filter makers gave in one area they took away in other areas. My strong advice is build your own. There’s a hundred different builds on YouTube or check out The King of DIY’s old videos, or Pondguru’s series on “pimping” (modifying) filters for best production.

Tina Genovesi says:

I should’ve kept my 350 , I accidentally ordered it for a 29 it took up just about the whole back so I got the one rated for up to 50gal and I modified the guts they are good and have good water turnover but not as good as a sump.

Rath Man says:

I have an emperor 400 and an aquaclear 110. Now don’t hate on me but I like the Marineland a bit more than the Aquaclear. The Marineland is easier to maintain, quieter, stronger, provides a lot more surface agitation with how the lip of the return is designed. My Aquaclear 110 doesn’t seem to be functioning quite as powerful, maintenance is a little more time consuming, noisy from the lid rattle and motor, motor power isn’t constant (motor power seems to be intermittent; you can hear in the water fall, it’ll push water strong for a few seconds, then it’ll quiet down a bit for a few seconds, then strong again repeatedly. Marineland wins with surface agitation. I can fill the tank about 1/2″ above the lip of the return and you can surf on the waves created (sarcasm). Aquarclear barely breaks surface tension. With Aquaclear, I could only fill to about 1″ below the lip to create a waterfall effect that creates little bubbles to agitate the water. The only thing I do love about Aquaclear is the space for biomedia over Marineland. If only there’s was a hybrid, Marineclear! Imagine the Marineland routing water from the bottom up, through the sponge and floss, then through the space with media, then by the biowheels!

Paul Cardoza says:

Great video I run two 350s on my 55 gallon and to 400 on my 75 gallon they work awesome!

todd henning says:

No directions!!!! You are a rebel!!!!

FISH _OUT OF_WATER_AQUARIUMS says:

Great video bud I had same filter smaller model tho thing kept over flowing alot so just switch to a canister filter….but it did work good just got tires of the over flow into the tank

PalJoey1957 says:

Good video, but you’ve raised a specter. I’m goin’ nuts. You’ve hit my biggest beef with the present day aquarium hobby – that is, the popular configurations used by HOB filters.

1) The ‘waterfall’ returns dump the filtered water right back in the vicinity of the intake spout. Preposterous. 2) The waterfall type returns do not take advantage of the filters gph ability to agitate the water over the whole surface of the tank, thereby breaking up the surface film and oxygenating the water better. In the “old days” we had the Supreme Aquaking that had a 90 degree laterally adjustable water return that could be aimed for the furthest recess of the tank. 3) The bio-wheels do next to nothing. If one thinks they fulfill any significant portion of the benefit a wet/dry trickle filter would bestow, you’d be dreaming. 4) The filter cartridges are gimmicks to provide ongoing income for the manufacturer. The floss portions are not thick enough to give effective mechanical filtering, and there isn’t enough high quality carbon to make you sneeze. 5) The size of the media tanks are in no way adequate. They need to be 2 – 3 times bigger. It’s the size of the beneficial bacteria bed that counts, even more than the gph, not the gimmicks. 6) They have custom parts and fittings such as a rectangular, internally connected intake tubes, that prevent customization and make you go to the manufacturer for replacement parts.

You can’t tell me that the manufacturers couldn’t give us a large media box and a directional return spout for the same price or a couple of dollars more, if they eliminated the gimmicks.

It’s a real shame, because the modern ‘magnetic drive/impeller’ type motors used with today’s HOBs are much superior to the old designs which had motors that needed lubrication and had bearings that burned out. So what filter makers gave in one area they took away in other areas. My strong advice is build your own. There’s a hundred different builds on YouTube or check out The King of DIY’s old videos, or Pondguru’s series on modifying filters for best production.

Bernhard Kawell says:

Sounds to a real alternative to aqua clear. .now i will searched to the germany market place. .

The Fishy Life ! says:

I’ve used 5 of these for years recently one broke stopped working??? I emailed marineland and was shocked when they sent me a brand new one no questions asked I didn’t even have to provide proof of payment!!!! I can tell you first hand they are excellent customer service!!!

Michael Newell says:

I own 2x 400’s & 3x 350’s, they’ve worked pretty good so far. Although recently I’ve been having issues with the 350’s just shutting off. I highly recommend having backup filtration on tanks just in case they shut down in the middle of the day/night. Great video as always!

Christopher Frazier says:

I have never had any Fluval filter or heater breakdown on me. Probably using around 50 of them.
Aquaclear 110 is the best on the market.
I absolutely hate Marineland products and biowheels had too many problems with them breaking down. I have never knew someone who liked one or used them and most bigger fish channels don’t use them.
But opinions very. Great video.

Budget Aquarium says:

We bought four Marineland in the last year and they all suck. The two big ones we bought had impeller problems in the first month and Marineland had to send us new ones. The ten gallons never prime by themselves. Of all my tanks, the two with the Aqueon filters are always the cleanest and lest problematic. I think the Marineland filter are not good for sand either, the Aqueons eat sand all day and love it.

Ben Higdon says:

I bought the 75galloon one and it sucks it couldn’t keep my 60 gallon clear. So I got a doing filter and now it’s super clear

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