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Marineland Penguin Power Filter

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Up to 20-Gallon, 100 GPH
  • Certified flow rate of 100GPH, perfect for all aquariums up to 20-gallon, uses the Rite-Size A" filter cartridge"
  • Delivers easy, three stage mechanical, chemical, and biological aquarium filtration
  • Convenient Penguin Rite Size Cartridges come ready to use with each filter
  • Please refer the Product Manual, Set up Manual and the Instructional Video before use.
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Product Description

Size: Up to 20-Gallon, 100 GPH

Product Description


Easy Enough for the Beginner

Whether you're a first-time aquarist or consider yourself a hobbyist the Marineland Penguin Power Filter is right for you. Because it comes in four different sizes this filter is perfect for any small to medium aquarium 20-70 gallons. It does a superior job with the bio-load of Tropical Community Fish Oscars and African Cichlids. Leftover food and fish waste particles disappear in minutes due to the filter's replaceable Rite Size cartridges ensuring a clean and healthy environment for your fish and plants.




Handy Chart to Help You Pick the Right Penguin for Your Aquarium

Product Certified Flow Rate Aquarium Size Rite Size Media
Penguin 100B 100 GPH Up to 20 gallons A
Penguin 150B 150 GPH Up to 30 gallons B
Penguin 200B 200 GPH Up to 50 gallons C
Penguin 350B 350 GPH Up to 70 gallons C


3-Stage Filtration Advantage

Each Marineland Penguin Filter is designed with an effective easy 3-stage filtration system consisting of biological chemical and mechanical filtration. The BIO-Wheel was designed to grow the beneficial bacteria that is needed for biological filtration and has been proven best at removing toxic ammonia and nitrites. Also the BIO-Wheel comes with a noise reducing cover making this filter more convenient and enjoyable for all fish owners. The replaceable Rite-Size filter cartridge provides the mechanical and chemical filtration screening out the dirt and debris and removing odors discoloration and impurities. The 100% water to media contact ensures a crystal clear healthy environment for your plants and fish. This type of 3-stage system will guarantee that your aquatic environment thrives to its highest ability.


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 it 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.


Handy Chart to Help You Pick the Right Filter for Your Size Aquarium

Product Tank Size Level Aquarist Type of Filter Type of BIO-Technology Type of Water Environment
Penguin Small-Medium Beginner Hang-on-Tank BIO-Wheel Freshwater/Emperor
Emperor Medium Beginner-Enthusiast Hang-on-Tank BIO-Wheel Freshwater/Emperor
C-Series Canister Medium-Very Large Tanks Enthusiast Canister BIO-Filter Balls Freshwater/Emperor


TetraCare

Sign up for TetraCare to help you be successful in your fish-keeping endeavor. This is a totally free program with the purchase of these aquarium systems and provides on-line and over the phone support. Once you register, you'll receive specially timed emails to guide you through the first six months of your aquarium experience and beyond. Free direct access to our TetraCare Team is just a phone call away. Just call 1-800-423-6458. Help is available seven days a week.


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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

filter 1

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.

filter 2

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
rite size A
Fits Penguin 100 and Mini Power Filters
rite size B
Fits Penguin 125, 150 Power Filters
rite size C
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
safestart
New Aquarium? Tetra SafeStart allows you to safely add fish to your tank immediately.
Maintenance
easy balance
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.

Product Details

Size: Up to 20-Gallon, 100 GPH
Product manual Manual [PDF]|Set Up Manual Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • 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
  • ASIN: B0007ZS230
  • Item model number: PF0100B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,289 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,158 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By U. Unzueta on July 27, 2007
Size: 50 to 70-Gallon/350 GPH Verified Purchase
Did my research and people couldnt tell the difference from the Emperor 400. So i bought this since it's price tag was way cheaper than the 400. Ive been running this for about 2 months on my 75 gallon tank. I have an Oscar and they're messy eaters and leave particles in the water from some certain types of foods. The particles dissapear after 20 minutes due to the power filter's water gallon suction ratio. I completely love how silent it is. You need to fill the tank up to at least the waterfall lips of the filter so you wont hear the water splashing. Good good stuff here.
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Size: 50 to 70-Gallon/350 GPH
I think this is an ok filter, it definitely does its job of providing chemical and mechanical filtration, but heres a tip.
I do ALOT of work with fish tanks and supplies. One thing I have noticed from cleaning, fixing and modifying aquarium supplies is that in the last few years, maybe a little longer, marineland has started using cheaper parts.

I have an older model of this filter and it has adjustable flow and a bit better construction. I liked it, so I bought a new one. The newer one is noticeably cheaper in construction and components, no flow control knob and after four months it periodically grinds and it is LOUD! I hear it across my decent sized home.

So bottom line, it does its job as a filter, and in my opinion its a great filter. Just has a few things it could improve on.
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April 22, 2016
Please note that this is an older review. None of the Penguin models are loud typically. Addtionally, the changes to the housing, and the flow control knob were back around 2002, and this filter has been and is one of the most successful on the market and in the industry. Most noise issues are related to one of the following:

- using sand in an aquarium instead of gravel will cause a grinding sound and destroy impellers in any filter if filter floss is not placed inside the strainer or a sponge accessory is not pulled over the strainer.
- for the first 1-2 days you may encounter trapped air bubbles which will make the filter loud. You can either wait it out or pull the intake tube up out of the filter box, and reseat it, slowly and gently, 2-3 times.
- the impeller may have been knocked out of position during shipping. Remove the intake tube, impeller housing and impeller. Check to make sure all appear okay, the re-seat them into the filter box.
- an air stone under the filter or near the intake tube will make the filter extremely noisy because of air bubbles traveling up the intake tube
- the bio wheel will slap the water and be very noisy initially, until it absorbs water. To avoid this noise, remove it and float it in the tank for a day or two. It will soak up water much faster, and when you do install it, it will not make noise.

For more information on these filters please contact the Marineland Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-322-1266 between 8:00 am - 5:30 pm EST Monday through Friday.
Size: 50 to 70-Gallon/350 GPH
I have a 55 gallon community tank with angels, pleco's, clown loaches, and cory cats. Some messy fish, but this filter carries the load. My only recommendation is to clean the intake tube with each water change. It gets pretty gunked up, very easily.
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Size: 50 to 70-Gallon/350 GPH Verified Purchase
My experience with this filter so far has been on par with most of the other reviews. I hope I can address some things for anyone thinking about buying this.

I have a 55 gallon tank and bought the 350. I dont plan on getting any dirty fish, and considering the movement on this model, I am confident it is enough for the bioload I plan on having. I was leery of getting this over a fluval or aqueon after noise/functionality complaints but if it rates above 4 stars on average it's fair game at that point. It was on sale for about $30 when I ordered it and money talks. Im not an extreme hobbyist or fish wrangler, just a girl who would like a pretty fish tank in her house and has done her homework. So if terms aren't correct or I don't make sense, I apologize.

Anyways, To keep it simple, pros and cons:

Pros: It is easy to put together. It literally is just common sense linking pieces together and putting in cartridges. It took no more than five minutes. After filling up my tank, and getting it started I was concerned it would be hard to prime. It wasn't. I poured in two cups of water in each side and it was up and spinning. Took about 30 seconds. Max. You put on the little lids which just kind of sit on top of everything without stopping the flow.

-The motor IS NOT and SHOULD NOT be loud. I wonder if the people complaining about this followed general fish keeping instructions, let alone the product's. There is a rim at the top of most aquariums, usually black or brown metal/wood. This is where your water level should be regardless of filter. If it is any lower, then there is an amount of space the water has to drop, making more and more noise. The water makes the noise, not the filter.
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By Kyle on May 7, 2015
Size: Up to 20-Gallon, 100 GPH Verified Purchase
Very good filter! I bought this for my TopFin 10 gallon aquarium. I didn't like the filter it came with so i bought this. At first, it was a little loud. I figured out it was the rattle from the cover covering the bio wheel housing. I stuck a little rubber band in between the housing cover and the filter itself. No more rattle!

UPDATE 6/16/2015
I bought 2 bags of Fluval Spec Biomax Filter Media, 2.1 oz and tossed them into that large useless opening between the biowheel and the cartridge itself providing lots of bio media. Heck, you could add a small bag of carbon with 1 bag of that bio media. The possibility are endless! Great filter. i'd gladly buy again.
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Size: 20 to 30-Gallon, 150 GPH
Before you buy another filter, please read this. I also had trouble with the bio wheel afdter only a year, slowly turning then altogether quit, then restarting it was getting harder and harder. I was disappointed and went to my local fish store to ask what they recommended since these seemed rather shoddy, come to find out he showed me the small impellor located under a plastic casing that no one would have guessed was there or removable. So if you have never heard of this, please check it out first. It is the little mechanism that spins to move the water. Once I cleaned this and another in a small hex they both worked like a charm! Wheels spinning so fast I can't tell they're turning!
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Size: 50 to 70-Gallon/350 GPH
The best I have ever used . I have two 30gl. African Cichlid set-ups that I keep over crowded to cut down on the fighting for territory and a 30 gal . community tank and these filters do a great job with the bio-load of each . The bio-wheels do a great job of polishing the water , and a great place to grow good bacteria, this is why they slow down after they been used for awhile , the Bio-wheels build up bacteria and muck , simply rinse them off in dechlorinated water that is the same temp. as your tank water so you do not kill off the bacteria and they will continue to serve you well . Easy to change filters , which I change only one at a time so as not to remove all the bacteria in my filters . And even after my own laziness of going weeks without cleaning it , it will run smooth and whisper quiet . I have never had a problem with noise on any of my 3 Penguin 350 filters , after a water change or power outage just a little shot of water in it to prime it and it starts right up just as quiet as before , and sometimes that is not even needed as the water that was left in it will prime it for me . I will never use any other filter .
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