Penguin Powerheads remain silent and deliver their flow consistently and reliably. Safe for both salt and freshwater aquariums because of their heavy-duty construction. Mount anywhere with suction cup or bracket and have an adjustable air valve. Special strainer keeps debris from fouling the impeller.
Replacement Pre-Filter Sponge for the Penguin Powerhead Reverse Flow Filter Kit. Open cell Sponge Pre-filter traps more dirt, protects against impeller damage, and prevents heavy waste buildup in gravel bed.
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Install Adjustable Diffuser: Snap rotating Flow Diffuser onto outside of power head Exhaust Outlet.
Install Adjustable Bracket: Slide Adjustable Bracket into channel on top of power head (fits from either side to accommodate right or left mounting).
Install Power Head: Locate power head over the Undergravel Lift Tube to determine the proper height. NOTE: When considering height allowance, keep in mind that Impeller Housing and Diffuser must be completely submerged to operate properly. For maximum aeration and circulation, position power head so flow slightly breaks water surface. Cut Undergravel Lift Tube as needed. Make certain Lift Tube is cut straight so that Lift Tube Adapter seals properly and power head remains level.
Adjust Lift Tube Adapter/Strainer: Slightly twist and slip Lift Tube Adapter down into Undergravel Lift Tube until properly seated. Adjust Adapter (pull down or push up) to ensure proper sealing at Undergravel Lift Tube. Position power cord in bracket groove.
Install Air Control Valve and Tube: Push Air Valve onto one end of Air Tube and press other end firmly into Venturi Collar. Press assembled Air Tube into Bracket Groove (on Adjustable Bracket only) alongside Power Cord. NOTE: If no air is desired, do not install Air Tube. Cover hole with enclosed Venturi Plug. Failure to plug hole will present a danger to fish.
Plug in unit: Use a standard 115-volt polarized receptacle. Do not force plug into a non-polarized receptacle. Adapters are available at your local hardware store. CAUTION: Do not allow a Marineland Power Head to operate dry at any time.
Optimize Flow: Pivot Exhaust Outlet from side to side and adjust Flow Diffuser. Fine tune airflow by adjusting Air Valve. Clockwise for less air, counterclockwise for more air. Set Diffuser to agitate surface of water. Never point diffuser directly up. If water evaporates and tank level drops, water could be pumped out of the aquarium.
CAUTION: Unplug unit before performing maintenance. NEVER use soap, detergents or any non-recommended cleaning agents around an aquarium. ALWAYS rinse parts with cold water after cleaning.
To ensure optimum performance, we recommend the following complete maintenance procedure for the Penguin Power Head at leas every four weeks.
Unplug Power Head. Slip unit up and off aquarium frame. Rotate Exhaust Outlet and gently uncouple Impeller Housing from power unit.
Using a clean cloth and/or Marineland Flexi-Brush, clean Magnetic Impeller, Intake Strainer and Impeller Cavity. DO NOT use soap. Rinse with cold water. NOTE: Magnetic Impeller Assembly is not designed to be taken apart. Attempts to do so may result in malfunction. If Magnetic Impeller Assembly does not rotate freely when clean and in good condition, a replacement should be installed.
Reinstall Magnetic Impeller Assembly, Impeller Housing and Lift Tube Adapter. Readjust Flow Diffuser and Air Valve as necessary.
Pre-filter Maintenance: Sponge pre-filter should be cleaned once or twice per month during regular tank maintenance. Best method is to gently squeeze sponge in a bucket or removed tank water during water changes. Never use soap or extremely hot or cold water. Replace sponge if any damage is noticed. Always insure that sponge is reinstalled all the way onto Pre-filter Core. Slots in core should be completely covered to prevent bypass around sponge.
A crucial - and often overlooked - aspect of keeping a reef aquarium is water movement. Proper water movement goes a long way toward helping a reef system thrive. Corals and other reef inhabitants are accustomed to rapid, constant water movement.
Please note: Return of electrical equipment to Drs. Foster & Smith for exchange or refund is limited to 60 days from the date of purchase. Beyond 60 days, please contact the manufacturer for repair or replacement as covered by the manufacturer's warranty.
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