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Help me with priming my first canister filter. (eheim 2217)

As the title says I need some help. I can't seem to a find anything on how to prime a new canister filter. Can anyone help me or give a step my step article?

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Easiest way is to put the input in your tank, open both quick disconnects, take the output hose and suck on it until water starts to fill the can, while water is filling you can put the spraybar on or wait until can is full. After the can Is full and the spraybar is in place, turn the sucker on!

it will make noise sometimes for a day or two as it expels air but soon after it should be near silent.
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Thanks a bunch!
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hmmm so I set it up and its running well.

But I hear the motor slightly. It that normal?
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hmmm so I set it up and its running well.

But I hear the motor slightly. It that normal?

I've been fighting with silent vs. normal hum vs. impeller rattle vs. luck. For the last couple weeks. I'm thinking that if it seems "too loud" it probably is. My response was def not "dead silent" to my 2213 initial setup. It does quiet down after about 48 hours of running. I've done 2 water changes since I started using the filter and it is loud after each change, again, for about 48 hours. Seriously considering buying a new one or changing brands soon. I come from SW and understand a "Break In" period, but this is getting ridiculous.
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It's probably just some air bubbles as mentioned, gently tapping or tilting the filter will help release any trapped air. If it persists longer than a week there may be an issue. I have two, one is dead silent, the other is slightly noisy but it was made in WEST Germany....very, very old.

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I drained it and set it back up and shook it quite a bit. Seems to be a lil more quite. I'll give it some time and hopefully it quite downs. If not its getting exchanged.
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If you can hear it in a week with your cabinet doors closed (assuming it's in a cabinet) it's not right. I literally have to get a couple inches from my silent one to hear it. After at least 22 years of service, i figure the other one has earned the right to be a bit noisy.

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Ya I can definitely hear it through my cabinet right now. And obviously up close. Ya I'm hoping it quites down because I would have hate to have to break it down and let everything dry before returning it.
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So I took out the impeller and then put it all back together. Little less noise now. Hoping it gets better. its more quite than my marine land HOB but again hearing everyone say its dead silent was part of the reason I bought this thing and I can still slightly hear it out of the cabinet. It's more of importance to me since it's in my bedroom no more than 6 feet from my bed.
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It got worse again. I'm just gonna return it to amazon and get a replacement. I've been reading online and most people say there shouldn't be any motor noise but just air bubbles on occasion especially when first starting which is completely fine. But this motor noise is freakin annoying and not what I expected.

Hopefully the next one is better.
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It got worse again. I'm just gonna return it to amazon and get a replacement. I've been reading online and most people say there shouldn't be any motor noise but just air bubbles on occasion especially when first starting which is completely fine. But this motor noise is freakin annoying and not what I expected.

Hopefully the next one is better.
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Sorry I have already broke the thing down to let it dry. I should have taken a video but trust me. The thing makes noise and with everyone saying how dead silent theres are I knew mine wasn't right.
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Do you shake the canister while it's on? I tried but still little gorgle noise from the canister. Kinda scared trying to shake more vigorously when the hose is pretty tight connected to the inflow & outflow pipe.

Edit: I swear the first, very first time I run my 2213 is very very silent. But after cleaning the filter then on, it keep having little gorgle noise...
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My eheim would always be noisy after cleaning because of the air bubbles. I know you are already returning it but what worked for me was releasing one of the metal clips while the pump is on. I would put some pressure on the top lid and let the air escape until a little water starts trickling out. Worked like a charm.

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