My Eheim ECCOt handle broke and will no longer seal. Looking for advice on new filter and capacity. I have a 29g with a co2 reactor. I need something that will be able to filter well and be able to do so with the reactor. Thanks for your help. The reactor is from aquarium plants.com the external reactor 5000. Price is not important.
I have a eheim 2213 in my 36g it works great and I get the floss and carbon pads from ebay in bulk so it's cheap. I haven't had any issues with it except a little trick to get it going is to tip it upsided to prime it if it doesn't start pumping right away.
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Eheim Classic all they way. Probably go with the 2215 if you're pushing through a reactor as well. The Classic is, well, classic. It's built to last. Powerful durable pump (that is thermally protected from overheating, unlike the Eheim Ecco). Plenty of room for media. It's a work horse.
Thanks for the replies. I was leaning toward another Eheim. I had been happy with the ECCO until it broke. It had been running for 11-12yrs. It still runs, just won't seal the top to pump. I looked at the filters used by Amano. The design is very similar to the classic. They look great, but that price is pretty steep when I can get a classic to do the same thing.
I've noticed a lot of posts about running two filters. Is it more for redundancy in the system?
If you were going to stick with Eheim, I would consider a 2215 or 2217. My 2215 had enough flow for a 29 but once I added a few things inline, it wasn't quite enough for me.
People use 2 filters for a variety of reasons. The main reason is more bio media or more flow. Some may make one a "bio-filter" with only bio media and course filters (or possibly no mechanical media) that gets cleaned almost never, only when the flow is to a trickle, and the other as mechanical, being cleaned more often.