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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Which Eheim?

Tank size would be 40 gal breeder. I only want to look at Eheim canisters and am looking for opinions on the few models listed below, setting aside for now the $$$. I am primarily interested in ease of use, including self-priming and media options, as well as ability to use a pre-filter if there are fry in the tank. And of course, the filtering ability itself.

Here's what I am trying to sort through:

Ultra G 90
Pro III E 2074 or 2076
2073 or 2075 - are these similar to the 2074/2076 without the electronics?
2215 or 2217

I'm leaning toward either the 2074/2076 or 2073/2075 at the moment and would love to hear from anyone who has actually used these.

Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 05:53 PM
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2217, easy to clean easy to use and has quick connects that also work as flow control

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 06:42 PM
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bigger is always better. i would go for 2217, you will not regret about 2217 for sure. im all in for eheim, all my filters are eheim
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You can't go wrong with a 2217, another vote for the classic.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 07:03 PM
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I recently purchased a 2217, it has great power and solid filtration ability/options. However, I bought it because it was supposed to be nearly silent and that just isn't the case. There is always an audible hum @ 2-3 meters. It has however become more silent with time.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 07:12 PM
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I would go for Eheim 2217 , it s built to last and super silent, You will be happy to own one. I have 2 running on 180 and 1 backup.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 08:25 PM
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Eheim 2217 definitely. Had a 2075 with baskets, the intake and spraybar are the ones that you normally see as eheim installation kits. The flow is controlled by a lever for adjustment. It is quite heavy when filled with water. I sold the 2075 because it was sitting around and did not want to set up another tank. They all come with media and the only time you have to replace anything is probably the filter floss which is inexpensive.

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 10:29 PM
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Getting a 2076 seems sort of silly when a 2078 only costs about 10-20 more.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 10:44 PM
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2217 all the way

I used to manage a retail outlet that sold eheims for years and years. the returns i got on ANY of the electronic models made me nearly stop selling them. the classics are reliable (some in the shop ran for 5 years +)
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-04-2013, 01:02 AM
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2217 definitely. I got one on my 110 that has been running for almost 10 years. Only issue was a broken impeller shaft a few years ago.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-04-2013, 02:23 AM
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I'm a 2217 man all the way, now. It's a silent workhorse with tons of flow. Love it!
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