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big external filter on a small tank?

I have a 6 gallon tank and looking to upgrade to an external filter. 1) to get rid of the ugly HOB 2) to be able to really be able to adjust my flow preciously 3) HOB makes me have to put my ADA light on either side of it 4) it seems like my circulation isn't "ideal" but that's me being a perfectionist 5) able to add a tad more bio-load to the tank

Anyways, I've been looking at Eheim Ultra 2071 for scaling purposes (might get a 20 gallon sooner or later). Could having such a big external filter hurt in anyway to a small tank?

I personally can only see one flaw which is maybe too much flow-rate and I can't adjust it but I've heard most canisters can from the inlet tube.

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I don't think you want to restrict the intake on a canister. The outflow is where you see most of the valves.

If you feel crafty, you could create your own spray system.
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Re: big external filter on a small tank?

Don't know 207 but I thought all Eheims have adjustable flow?

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I don't think you want to restrict the intake on a canister. The outflow is where you see most of the valves.

If you feel crafty, you could create your own spray system.
+1 don't restrict flow on the intake. Outflow is where you want to restrict flow if you do.

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Don't know 207 but I thought all Eheims have adjustable flow?

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AFAIK, all the new Eheim classics come with quick disconnects which you can use to adjust flow. I'm not sure if the other Eheims have it.

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my bad - i got the two mixed up (meant outflow). Yes, I do believe 2071's have a quick release which means you can adjust their flow.

Anyways, is there any problems with having a huge canister like this with a small tank? I just want to make sure I'm not overlooking something like having 5 inch wheels on a monster truck or something haha

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Nothing wrong with a larger filter on a small tank. The only problem would be flow, but you can adjust it. If anything, it would be beneficial for you with the increased bio filtration.

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Nothing wrong with a larger filter on a small tank. The only problem would be flow, but you can adjust it. If anything, it would be beneficial for you with the increased bio filtration.
just making sure =) thank you
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OMG - I just got my 2073 and there is such a HUGE range on flowrate from the quick-release valve. This could be used on a 1 gallon if it wanted to. I just figured buying something this big would be picking from a hurricane mode or a tornado mode with my small 5 gallon.

This is just future reference for other people looking to buy a big external filter on a small tank.
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