Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: West Chester, PA
I'm seriously considering a move to canister filters. Cost is not really a factor, and I want to get the best I can.
It appears that the best choice for me would be a 2028, as I have a 75g tank, and I'm very happy with my current heater so I don't need a 2128.
What exactly does the setup look like for one of these? I assume there is a single inflow, and a single outflow. Do you typically use an overflow box like with a wet/dry trickle filter? On the outflow, is there a lot of pressure which needs to be directed or diffused? What do you guys use for tubing? Hard PVC, flex-tube, etc?
Another important question. I have a Turbotwist UV sterilizer, currently hooked up through a bunch of flexible and hard PVC piping. I have it set up with a small powerhead which is immersed, and pushes the water through from one end of the tank, through the UV unit, and is deposited on the other end of the tank (top of the water column). I would LOVE to put this thing in-line with the Eheim, but flow-rate must be low for it to function.
Has anyone else used a UV unit in-line with their Eheim? Is there a reasonable way to keep the flow-rate through the sterilizer low, and still feed the Eheim properly (through the same plumbing). Maybe branch the output so only half goes through the sterilizer thereby taking 1/2 of the flow rate... ie:
(Tank)==>==(eheim)==>==|.................... ....|==> to tank
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Thoughts? Pics would be great if I could see the setup I could imagine how I would need to do it.
75g Tanganyikan planted - eco-complete, crushed lace rock substrate - 260w PC lighting.
30g SE asian planted - various mixed substrate - low-lighting
20g Convict breeder tank - floating plants only
10g African fry tank 1- flourite+sand substrate, 20w lighting
10g African fry tank 2- bare-bottom with java moss