Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Mich.
About a month ago, I purchased the Eheim 2026 Pro II from Drs. Foster & Smith for $165.99 including media and intake/spraybar upgrades. I put it into use Saturday April 17th and have been holding on posting until some problems were resolved..
The overall design of the unit is great, very sleek and it appears built to last. I had some concerns about the initial setup, as this is my first canister, but it was a breeze. Everything in the included kits went together easily and the easy-prime feature couldn't be simpler. I fired it up and away it went, filtering out all stray bits of algae I had scrubbed off the tank walls.
The noise from the unit is significantly less than the previous stock Eclipse 2 filter. There is a very gentle hum from the motor, which you can only hear when you put your head near the canister. There is also a very quiet sound, which I take to be water swishing through the unit. The maint. indicator (flow ball) also makes a bit of noise, rattling back and forth in its chamber. I called Eheim North America and they have a fix for that which will be available in the next month to month and a half for North American customers. It may already be available in other countries.
The only real problem I have had was that the impeller cover broke six days after I started using the unit. There is no visible stress on the plastic. It just snapped where it inserts into the pump head frame. The filter still works quietly and the flow rate is only reduced slightly (causing the ball to rattle a little more). I contacted Eheim N.A. and they said that they have had a few complaints of this lately, perhaps from a bad batch. (My luck, sheesh..) They are sending a new one under warranty, and I'm mailing back the old one for them to inspect. Eheim and Drs. Foster & Smith have been really stand-up companies throughout all of this.
Eheim Pimp Club Member #10
25 gal. Planted - SeaClear, Eheim 2026 Pro II, Retro Eclipse 2 hood w/1 x 65 watt CF & 2 x 15 watt NO, Hagen CO2, Eco-Complete