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Old 09-09-2013, 03:56 PM   #1
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Eheim 2213 or Fluval 206 or something else?


I am building a 20g high and want to use a canister filter for it. I plan on building a DIY UGF and spray bar and possibly a purigen reactor. I am using Aquarliam's (Mordalphus) design for the UGF and reactor. My only canister I have and have ever owned is a Fluval 406. I see a lot use Eheim here and not many use Fluval so I am thinking about trying out Eheim. I don't mind going bigger because I can always put a ball valve or gate in the output. So is the 2213 big enough or should I go bigger or go with something else? Thanks.

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I think the general forum consensus is that, if your budget can swing it, it never hurts to go for a bigger filter. I was originally considering the 2213 for my 17g, but after some research on this forum, I decided to upgrade to the 2215.

If you're planning to stock the tank lightly, or with fish who prefer calmer waters, the 2213 would probably still be fine. But, like you said, you can always control the flow from a larger filter, and if you ever upgrade your tank, you won't have to buy a new filter.
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I think the general forum consensus is that, if your budget can swing it, it never hurts to go for a bigger filter. I was originally considering the 2213 for my 17g, but after some research on this forum, I decided to upgrade to the 2215.

If you're planning to stock the tank lightly, or with fish who prefer calmer waters, the 2213 would probably still be fine. But, like you said, you can always control the flow from a larger filter, and if you ever upgrade your tank, you won't have to buy a new filter.
i have 2213 on my twenty long, i think its just adequate

if your adding anything inline that would reduce the flow id agree on the 2215
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Thanks for the replies. No one suggests anything other than Eheim? Lol. I was thinking if I had a 20 long a 2213 would be sufficient but since it is a 20 tall then a 2215 would be better. Along with that I may put a reactor in.
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Thanks for the replies. No one suggests anything other than Eheim? Lol. I was thinking if I had a 20 long a 2213 would be sufficient but since it is a 20 tall then a 2215 would be better. Along with that I may put a reactor in.
I think just about any filter is a matter of preference. Most people cite the Eheim's "complete, no bypass filtration" (as opposed to the fluval, where water is free to move through different chambers of the filter in any order) and its long life (10+ years in many cases) as upsides.

Like hambone said, if your planning to add anything inline, like a reactor, the 2215 may be a better choice to compensate for any reduction in flow.
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Thanks again. 2215 it is.
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