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Old 12-12-2014, 11:10 AM   #1
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Eheim Classic 2215 filter leak


Hi,

At first I wanted to buy a Fluval canister filter, but they told me, that Eheim is a "Cadillac" class filter, best on the market and if o-ring is OK it won't leak...
Then:
http://youtu.be/wsQ_8p5ntMk

The truth is, that Eheim 2215 Made in China is not at all like the old Eheim Made in Germany...

The plastic is so cheap, that after 8 month of use it deformed and start to leak. At first I think it was tubing problem or o-ring. But when it started to leak more - I found out a deformed plastic. Changing the tubing 3 times doesn't change anything...

Lucky me, my filter was in a 20 gallon plastic basket. Lucky me again, I have two Fluval C3 running over 29g tank. So my stock is out of danger I guess...

Now I'll contact Eheim and I'm ready to all those horror stories about it's non-existing warranty and support...

I'll keep you updated. The leak is a very serious issue...
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:43 PM   #2
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Not that big of a deal really, plus i have no idea how you did that.
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:01 PM   #3
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Not a big deal? O_O
If the filter wasn't in the plastic basket water was on my floor...
If I didn't have two additional Fluval C3, my livestock was in danger due to ammonia/nitrite spike...

And there is no shipping to Canada for this item.

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plus i have no idea how you did that.
It's deformed by itself due to cheap plastic. Or due to natural tubing pressure due to cheap plastic.
Everything due to cheap plastic.

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Old 12-12-2014, 02:17 PM   #4
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Hi,

At first I wanted to buy a Fluval canister filter, but they told me, that Eheim is a "Cadillac" class filter, best on the market and if o-ring is OK it won't leak...
Then:
http://youtu.be/wsQ_8p5ntMk

The truth is, that Eheim 2215 Made in China is not at all like the old Eheim Made in Germany...

The plastic is so cheap, that after 8 month of use it deformed and start to leak. At first I think it was tubing problem or o-ring. But when it started to leak more - I found out a deformed plastic. Changing the tubing 3 times doesn't change anything...

Lucky me, my filter was in a 20 gallon plastic basket. Lucky me again, I have two Fluval C3 running over 29g tank. So my stock is out of danger I guess...

Now I'll contact Eheim and I'm ready to all those horror stories about it's non-existing warranty and support...

I'll keep you updated. The leak is a very serious issue...
That is strange, it looks like the barb was cut off or melted?
It's completely gone, did it always look like that?
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:25 PM   #5
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That is strange, it looks like the barb was cut off or melted?
It's completely gone, did it always look like that?
Barb is there. It's just this picture is like this.
The problem is that it's not round anymore... So, you can attach the tubing how you like - it will leak.

I called Eheim and leave the message.
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That stinks.

Our fluval's plastic deformed and it started leaking. We switched to eheim. Hopefully ours will hold up.
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Can you take a pic from the side? I don't see the barb at all either.

Also, did you happen to have the filter crammed into a corner or something? The flat spot looks like it might have been pushed up against a wall on that side.
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Can you take a pic from the side? I don't see the barb at all either.

Also, did you happen to have the filter crammed into a corner or something? The flat spot looks like it might have been pushed up against a wall on that side.
OK, later I'll take more pictures.

It was not pushed up against anything or crammed into a corner. It has it's own space in a big 20G plastic basket.

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That stinks.

Our fluval's plastic deformed and it started leaking. We switched to eheim. Hopefully ours will hold up.
Same problem for Fluval? Weird X_X
Canister filters are really prone to leak...

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Old 12-12-2014, 04:20 PM   #9
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Hard to imagine how that came to be; I own several Eheim Classic canister filters and I have never had any issues with the plastic barbs warping. Seriously odd!
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+1 with tj. Odd. Looks melted.
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Hard to imagine how that came to be; I own several Eheim Classic canister filters and I have never had any issues with the plastic barbs warping. Seriously odd!
I clean it only 2-3 times in 8 months. And never touch the barbs.
My guess is that it was tubing pressure. Plastic can degrade when it touch the water for a long time. Maybe they used a cheap, low quality plastic? Maybe the plastic quality was too low only for some filters and not all of them...
Maybe quality control was too low (and it was: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...4&postcount=11). I don't know how.

I'll make a better pictures today, like that we can determinate if its melted or not...

Thanks!
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:46 PM   #12
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:12 PM   #13
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That is mechanical wear. Are you sure you haven't used pliers or similar to remove the tube?
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The discoloration looks like the ends were bent up by something or someone.
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Yep, polycarbonate does that when physically stressed.
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