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Old 01-19-2014, 07:25 PM   #1
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Eheim 2180, two inlets...confused


Setting up a 24" x 48" tank, need to buy canister filter.

Thinking Eheim 2180 looks good, but...

Considering placing spray bar in center of back wall, inlet at either end of tank on back wall. They would be well hidden against black background.

Placing spray bar on one end and two inlets at the other end seems ugly to me. Will this give me lousy circulation?

End to end makes more sense to me, but two inlets just reduce suction at each inlet. I am not sure that two inlets makes sense unless I can place one at each end of tank.

Possible 2180 not the best choice?

Comments appreciated.

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Old 01-19-2014, 11:00 PM   #2
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Great attitude. Yea, expect replies from all the forum greats within hours of your question...on a Sunday.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:36 AM   #3
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Unfortunately, Sunday is a day when lots of things happen besides the forum postings. Also equipment postings come way down the list so lots of quick looks don't get that far down. No offence, just life!

Meanwhile, I would not go that route for that size tank for a number of reasons. One is the built in heater. Heaters fail way more often than filters so a failed heater may leave you forced into the decision of repair at a high price or replace the filter at even higher. I find find 500 watts to be a dangerous level when it fails as it heats the tank to a danger level way too quick. I like stand alone items. For that small of tank, I would look more to the less involved (and expensive!) models of Eheim.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:48 PM   #4
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Sorry for the attitude, just a bad day , I guess...

Yeah, the Eheim seems to raise more questions in my mind than problems does it solve - on the search for a better filter, better price point.

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Old 01-20-2014, 02:01 PM   #5
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Eheim 2075 sounds good now - thanks for steering me away from the 2180.

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Old 01-20-2014, 03:15 PM   #6
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I use a 2075 on a 125. I ran it alone for quite a while and it kept up fine on a boatload of cichlids but then as I shut down some other tanks, I moved a 2217 in on the tank as well. can't really say I need both but I don't want to sell the 2217 yet either. Love the 2075 for simple operation and easier to clean than the much older 2217 which doesn't have baskets for the media.
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Thanks for the reply. The 2075 appears better suited than either the 2076 or the 2078. I feel confident going with the 2075 now.

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Thanks for the reply. The 2075 appears better suited than either the 2076 or the 2078. I feel confident going with the 2075 now.

Thanks all.

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I have a 2075 and 2076. IMO, the "e" features of the 2076 aren't worth the price difference or even necessary. I run mine in manual mode with the electronic controls turned off and if I had it to do over would go with another 2075.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:11 AM   #9
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I feel the same about the electronics models. It gives you a meter to watch the flow but really is it that helpful? I can get a good idea of flow by looking at how things are moving in the tank or by looking at the output line. There may be some who need the features a filter that has a program provides but for my uses, simple stuff that lasts suits me better. 2075 seems to be a bit in the middle. I wish 2217 had baskets for media but still love them and the 2075 does quite a lot more with some added convenience. Media baskets, better cutoff setup and much nicer disconnects. Just a lot better but then it is a newer design by about half a lifetime.
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