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Old 07-01-2014, 08:44 PM   #1
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Eheim canister type for 55g


So I've had a horrible sunsun canister with uv light on my 55g since first et up.. the opening for the light lets aaaaallll the mulm right through the filter which is unacceptable. I have Eheim 2211s for my 7g and husband's 12g.. love them! Want an Eheim on the 55 but need something strong that can handle my poop monster pleco.
I recall reading somewhere that the eheims rating s for up to __ gallons should be cut in half to get something useful (getting an eheim rated for up to 40g on a 40g tank leaves you with too little flow). If this is true I should look for something rated for over 100gallons and check how much gph gets turned over (recall reading differ arguments between 5x and 10x tank volume per hour being necessary.. which is it?)
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:56 PM   #2
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That's about right. I was finally happy with the flow on my 55 gallon when I went to the FX5 and a large Barr reactor to diffuse CO2 through.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:05 PM   #3
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Neither 5X nor 10X really tells the story. One can send the water through a paper napkin hundreds of times and still not do any good while sending it through good media once might do it quite well. There seems to be a bit of confusion about what a filter does and what it should not be expected to do. Get a good filter to do the mechanical and bio filtering and then if you want more circulation in the tank, powerheads are much more practical. Less expense, less work to maintain, easier to set up for those odd corners as well as so much more versatile. Here in the states, we do seem to have an obsessive love of power even if it doesn't work as well!
I would recommend a 2217 for a truly practical, long lasting filter but if you want a few more features for ease of operation, I like the 2075. The 2075 has separate baskets for media, easier tubing cutoff/disconnects and a really nice media setup.
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2075 $200

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Old 07-02-2014, 01:21 AM   #5
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on 55, id 2x 2217, or if want crazy flow 2260 or 2262, I run 2x 2262s on my stocked SA/CA 225 and it is killer, dont even need any wavemakers or powerheads
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A single 2217, or a pair of 2215's, a 2076 pro 3, or a ultra G Series 90 Model.
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One Eheim 2217 with monthly cleaning would work well for 55 gal.IMHO
I am currently running API XP3 on my own 55 gal but the Eheim 2217 used to filter the tank fine.
Decided I needed more flow in 80 gal tank so I placed two Ehiem 2217's on the tank and bought the RENA (API now) XP3 for the 55 gal.
It too works well,easy to service ,and been running a couple years now.
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Thank you all for the responses, for me the more flow the better, pleco likes a decent current! I'll look into all the suggestions and figure out what to get.
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