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Old 05-01-2015, 12:17 PM   #1
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Filtration/floating debris


I have a Eheim Classic 2215 on a 37g tank using fluorite for substrate. I can't seem to get a handle on crystal clear water free of debris. I found myself thinking I need more filtration but the more I thought about it I wondered if this could be happening because of too much current in the tank? With less flow wouldn't this stuff just settle naturally so it could be periodically vacuumed? I'm not really a fan of my plants blowing allover so I'd like to try to avoid creating even more current.


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Hello Don...

Canister filters are fine, but not for smaller tanks. Your Eheim is designed for a much larger tank, around 100 gallons. Get a Hagen filter that hangs on the back, say an AC 50 and use some poly fiber padding filter media from Acurel. This filter isn't too strong and the poly fiber will attract and hold the small floating particles that make the water hazy.

Save the canister for a much larger tank. More filtration isn't better, it's just more. The key to clear water and a healthy tank is a good poly fiber filter media and large, weekly water changes. Work up to the point you're removing and replacing at least half the water weekly and service the filter regularly and you'll have few, if any tank problems.

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I'm using a canister to specifically avoid gas exchange because of pressurized CO2. I also run my heater and diffuser inline. Maybe I'll look into some smaller canisters.


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Canister filters are fine, but not for smaller tanks.
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I don't quite agree to the above statement, I use a 2213 on my five gallon and the water is always crystal clear. I guess he need something to diffuse the flow . Try directing the flow on one of the longer glass wall, hope this will aolve your problem else try usinguse spray bar.
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If there is too much flow just close the output disconnect valve to a flow rate you want.
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If there is too much flow just close the output disconnect valve to a flow rate you want.

I'm going to experiment with the flow rate a little and if toning it down improves on the debris then I actually have a 55 gallon I may use this filter on and I'll pick up 2213. I like the idea of high amounts of filtration for fish load so maybe the flow is the key.


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I guess I don't get why there is so much debris but then I have never used fluorite.
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I guess I don't get why there is so much debris but then I have never used fluorite.

I don't think it has anything to do specifically with the fluorite. I think it's the fact that normal fish waste and plant debris is getting blown around so much it can never settle or make it's way to the outtake. I've tried multiple different outflow and inflow positions within the tank with no luck.


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Hmm. Well.... I have always had high fish loads and high plant loads with fairly high flow. Never had that problem. Have you had a large die off of plants?
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I just added pressurized co2 so everything is actually growing like crazy. Prior it was average low tech slow growth with older leaves being rough around the edges. Maybe the plants are shedding so to say because of the growth explosion.


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I don't quite agree to the above statement, I use a 2213 on my five gallon and the water is always crystal clear. I guess he need something to diffuse the flow . Try directing the flow on one of the longer glass wall, hope this will aolve your problem else try usinguse spray bar.

Aimed the outflow at the glass and moved the intake to the opposite side and presto. Not to mention eliminating all the current made me be able to watch my entire tank pearl and stream micro bubbles.


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