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Filter/Heater setup for 5.5 gal

I have a standard 5.5 gal and was going to go with an eheim 2211 or 2213 with an inline reactor. What are your thoughts on either filter? I am always changing and setting up small tanks from 5-30 gallons, which is why I was thinking of the larger of the two and throttling it back.

I have a 200 watt hydor inline heater I was going to use as well. I understand it will be on/off cycling more often on a small tank, but will there be large temp swings? I'm a firm believer in tank stability is key to success.

Currently I'm running a HOB with a 50 watt in-tank heater and an in-tank ceramic diffuser that I desperately want OUT of the tank.
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I have a 2211 on my 5.5g, and I have to throttle it back because it's too much flow for my plakat betta. If you're planning on possibly using it for bigger systems though, might as well go with the 2213 and throttle back as needed. You'll get some losses through the in line heater too which should "help".

I'd recommend getting a heater controller! Not sure what temperature differential the hydor senses before kicking on, but I use an inkbird controller on my shrimp tank. The lowest temp differential you can set is 1deg F, so my temperature swings are never higher than 1 degree.
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I have a 2211 on my 5.5g, and I have to throttle it back because it's too much flow for my plakat betta. If you're planning on possibly using it for bigger systems though, might as well go with the 2213 and throttle back as needed. You'll get some losses through the in line heater too which should "help".

I'd recommend getting a heater controller! Not sure what temperature differential the hydor senses before kicking on, but I use an inkbird controller on my shrimp tank. The lowest temp differential you can set is 1deg F, so my temperature swings are never higher than 1 degree.


So temperature controllers can be used on automatic ore set heaters? Never knew this!


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So temperature controllers can be used on automatic ore set heaters? Never knew this!
As far as I know (and have been doing), yes! If the heater has a temperature setting, I set it above my ideal temperature so that it's always on when the temperature controller switches the heater on. The internal temperature regulator on the heater then acts like a fail safe in case the temp controller decides not to turn the heater off when the ideal temp is reached.
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