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What Nano filter would you suggest

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I have a Fluval Ebi (8 gallon), and I am looking to switch out the filter. I want to do some sort of nano canister style filter, I dont want a HOB, and I dont the bulky filter in the tank anymore either. Also, it would be great if it were easy to modify the intake to be baby shrimp safe. Any ideas or suggestions, I am currently looking at the Finnex PX-360, and the Zoomed 501. Thoughts, advice?
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I'd personally go with an Eheim 2211. Anything with good flow rate and turnover for your tank is fine, though.


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^ I second the 2211 idea.

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What kind of filter are you looking at getting?
I recommend:
HOB: Aquaclear 20
Canister: Eheim 2211 or Zoomed 501
Internal: Fluval Nano Filter
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I have the ZooMed 501 on my 5.5G tank and I love it. Great little filter for small tanks. You can stuff the media area with a lot of foam to help bring the flow of the filter down some (it is pretty powerful)


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I'd personally go with an Eheim 2211. Anything with good flow rate and turnover for your tank is fine, though.
I like this filter and I would definitely pick this, except its just too tall for the space that I have to hide the filter, so I unfortunately, I think its a no-go.
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For me, a 2211 wasn't strong enough. 2213 worked really well.

If the 2211 is too tall for you, though, your options are rather limited.


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I have a Zoo Med 501 .. it's super nice for my 2gal cylinder vase, but it's a bit noisy
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I have been using the TOM Aquarium Rapids Mini Canister on my 5.5 for the past 2 years. It has been running strong without a hitch, and you can put whatever media you would like in there.

It is a little strong so I drilled some additional holes in the spray bar and in combination with my media has really brought the flow down to a good level for a tank this size. Never had any issues of leaks or not working correctly.

I did recently purchase the Zoo Med 501 because the tubing on the TOM filter is a little hard to maneuver since it is a plastic material. Also the tubing is quite short so you don't have many options of configuration unless you replace the tubing. The 501 is still in the box so I cant say for sure how that filter is yet but I purchased the 501 because I want to switch up the placement of my intake and outflow and it looks like that tubing will give a little more flexibility.
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I have a Zoo Med 501 .. it's super nice for my 2gal cylinder vase, but it's a bit noisy
Also the TOMs filter is completely silent and have heard the same about the 501. Not sure why it is loud for you, maybe some air is trapped in the canister.
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I have two ebis and have a tom rapids mini canister on each of them. Plenty of flow, completely silent, lots of room for filter media, and cheap. should be able to get them for under $30 on amazon.

Edit: I should note that with the toms filter I switched out the tubing they came with for clear vinyl tubing. Also I think you have to keep them level with your tank. I have them sitting behind my tanks and it works great.
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There are so many mixed reviews on the 501 and the Toms, that is what I was leaning, but I feel it just might not be enough. Does anyone have any experience with the Finnex PX-360? It seems like a beefed up version of the the above mentioned.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846

Or, maybe I should see if I can somehow rearrange things to fit the 2211, does anyone know the dimensions of the square base that the 2211 sits on?
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It's roughly 5"x5". Canister has a 4" diameter and with the stand is 11.5" tall by my measurements. Of course, you have to account for tubing and such.


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For a temporary fix you can take the end of a ladies panty hose and use a rubber band to attatch it to the bottom of the filter. It'll cover the bottom suction cup but it'll stick on fine
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According to eheim the 2211 dimensions are: 4.3" x 11.4"

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