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Eheim 2213 Troubleshooting...

Today, I bought an Ehiem 2213 canister filter from a guy on CL for $10. He said it needed a new propeller. Also, it didn't come with filter media either but it did come with everything else.

I got everything home and set it up to diagnose. I have a working Ehiem 2213 setup on another tank so I know what to expect with these things.

I took the propeller apart and put it back together. At first glance, nothing seemed to be out of order; however it did look like it needed to be greased or something...

Here's what happened. I filled the canister and burped it. Even when all the air was out of the thing the propeller was still very loud. Also, the water would only flow when the outtake pipe was lower then the canister itself. When I lifted the outtake higher, the flow would stop.

I need help diagnosing so I can figure out which parts I need to order beside filter media.

Any help would be appreciated...

What do you think the problem is?
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try swapping the impeller out for you working 2213 and see if that fixes thing; the impeller might need to be replaced.
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If it ends up being the impeller, you can pick up a new one from Ken's Fish for under $17.

That $10 filter is probably going to be the best $10 you've ever spent when it comes to this hobby. I've spent more than that on replacement hoses - ha.


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try swapping the impeller out for you working 2213 and see if that fixes thing; the impeller might need to be replaced.
Hey! Why didn't I think of that?

I'm about to go try that.

I'll report back.
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Well, I switched propellers and it worked!

Everything was virtually the same except the bad propeller look super clean and the good propeller looked greasy.

I wonder if it just need grease or something... Grease I'm sure isn't aquarium safe though. Maybe ill try some Vaseline.
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I wouldn't use vaseline. Use silicone grease or waterproof grease. You can find it at any home improvement center in the plumbing section. A grease that it used for potable water should be okay for aquarium use.

I assume the filter was $10 for a reason. He didn't trouble shoot to fix it so he sold it. But it also sounds like you didn't test it before buying it. Good thing for you it is the impeller and you found the culprit of the noise which is fixable.

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You shouldn't need to grease the impeller or shaft on an Eheim. The shaft is made of a ceramic material and does not require any lubrication. About all you need to do is replace the impeller. They can go bad over time, since they pick up all sorts of dirt and grit, and this can cause some wear on them.
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I wouldn't use vaseline. Use silicone grease or waterproof grease. You can find it at any home improvement center in the plumbing section. A grease that it used for potable water should be okay for aquarium use.

I assume the filter was $10 for a reason. He didn't trouble shoot to fix it so he sold it. But it also sounds like you didn't test it before buying it. Good thing for you it is the impeller and you found the culprit of the noise which is fixable.
Even if the motor was bad, for 10$ still a good deal for the housing tubing parts. Etc.

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You shouldn't need to grease the impeller or shaft on an Eheim. The shaft is made of a ceramic material and does not require any lubrication. About all you need to do is replace the impeller. They can go bad over time, since they pick up all sorts of dirt and grit, and this can cause some wear on them.
Good to know! Thanks.

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