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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-20-2007, 06:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wanting help with Eheim 2227

Hello from Australia.
We have just been given an Eheim 2227 canister to be placed in our 4 foot tank, that currently houses 4 discus. We have just begun our journey into planted tanks and at 4 weeks in, all is good. WE have only a small internal aquaone filter and obviously the 2227 is better. We were told that the 2227 isn't any good for plants. Currently using diy co2 with red sea co2 system.
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My Google search told me a 2227 is a Wet/Dry filter? If this is the case, they aren't ideal for plants, although there are several tanks here running wet/dry systems. The big issue w/ wet/dry filters and plants is the out gassing that occurs with the free falling of water entering these filters. I've read here (no personal experience) that the secret to using a wet/dry system is to fill the sump / configure plumbing so the water has a very limited fall from the end of the tubing and to seal the top of the sump with tape or something like that to keep the CO2 in the box as much as possible.

HTH. I'm sure someone with actual personal experience with a wet/dry system and plants with chime in.
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Like Tdon1md said the 2217 will outgass your co2 but even though that desisn is not Co2 friendly it will still work well if you have a pressurized Co2 setup and good diffusion method. I am one of those that use a big 36"x12"x14" open sump with no special plumbing and able to maintain Co2 just fine for some of the most difficult to keep, light hungry, co2 must plants in the hobby.

The only big downside I see is you trying to use DIY Co2 in a 90gal tank Even though it's possible with 'about 10 2L bottles and constant 1Ĺ week DIY mix refreshing, I know cause I done it' it is going to require toooo much work to maintain proper levels. DIY IMO opinion should not be attempted for anything over 30gal and at this size its very easy to maintain Co2 provided diffusion method is good. Over that it gets too expensive & requires too much work to maintain proper levels.

My suggestion to you is to leave the filter as is, invest in a DC 'drop checker' and a pressurized Co2 setup if you are looking for success with growing plants and not algae.


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Damn, can't believe I missed the DIY CO2 on a 90. Good catch Mrkookm. What he said!!!!!!!
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yeah with the tank that size you will need pressurized CO2. but that's also depending on what kind of plants you'll use.

oh btw, welcome trishp... (first post)


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